Governor John Nyagarama was on Friday installed as de facto patron of Kenya Scouts Movement, Nyamira branch in a function held at Uhuru Gardens outside the county headquarters.

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Founded by Sir Baden Powell, scouts movement commands a huge following in the world with a membership of at least 1.4 million people from Kenya alone.

Speaking at the function, the Nyamira County boss vowed to rally more people to join, adding that he will be glad to see at least 100,000 people joining on top of the current 21,000 membership from Nyamira.

"We have a potential of increasing our membership to at least 121,000 people. The movement has impacted positively to our children. My immediate task will be to rally more youths to join us," said Mr Nyagarama.

He added: "I will fully support all your endeavors. I want to thank President Uhuru Kenyatta for his commitment to make the scouts movement vibrant. I also laud the founder, Sir Powell for such a fantastic thought."

President Uhuru Kenyatta is currently the scouts patron in Kenya and has often hosted the team at State House. Governor Nyagarama will now join him as part of the team sponsoring the movement.

Part of activities the movement is actively involved in include tree planting programmes, first aid, giving guidance and counselling or peer education. The movement also actively engages in providing security and guidance in major functions.

Brother Francis Monari who heads the movement in Kisii University, says leaders should bring on board the scouts movement given the kind of activities they run across the country.

"It's good to have our leadership on board. Am happy that Nyamira team has involved the county leadership. There is a lot we can do together as a team," he said.