The rice farmers association in Nyakach Sub County dubbed COFA (Cham Ogweyo Farmers Association) today received a 3M milling machine from the Venezuelan government through FAO in partnership with National and County Governments.
This will go a long way in boosting mechanized production, rice value addition and eventually improve the economic situation of not only the sub county but also the region.
Speaking during the handing over of the machine to the Farmers, the CEC Member for Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Gilchrist Okuom thanked the Venezuelan government for the good gesture of touching lives at the lowest level to make them productive.
He reiterated that his department is working on upgrading Wasare Scheme and construction of a water intake at Gem Rae irrigation scheme by January next year. This will improve productivity in the area since the farmers have been relying on unreliable rainfall that is impacting negatively on their productivity.
Madam Jane Ndung’u a representative of the national government lauded the Venezuelan government for funding the project as a demonstration that we can mechanize, and add value to improve the economic situation of the region.
Stating that rice production falls under the big four agenda- food security and nutrition in the country, she called on farmers to double their efforts on rice production to fill in the gap.
FAO assistant representative, Mr Hamisi Williams urged the farmers to stay focused, create opportunities for others and work in harmony to entice more donor funded projects for economic development in the region
The FAO Kenya representative, Mr Tobias Kavarasha of Zimbabwe origin, who has just been posted to Kenya said it was an honor being that Kenya is the leading agricultural country in Africa. He reiterated the importance of partnerships in production, rice as a value chain that can be improved through mechanization and technology.
The Venezuelan Ambassador, Jesus Agustin Puppo Manzanilla on his part thanked the people for their warm welcome and said their government is committed to continue working closely with FAO, national and county governments in capacity building. He therefore called for good working relations among the partners.
Also in attendance were: the Sub county administrator Mr Vincent Orayo, the area Chief, the area MCA representative, Maurice Opiyo the chairman COFA, Henry Guya assistant chairman COFA, members of COFA among other guests
SUPPLY & IMPLEMENTATION OF VEHICLE TRACKING AND FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
INVITATION TO TENDER
TENDER NO.CGK/FIN/2019: SUPPLY & IMPLEMENTATION OF VEHICLE TRACKING AND FLEET MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
County Government of Kisumu (CGK) invites sealed tenders from eligible candidates for the Supply & Implementation of Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management System.
Interested eligible candidates may obtain further information from and inspect the tender documents from
Procurement Office at the County Headquarters’, Prosperity House, 2nd Floor Wing “A”. A complete tender document may be obtained by interested candidates on normal working days between 8.30 a.m and 4.00 p.m or Download from the CGK website www.kisumu.go.ke, upon payment of a non-refundable fee of Kenya Shillings One Thousand (Kshs. 1,000) payable in cash or bankers’ cheque to County Government of Kisumu.
Completed tender documents in plain sealed envelopes clearly marked “CGK/F&EP/TRA/FLEET/001/2019-2020: Supply & Implementation of Vehicle Tracking and Fleet Management System should be addressed and delivered to: THE COUNTY SECRETARY, COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KISUMU, P.O. BOX 2738-40100 KISUMU. Or be deposited in the Tender Box at CGK Headquarters’, 2nd Floor Main Reception marked “TENDER BOX” so as to be received on or before 10.00 am on Friday 13th December, 2019.
Tender opening will be carried out immediately thereafter at the CGK Board Room
Tenders must be accompanied by Bid Bond of 2% of the Tender sum in the format specified in the tender documents.
Tenders will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the tenderers representatives who choose to attend the opening at CGK Board Room
HEAD OF SUPPLY CHAIN
TENDERS FOR ROADS MAINTAINANCE LEVY FUND (RMLF) AND COUNTRY REVENUE FUND (CRF) DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-2020
INVITATION TO TENDER
TENDERS FOR ROADS MAINTAINANCE LEVY FUND (RMLF) AND COUNTRY REVENUE FUND (CRF) DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FINANCIAL YEAR 2019-2020
County Government of Kisumu hereby invites sealed bids from eligible candidates to tender for RMLF and CRF Roadworks Projects for FY 2019/2020.
Download the below documents to view the advertised Roads Tenders;
the BQs can be downloaded below or by going to https://www.kisumu.go.ke/resources/downloads/tenders/
The Reserved Tenders are reserved for the Special Categories only; namely;
- People with disabilities
- MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
The following must be submitted together with the bid;
- . Certified copy of Certificate of Incorporation,
- Certified copy of VALID Registration Certificate with the National Construction Authority (NCA) in the classes specified in the tender notice.
- VAT and PIN Registration,
- A copy of VALID Tax Compliance Certificate from Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA),
- Certified copy of RECENT CR12 FORM (WITHIN 12 MONTHS) from Registrar of Companies.
- Certified copy of current Single Business Permit preferably from Kisumu County.
- Bidders shall sequentially serialize all pages for each tender document submitted failure to which the bidder shall be disqualified.
- Signed and stamped Form of Tender
- Duly signed Pre-Tender Site Visit Certificate
- Completely filled Tender and Confidential Business Questionnaire Forms.
- Tenders must be accompanied by an original tender Security of 2% of the tender sum in form of a guarantee acceptable under the Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Act, 2015 and Public Procurement and Disposal Regulations 2006 payable to the County Government of Kisumu.
- MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS FOR BIDDERS IN CATEGORY B (TENDERS RESERVED FOR YOUTH, WOMEN & PERSONS WITH DISABILITY TENDERS)
- All listed requirements (1-10) in category (A) above.
- Dully filled and signed Bid Securing Declaration Form for special categories.
- Certified copy of Certificate of Registration for access to government procurement opportunities from the National Treasury for tenders in the Special Categories.
Note! Certification must be by a commissioner for oaths.
Other requirements are as specified in the tender notice and this tender document.
- Bidders with history of Non-performance (e.g failure to complete the projects for the last three financial years, Notice of termination or termination of contracts in the last three financial years will be Disqualified.
- Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
The complete set of tender documents may be downloaded from the County’s website ie www.kisumu.go.ke . Completed Tender Documents are to be enclosed in plain sealed envelopes marked with Tender Name and Tender Number and deposited in the Tender Box located adjacent to the Accounts Office, Department of Roads, Transport and Public Works, Bandani; off Kisumu–Busia Road or to be addressed to:
THE CHIEF OFFICER
DEPARTMENT OF ROADS TRANSPORT & PUBLIC WORKS
COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KISUMU
P.O BOX 2738-40100
so as to be received on or before 13th Dec, 2019 at 11.00A.M
- Tenders will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the candidates or their representatives who choose to attend at the Board Room Department of Roads, Transport and Public Works, Bandani off Busia – Kisumu
- Prices quoted should be net inclusive of all taxes, must be in Kenya shillings and shall remain valid for 90 days from the closing date of tender.
- Pre-bid conference will be held at the Board Room Department of Roads, Transport and Public Works, Bandani off Busia – Kisumu on 4th Dec,2019 at11.00A.M
- Pre-bid Site Visit will be held in the period between 4th Dec ,2019 to 11th Dec,2019 and bidders shall make arrangement with the client. This Site Visit is Mandatory to all bidders.
Tenders will be opened immediately thereafter in the presence of the candidates or their representatives who choose to attend at the Board Room Department of Roads, Transport and Public Works, Bandani off Busia – Kisumu
Late bids will be not be accepted.
Interested eligible candidates may obtain further information and inspect Tender Documents and the Design Drawings at Roads Directorate, Department of Roads, Transport and Public Works, Bandani; off Kisumu – Busia Road, during normal working hours.
DIRECTOR –SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT
Governor, Professor Nyong’o yesterday played host to the Deputy British High Commissioner H.E Susie Kitchens at his office.
Their talks centered on areas of mutual bilateral interests.
Governor Nyong’o appraised Madam Susie on some the developments being implemented in partnership with strategic partners such the World Bank which aims at improving service delivery in the City of Kisumu and the recently gazzetted five new urban centres of Maseno, Kombewa, Ahero, Katito and Muhoroni.
He noted that the cumulative outcome of the investments have encouraged private sector involvement in partnering with the county.
He singled out the building of a small traders market as a strategy that will revolutionize small trading in the County.
H.E the Deputy Commissioner who is in Kisumu to grace the week long Lake Basin Innovation and Investment week was accompanied by the British Vice Consular Mr. George Butunoi and Lucy Kimani, the DIFID Regional representative.
Kisumu County finally gets a substantive County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Finance and Economic Planning following the swearing in of George Omondi Okong’o earlier yesterday..
Mr. Okong’o who previously headed the Special Delivery Unit was sworn into office yesterday afternoon by Kisumu Law Courts Chief Magistrate Julius Nga’arng’ar at a ceremony held at Kisumu City Hall.
As he welcomed the new CEC Member, Kisumu Governor, Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o who witnessed the ceremony alongside his Deputy Dr. Mathew Owili congratulated Mr. Omondi even as he lauded the County Assembly for their professionalism in the vetting process and the day to day running of the assembly.
He also provided a brief highlight of the developments around the city including the establishment of the Kisumu Small Traders Commercial Centre, which is at an advanced stage with the help of the National Government. He lauded the traders for their patience and overwhelming support as he tries to re plan the city.
The jubilant Mr. Okong’o who now becomes the youngest CEC highlighted his commitments in five key points. At the top of his agenda is the streamlining of Budget and Planning processes with a view to making them more elaborate, timely and inclusive. Secondly, the issue of the wage bill which Mr. Omondi says can only addressed by making strategic and hard choices as opposed to focusing on the numbers.
The other major issue he focused to address is the aspect of own revenue generation promising to conduct proper assessment of the potentials of the various revenue streams. Other measures will include putting into place prudent expenditure and cash flow management and ensuring proper implementation of government projects.
Mr. Okong’o was categorical that most county projects were incomplete due to lack of capacity by certain service providers. He promised to strengthen the procurement process to ensure that only people with sound business standing get to work with government.
He extended a welcoming hand to good businessmen in the county to feel free and work with the county government in delivering the promise to the people of Kisumu.
Dr. Owili reminded the new Finance CECM of the critical role the docket plays as an enabler to other departments urging him to remain true to the task.
Mr. Okong’o takes over the finance docket from Dr. Obiero Ogone who was serving as the Interim Executive following a cabinet reshuffle where the former office holder Mr. Nerry Achar was moved to Energy and Industrialisation.
The Lake Basin Innovation and Investment Week entered its second day yesterday, as increased calls for adequate funding towards innovation took center stage.
Geared towards the promotion of innovation to develop the lake basin, the five day conference brought together stakeholders and academicians who deliberated on topical issues crucial to the growth of innovation productivity.
In her address, UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E Susie Kitchens lauded the important role played by innovation in creating economic growth and inclusive employment opportunities.
The British government she said was working closely with the County government to capacity build 16,000 young people in Kisumu.
The County government has already set aside Sh350 million towards the construction of an innovation and incubation centre at Rotary Vocational Training Centre.
Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili lauded the developments as he urged participants to solve challenges through innovation and creativity, sentiments echoed earlier by Kenya Industrial Estate Regional Manager Julius Gathage.
According to Gathage, the government recognized the significant role played by innovation in promoting the Big Four Agenda.
Joining the discussions were iGov CEO Ronald Osumba among other participants.
The conference was convened by Winam Capital in partnership with, the Lake Region Economic Bloc, Ukaid, British High Commission, iGov Africa, GIZ, Siemens Stiftung among other partners.
County directorate of Youths in partnership with Kisumu Youth Olympic Center and the State Department of Youth Affairs, yesterday organized a youth discussion forum with the Members of the County Assembly at the yesterday Whirl spring Hotel in Kisumu.
The forum brought on board 35 youth representatives across all sub counties to form a lobbying platform for policy and legislation framework on youth related issues. It is also anticipated to enhance public participation processes and to promote youth related development.
The youths used the platform to outline some of the policy related challenges that hinder their development prowess which included the thirty percent tender allocation, project management committee and control of grass root development funds, consideration of youths during employment, lack of support for Youth Civic Education and recognizing the forum by the County Assembly as voice of the youths among others.
The Members of the County Assembly, while speaking to the youths called on them to be aggressive in making proposals whose framework can be legislated by the County Assembly. They were also urged to attend public participation in order to prioritize projects that are youth friendly and that they should not always shy away from making applications whenever the Public Service Board places advertisements for vacant positions.
The facilitators for the forum included: County Director for youths, Mr. George Orude, Mr Paul Okaka the convener, Coordinator Kisumu Youth Olympic Center, Mr James Waore Diang’a and the in Charge of State Department of Youth Affairs, Mr Kaluoch
Her Excellency Ida Odinga officially launched a cancer screening clinic yesterday at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The initiative is part of the County First Ladies Association projects called Empower which was launched in June 2019, geared towards educating and empowering women on health matters spearhead by Makueni first lady,her Excellency Nazi Kivutha.
It is estimated that over 25 per cent of cancer cases in the world affect women and 30 to 50 per cent can be treated if diagnosed early. In Kenya, about 6 out of 1000 die daily of cancer and 2 of the 6 are women.
According to her Excellency Ida Odinga, cancer awareness should not be left to a few people, she said, “I’ll be very willing to join you and to work with you. “This she addressed to the County First Ladies Association in support of their endeavors.
The first Lady Kisumu County, Dorothy Nyong’o hosted the meeting which was attended by Kisumu Governor, Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o, first ladies from the various counties amongst other invited guests
By: Stacy Chasimba
“Save one life, you are a hero, save 100 lives you are a nurse” a statement that was echoed by the CEC member for health and sanitation Prof. Juddy Miguda Attyang and Mr. Ramesh Meta the chairman board of management of Jaramogi oginga Odinga teaching and referral hospital (JOOTRH).
The JOOTRH training school in partnership with the County government of Kisumu celebrated the inaugural graduation ceremony held this Friday the 15th of November 2019 at the hospital grounds. The inaugural graduation ceremony celebrated fifteen graduands presented with a higher diploma in Nephrology nursing.
The CEC member commended JOOTRH as an institution passionately committed to the provision of quality health services by ensuring equitable access to health and training services. She congratulated the graduands for showing great courage, focus and determination towards attaining powers to give hope to humanity.
According to Prof. Attyang the County Government has consistently released qualified staff through training in High Diploma in Nephrology nursing in partnership with the college of surgeons of Eastern central and southern Africa (COSCESA) and currently provides training in general surgery.
Mr. Ramesh Mate stated that the school is set for expansion as it strives to introduce many training programs to serve the region.
In his remarks, the chief officer Stephen Sewe promised to ensure more funds are released to the health sector following the health bill that is before the County Assembly.
All pomp and Color-marked the celebrations as the graduands of the first class of its kind took a nightingale pledge of service and as they received certificates of successful achievement.
The ceremony was graced by Prof. Attyang’, members of the hospital management board county officials and the well-wishers.
By Matilda Atieno
The Government of Kenya being cognizant of the blue economy as a new frontier for development and having acknowledged it as the 8th economic pillar for the achievement of vision 2030, organized a two day confrence on Sustainable blue economy at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel in Kisumu.
The conference held under the theme, ”Harnessing the Blue Economy Opportunities in the Lake Region” focuses on driving economic development through provision of transportation, exploitation of offshore oil and gas resources, tourism, creation of employment opportunities, provision of food, nutrition and livelihoods to hundreds of millions of people.
Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o while giving his opening remarks, reiterated that opening of the Kisumu Port will set a new path to economic recovery in both the region and nationally. This will provide an investment opportunity to government and private sectors to tap the potential of leisure, tourism, transport, fishing among other economic activities associated with the lake
While giving his speech during the official opening of the conference, the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Dr Mwangi Kiunjuri stated that sustainable utilization of Lake Victoria and other water resources in the region is an integral part of the big four agenda and socioeconomic wellbeing of communities in the five (5) riparian counties namely Busia, Siaya,Kisumu, Homabay and Migori. However, Lake Victoria fishery has experienced a worrying decline in fish stocks and diversity, and subsequent fall in fish catches of 64% from 140 000Mts to 90 000Mts per year in the last five years
This he attributed to unsustainable fishing practices as a result of weak oversight and enforcement; proliferation of water hyacinth; conversion of sensitive shoreline wetlands; political interference in the management of fisheries; and weak collaboration between the National and County Governments
He promised that his Ministry will address the challenges by reviving fisheries in the region, implementing the new policy and institutional framework on fisheries management, enforcement of fisheries regulations, develop incubation of fisheries and aquaculture enterprises to increase fish consumption and food security, livelihoods and wellbeing of the communities in the region
Also in attendance were Principle Secretary Fisheries, Professor Micheni Ntiba, Dr James Nyikal representing MPs in the region, Deputy Governor Vihiga County Dr Patrick Lumumba Saisi ,Vice Chancellors from Maseno University, Bondo University, TUK University, County Ministers from the region, Heads of Technical training institutes, Chief Executive Officers from Parastatals in the region, Chief Officers from Counties within the region, MDs of private sectors among other guests.