Kericho County
Chaos erupt at the Kericho County Assembly after a disagreement between MCAs
Passion for passion fruits opens markets for Kericho farmer
Kericho County asked to fast track construction of pineapple processing plant
South Rift leaders intensify lobbying for cabinet slots
Why Kenyan government must come to the rescue of tea industry
Kericho, Nandi, Kisumu governors tour volatile areas on county border
1,286 police officers mobilized to Nairobi for planned repeat polls
Kericho County Assembly mace thrown out of window as MCAs fight
2018-01-16 07:06:17 The Kericho County Assembly mace was thrown out of the window as MCAs fought after they differed over the Sh100 million Kerenga Airstrip upgrade project. All the 47 MCAs were at the chamber at 11am ready for debate on the Kericho Supplementary Appropriation Bill, 2017, when the fracas broke out. Trouble began immediately after the Assembly Speaker Dominic Rono instructed members of the Press and public to leave the chambers before MCAs could begin their special sitting debate   Read More ...
Chaos erupt at the Kericho County Assembly after a disagreement between MCAs
2018-01-15 14:10:17 The debate on the Kericho Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2017 ended prematurely after chaos broke out at the chambers. Trouble started immediately after the Assembly Speaker Dominic Rono completed reading the order paper and instructed members of the press and the public to leave the chambers before the MCAs could begin their Special Sitting deliberations. Immediately Erick Bii (nominated) and tens of his fellow MCAs leaped for the mace and grabbed it causing a tug- of war-with the Sergeant-at-Arms   Read More ...
Residents in Kericho destroy liquor in revenge, after 2 people killed after consuming liquor
2018-01-14 09:39:12 KTN Prime | Saturday 13 Jan 2018 10:19 pm Two people,an elderly woman and a young man?died after. consuming poisonous second generation alcoholic drinks. at Jericho Estate in the outskirts of Kericho town. The two. died in their homes after consuming the deadly liquor in. one of the wines and spirits shops. Furious residents later. raided wines and spirits shops in Jericho and Kapsuser and   Read More ...
Passion for passion fruits opens markets for Kericho farmer
2018-01-12 04:07:19 When Ernest Lang’at, a resident of Kaptebeswet farm in Kericho County heard that there was high demand for passion fruits in the local and international markets, he knew he wanted to venture into it. He says the fruit is in high demand because of changes in customer preferences and tastes as more consumers now prefer juice to eating the fruit. “I started the project January 2016 and it has performed better than I expected   Read More ...
Kericho schools get textbooks as parents hail plan
2018-01-10 22:09:10 Philip Yegon, Douglas Dindi and Esther Nzuma @PeopleDailyKe. The Education ministry through the Kenya Literature Bureau (KLB) yesterday launched distribution of textbooks to secondary schools in Kericho county. Speaking during the launch at Kipsigis Girls’ Secondary School, KLB board member Abdallah Bii said all Form One students across the country will get the books by next week. He said every student will have own textbook for English, Biology and Chemistry subjects as directed by the ministry   Read More ...
Kalenjin elders rule out superstition as cause of Salgaa accidents
2018-01-10 17:10:16 Kalenjin elders on Wednesday said the deadly accidents along the Salgaa-Sachangwan-Mau summit road are caused by carelessness and not superstition. The elders said this after a consultative meeting that brought together elders from Nakuru, Baringo, Kericho and Bomet. Josiah Rutto who is Myoot council of elders chairman asked the government to build dual carriage roads and erect road bumps. "We want to categorically announce that the accidents are caused by careless driving but nothing else," he said   Read More ...
Kericho County to set up of inspectorate arm and court
2018-01-04 07:05:02 County executives have adopted a proposal that paves the way for the formulation of the County Inspectorate Act. Once the county assembly passes the bill, it will make way for the setting up of an autonomous inspectorate arm equivalent to the county police. A county court will also be established to deal swiftly with those who contravene county bylaws. “We are going to request Chief Justice David Maraga to provide us with a magistrate; the county will provide prosecutors   Read More ...
Kericho County asked to fast track construction of pineapple processing plant
2017-12-29 08:38:44 Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) wants the county government to hasten the installation of machinery worth Sh60 million at Roret pineapple juice processing factory. The equipment was donated by the Jubilee government and delivered to the factory located 3km from Roret trading centre by Deputy President William Ruto a few months ago. It was aimed at assisting fruit farmers from Bureti constituency venture into value addition   Read More ...
Police officer killed, several others injured in Kericho accident
2017-12-26 12:10:23 A police officer died while dozens of passengers are nursing life threatening injuries following a road accident near Kericho town. The Christmas night incident involved a bus ferrying passengers to Kisumu and a trailer traveling in the opposite direction. The bus registered under Githurai Sacco is said to have lost its breaks, prompting frantic efforts by onlookers to help bring it to a halt   Read More ...
We will back Ruto top seat bid, declare MPs
2017-12-17 22:07:42 Deputy President William Ruto condoles the widow of immediate former Belgut MP Erick Keter Rebecca during the burial ceremony in Kericho county on Saturday. Photo/DPPS Even before the dust settles on the heightened political season in the country, two legislators from Central Kenya region have kicked-started succession politics. Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Sabina Chege (Murang’a Women’s Rep) re-opened the 2022 succession debate at the weekend with a declaration that the region will totally back Deputy President William Ruto in the race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta   Read More ...
South Rift leaders intensify lobbying for cabinet slots
2017-12-03 08:38:32 Lobbying for Cabinet positions in the Jubilee government has intensified with some South Rift leaders calling on President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto to ensure regional and ethic balance. A cross section of leaders from Kericho, Nakuru, Bomet and Narok counties, have said even after voting overwhelmingly for UhuRuto in 2013, they were only allocated two slots in the current Cabinet   Read More ...
Stock theft mastermind and killer arrested
2017-11-29 19:42:39 Police in Kericho County have arrested one main suspect behind the killing of two people during a stock theft raid at Koru area in Muhoroni constituency, Kisumu County. Kericho East Officer Commanding Police Division Justus Kitetu said 42-year old David Tergech was arrested around Pechulelach area in Poywek sub-location, Ainamoi constituency. The suspect and his accomplices crossed over to Koru from Kabarus in Ainamoi constituency where they committed the gruesome murders before stealing 13 goats during the Tuesday 1am incident   Read More ...
Governors to start Rapid Response Initiative to address sugar crisis
2017-11-12 06:38:25 Governors from Lake Region Economic Bloc have resolved to institute Rapid Response Initiative to address the crisis in the sugar industry. The key problems to be addressed are payment of arrears of cane farmers and staff at sugar factories, write off of taxes, re-engineering the management of the factories, achieving sustainable cane production and importation of sugar. The bloc includes Kisumu, Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kisii, Nyamira, Bomet, Kericho, Trans Nzoia, Bungoma, Kakamega, Vihiga and Busia counties   Read More ...
NHC to put up 6,000 housing units in eight counties in the next three years
2017-11-10 19:42:07 The National Housing Corporation is set to develop over 6,000 housing units across eight counties over the next three years. The first 5,000 units will be in Uasin Gishu’s Eldoret town, Stoni Athi in Machakos and Changamwe in Mombasa county. The remaining 1,000 units will be in Taita Taveta’s Voi town, Kericho, Kisumu, Meru and Nyeri counties. “We will roll-out this countrywide project independently through partnerships in an effort to increase stock of new houses,” NHC board chairman Francis Gitau said, presenting a Sh27   Read More ...
Why Kenyan government must come to the rescue of tea industry
2017-11-07 12:43:18 KERICHO, KENYA: Tea production has declined by 51,800 tonnes in the first eight months of this year, threatening Kenya’s leading foreign exchange earner. In the last two weeks, tea in most estates has not been picked as workers downed their tools, further casting a grim shadow for the remaining few months to the close of the year. Property worth millions of shillings in key tea growing areas have also been destroyed   Read More ...
Education CS Fred Matiang'i oversees start of KCSE exam
2017-11-06 08:10:22 Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i braved the chilly Kericho morning weather to lead a high powered delegation of senior education and security officers to oversee the distribution of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination papers. Dr Matiangi arrived at Kericho County Commissioner Muktar Abdi’s office at 6:45AM to oversee the distribution of the highly guarded KCSE examination and to mark the commencement of the examination in the country   Read More ...
Kericho-Kisumu tension : Normalcy restored after days of sporadic flare ups.
2017-11-01 19:43:45 Normalcy has returned along the Kericho – Kisumu border after matatu operators barricaded the Kericho-Kisumu highway to revenge an attack on four vehicles belonging to Wareng Luxury Sacco at Awasi area in Kisumu county. Kericho county commissioner Muktar Abdi gave the assurance as leaders from the rift valley called for calm and urged communities living along the common boarder to embrace peace   Read More ...
Rift Valley legislators call for peace
2017-11-01 16:07:26 Legislators drawn from the Rift Valley region are calling on their supporters to maintain peace and quell rising tension along Kisumu/Kericho county common border. Speaking a day after fresh flare-ups were reported in the area, the jubilee allied MPs said they are reaching out to their counterparts in Kisumu County to preach peace along the border. Since the repeat presidential election six days ago, tension has been building along the border of Kisumu/Kericho counties where two communities supporting different political factions have been engaged in altercations   Read More ...
Three governors tour volatile border in peace caravan
2017-10-29 22:08:05 Governors Stephen Sang (Nandi), Paul Chepkwony (Kericho) Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Kisumu Women’s Rep Roza Buyu at Bogwo village on the border of Kisumu and Kericho counties on Saturday. Photo/PHILIP YEGON Three governors have united in calling for peace along the borders of Kericho, Kisumu and Nandi counties. Paul Chepkwony (Kericho), Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and Stephen Sang (Nandi) on Saturday took the move to defuse rising tension among the communities living at volatile borders of the three counties   Read More ...
Kericho, Nandi, Kisumu governors tour volatile areas on county border
2017-10-28 20:06:26 Three governors toured hotspots at their common border amid burning of sugarcane plantations and cattle theft. Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony, Stephen Sang (Nandi) and their Kisumu counterpart, Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o toured volatile areas in Soin ward in Soin/Sigowet constituency at the common border of the three counties and came face to face with the state of lawlessness. As the leaders addressed uneasy residents at Koguta area, thick smoke was billowing at sugar plantations at the nearby Thessalia mission hospital   Read More ...
1,286 police officers mobilized to Nairobi for planned repeat polls
2017-10-25 08:06:31 than 1,200 new police officers have been mobilised to back up security ahead of Thursday's repeat presidential polls. The 1,286 officers have been mobilised from Kiambu, Murang'a, Machakos, Kirinyaga, Embu, Kajiado, Tharaka Nithi and Meru counties. Another group of 1,205 officers will be posted to Nyanza region. They have been mobilised from Narok, Nakuru, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, Kericho, Nandi, Nyandarua, Bomet, Trans Nzoia and West Pokot counties   Read More ...
Sossion on his own in NASA, we'll vote Uhuru - Kericho, Bomet KNUT bosses
2017-09-18 13:12:06 KNUT officials in Kericho and Bomet counties have declared support for President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election on October 17. Uhuru will face NASA candidate Raila Odinga in a re-run following the nullification of his victory by the Supreme Court. Kericho branch secretary Stanley Mutai said they are not party to KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion's claim that all teachers have switched allegiance to NASA   Read More ...
Why voters in Kericho County have been encouraged to vote in repeat presidential election
2017-09-17 14:10:58 Jubilee Party volunteer supporters have begun a campaign to encourage eligible voters in Kericho who did not participate in the August 8 elections to come out in the repeat October 17 presidential poll. A group comprising various professionals, members of the Myoot Kipsigis Council of Elders and former Members of Kericho County Assembly led by Wilson Soi said they were determined to ensure Kericho remains a Jubilee stronghold   Read More ...
Political parties charade lock out people living with disability
2017-09-17 08:40:04 Minority groups across the country have been locked out of nomination as political parties reward cronies and family members with the slots. The most affected are people with disability who are visibly missing from a number of county assemblies. In at least 17 counties, including Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang'a, Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Bungoma, Busia and Kisii, no single person living with disability was nominated   Read More ...
Don’t push to postpone exams, Misori tells leaders
2017-09-12 20:42:32 Kuppet has warned politicians against lobbying for the postponement of the KCPE and KCSE exams. “Parents, education stakeholders, the examination council and candidates had already set their brains on the dates set for the exams and any changes would psychologically affect them,” secretary general Akello Misori (pictured) said. He addressed Kuppet members from Bomet, Kericho, Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi, Nakuru and Nandi during the union’s annual general meeting at Sunshine Upper Hill, Kericho town, on Saturday   Read More ...
Kericho leaders marshal grassroots support for UhuRuto
2017-09-11 08:03:26 President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto were among leaders who attended a huge political rally at the historic Kapkatet grounds in Kericho County on Friday, where important political declarations among the Kalenjin community are made. The meeting that was attended by MPs, Governors and MCAs from Rift Valley and other areas across the country resolved to launch major campaigns at the grassroots in support of the re-election of President Kenyatta come October 17   Read More ...
Uhuru, Ruto bring Jubilee crusade to Nairobi after successful Kapkatet meeting
2017-09-09 12:13:46 President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto are set to hold a series of campaigns in Nairobi culminating in a major rally at the Uhuru Park grounds on Saturday. The two who held successful meetings in the counties of Kericho, Nakuru and Uasin Gishu on Friday will visit Muthurwa Market before proceeding to Uhuru Park through Haile Selassie Avenue and Uhuru Highway   Read More ...
Gor tackle Nzoia, AFC Leopards face Zoo Kericho
2017-09-08 19:07:38 Following their one-all draw in the Nairobi derby two weeks ago, Gor Mahia and AFC Leopards return to the SportPesa Premier League action this weekend with tricky matches against Nzoia Sugar and Zoo Kericho respectively. Table leaders Gor Mahia will be looking to galvanise their lead at the helm of the table that now stands at six points, while Leopards will be keen to prove that they are still on the recovery path when they visit the debutantes in Kericho   Read More ...
Blow for locals as tea firms get back land leases for land
2017-09-06 00:22:30 Indigenous communities displaced by colonialists a century ago have stepped up the fight for compensation after it emerged that leases of tea firms that took over their land have been renewed for another 99 years. The Talai, Kipsigis and Ogiek communities in Kericho, Bomet and Nandi counties were hopeful that the 999-year leases that were reduced to 99 years by the 2010 Constitution were about to expire   Read More ...
Kericho cops rescue 14 children from suspected traffickers
2017-08-30 13:10:38 Two people were arrested on Wednesday for allegedly trafficking 14 children from Busia to Nairobi in PSVs. Kericho deputy OCPD Nathan Sanya said the suspects were arrested while ferrying the children in three buses. "The Guardian Bus registration number KBR 216P was intercepted on Kipsitet-Kericho road, while heading from Busia to Nairobi at noon. On board were five children aged between six and eight," Sanya said   Read More ...
Police arrest two suspected child traffickers in Kericho, rescue 14 children
2017-08-29 19:12:39 Police in Kericho have rescued 14 minors who were allegedly being trafficked from Busia to Nairobi. Kericho County Commissioner Muktar Abdi said two suspects involved have been arrested. Mr Abdi said police officers intercepted the minors along the Kipsitet-Kericho road in three different buses. "The first bus was intercepted at around 12.30am on Saturday. Almost one-and-a-half hours later, another bus was intercepted transporting four children aged between 11 and 18," said Abdi   Read More ...
Kericho police launch probe into child trafficking syndicate
2017-08-29 12:14:49 Police in Kericho have launched investigations into a suspected child trafficking syndicate, following the interception of three buses ferrying children to an unknown destination. Kericho Deputy OCPD Nathan Sanya says the vehicles were intercepted on their way to Nairobi from Busia with 14 children on board. The buses were intercepted at different locations near Kipsitet and Londiani, following a tip off from members of the public   Read More ...
Police in Kericho arrest two people suspected of trafficking 14 minors
2017-08-28 14:42:15 Police in Kericho Sunday rescued 14 children who were allegedly being trafficked from Busia County to Nairobi. Kericho County Commissioner Muktar Abdi who was flanked by the county security team said they also arrested George Onyango and Juliet Bahati, the main suspects in the human trafficking business. Abdi said police officers intercepted Guardian Bus Registration number KBR 216P, along the Kipsitet- Kericho road, which was transporting the first bunch of five children aged between 5-8 years   Read More ...
Man murdered, body dumped along Nyamira-Kericho highway
2017-08-27 10:39:19 A man's body was found along Nyamira-Kericho highway on Saturday morning, residents saying the victim may have been killed elsewhere. Vctim Hesbon Obuba is said to have left his home in Viongozi area at around 7pm Resident Vincent Nyabuti said he was 21 and the only son in a family of three. He lived with his grandmother following his parents' death two years ago   Read More ...
Christabel Ouko's body moved to Nairobi's Lee Funeral home
2017-08-23 15:08:03 Christabel Ouko's body has been moved from Kericho's Siloam Hospital to Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi. This was done amid preparations for her burial at her Koru home in Kisumu on a date the family is yet to announce. Kericho East OCPD Justus Kitetu confirmed the transfer of the body on Wednesday. The widow of the late former Foreign Affairs Minister Robert Ouko died in a road crash on Monday   Read More ...
Form four student, security guard killed in attack on Kericho school
2017-08-22 21:42:35 SUMMARY Form four student and a security guard were killed in an attack at Kaptebeswet Secondary School in Ainamoi. Kericho East Deputy county commissioner Stanslous Apowkha confirmed the incident. Area MCA Erick Bett appealed to security agencies to intensify patrols in the ward and residents to embrace Nyumba Kumi initiative. Machete wielding assailants struck Kaptebeswet Secondary School in Ainamoi and killed a form four student and a watchman before escaping with at least six computers, public address systems, gas cylinders among other items   Read More ...
Anger as student, watchman killed in cold blood in Kericho
2017-08-22 12:09:38 A watchman and a student were Monday night murdered in cold blood and a computer lab vandalised at Kaptebeswet Secondary School in Kipchebor Ward, Kericho County. Emotions were high as residents stormed the school to protest the killings of the Form Four student and the guard. Kericho Deputy County Commissioner Stanlaus Apwokha said the bodies of the two had injuries pointing to a torturous experience that led to their deaths   Read More ...
Ouko’s wife dies in road accident
2017-08-21 23:09:52 The wife to former Foreign Affairs minister Robert Ouko is dead. Christabel Ouko passed on last evening following a tragic road accident on Koru-Kericho road. She was pronounced dead on arrival at the Siloam Hospital in Kericho. She was returning home after attending Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o swearing in ceremony. Her brother in law Maurice Seda told the People Daily that it was a major loss to their family as well as a blow to the former minister’s murder probe   Read More ...
Biometric player ID is the way to go
2017-08-21 12:09:48 Sometime back in May, SportPesa Premier League champions Tusker played Zoo Kericho at Kericho Green Stadium. The brewers won the match two-nil, but that was not the end of the matter. Somehow, the Tusker management forgot their players’ Football Kenya Federation cards in Ruaraka or God knows where and could not produce them as is mandatory before a match takes place   Read More ...
Kericho Governor Chepkwony sworn in
2017-08-18 19:05:27 Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony has asked locals to expect more development projects as he took oath of office Friday. The governor and his deputy Susan Kikwai were sworn in in a colourful ceremony at Kericho Green stadium. Mr Chepkwony said they had laid grounds in their first term for agricultural related and other industries that will create jobs and thus reduce poverty   Read More ...