Hundreds of Nyeri residents were treated to an early Christmas party by the county government Friday during the launch of governor’s Christmas tree, amid calls for extension of the same gesture to others, especially the less fortunate members of the society.
The guests who spent the better part of the day at the governor’s office grounds were treated to a luncheon, entertainment and later took home gift hampers comprising food stuffs, including wheat and maize flour, rice as well as cooking oil.
It was the first time since the advent of devolution for the devolved unit to treat residents to a Christmas party with Governor Mutahi Kahiga reminding residents of the need to embrace the spirit of sharing and giving this festive season.
“It is incumbent upon each one of us to share God’s love with all groups of people in the society especially the less fortunate,” said Kahiga.
At the same time, the governor hit out at his critics, adding that no amount of intimidation would deter him from executing his duties geared towards uplifting living standards of the people.
Recently, rumors were rife that the county administration was crumbling down amid reports of resignation of the deputy Caroline Karugu. The governor later refuted the claims saying the government was intact.
Nyeri Central Deputy County Commissioner James Chacha called on resident to be vigilant on security matters, noting that criminals usually take advantage of people having travelled to celebrate Christmas with their loved ones to break and steal from their homes.
He appealed to residents to work closely with the local Nyumba Kumi leadership to ensure vigilance was maintained throughout the season, even though enough security personnel had been deployed to ensure residents go on their business undisturbed.
Chacha also called on motorists to be careful on the roads and follow laid down traffic rules including observance of speed limit and avoid driving while intoxicated to ensure an accident free season.
By Samuel Maina