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However the pastoralist community should not be forced to adopt modern day dairy farming instead they should be allowed to do what they are passionate about but in a way that doesn’t affect others who engage in crop farming in the constituency these can be achieved by reducing the herds to a manage.

By Julius ChemiteiFriday, 14 Jul 2017 14:54 EAT

Voters queuing to cast thier vote in a past election.

Subukia Constituency in Nakuru County has attracted a number of MP candidates. They include veteran politician Koigi wa Wamwere, Nairobi based business tycoon Simon Ngugi Muigai and the incumbent Nelson Ributhi Gachuhie.

And the race is now narrowing down between Gachuhie who won the Jubilee primaries and those who went independent after blaming the primaries compromised in his favour. 

One seen as a front runner in the race is Simon Ngugi Muigai who over the years has spent time studying the terrain and has initiated a number of activities that are geared to helping the people of Subukia come up with the models that can best change the situation on the ground. Subukia being half way arid and the mass of land being dry, Mr Muigai is thinking of how to harness and leverage on Natural rivers water diversion and collection to help in establishment of massive production of horticulture and avocado fruit.

To address the current high rate of unemployment in Nakuru County Mr Muigai is harnessing the youth Talent to crop farming and modernized dairy farming as one of the ways of fighting crime in the region and providing a reliable food supply sector for the constituency and within the county. The Avocado processing plant that is said to have offered youth in the region thousands of jobs has remained closed for a decade now with the current leadership not in a position or ignore its resuscitation.

The constituency is also suffering a great set back in education sector and Mr Muigai is pointing out that a mean Grade of D as a constituency is nothing to celebrate at all for this has contributed to a huge number of youth not exiting to the next level, this negatively has impacted to the growth for any economy needs expertise to drive in a speedy manner. Infrastructural improvement in terms of classes and workforce motivation using the funds allocated to the CDF and upgrading scholarships from friends.

Land being an emotive issue and has remained a reason of conflict between the pastoralists and the shot season crop farmers, "land needs to be turned into an economical resource that’s why we need to issue title deeds to the people of Subukia so that they can access loans through the financial facilities by providing the proof of ownership as a collateral’’ says Mr Muigai through collaboration with national government and the ministry of lands he will push for title deed issuance to his people should he be elected come during the elections slated for August 8th  

However the pastoralist community should not be forced to adopt modern day dairy farming instead they should be allowed to do what they are passionate about but in a way that doesn’t affect others who engage in crop farming in the constituency these can be achieved by reducing the herds to a manage.

Youth talent development Centres are other key areas Mr Muigai is eyeing to leverage on, soccer and art theaters are already listed in the roadmap towards a new Subukia for the youth who have passion in arts and sports, Subukia Constituency according to IEBC register has 51,582 voters and is expected to be a battle field of Jubilee and the Independed candidates.

The writer, an experienced journalist, is a contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press





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