As the rains continue to pound and cause havoc within the county, numbers of the affected persons is on the increase at the designated evacuation centers which calls for quick response on both food and nonfood items for the victims.
It is in the light of this, that the flood response coordinating committee comprising of county government team led by Ruth Odinga who is also the chairperson, development partners such as UNICEF, Care Kenya. World Vision, Red Cross, Makini Schools and Community well-wishers held a meeting to deliberate on how provide aid to the displaced persons.
With the growing population at the evacuation centers, assessment should be carried out to inform the needs of the people in the affected areas for accurate response.
Some of the foreseen immediate needs included holding medical camps, distribution of ready to eat food items, water treatment tabs, buckets for water treatment, mosquito nets and sanitation facilities.
Desegregation of the displaced persons at the evacuation centers is also key in meeting the different needs of people such as the lactating mothers, children under five, the old and persons with disabilities who are considered vulnerable.
Dredging of the river Nyando and Miriu is critical in reducing the overflow when rivers break their banks and construction of dykes is also key in flood prone areas to mitigate the occurrences of such emergencies.
The Ministry of Devolution was asked to dredge the rivers and construct the dykes during the official visit by the CS Eugine Wamalwa earlier this week.
The office of the County Commissioner has been tasked to beef up security in the night especially for the vulnerable young girls, mothers the and elderly women
The national government through Ministry of Devolution dispatched food items for distribution to affected areas.
Flood disaster has been common to Nyando and Muhoroni but this time round most parts of the county are affected including Nyakach, Kisumu East, Kisumu West, Kisumu Central and Seme.
Madam Ruth Odinga the in charge of County special programs thanked the development partners and the well –wishers from the business community for taking the initiative to support the noble cause. She called on them to put together a concerted effort towards meeting the needs of the affected persons.
The policy on Sexual and Gender-based violence was recently unveiled at Acacia hotel.
It is expected to fast track the reduction of gender abuse cases which has escalated in the county.
In partnership with KMET and Equality, the County government of Kisumu becomes the second in Kenya to unveil a comprehensive policy framework designed to eliminate sexual and gender -based violence (SGBV) at local level.
Kisumu County speaker, Hon. Elisha Jack Oraro said that the day marked the end of a journey that started long ago and that Kisumu County will be working towards a direction that is known to implement on this policy that has just been unveiled.
“Gender is wide therefore GBV is not only on women alone but also men and with this policy it will be possible to identify such cases. The policy is a step towards ensuring that Kisumu County advocates for zero tolerance to sexual and gender based violence”. He said.
The policy calls for the prioritization of SGBV responsive interventions including the allocation of sufficient financial and human resources geared towards supporting activities that will redress the violations.
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
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
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.