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Mango farming changing fortunes for Makueni farmers

A mango tree. The fruit is changing fortunes for farmers in Makueni. [Photo: Malachi Motano]

By Malachi Motano Farmers in Makueni are adopting modern mango farming in agribusiness, a new venture that is shaping livelihoods for most families in the county. The county has for the last few years reported massive planting of new mango trees attracting attention of agriculturists in the county. According to baseline survey of mango trees census report carried out in ...

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Sexual abuse against children on the rise in Makueni, says children officer

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Makueni Children Officer Rasto Omollo has decried the rising number of sexual abuse cases committed against young boys and girls in the county. Omollo said in every two weeks a child related sexual abuse case is reported and attributed the increase to lack of awareness on children rights. Addressing a stakeholder’s forum held on Wednesday at Kwakathoka Agricultural Training Institute, ...

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Freedom of expression invaluable in development

Panelists during the Human Rights forum organized by the Bloggers Association of Kenya. From left: Alice Maranga from FIDA, Kibra MP. Hon. Ken Okoth, Peter Nguura from Amref, Waikwa Wanyoike - Executive Director Katiba Institute, Steve Ogolla from ICJ-Kenya and Jamie Pennell First Secretary of the Canadian High Commission.

Article 33 of the Constitution of Kenya states that every person has the right to freedom of expression, which includes freedom to seek, receive or impart information or ideas, freedom of artistic creativity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. The right to freedom of expression is a fundamental human right. However, it has limitations and the same article further ...

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Concerted efforts required to end early marriages in Kenya

A young girl holds a baby at a clinic
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Today, December 10th, the world marks the Human Rights Day and Kenya will join the rest of the international community to commemorate the day set aside by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight specific issues on human rights and promote awareness on human rights all over the world. Although Kenya being a young democracy has made major strides in upholding ...

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Makueni Governor outlines his key achievements in the last two years

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana giving the State of the County address
Photo:Governor's Press

Makueni County Governor Kivutha Kibwana has outlined health, infrastructural development and issuance of title deeds as some of the key accomplishments that the County Government has achieved in the last two years. Kibwana said the county had performed exemplary well in all the health indicators compared to the national average and retaliated his government’s commitment in providing quality, accessible and ...

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Senate Committee on Energy orders for medical screening of Thange residents

A section of an oil pipeline
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The Senate Committee on Energy wants residents of Thange Village in Kibwezi Sub County affected by a massive oil spillage screened for possible petroleum products poisoning. Under the leadership of Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, the committee in a recent tour of the affected region said the spillage was a serious environmental disaster and called for thorough investigations to determine the ...

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Makueni MCAs adopt motion to train residents on human-wildlife conflicts

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Daniel Kituku Members of the Makueni County Assembly (MCAs) have adopted a motion to train people on animal behavior in order to minimize human – wildlife conflicts across the county. The motion tabled by the chairman Wildlife and Tourism Committee and MCA for Mbitini ward Dickson Mutaiti aims at creating a partnership between the County Government, County Wildlife Conservation and ...

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Illegal sand harvesting rears its ugly head in Kasikeu, Makueni County

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana speaking at the climate change forum held in Wote. Photo : Governor's Press

The ugly face of illegal sand harvesting in Makueni County reared its head once again over the weekend after one person was killed and nine others seriously injured when two vigilante groups from opposing camps clashed over the illegal activity in Kasikeu. The Saturday afternoon incident that took place in Kaseve and Musaani villages saw the two groups armed with ...

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Makueni County to receive Sh50M to mitigate climate change

Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana speaking at the climate change forum held in Wote. Photo : Governor's Press

Makueni County Government is set to benefit from Sh50 million for climate change adaptation after the county government became the first local government in the Africa to pass the County Climate Change Fund Regulation (CCCF) 2015. The CCCF which was passed by the County Assembly in September is the first of its kind in the entire continent and will provide ...

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Majority of sexual and domestic violence cases in Makueni go unreported

A victim of gender violence
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      Makueni County Commissioner Ms. Pauline Dola speaking at Wote during the Mashujaa Day celebrations said despite the increasing number of gender violence and rape cases especially among young girls in the county, many of the victims shy away from reporting the abuse for fear of victimization. For these reasons, the county commissioner called on the Makueni residents ...

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Makueni County Government procures certified seeds for farmers

Makueni County Government has procured 34.6 metric tonnes of assorted seeds valued at Sh7M to be distributed to farmers across the county before the onset of the expected El Nino rains. Out of the total, seeds worthy Sh2.4M will be dispersed to Kilili/Nzaui ward residents as a project under the 2015/2016 budget while the rest will be shared among the ...

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Makueni County Assembly wants County Government to hire a resident pathologist

  Members of the Makueni County Assembly (MCAs) want the Department of Health to hire a resident pathologist to serve at the County Referral Hospital. In a motion tabled by MCA for Kitise / Kithuki ward Julius Mwalali on Thursday, the assembly argued that a resident pathologist would enable residents of Makueni to obtain postmortem services at a subsidized fee ...

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Cassava farmers in Makueni County to benefit from solar power plant

Close to 300 cassava farmers under the Mbuvo Commercial Village Cassava plant in Kathonzweni, Makueni County are set to benefit from a solar power project funded by the World Bank through the Kenya Agricultural Productivity and Agribusiness Project (KAPAP). The off grid solar power project constructed at the cost of Sh8.7 million at Mbuvo trading center will operate the high ...

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