Nyamira County Coordinating Committee Press Statement
May 5, 2021
Care for God’s People
The County Coordinating Committee of Nyamira, NCCK Nyanza Region has met here at Free Pentecostal Fellowship of Kenya today April 30, 2021 to transact statutory business and reflect on the state of the nation and the county. The meeting was guided by the scripture recorded in Psalms 32:8
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you
We now wish to share the following message with the residents in Nyamira County and the country in general.
- Covid-19 Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness
This County Coordinating Committee has taken time to pray for the people who are infected and those affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We have welcomed the news that more Kenyans are being vaccinated, even as we urge all of us to strictly adhere to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health. In the meantime, we urge the national and county governments to ensure that the oxygen production plants are working well to avoid pushing the country into a crisis as has been witnessed elsewhere.
- Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020
This County Coordinating Committee has noted that the Constitution of Kenya Amendment Bill 2020 has progressed to being discussed in Parliament. We urge all Kenyans to maintain peace and security as the Bill progresses through the different stages. We must all be tolerant of each other, and allow every Kenyan to express their wishes on the proposed amendments. No Kenyan should suffer or die because of the referendum process.
On our part, we in NCCK have a Civic Education Handbook that has been shared through our structures and churches to enable all Kenyans understand the proposed amendments and their implications so as to make informed decisions.
We in the meantime urge all Kenyans to read and understand the Referendum Bill and also attend civic education forums wherever such are convened.
- Demolition of Properties
This County Coordinating Committee has noted with concern the wanton destruction of residential houses and commercial buildings in Nyamira County. It is very sad that the demolitions have been undertaken without a human face. The evictees have not been given adequate notice, and those who have lived in these lands for decades are not being offered alternative residential areas. This must be stopped. We call upon the government and parastatal bodies to carry out the process in a humane way and provide alternatives to those with genuine titles.
- Release of ARV’s Drugs
This County Coordinating Committee has keenly followed the developments surrounding the availability of Anti Retro Viral drugs that are required by persons infected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). It is very disappointing to realize that the national and county governments allowed the supply of the drugs to be depleted to the point of becoming a crisis. What is even more mortifying is the revelation that the Kenya Medical Supplies (KEMSA) stores had medications that remained in the store until they expired but never released the same to the public hospitals. This is very insensitive, and insist that our people must not be taken through this unnecessary suffering. We appeal to the Ministry of Health to act with immediate effect in fast tracking the release of the unexpired drugs still being held at the Port.
- Readiness for the 2022 General Elections
This County Coordinating Committee recognizes that the President heard the voice of the church when we asked for prioritization of the appointment of Commissioners for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission. It is our hope and prayer that the court cases touching on the Panel for recruitment of the commissioners will be concluded speedily to ensure the process moves forward. It is very essential that the IEBC is given adequate resources and time to prepare for credible, free, fair and peaceful elections next year.
On our part, we continue to urge clergy and religious leaders to safeguard the pulpit from being used as a campaign platform. We must not allow worship services to become toxic as politicians and aspirants use the places of worship as a battlefield.
On their part, we urge all Kenyans to reject all political actors who promote violence or engage in insults in their campaigns.
As we conclude, we wish to join all Kenyans in the prayer we all make through our National Anthem:
O God of all creation, bless this our land and nation, justice be our shield and defender. May we dwell in unity, peace and liberty, plenty be found within our borders.
Signed on this 30th day of April 2021 at Free Pentecostal Church of Kenya, Nyamira.
Rev Leonard Mwasi
Chairman, NCCK County Coordinating Committee, Nyamira County