Conservancy efforts in Kisumu has received a major boost after the county government joined the Kenya Forest Service (KFS) in planting 10,000 tree seedlings at Koguta forest.
The county government has already taken over the management of five tree nurseries from KFS as it ramps up efforts to safeguard catchment areas within the region.
A massive sensitization campaign on forest management has seen the Environment Department partner various institutions in distributing tree seedlings across the county.
In his address Chief Economist Kenya Forest Service (KFS) Samuel Muriithi called for a robust stakeholder engagement to protect and increase forest cover in the county, sentiments echoed earlier by Water CEC Salmon Orimba.
“Forests play an important role in our ecosystems and we must make conscious decisions in protecting and conserving them, added Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili.
Joining the conservancy efforts were East African Breweries Limited, KenGen Foundation, Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) Kenya Power, KIWASCO, Lake Victoria Development Authority among other conservancy partners.
In a joint address they vowed to partner the government to map endangered areas and increase forest coverage countrywide.
By Collins Owuor
Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili today opened the clean water conference courtesy of the Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL) at Acacia Premier Hotel.
In his address Dr. Owili called for a collective stakeholder engagement to aid the promotion of clean and affordable water connections to all county households.
“Water, as we all know, is a vital resource in the growth and stability of economies with inter dependencies across all sectors of the economy. It is a resource whose value is appreciated in industries, institutions, homes and ecosystems”, reiterated the Deputy Governor.
The Managing Director KBL, Ms. Jane Karugu called for an aggressive multisectoral approach to manage and protect water resources, sentiments echoed earlier by Water and Environment CEC Salmon Orimba.
The count government has made tremendous achievements to empower the Kisumu County WASH Network, as an integrated forum to pool resources and improve service delivery.
According to Prof. Macgoye, the Administration Secretary in the Ministry Water and Irrigation, stakeholders should leverage technologies and innovation to boost water connectivity.
Present at the conference were Siaya Deputy Governor Dr. James Okumbe, partners; the Lake Basin Development Authority, KIWASCO among other stakeholders.
By Collins Owuor
Kisumu County Public Service Board wishes to recruit competent and qualified persons to fill the following positions in their respective Departments as listed below:
1. DEPARTMENT OF GOVERNANCE & ADMINISTRATION S/NO JOB CADRE JOB GROUP S
1. Chief Officer Governance and Administration S KSM/CPSB/2019/100
2. Chief Officer Strategy, Policy and Delivery S KSM/CPSB/2019/101
3. Chief Officer Information and Public Communication S KSM/CPSB/2019/102
2. DEPARTMENT OF ROADS, TRANSPORT AND PUBLIC WORKS S/NO JOB CADRE JOB GROUP S
1. Chief Officer Roads and Public Works S KSM/CPSB/2019/103
2. Chief Officer Marine Transport and Mechanical Engineering S KSM/CPSB/2019/104
3. DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, CULTURE, ARTS & SPORTS S/NO JOB CADRE JOB GROUP S
1. Chief Officer Tourism, Culture & Arts S KSM/CPSB/2019/105
2. Chief Officer Sports Management S KSM/CPSB/2019/106
Note: These positions will be on Contract for period of three years.
For details on the above advertised positions and how to apply, applicants are asked to visit our website www.kisumu.go.ke .
HOW TO APPLY The candidate should apply by downloading and filling application for employment form available on our website. All dully filled forms should be sent to the undersigned on or before 20th November 2019 at 4.00 pm.
THE SECRETARY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD
P.O. BOX 7792-40100, KISUMU
Hand delivered applications can be dropped at our offices located at Kisumu County Public Service Board Offices (Former M.E.O Office), Okore Road, Milimani, Kisumu.
All candidates interested in any of the above positions must attach clearance certificates from KRA, HELB, EACC, CID, CRB and Commission for Higher Education for degrees obtained outside Kenya.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
NB: The County Government of Kisumu is an equal opportunity employer and women, the youth and persons with disabilities who meet the specified requirements are encouraged to apply and also indicate so in their applications.
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The county health department in collaboration with partners rolled out the HPV vaccine to be offered to girls 10 years of age in eleven public health facilities and outreach to schools targeting 35000 girls across the county.
The Human Papillomaviruses (HPV) that cause cervical cancer treatment will be available and free in all public immunizing facilities kicked off in October with the official launch in Homabay County. Nine girls from Kibuye primary school were the first to receive the vaccine during the launch at Kisumu County referral hospital.
The County department of health launched the process of introducing the HPV vaccine into the routine vaccination program to reduce the burden due to cervical cancer in the county.
Speaking during the launch, the chief guest and also the director of health Dr. Dickens Onyango stated that the HPV vaccination to girls before exposure is one of the sure ways to achieve protection against cervical cancer adding that each girl will be vaccinated with 2 doses of HPV vaccine given at an interval of six months apart as an injection on the upper right arm.
“The vaccine will be offered as part of the routine immunization schedule in health facilities and through targeted school outreaches.” Said Dr. Onyango.
The launch follows the successful roll-out of the HPV vaccine training activities that have been cascaded to sub-county stakeholders meeting, training of health providers and micro-planning and sensitization meetings for teachers.
Stakeholders present lauded the introduction of the vaccine stating that it is effective and has been independently evaluated and licensed for routine immunization programs noting that cervical cancer is the leading cause of all cancer deaths in women in Kenya.
By Matilda Atieno
The South Africa High Commissioner, Thembela Ngculu in the company of Counsellor Economic and Investment Advisor, Zanele Sanni today visited the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Sports where they were received by the Ag Chief Officer Mr. Thomas Ouko.
The aim of their visit was to discuss the investment opportunities and the areas of collaboration within the department ahead of the 9th Africities summit to be held in Kisumu come 2021.
In his presentation on the Tourism investment opportunities, Mr. Ouko highlighted the key areas such as the Lake Victoria Convention Center- conference facility, Hospitality and training center, Aqua Park, Cruise ship, Water Sports, One stop Sports Complex, Film Park, Kisumu beach Golf Hotel, Kisumu museum amphitheater, among many others.
Some of the lead products currently being marketed by the department include: Kisumu International Airport being the shortest route to Maasai Mara compared to Nairobi- Jinja, Kit Mikayi heritage site, Impala Sanctuary, Equator line and Agro tourism (Ahero rice schemes and sugar)
The Chairman KNCCI, Mr. Israel Agina and the Director, Mr. Albert Ojonyo during the discussions elaborated on their partnership with the County on development of the Lake front where plans are underway to expand the Golf area and putting up hotel to the world class standards to encourage Golf Sports in the region.
They have also partnered with the County in pushing for direct flights to Kisumu International Airport to boost business in the region.
The South Africa High Commissioner, on his part, gave a nod to the development activities outlined, and willingly affirmed their participation to bridge the gap before the Africities conference in 2021.
“South Africa has identified Kenya as a strategic development partner in the continent since we share experiences on how to respond to development challenges”, he said
He reiterated that they stand ready to collaborate with the County on the development opportunities outlined.
Also present in the meeting were: Winnie Otieno CEO KNCCI, KenInvest, Kisumu regional Manager, Mr. Laban Mburu, County Director for Sports, Mr. Ken Otieno, and County Officers from department of Tourism
A partnership between the Embassy of Russia, the United Nations in Kenya and the County Government of Kisumu have determined to clear the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria following an injection of Ksh. 700 million by the Russian government towards the project.
The pronouncement was made during a courtesy call to Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and his Deputy Dr. Ochieng’ Owili by the Russian Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Dmitry Maksimychev, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee -UN Resident Coordinator and Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASAL, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa.
The project which is cognizant of the current activities that have led to large – scale pollution of the world’s second-largest lake, seeks to attract private investors especially in the converted products from hyacinth, to providing inputs, equipment, finance and market development.
The overall goal of the project is to benefit an estimated 4.5 million people sharing the lake in the five riparian counties of Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya.
More importantly, Kisumu seeks to partner with the Russian government in telemedicine, a move that is set to improve service delivery to the residents.
The County directorate of gender together with its stakeholders held the first public participation towards engaging Kisumu residents to have meaningful input into the Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)draft policy framework.
The public participation held at YWCA in Kisumu central brought together stakeholders and partners in gender issues to deliberate on the Kisumu County draft SGBV policy framework and provide an opportunity for communication between county government, gender partners and the public.
This follows a series of discussions and workshops between partners in gender issues to deliberate on the draft. According to the gender directorates, state department headed by Mr. Joel Okumu and County government, led by Adah Omedi, the Kisumu County SGBV framework policy will give effect to the various principles that prohibit SGBV, promote the rights to freedom and security as well as empower women by transforming them from survivors of gender-based violence into key drivers of the county’s structural transformation.
The policy formulation process was spearheaded by the County directorate of gender, County state department of gender together with members of the civil society and private partners in gender issues.
By Matilda Atieno
Kenya Association of Tour Operators (KATO) held the 41st Annual General Meeting on the 26th of October 2019 at Acacia Premier Hotel Kisumu.
The event brought together over 100 tour operators and tourism stakeholders from different parts of a cross the country.
The objective of the meeting was to ensure that Kenya Tour Operators maintain the highest possible standards of service and integrity. To provide information to members, clients and agents towards beneficial relations and to create business opportunities for members.
Having won the bid to host the 9th edition of the Africities Summit in November 2021, Kisumu County Minister for Tourism, Sports and Culture Achie Alai shared with participants some of the plans that are underway to ensure that the event is successful.
In addition, she welcomed onboard the stakeholders to share their views that will shape up the preparation of the summit that will attract over 10,000 guests from Kenya and beyond.
Kenya Tourism Board CEO Dr. Betty Radier encouraged the tour operators and players in the tourism space mainly from Western Kenya to share their signature products and experiences with KTB so that they can be marketed.
The We ‘Western initiative team also shared some of the measures undertaken in establishing Western Kenya on the global map in relation to Tourism and Culture.