Governor Kinuthia Mbugua unveils four brand new patrol boats

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Security patrols in Lake Naivasha got a major boost recently after Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua commissioned four new speedboats to help in policing the public resource.
The governor officially unveiled MV Longonot, MV Suswa, MV Menengai and MV Ulinzi on November 4 2015, amid cheers and ululations, in front of a retinue of guests including officials from his office, County Assembly members, members of the press and the general public, underscoring the significance tied to security patrols in the lake by both the County Government and the fishing fraternity in Naivasha.
The patrol boats will be deployed for use in Karagita, Kamere, Tarambete and Central fish landing beaches.
“These patrol boats will be used for three things; to guard against illegal fishing, in search and rescue missions and in special missions such as introduction of fish fingerlings into the lake,” said Karagita Beach Management Unit Chairman, …. Kilo. 
During the event, some 1000 fish fingerlings were introduced into the lake in a bid to replenish fish stock diminished by fishing activities. Officials noted that this exercise would be done regularly to guarantee sustainability of fishing.
Governor Mbugua said that the boats would be operated under supervision of the Gilgil and Naivasha Sub County Fisheries Officers in conjunction with the Beach Management Unit chairmen.
“These resources belong to fishermen, but I am instructing my officers to supervise their operation in partnership with the beach chairmen because it is an equal partnership,” he said.
At the same time, Governor Mbugua announced plans to build a KSh. 8 million fish processing, packaging and packing factory in the vicinity of Lake Naivasha to support value addition. 
“Fishing is an important economic activity in Nakuru County. In 2014, there were 692 MT of fish harvested from Lake Naivasha worth some KSh. 68.4 million. From January to September 2015, fishermen have harvested 823.6 MT of fish with a total value of KSh. 97 million,” he said.
Governor Mbugua noted that, currently, there were 100 licensed fishing boats, 400 licensed fishermen and 500 approved fishing nets, underscoring the magnitude of fishing activities that were going on at Kenya’s second largest fresh water lake.

Chinese to establish multimillion shilling crayfish factory in Naivasha – Governor Mbugua

Wednesday, November, 4 2015
Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has announced plans to allow Chinese investors to establish a crayfish processing factory in Naivasha valued at over KSh. 900 million.
According to Governor Mbugua, the factory will be used solely to process and package crayfish for export and, in turn, the investment is supposed to create jobs for thousands of unemployed youths in the town.
“They (Chinese) told me that they want to process crayfish for export. We Kenyans are not fond of crayfish, so I told them that they could farm crayfish, harvest and export so long as their investment will create jobs for our people,” he said, to which the crowd laughed and cheered.
The governor made the announcement during a ceremony to commission four patrol boats donated by the county government to guard against illegal fishing in Lake Naivasha at Karagita beach on November 4, 2015.
The investors are keen to start operations and were on hand to distribute 40 specialized crayfish fishing nets with each of the four Beach Management Units – Central, Kamere, Karagita and Tarambete – getting 10 nets each.
Even as this was going on, however, disquiet was raised from certain quarters regarding the manner in which the Chinese were going about their proposed business, specifically whether due process was being followed.
Imarisha Naivasha Chief Executive Officer, Kamau Mbogo, expressed dismay that even as the Chinese seemed to be in top gear to launch their operations, they had managed to overlook certain important aspects such as an environmental impact assessment.
“The investors have not done and environmental impact assessment to evaluate the impact of mass introduction of crayfish into the lake. Has a feasibility study been conducted to establish the viability of the investment and the ecological risk involved?” he posed.
Silas Wanjala, an environmental researcher working in Lake Naivasha, reiterated that more research was needed to ascertain the viability of mass introduction of crayfish.
“Research has shown that crayfish feed on vital plant life that inhabits the floor of the lake. If crayfish population rises drastically, then this plant life will be decimated irredeemably,” he said.
As things stand, however, it is all systems go for the investors after the governor gave the project a clean bill of health, noting that they would build schools and hospitals for the local population as part of their corporate social responsibility efforts.
Whether or not the disquiet emanating from the scientific community regarding the project will be taken into consideration remains to be seen.



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