Monday morning saw the official introduction of two newest County Executive Council Members (CEC M) being sworn in to office. The two new executive members include Dr. Joyce Atieno Osogo as CEC member for roads and public works and Mr. John Obiero Awiti CEC member for Education, ICT and Human Capacity Development.
The ceremony was presided over by Principle Magistrate Hon. Peter Gesare and was witnessed by the Governor of Kisumu County Prof. Anyang’ Anyang’o, Speaker of the county assembly Hon Elisha Oraro, members of the county assembly, members of the executive, County Officials and the members of the public.
The duo thanked the governor for the opportunity given to work in his government, pledging to work together with the stakeholders to fulfill the governor’s manifesto.
The deputy governor emeritus Madam Ruth Odinga congratulated the two officers adding that their responsibilities are varied and will require support from various stakeholders. She also thanked the Governor for bringing on board a female member and for recognizing the women’s efforts in leadership of the county.
The County assembly leader of majority Hon. Kenneth Onyango stressed the need to have the new officers join the county government as their work is clearly cut out. He urged them to focus on delivering services to the residents of Kisumu.
The speaker of the County assembly, Hon. Elisha Oraro noted that the Departments, Roads and public works and the Education ICT and Human capacity development are enabling department that requires direct supervision. The speaker also pledged the assembly’s support to ensure service delivery.
While addressing the event, Kisumu Governor pledged to support the new CEC members in working to fulfill their mandate. The governor urged Dr. Osogo to take advantage of the good working relationship between the county government of Kisumu and KERRA, KURRA and KENHA towards improving road networks that have been destroyed due to floods.
The Governor acknowledged that 90% of the county road networks are in bad shape and it will require efforts to improve the roads adding that the department is not all about bursaries urging the new CEC member to be fair and just in issuing bursaries.
In the face of COVID -19 Prof. Nyong’o appreciated efforts by county health workers stating that efforts have been made to address health workers grievances. The governor appealed to health workers to join hands in this time of the pandemic.
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Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o has this morning been installed as the patron of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Kisumu branch, led by the Chairman Mr. Israel Agina and the board Members at the Prosperity House.
This exercise took place as he flagged off supplies worth Ksh. 150,000 donations courtesy of the Khetias Supermarket in Kisumu.
The supplies included 200 pieces of 2kg flour, 200 pieces of bar soap, 200 bottles of one litter cooking oil, 200 blankets and 10 Jerricans for hand washing each carrying 20litters
While receiving the donations, the Governor thanked the Khetias Proprietor, Mr. Ashok Khetias for the generous donations which will go a long way in cushioning 200 households of evacuees in the Nyando camp during this difficult times of Covid 19 and the flood disasters.
He further reiterated that the county is currently working with KECOSOC team to draw a recovery strategy to revive the economic livelihoods of the affected people post the disasters.
On his part, the Khetias marketing Manager Mr. Fred Ochieng who represented Mr. Ashok said Khetias took the opportunity to stand with the people during such difficult moments and that they look forward to give more support in the coming days
Also present were: Madam Caroline Akwacha and Mr. Karanja from the KNCCI, Manager Khetias Victoria branch Mr. Bernard, Manager Khetias Kisumu dala Mr. Otieno, among other employees from Khetias Supermarket.
The Department of Agriculture received 20 wash tanks each carrying 500litres from One Acre Fund in a bid to promote hand washing which is one of the key basic hygiene measures during this time of the Covid -19 pandemic
While receiving the tanks, the Chief Officer Agriculture, Dr. Omanga thanked the One Acre Fund for their generous donations led by Mr. David Owino and Lavender Mukhanzi from the Government Liaison department.
He also commended them for the support they have continued to relay to the small holder farmers across the county through financial support to improve food security and economic empowerment.
Dr. Omanga reiterated that their services will still come handy even as the department is currently working on a post flood food security strategy, now that flood victims are gradually getting back to their homes.
On this regard, department is set to provide the people with fast maturing African leafy vegetables seeds for food and for sale.
One Acre Fund is an agricultural service provider with its branch in Kisumu for the past 8years.They currently work with 13, 420 registered small holder farmers across the county to improve livelihoods on food security.
They also provide farm inputs to farmers through loaning which is payable within one year. The inputs totals to Ksh. 134,926,092 these include maize seeds, fertilizers for planting and top dressing, sorghum, pulses, onions, assortment of vegetables and poultry.