Susan Wanjiru who is seeking to become the first woman to be elected Nakuru East Ward representative in the August 9 polls

Since the advent of devolution in 2013, all the five wards that form the Nakuru Town East constituency have been dominated by male representatives. 

The five wards that have never had a woman Member of the County Assembly (MCA) leaders include Biashara, Kivumbini, Flamingo, Menengai and Nakuru East.

Mr Joseph Omondi (left) the executive director of Midrift Hurinet and Nakuru County Commissioner Erustus Mbui during a civic engagement towards free, fair, credible and peaceful 2022 elections in Nakuru Town on September 22, 2021
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) targets to register 215,000 new voters in Nakuru County when the countrywide registration kicks off on October 4. The electoral agency hopes to register 4.5million new voters countrywide ahead of the 2022 elections. According to the Nakuru County IEBC manager Silas Rotich, the commission will employ 330 clerks in the county to man registration centres in all the 55 wards.
Flamingo slums in Nakuru Town. A criminal gang popularly known as ‘Confirm’ operates from the informal settlement

During the study that involved 1,230 respondents, data was
collected in the three counties from August 5- 25 last year. While
the study found that there have been no terrorist attacks recorded in
the three counties in the six-months (February-July 2020), it
established that Al-Shabaab continues to be the main active terror
group in the counties.
The study is called ‘Baseline Evaluation Report for Program to
Address Polarisation, Radicalisation, and Extremism in Kenya

Patricia Crosby, the Programme Manager of Institute for Strategic Dialogue in the UK speaks in Nakuru town during the inter-counties preventing and countering violent forum on November 26, 2020.

Civil society stakeholders, national and county government representatives want devolved units to set up directorates on prevention and countering extremism among the youth.The representatives drawn from 11 counties of Nairobi, Nakuru, Isiolo, Kwale, Mandera, Kisumu, Uasin Gishu, Lamu, Mombasa, Kakamega and Kilifi spoke at the end of the inter-counties preventing and countering violent extremism forum in Nakuru town on Thursday.

Mombasa women and human right groups march from Sabasaba to Lights as they commemorated International Women's day in Mombasa County on Friday March 8, 2019. [Kelvin Karani, Standard]

As the world marks 16 days of activism against gender-based violence (GBV) which started yesterday, Maureen is nursing injuries she sustained in a domestic row. The attack by her partner almost made her have a miscarriage when she was eight months pregnant.

According to Midrift Human Rights Network (Midrift Hurinet) at least 20 cases of assault are reported weekly in Kaptembwo and Kwa Rhonda in Nakuru and Karagita in Naivasha from the time the curfew was imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus

Coporal Beth Kamau from Kaptembwo Police Station gender desk during sensitisation forum on violence prevention at Koinange Primary School.
Scarce resources is making the government’s efforts to fight coronavirus difficult. To boost the government’s efforts in the fight against the virus, a Nakuru-based Non-Governmental Organisation, Midrift Hurinet has launched a campaign to deliver personal protection equipment to police officers in the region.

Sentiments echoed by Ms Jane Josiah from MIDRIFT Human Rights Network- an NGO working towards prevention of urban violence and matters mental health.She said that more effort should be put on creating awareness, Treatment and management, Demystifying the myths and facts, mental health illnesses and distinguishing them from the other illnesses and Universal Healthcare should also cater for the mental healthcare conditions.

A Nakuru-based NGO Midrift Human Rights Network has certified 36 Community Health Volunteers (CHVs) after undergoing training in a programme dubbed ‘Problem Management Plus’(PM+) towards offering psycho-social support to Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV)  survivors.

Dr Robert Worrall, a principal lecturer in leadership and a management specialist, addressing members of a human rights group in Nakuru on  September 5, 2019. The group was being trained on urban violence.

Nominated MCA Rose Gathoni Njoroge speaks on June 26, 2019 at the Nakuru County Assembly. She supported the Nakuru County Violence Prevention Policy motion. 

Women have unique insights on crime because most mostly they stay longer around homes thereby making it easy for them to detect characters and study behaviors.July 8-14, 2019

Nakuru County executive in charge of Public Service, Training and Devolution, Mwangangi Mwania showing Nakuru County Action Plan document for preventing and countering violent extremism in his office on July 22, 2019.