Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili issuing a stove and a 5 litres to a Kisumu County resident during the launch of of the clean cooking program at Ofafa Memorial Hall
Kisumu County in partnership with Clean Cooking Association of Kenya (CCAK) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation Kicked off the County Clean Cooking sensitization program with the official launch led by Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili at the Ofafa Memorial hall.
The initiative targeting Health workers, community health workers (CHWs) and People Living with Disabilities (PWDs) across the county was hosted by Kisumu East and central Sub counties with the distribution of Gel Stoves and Fuel. The program is planned to roll out to other Sub Counties, with set Ojola to host Kisumu west and Seme Sub County and Ahero to host Nyakach, Nyando and Muhoroni Sub Counties.
In his speech, the deputy governor on behalf of Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o recognized Sustainable Energy as an enabler to all aspects of development including access to Health, Water, Agricultural productivity, Industrial productivity, Education and other vital services which improve the quality of life, adding that the CIDP II and Governors 10 point outlines transformative agenda committed to promoting access to reliable, sustainable and affordable energy for Kisumu County residents in contribution to the realization of universal access to energy for all and Vision 2030.
Dr. Owili raised concern that up to 79.6% of households in Kisumu still uses unclean fuels including use of firewood at 49.6%, Charcoal-22.2%, and Paraffin-7.8% and that effects of Climate Change will continue to ravage the communities, according to the Kenya Population & Housing Census report, in 2019.
The Deputy Governor implored the community to consider the need to switch to alternative clean sources such as the use of Solar, Biogas, Briquettes, Ethanol, Gel and other technologies for domestic, industrial cooking and heating applications to reduce per capita wood fuel consumption and further reduce the household emissions of carbon emission.
To support this effort, the County Government of Kisumu recently procured 280 Gel Stoves and 1,400 liters of Gel fuel for distribution to members of communities. The initiative targeted Health Workers to be the beneficiaries of the first phase of distribution because of their role of daily interaction with community members.
The project is supported by CCAK and SNV world with the aim of sensitizing communities, and especially vulnerable women, on the need to embrace clean cooking, while prescribing clean cooking as a viable entrepreneurship venture. This initiative is expected to lead to a change of affirmative funding policy for women undertaking energy projects and economic empowerment.
The Deputy Governor also stressed on the importance of keeping up protective measures against the COVID-19 stating that the rate of infection in Kisumu County is currently at 300%. He called on residents not to throw the ball and ensure safety precautions by keeping social distance, sanitizing and masking up.
The CEC Member for Energy and Industrialization Mr. George Okong’o called on resident to embrace clean cooking initiative stating that the shift to clean cooking can improve health, reduce toxic air pollution, increase productivity and protect the environment.
CCAK Director, Mr David Njungi stated that CCAK focuses on ensuring clean cooking solutions which will lead to a 90% drop in health impacts, improve livelihoods and to mitigate climate change in Kenya.
CCAK and SNV world are non-profit development organizations in the clean cooking sector with the aim of creating awareness, engagement, and support for clean cooking.
The event was also graced by County Chief Officer for Energy and Industrialization Engineer Daniel Okia, representatives from SNV world and Flexi Biogas, Practical Action East Africa and a host of county officials.
CEC Member Dr Joyce Osogo, flags off Phase 1 of the machine based road maintenance program in Seme at in West Seme ward- Akado Nyamuara access road in the company of Chief Officer Eng Okia, Senior roads officers, Sub-county Administrator and ward administrators
Efforts to boost county road-infrastructure delivery systems kicked off in Seme sub-county, as west seme ward hosts the launch of the machine-based road improvement program.
This is in line with Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o’s manifesto to maintain county road infrastructure through the machine-based road improvement policy and the Establishment of the County Roads Maintenance Board to involve the Youth in road maintenance and public works as a way of creating employment.
The department of roads has embarked on phase one of the machine-based roads maintenance program set to kick off at Akado Nyamaruaka access road, Chwa arongo beach access road and Kagwal beach access road in West seme.
The new approach is therefore needed to improve the County road network set to be implemented across the 7 sub-counties in phases and in the order of priority. Other roads set for phase one include Lung’a Kondik access road and Kadenge Jopuonje Ogomo access road in North Seme, Riat Awach Access road and Namba Kosea access road in Central seme, Holo Magwar access roads and Guu Kabege Kondik in East Seme.
The program was launched by the able CEC member for roads and transport Dr. Joyce Osogo, who emphasized the county’s policy on the machine-based program and put in place the roads maintenance team through the newly established village administrative office.
Dr. Osogo stated that the program is fully implemented by the department and as desired by the Governor. She reminded residents to embrace development and to cooperate with the engineers on the ground. The CEC member also called on residents to be vigilant and to report cases of vandalism to her office. “While improving our roads, we do as much as we can to minimise disruption and the effect of the road network on the environment.”
According to the CEC Member, the program requires that the marram be provided by the community, urging the residents to sell to the county engineers who will also arrange on how to collect the marram. “County government is committed to investing much-needed funding into improving local roads and long-term investment in local road maintenance to allow the county to deliver the widespread and sustainable improvement of our roads need to the benefit of all road users.”
The chief officer Engineer Daniel Okia was hopeful for the program stating that ‘We will continue to implement ongoing road works as well as maintenance across the county.’
Improvement of the roads is envisioned to attract accessibility and substantial positive effects on area level employment, an increase in the number of business establishments and production of an existing business which results in increased revenue forward development.
The minister was also accompanied by the County officials including County roads engineers, Seme sub-county and ward administration officials.
Chief officer for Women, Youth and PWD’s, Mr. Haggai Kadiri addressing the media during the official launch of the annul 16 Days of Activism against GBV in Kisumu (Picture by Jacob Owiti)
By Matilda Atieno
Kisumu has marked the beginning of its 7th annual 16 days of activism against Gender-Based Violence ( GBV) to articulate GBV issues across the county in an event held at the Grace Onyango social center.
The 16 days is an annual international event running from 25th November through to 10th December with this year’s theme “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”
With the world’s new normal, the COVID-19 pandemic, reports have shown a spike in domestic violence in the already existing scourge of violence against women.
Speaking during the official launch of the 16 days activism, the chief guest Mr. Haggai Kadiri chief officer for Women, youth and people living with disabilities called on the participants to take action during this year’s 16 Days of Activism to end violence against the gender.
Mr. Kadiri highlighted the county’s achievement in the fight against gender-based violence including the move to ensure space for women, the formulation of the SGBV
Policy and the county government’s support to ensure a gender-responsive budget.
The chief officer on behalf of CEC member John Obiero acknowledged efforts by the development partners in the organization of today’s event.
A host of activities have been scheduled within the 16 days in all 7 sub-counties to advocate for the promotion and protection of women’s rights and an end to violence against women and girls.
The 16 days activism campaign against GBV was organized by the county government in partnership with development Partners,
Civil Society organizations including women, youth, and persons with disabilities.
The event was also graced by Kisumu women president Mrs. Caroline Ojenge Ogot, representatives of the county commissioner, the State office of gender, and county officials.
County Chief Officer for Health Dr. Gregory Ganda officially launching the “Fresh Life Toilet” to mark World Toilet Day 2020 celebrations at Nyalenda”A” Destiny Shapers CBO grounds. The event whose theme was “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate” featured exhibitions of various latrine Technologies and revolved around clean water and hand Washing to stop COVID-19 (Picture Jacob Owiti)
By Matilda Atieno
Kisumu county marked the world toilet day 2020 to create awareness of the people living without access to safely managed sanitation in a colorful event held at Nyalenda A in Kisumu Central sub-county.
The 2020 global celebration is about taking action to tackle the sanitation crisis and achieve Sustainable Development Goal six with this year’s theme dubbed sustainable sanitation and climate change.
Supported by partners including KIWASCO, CARE Kenya, KIWASH, WSUP, World Vision, living water practical Action, Fresh life among other Community-based organizations, Kisumu county is committed to championing improved sanitation and safely managed toilet.
Speaking during the event, the chief guest Dr. Gregory Ganda, Chief officer health, called on everyone to have sustainable sanitation, alongside clean water and handwashing facilities, to help protect and maintain health security and to stop the spread of deadly infectious diseases, emphasizing on the need to keep up with the laid down protocols on COVID-19.
Dr. Ganda reaffirmed the county government’s commitment to working with private partners to help close the sanitation gap and provide sustainable access to sanitation services across the county. He applauded the new technologies incorporated in improving sanitation in informal settlements and at the village level.
The chief officer also led the event in unveiling a new toilet put up by Sanergy manufactures called Fresh Life toilets. The initiative is set to accelerate safe sanitation for a healthy sustainable environment in informal settlements.
The event also celebrated best three providers in sanitation including Vuka sasa, Gasia poa and Blue stars, who received trophies and certificates of good performance.
Earlier on the M-Pesa Foundation and Practical Action conducted a groundbreaking for the construction of an ablution block in Nyalenda.
The event was graced by the county director for health and sanitation Mr. Fredrick Oluoch, County public health Officer Mr. Joel Abong’o County health promotion officer Mr. Jeremiah Ongwara, county officials and members of the community.
Kisumu County medical camp at Rabuor sub county hospital (Picture by David Wadulo)
By Jacklyne Apondi
Residents of Nyando Sub- County converged at Rabuor Sub- county hospital for a free medical camp organized by Kisumu county government in partnership with Kenya Regulatory Authority (IRA) and Kenya Society for the Blind.
The two-day free medical camp scheduled for 19th and 20th November 2020 respectively, was aimed at offering free eye screening and free medication for Nyando sub -county residents as well as residents from neighboring sub- counties.
Other services offered included antenatal care, dental care, cervical cancer screening, general OPD (outpatient department), laboratory services, HTS (counseling services), nutrition and general illnesses.
Kisumu County Director for public health, Mr. Fredrick Oluoch who paid a visit to the camp on behalf of Kisumu Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o, noted that over 500 patients have received free medical services and medication on day one of outreach and that the number is expected to rise to not less than 2000 patients by the close of the day 2.
Mr. Oluoch encouraged residents to come in large numbers, citing that there is enough medicine for everyone. He also thanked the IRA (Kenya Regulatory Authority) and KSB (Kenya Society for the Blind) for their collaboration with the county government in ensuring that Kisumu residents get quality medical services as he pledged to consider such partnerships in future.
As he thanked the residents for their efforts in observing the Covid-19 rules, he also encouraged the residents to continue observing the Ministry of health Covid-19 rules to help curb the spread of the virus in the county, same sentiments echoed by Kisumu county health promotion officer Mr. Jerry Ongwara.
KSB head of eye program, Mr.Daniel Masese, on his part assured Nyando Sub- County residents quality health care services as he promised to ensure that everyone gets treated and obtains proper medication according to the type of their ailment.
Mr. Masese also pledged to consider any future partnership with the county government and IRA as he encouraged residents to continue observing the Covid -19 rules especially wearing of face masks and social distancing.
Madam Rosemary Kavili of KSB Corporate Communication, on her part congratulated the residents for attending in large numbers as she also stressed on the need for UHC which she said will be of much help to the residents. She also thanked the county government and KSB for their support in ensuring that the medical camp is a success.
Also, in attendance was Kisumu, County health promotion officer Mr. Jeremiah Ongwara, Sub -county medical laboratory coordinator Mr. George Magige, Sub- county medical officer, Mr. Paul Masanga, officers from IRA and KSB.
Governor Nyong’o presiding over the official groundbreaking of the of Kibuye market
By Nancy Juma
Today marks an important milestone in the history of Kibuye market – one of the largest and most vibrant open-air markets in Africa.
The market is set to undergo a major infrastructural transformation following a ground breaking ceremony by Kisumu Governor Prof. Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o that will see it be upgraded into a modern business complex.
Coming just a few months after traders were relocated to other sites to pave way for its construction, the commencement of this modernization can only be good news to thousands of traders who have for a long time earned their living from the vibrant commercial centre that attracts traders from across East Africa.
While addressing traders and members of the public at Kibuye market, Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o appreciated support extended to Kisumu by partners including the National Government, the World Bank Group and the French Government through the Kenya Urban Support Programme and Kisumu Urban Project, projects he says have made Kisumu an investment city of choice in the East African region.
The Governor confirmed that once completed in a few months, the market will be one of the most beautiful markets in East and Central Africa providing traders with dignified business spaces. Phase one of the project will see the construction of four new ablution blocks, a boundary wall, roads, walkways and foul water drainage, offloading and customer parks, shades and warehouse for the wholesale market and storm water drainage.
Other features will include flood lights and street lighting, water storage tanks and reticulation as well as electrical connection and landscaping that will provide the traders with clean, safe and healthy environment to conduct their business.
The construction of Kibuye makert is happening at a time the County Government is working on other infrastructural developments to help change the face of Kisumu. These include rehabilitation of its green spaces including Jamhuri Gardens and construction of modern satellite bus parks such as the Nyamasaria bus park which were also commissioned by the Governor earlier today.
The beautification process at Jamhuri gardens will be developed alongside others such as Oile park and Botanical garden complete with modern recreational facilities and will ensure that the citizenry have a place to relax and enjoy their leisure time. The bus parks to be constructed at the three strategic locations of Otonglo, Nyamasaria and Mamboleo will help in decongesting the city that now has to bear with all traffic coming into town from all regions.
The Governor says the projects have only been made possible because of the good rapport between the two levels of government and the Donor community adding that the county has a robust development plan for other sub counties across sectors.
“We must make Kisumu conducive for investors because a county with a dull, and poorly developed capital will never attract investors who are expected to provide jobs”. Nyong’o said, allaying fears that other parts of the county are being neglected on matters development.
Just recently, the Governor unveiled Maseno and Ahero towns that now qualify for donor funding from various partners. With the town status, the two will now have their own budgetary allocation for development which is good news to the ears of many residents who are eager to enjoy the fruits of devolution.
The Governor was accompanied by his deputy Dr. Mathew Owili, County Executive Members Prof. Judith Attyang – Trade, Prof. Boaz Nyunya – Health, Members of the City Board, Ag. City Manager Abala Wanga, Members of the County Assembly led by the Speaker Jack Oraro among other County Officials.
Chief officer health and sanitation Dr. Gregory Ganda during the breakfast meeting for sensitization on Kisumu county health Act 2019
The county government in collaboration with KMET today conducted a sensitization forum for health management team on the Kisumu county health Act 2019 during the breakfast meeting held at Accacia hotel.
The forum was graced by the County chief officer for health and sanitation Dr. Gregory Ganda who commended the facilitators and participants for taking time to deliberate on the Act and for the support offered by KMET Kenya.
The Act aims to raise awareness about the role of the county government in advancing the right to health and improving the conditions to living healthy, by encouraging a better understanding of the health workers on the role of the county health department, on how to improve the health of the population and to encourage the county government to advance the right to health.
The Act which commenced on the 20th of December, 2019 addresses health issues in the following sections including; county health systems, health facilities, access to health services, public health,health financing, human resources, training, research, and data management, community health services and other miscellaneous provisions.
The framers of the Act are cognisant of the primary health care, mental health and the health needs of the PWDS which is a plus of the Act.
The meeting was facilitated by the legal counsel county assembly of Kisumu Mr. Bill Otieno Omondi and Mr. Muinde Dominic.
By Matilda Atieno
CEC member for Education,ICT and Human capacity Development , Mr. John Awiti rceiving a digital set from Meru University presented by VC Prof. Romanus Odhiambo
Ahero Vocational Training Center (VTC) is set to benefit from a 2 Million ePIVOT project, dubbed Enhancing Partnerships for Industry-led Vocational Training and education in the horticulture value chain, a collaboration project with Meru University.
The ePIVOT project aims at strengthening the capacity of the TVTs through enable practical learning and innovation in the horticulture sector.
The University also donated a Television screen, laptop, LMS system to boost digital learning and a greenhouse for the set horticultural project.
This project is made possible through funding from Orange Knowledge Program through a Netherlands Fellowship Program meant to benefit students and the local community who will undergo training on horticultural farming.
The learning equipment was received by the CEC member for Education, ICT and Human Capacity development Mr. John Awiti, and was presented by VC Prof. Romanus Odhiambo at a workshop organized by Ahero VTC to demonstrate the purpose and benefits of the ePIVOT project.
The one-day workshop brought together the board of Governors, area leadership, the community and County VTC officials and was graced by CEC Member for education.
Mr. Owiti lauded the move by the project managers to ensure food security for the locals through the set training. He also pledged to support VTCs to be able to accommodate students who miss out on the university entries as well as young student mothers in ensuring that they also benefit from the project.
Prof. Odhiambo challenged the Ahero VTC board of governors to own the project and make it work for the community and county at large, saying that horticultural farming is a means to food security.
The target of the project is to reach out to at least 500 farmers within Kisumu county who will undergo sensitization boost horticultural farming in the region.
Also present was the County director for TVETs, Mrs. Pascalia Ouma, Centre Manager, Mr. Martin Owino, BOG Chairman, Mr. Victor Aduma, officials from Meru University and members of the board of Governors.
By Matilda Atieno
CEC member for Education John Awiti addressing participants during the SRHR and gender equality workshop held at Acacia Hotel In Kisumu
The county government in partnership with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) held a 3-day workshop in a deliberate effort to emphasize Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) and gender equality as fundamental to an individual, organization as well as to the social and economic of communities.
The training brought together key decision-makers and duty bearers including county directors, state and none state officers. The workshop was also graced by CEC member for Education, IT & Human Capacity Development, John Awiti, who acknowledged the need to create awareness on SRHR, urging the team to cascade the training to the community to create impact across the county. He noted that the training would provide a springboard for increasing knowledge on the SRHR and Gender Equality in the community.
The County Minister also challenged the duty bearers to reflect on how to capitalize on the different perspectives and mandates to catalyze and accelerate the achievement of gender equality in their jurisdiction.
The workshop confirmed important aspects of the relationship between sexual reproductive health rights and gender equality with the most encompassing the right to attain the highest standard of sexual and reproductive health.
Most Importantly, the workshop signaled an integrated approach to gender equality and recognized that human rights have a crucial role to play in relation and access to quality sexual and reproductive health and were of the consensus that the right to sexual and reproductive health encompasses both freedom from discrimination, and entitlements, and in the context of sexual and reproductive health, freedom includes a right to control one’s health and body.
It was also noted that increased attention be devoted to a proper understanding of health rights, as well as gender equality, given the nature of the state policies on the right to health with the focus on understanding SRHR.
Considered together, the training was intended to contribute to the efforts by the decision-makers to exercise and champion the rights to sexual reproductive health and have an indispensable role to play in the struggle against gender inequality.
The workshop was directed by the Project Coordinator FHOK Mr. Edwine Nyanja with facilitators including State Gender Officer Joel Okumu, Patricia Orawo of KMET County officer in charge of Gender, Adah Omedi, and County Reproductive health officer Jackton Okeyo.