The Ground Breaking Ceremony of the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium as Sports Ground Gets a New Name
Yesterday County residents witnessed a historic moment when the Cabinet Secretary for Sports and Culture Amb. Amina Mohammed in the company of Kisumu Governor, Professor Nyong’o presided over the ground breaking event of a 20,000-seater international Stadium and the renaming of the Jomo Kenyatta sports ground to Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Recreational Sports Center.
This is to pay tribute to the two most important figures in the history of this nation – the Nations first President and vice president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta and Jaramogi Oginga Odinga.
The renaming besides being the President’s and Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s wish to honour the duo, is also a long time dream of the people of the region to see an iconic commemorative monument in honour of the doyen of the region’s politics in the City in recognition of the significant contributions he made towards the region’s political development as well as the development of Kisumu City.
The International Sports Complex at the iconic Agricultural Society of Kenya show ground at Mamboleo is to be established at a cost of three hundred and fifty million.
During the ceremony, CS Amb. Amina Mohammed said she was back in the County to fulfill the promise of H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta to build an international stadium that will serve the Lake Region Economic Bloc.
The Cabinet Secretary acknowledged the County’s investment and potentiality in sporting activities despite the lack of sporting facilities.
She further commended the efforts of clubs such as Kisumu all Stars who made it to the premier league within six months, Kisumu Lakers, Rugby Union and Tykwondo under 16 who have shown a tremendous performance nationally and Internationally.
The project will not only scale up sporting activities in the region but also open up economic potential of the area. The CS thanked the Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga for his support and called for full support from the county as the project takes off.
On the other hand, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga recreational Sports Center is also set for upgrade to a tune of 100million shillings funded by the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) from World Bank.
The component of the upgrade will include an ultramodern football pitch, refurbishment of od Mikayi, Canopy shades, open event garden, monument of heroes, children’s park, tennis court,
Hockey pitch, fountain and restaurants among others
The County commissioner, Madam Susan Waweru asked the CS Amb. Amina to also visit the sub counties such as Muhoroni whose facilities are currently dilapidated and requires her support. She also called on the CS to think of the potential sporting activities within the lake
The Governor thanked the national government for their support and called on the residents to provide a conducive environment for development by focusing on the long-term vision.
Also present were: Deputy governor Dr Mathew Owili, County Assembly Speaker Elisha Oraro, A host of CECs, MCAs among other top county Officials
Governor Nyong’o has today officially established the Covid -19 response fund committee to effectively raise, and manage the funds in an impactful and accountable interventions that will mitigate the adverse effects of the Coronavirus and floods, in a bid restore Socio- economic status of county residents.
This is the second committee formed after the Kisumu Economic and Social Council (KECOSOC) established last year. Its formation is as per the guidelines of the public finance management Act 2012, vetted by the County Assembly procedures.
While charging the committee with the responsibility of managing the funds accountably in the interest of the people of Kisumu, the Governor called on them to work with partners to mobilize more funds in addition to the seed Ksh. 200M raised from the County budget that has so far been approved by the County Assembly, as well as contributions from Senior Government Officials who have contributed Kshs. 3.7 million through pay cuts.
The Committee comprises of the Chairperson Mr. Bhire Chatter, CEC Finance and Planning Mr. George Omondi Okong’o, Chief Officer health in charge of Administration and Partnerships Mr. Alphonse Ouya, Chief Officer Agriculture and Livestock Dr. Paul Omanga, Deputy Governor emeritus Ruth Odinga, Civil Society Organization Representative Madam Winnie Ogot, Madam Jessica Ogombe, Mr. Fund Secretary Mr. Caleb Opon, Mr. Walter Odede, a member of Kecosoc and also representing the youth and Fund Administrator Mr. Akaka Ramoyo
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.
Sand harvesting and murram excavation has today been banned in Kanyakwar, along the roads, electricity poles and pipelines as Sand harvesters will now be required to secure licenses and operate within the designated areas sited by the environmental sub –committee.
In addition, sand transporters will be required to apply for temporary or annual permit to operate and companies will register with County department of environment.
While briefing the media on the resolutions made during the meeting, Mr. Tom Togo the Director NEMA who is also the secretary of the sub – committee, put on notice those who will be found violating the regulations that they will suffer a penalty ranging from Ksh 1- 4 million fine, or up to one-year sentence or both.
This was resolved in a meeting held on Wednesday this week, chaired by the CEC for Environment, water and Natural Resources, Mr. Salmon Orimba, the sub- committee members came up with resolutions that will regulate sand harvesting exercise following the notice served to the harvesters before the ban.
The county environmental sub- committee under the umbrella of Environmental Management and Coordination Act (EMCA) 2015, is an inter- multi agency that has embarked on reducing environmental degradation due to rampant sand harvesting and murram excavation.
The Committee which was inaugurated last year by the Governor comprises of County departments of Environment, Agriculture, Housing and physical planning, National Government agencies including the County Commissioner, Kenya Marine, Water resource committee, Kenya Forest, Nema, among others.
He was flanked by the County Chief Officer Environment, Maryline Agwa, Chief Officer Lands Housing and Physical Planning Mr. George Ochieng, Director Conservation and Stewardship Mr. Ken Koyoo, Assistant County Commissioner Rose Nyakwara among other county environment officers.
740 traders who previously occupied the streets of Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground, Oginga Odinga, Ang’awa, Lower and Upper Ojino Okew have a reason to smile after being relocated to a newly constructed state of the art market, situated behind Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground.
The structure is a component of the non- motorized transport project which cost 37 million, equipped with essential facilities such as water, reticulation, electricity, security and sanitation to enhance trading hours.
While commissioning the market, Governor Nyong’o stated that the infrastructure will ensure that the residents consume healthy living in clean environments which is in line with his manifesto.
Cognizant of the key role played by traders in building the economy, he further reiterated that the initiative will go along way in enabling sustainable restructuring of revenue streams and also expose the traders to access trade funds from financial institutions and government. Sentiments echoed by his Deputy Dr Owili and the County Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro.
He also outlined other development works in the pipeline such as completion of Uhuru market that will accommodate 7,000 more traders who were moved out of the CBD construction of span roads in Kondele, Manyatta and the national road to be done by KENHA connecting Mamboleo to Muhoroni,Putting up affordable housing in Kaloleni, injecting 13 million in solar power that would reduce electricity bills and modernizing of the Moi stadium.
The Governor thanked the development partners for their financial and technical support in the realization of the vision namely the World Bank, National government through the state department of urban Development, ITDP. He also thanked the traders who patiently endured the inconveniences of having to give way during the project construction period.
He was accompanied by a host of MCAs, CECs, City Manager, City board members among other dignitaries. Also present were traders in the CBD.
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County Department of Agriculture has put in place strategies to raise productivity in food production that would not only ensure food security, but also potentially alleviate poverty among households amid the floods and corona-virus pandemic.
As a result of the impact of floods, farming has been concentrated on the hilly areas such as Maseno, Nyahera and parts of Muhoroni where 830 bags each 2kgs of maize seeds, 1,500 bags of top dressing fertilizer and fall army worm pesticides have been distributed to farmers to boost production.
222 dairy goats were recently distributed to farmers across the 7 sub counties in Kisumu to restore livelihoods and combat critical levels of food insecurity and malnutrition in the wake of floods and Covid -19 pandemic.
In promoting horticulture, South East Nyakach has received 6,400 mango seedlings, 6,600 avocado seedlings and a variety of indigenous vegetables.
Further, 1,500 coffee seedlings of Batiang and Robusta varieties have also been distributed in South East Nyakach, another batch of 2,600 coffee seedlings of Arabica variety has been distributed in Kajulu, Seme and Kisum west courtesy of Agriculture Food Authority ( AFA).
So far 12 tons of conventional cotton, 380kgs of non- Bt hybrid and 140 kgs of Bt hybrid seeds have been distributed to the cooperatives within the county awaiting planting come January in the 1,000 acres slotted for cotton production.
Currently, about 560 bags of rice seeds each weighing 3kgs and fertilizers have been purchased and kept in stores awaiting distribution to the farmers come the month of June to revive rice farming in the flood affected areas after it subsides.
The aim is to build resilience of farmers against the effects of climate change and increase productivity in the targeted small holder farming envisaging transitioning of the County from a net importer to food sufficiency for local consumption and the export market.
This is expected to be achieved by expanding the knowledge and skills of farmers to transform agriculture from a low income, low efficiency and low technology sector to a vibrant modern sector supporting value addition through scientific and technological innovation, improved extension services and credit provision to transform agriculture from the old man’s job to a career of choice.