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The lowest amount of loan given was 47,500 with a grace period of three months and the highest was 195,000 with a grace period of one month.
While handing out the checks, Mr. Kitheka said that there has been a massive mobilization of women to register groups to take advantage of funds released by the government. He added that the starting amount of loans has been increased from fifty thousand shillings (50,000) to hundred thousand shillings (100,000)
The local Member of Parliament, Dr Rachael Kaki, told women that there are individual loans only that intermediaries to dispatch the money have not been identified.
“If women SACCO’s develop properly they could be used in future as intermediaries,” said
Kitui South Constituency MP Dr.Rachael Kaki Nyamai
hands over checks to Wome Group representatives. Looking
on is DGSDO,Mr. Daniel Kitheka(Photo:Daniel Mwendo/MCV)
This he said was one way of doing away with illicit business in the area. He enumerated challenges like lack of IDs, slow speed of group registration, lack of capacity building to the groups to enable them to write proposals, ignorance of the people about government plans as some of the challenges facing access to the funds.
|Dr.Nyamai addresses the crowd(Photo:Daniel Mwendo/MCV)|
The administrator also took the occasion to warn those who could be sabotaging the water supply in the area by tampering with the pipes that their days were numbered and those caught will face the full force of the law.
The officials of the groups which got the highest loans advised other women to have good plans. Table banking concept was one of the means in which the groups use to raise money.
Other officers present were Kitui South Women Enterprise Fund Coordinator and Youth Enterprise Fund Coordinator, Chris King’ondu among others.
Saturday, August 10, 2013
KCB Mutomo branch manager Ms. Peninah Johnsweeps a section of a littered street during the activity
(Photo:Andy Munyoki/ MCV)
Some of the KCB Mutomo branch staff members empty litter
into a hand cart for transportation to the burning site during
the exercise( Photo:Andy Munyoki/ MCV)
A KCB staff member and other volunteers
from the town collect dirt from dumping an unsecured
site during the cleaning activity(Photo:Andy Munyoki/ MCV)
Friday, August 9, 2013
By Daniel Mwendo
Muslims in Mutomo Township celebrated Idd-Ul-Fitr with pomp and glamour .This was after the Chief Kadhi, Sheikh Shariff Ahmed Muhdhar directed that the 30 day fasting period was scheduled to end on Thursday.
Muslims in happy moods met for the morning prayers after which they went round visiting friends and congratulating them for successful completion of Ramadhan.According to the Islam religion, these visits also have the objectives of praying for the departed souls as well as praying for the sick.
According to Asumani Bakari, Ramadhan is mandatory to Muslims as it is prescribed by the Quran because it keeps up with the tradition of the forefathers like Abraham.During the month of Ramadhan, each Muslim believer is supposed to give Zaka –ul- fitr .This is the alms of food. This ensures that each Muslim has enough to eat because even the poor are supposed to give out anything in excess of two and half kilograms.
“Ramadhan has a lot of advantage” says Baraka Bakari, a Mutomo resident. The core reason for fasting is devotion to prayers. Others are health reasons i.e. cleansing the human system or detoxicating one. Once the parasites in the bodies are deprived of food they starve and die hence after Ramadhan, one is healthier than before.
During Ramadhan, there is Tarahweh swala which is very crucial. According to the Quran, if one prays during this particular day, all prayers are answered. Mostly it normally falls within odd days of the last ten days of Ramadhan. (19th to 29th)
The Kenyan Government gazetted August, 9, 2013 as a National Holiday.
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
By Daniel Mwendo
There will be a reduction in the number of individuals abusing drugs and alcohol in Mutomo District in the near future. The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA) in conjunction with Africa Brotherhood Church and Akamba Council of Elders have rolled out a pilot project in Lower Eastern to train an individual in every location about alcohol and drug abuse.
Kitui South Constituency has been chosen for the pilot project whereby an individual has been selected from each location and trained about alcohol and drug abuse. The one day training which took place on 7th August, 2013 at a Mutomo hotel saw 14 participants equipped with knowledge on drug types, effects and drug and alcohol management strategies. Participants in the training cited the following as the common drugs in Kitui south; alcohol, bangi, miraa (khat), kuber etc.
These locational representatives will spread on what they have been trained to the grassroots i.e. to the village level and afterwards the residents will elect ten people in every village to be named as the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Ambassadors (ADAA).ADAA’s role of alcohol and drug abuse ambassadors will be to constantly keep on undertaking the anti-drug campaign at the grassroots level. The idea is to stop non-users from being users and to encourage those who are abusing the drugs to reduce.
The idea was hatched in order to boost the chances of vision 2030 being a success bearing in mind that majority of those who are abusing drugs are the youth who form a great percentage of the entire population.
Questionnaires will be administered at the sub-locational level to capture the various information like types of drugs available, where they are found and projects which can be carried out to create alternative ways of income generation. A part from being drug abuse ambassadors, ADAAs will also have the mandate of resource mapping in order to identify the resources in their vicinities which can be utilized in order to provide alternative means of earning income and engaging the drug addicts.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
By James Wambua Mwendo
Communities living around Mutomo hills, also known as Ngomeni hills, are in great dilemma. Their dilemma has been augmented by monkeys which inhabit the area and invade the farmers’ shambas and homesteads daily. This monkey menace has made farming around the area impossibility as the monkeys cause destruction on the farms leaving the farmers a frustrated lot.
Farmers here say that despite having reported these cases of invasion to the District Kenya Wildlife Society (KWS) Office, no fruitful response has been forthcoming. As it stands now, the KWS policy states that there is no compensation for crop destruction or any domestic animal killed by the monkeys. Compensation is only made in the case of a snake bite case or a death of a person caused by a wild animal.
Now the affected farmers are appealing to the KWS to remove these monkeys to an area like Ithumba hill, which is a part of Tsavo East Game Park. They feel that is only such an action which will enable them cultivate their farms for economic and social development.
The monkeys, which the farmers estimate to be over two hundred in number and which were less than ten same twenty years ago, appear to keep on multiplying and farmers live in the fear that in the very near future, this will halt the farming activities which will have dire consequences on development in the area.
Monkeys are known to eat almost anything which is grown on the farm. These include; maize, green grams , cowpeas, millet, sorghum, cassava roots ,pawpaw fruits, sweet potatoes, guava fruits, water lemon beans, pumpkins, vegetables like kales, spinach, tomatoes, mango fruits. They also eat the poultry, goats and lambs .In addition to this, the monkeys pose a threat to water hygiene as they drink from the water harvesting structures around the areas. One of these water harvesting structures is Kaseva Rock catchment.
Although the residents around Mutomo hills recognize that farming is an important activity towards achieving economic stability, the monkey menace has deprived them of this luxury. Through forming Self-Help groups the members have received farming skills through different training from relevant Government ministries as well as Non-Governmental organizations.
They are therefore appealing to the District KWS office to take the necessary measures to help them enjoy their farming activities and realize food security.