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Nakuru Town East

Kihika joins former MCAs to support deceased colleague

Members of the National Assembly should in one accord support the gender bill that will be coming up for voting this Tuesday.
Addressing mourners who had come together to fundraise for the family of former MCA for Menengai East the late Hon Michael Macharia (Mash Dafra), Senator Susan Kijika said there was a need to give equity to women in leadership.
“Women have already proven themselves in other spheres. But the challenges of getting into political leadership locks many of them out. That’s why we need this law,” explained the senator.
At the same time, the senator has continued with her calls to have stern action taken against men impregnating school girls.
“There can be no consent where 13-year-old school girls are concerned. These men should be considered as rapists and sentenced as such,” she said.
Among other leaders who attended the function were scores of former MCAs and several current MCAs including the current area MCA.
Former Governor Kinuthia Mbugua sent his contribution through former MCA Wanyoike Wanango. He also said he might attend the funeral slated for Friday next week.
While addressing the mourners, former MCA for Biashara Ward Stephen (Mhesh) Kuria said although sometimes Mash overspent on his medical cover, the then speaker always ensured his medical needs were met.

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Senate Business

Senator Kihika proposes stiff penalties for those who impregnate school girls

Nakuru County Senator Susan Kihika has proposed stiff penalties for those who impregnate school girls.

The senator was contributing to a Statement by Vihiga Senator George Khaniri regarding the alarmingly high rate of teenage pregnancies that have been reported in recent days.

“If you are a teacher who is responsible for the children and you impregnate them, you are worse than the devil. I mean that to all “women eaters.” As a teacher, you are supposed to be taking care of our girls. When you impregnate them, you should be stoned,” said Senator Kihika.

“I am somebody who believes in following due process but in this case, we should probably castrate them. That might be the softest punishment for them. No right thinking man can impregnate a 10-year-old girl unless they are crazy. They should be six feet under or in jail at a minimum,” she added.

Senator Khaniri had raised his concerns following the high number of girls who had been reported pregnant during their KCSE and KCPE exams.

“Since the start of the primary and secondary schools national exams this year, many cases of pregnant school girls have been reported. Several girls numbering hundreds missed exams due to pregnancy. Some missed exams because they had just given birth and were at home taking care of the new-born babies. Some gave birth while sitting for the exams yet others are expectant even as they carry on with exams,” lamented the Vihiga Senator.

An agitated Senator Kihika said the statistics of the teen pregnancies were shocking. She added that beyond speaking about it, some measures needed to be put in place so that this does not continue happening.

“There was a picture that was circulating in the social media where students – I think it was in Kisumu County – were going to classes to do the examinations. Each of them was carrying a baby and there was a line of about 20 or something. It looked ridiculous. This should not be happening,” said the Senator who has been in the forefront championing for the girl child.

Tougher action from the authorities

The Nakuru Senator has also challenged the Teacher Service Commission (TSC), to not only dismiss teachers who are found culpable but also the Director of Public Prosecutions and the get them prosecuted.

“We have statistics where some of the teachers have been found to have committed some of the vices as it is stated here. However, I am quite surprised that the most the TSC is doing is to terminate the employment of those teachers. We must get them prosecuted because just dismissing or firing people is not enough,” proposed the senator.

In addition, she has called on the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI)to get to the root of the matter.

“The DPP and the DCI should get on board and find out what is going on and who is impregnating the girls. I do not care that it could be their classmates. If they are responsible, they should be prosecuted,” said an angry Senator Susan Kihika who is also the Senate majority chief whip.

“Under no circumstances can a ten-year-old girl consent to having sex. So, under no circumstances can this be legal. I believe we must begin from the criminal part of it and move forward,” she added.

Shocking statistics

Quoting a report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the Vihiga Senator said that between June 2016 and July 2017, 378,397 adolescents in Kenya aged between 10 and 19 got pregnant. Out of that, 28,932 were of ages 10 to 14 and 349,465 were aged between 15 and 19 years.

“This is very disturbing. Organisations working on children issues say that the number could be higher than the reported cases. This year alone, in Kilifi County, there has been close to 14,000 teenage pregnancies with 290 of them being children of 10 to 14 years. Last year in Kisumu County, 13,894 teenage girls got pregnant. One of our local dailies featured very shocking teen pregnancy statistics. Narok County had the highest rate of teen pregnancy of 40 per cent. That is the good County of my friend Sen. Olekina. Kitui County, which announced 110 pregnant candidates sitting for their form four exams, was number 30 on the list at 14 per cent.

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Bahati Mashinani

Senator Kihika asks parents to be more responsible during December holiday

Parents have been urged to take good care of their children this December holiday. Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika made the remarks while addressing mourners in Kiamaina Ward, Bahati Sub-County.

This was during the burial of a longtime family friend the late Godfrey Kibue Gathua who was buried at his farm at Tumsifu.

Senator Kihika said parents have a responsibility to ensure the children remain safe and are not overly exposed. This is especially following the high number of girls who delivered during the just concluded KCPE exams.

Also present was the MP for Soi Constituency Hon. Caleb Kositany. He is also a friend of the family. The MCA for Kiamaina ward Isaac Wahome was also present.

The Senator’s sentiments were also echoed by the musician and TV presenter Zachary Wandaro who was the Emcee during the event. Wandaro said it was not only girls who fell victim but also the young boys.

“I wish to support the sentiments by the senator. However even boys need to be well watched over. The only fact we notice the girls is because the pregnancy shows. However, even boys as young as eleven are falling victim of sexual exploitation from wayward women, “said Wandaro.

The Senator also took the opportunity to request the County Government through MCA Wahome Jambo Kenya to ensure fairness in the issuance of bursaries. The process is currently ongoing.

During the last dispatch, the senator faulted the County government for denying deserving students the bursary on flimsy grounds

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Mashinani Nakuru Town East

Senator Kihika condoles family of late MCA Michael Macharia

Senator Susan Kihika has this evening condoled with the family and friends of former Menengai East MCA Hon. Michael Macharia.

The late MCA Macharia popularly known as Dafra will be remembered for his strong and consistent Catholic faith and dedication to the service of his people.

Former colleagues at the assembly who joined the Senator at the home of the late Macharia spoke highly of their departed colleague especially his staunch faith in the Catholic faith.

He will be buried on Friday 23rd November. The date was set you give his son who is a Form Four candidate time to clear his ongoing exams.

Some of the former Members of Nakuru County Assembly who joined the senator in condoning the family of the late MCA include;

Hon Stephen Kuria, Hon Florence Wambui, Hon Gitau, Hon John Macharia, Hon Peter Nderitu Birishiba, Hon Leah Serem, Hon Paul Mwangi, Hon Stephen Kangethe, Hon Rosemary, Hon Shaban, Hon Jostin Kihumba, Hon Catherine Njeri, Hon Moses Gichangi, Hon Stephen Kihara and

Hon Janet Mbugua.

May his soul rest in eternal peace

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Gilgil Mashinani

Muhoro Must walk again

On Sunday, 11th November 2018, Senator Susan Kihika together with Hon Martha Wangari (MP Gilgil) and other leaders from Gilgil joined the residents in support of Zachariah Muhoro who lost his leg after a motorcycle accident.

Muhoro a boda boda operator from Gilgil hit a stray goat on 11th September 2018. The accident happened after he hit a stray goat.

Well-wishers had rushed him to the Gilgil Sub-county Hospital for treatment where doctors plastered his leg and prescribed a two months bed rest.

The condition of the leg however worsened with the pain increasing daily. He was later taken to Ol’kalou hospital where he was again referred to Nakuru Provincial General Hospital on the same day. He ended up being admitted at PGH for three weeks.

Muhoro’s leg had become worse and the Doctors recommended that the only way out of his condition was through amputation. He sought a second opinion from Kijabe Hospital where his fears got confirmed,” reports Daniel Njoroge one of the committee members who organised the fundraiser.

Friends had come together to help Muhoro get an artificial leg and also set up a business to help him take care of his needs.

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Gilgil Mashinani

Tough laws needed to protect school girls and from early pregnancies

The sentiments were shared by Nakuru County senator Susan Kihika while addressing faithfuls at St. Stephen’s Catholic Parish in Karate, Naivasha.

Senator Kihika said it was saddening to see girls getting pregnant while in school.

“I was shocked by the many cases of pregnancies and deliveries that were reported as the exams were ongoing. We cannot sit and watch as this continues,” said the senator.

She also took the opportunity to address the school girls who were in attendance asking them to refrain from getting into detrimental relationships.

Also in attendance was Gilgil MP Martha Wangari in whose area the church lies.

The leaders were at a function to raise funds towards finishing the construction of the church.

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Mashinani

Kihika joins Energy CS Charles Keter for Last Mile launch

Senator Susan Kihika today, 26th October, spent the better part of the day with Energy Cabinet Secretary Charles Keter launching the last mile connectivity project in various parts of the County.

Some of the areas that benefited from the program include Mafuta Taa (Mai Mahiu) and Maraigushu in Naivasha. Other beneficiaries were residents of Piave and Nessuit in Njoro; and Emitik and Soitaver in Kuresoi South.

Kuresoi North was also a beneficiary at Mlima  and Kiptenden.

Nothing beats the joy on the faces of our parents when they switch on the light for the very first time. They will no longer have to use paraffin which is more expensive and a health hazard,”said Senator Kihika after the launch.

“The kids can now complete their homework in a well lit room,” she added.

She has also said that the roll-out of the program will be done in all Constituencies in Nakuru County.

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Gallery

Wishing Success to all 2018 candidates

Senator Susan Kihika would like to take this opportunity to wish success to all 2018 KCPE and KCSE candidates.

Wishing success to 2018 candidates
Wishing success to 2018 candidates
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Gallery

Congratulations President Sahle-Work Zewde!!

It is a great achievement for women in Africa as Sahle-Work Zewde takes over as the first female president of Ethiopia.

Yes girls, we can do it. We have the ability. We can achieve more and do great things given a chance.

Congratulations President Sahle-Work Zewde!!!

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Nakuru Town East

Bereaving with friends at their hour of need

It was a sad day for Senator Susan Kihika. Today she attended the burial of 14-year old Blessing Emma Muthoni Kahuho at the Nakuru South cemetery.

“Saying goodbye to a life that has barely lived is one of the most difficult experiences. It’s always hard to comfort a parent who has lost a child at infancy. They had the future ahead of them. The promise of life lay ahead. But we can never question the will of God,” said Senator Kihika after the burial.

The baby was daughter to Mr and Mrs Daniel Kahuho. Mr Kahuho is the Chairman of traders at the Nakuru Wakulima market.

“We appreciate God for the time He deemed fit for her to be here. We celebrate her life,” said the Senator.

“To my friends Mr & Mrs Dan Kahuho, my prayer for you is that God give you strength to face the coming days and may He hold you and your family at this painful moment and give you comfort as you mourn the untimely death of Blessing,” she said condoling the family.

While addressing the mourners majority of whom are small scale traders, the Senator said she would always stand for them and she won’t just stand and watch as they are faced with oppressive rules.