The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is carrying out a one-month exercise to map out riparian lands in Miwani Special Economic Zone.
Kisumu is one of the three counties spearheading the SPEZ initiative as a flagship project to stimulate and revive economic development in the region. The mappingis already complete in Lamu and Mombasa.
Led by NEMA’s Deputy Director, for Environmental Planning &Research Dr. Charles Lange, the delegation is set to visit Miwani and collect initial information for the mapping after which the findings will be presented to the county government and relevant stakeholders.
According to Lange many wetlands lie in the SPEZ and they must be protected to prevent investors from flouting environmental laws through encroachment. He made the remarks this morning during a courtesy call to Kisumu Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathew Owili.
The development of the SPEZ will spur industrial development in line with the government’s Big Four agenda.
Dr. Owili assured NEMA of the County Government’s support in making the process successful for Kisumu and the region.
The SPEZ will link farmers, fishermen & the business community with business enterprises which will be located in the area. It will also create jobs and improve the economy.
The County Government through the Department of Lands has already allocated 1000ha for the project in Miwani.
By Collins Owuor
Kisumu County government in collaboration with gender partners has continued to make strides in developing policies on gender rights in recent years through the directorate of Women, Youth and PWD Affairs.
Gender Technical Working Group (GTWG) secretariat including representatives from national and county government, the civil society organizations and gender experts, this week gathered to champion and highlight gender-responsive budgeting (GRB) as a tool to gender mainstreaming, ending gender inequalities and ensuring that institutions respond to the needs of the most vulnerable.
The 3 days meeting organized through a partnership with the County government of Kisumu, Kenya Female Advisory Organization (KEFEADO) and SDG Kenya Forum, provided a platform to present and deliberate on how to achieve results in GRB and agree on future steps to share results of gender-responsive policies and budgeting initiatives in Kisumu County and elaborate on innovative approaches and activities foreseen in the upcoming projects.
Eva Komba of SDG Kenya Forum stated that Gender-responsive budget is key for enabling equal opportunities for women and men. To show commitment to achieving gender equality, institutions must make gender-responsive budgets. According to Madam Komba, ‘’County project to promote gender-responsive policies and budgets is very important for empowering women and for building an equal society in which finances are distributed more equitably.’’
To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 5 (Gender Equality) with full support from the executive, the county assembly and gender partners, are set to jointly work on developing comprehensive gender-responsive budgeting that would strengthen the efficiency of the gender equality mechanisms in Kisumu.
Led by the County Directorate of Women, Youth and PWD Affairs, through Director Junior Omondi and Gender affairs officer Adah Omedi, the work towards gender mainstreaming in Kisumu has gained more influence following the enactment of the Disability Act of Kisumu County, the launch of Sexual gender-based policy and the gender mainstreaming policy underway. The County GTWG kicked off an initiative to promote Gender-Responsive Policies and budgets in Kisumu County. The initiative brought together members of the county assembly, County directors and the gender secretariat to form a county gender committee that is expected to champion and promote Gender-responsive budgets.
Why we need gender-responsive budgeting
Having been feted as a county aspiring towards global integration in the context of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, the County government has obligations to implement the international standards in line with the Sustainable Development Goals on gender equality. Incorporation of the gender-responsive budget in all county departments at all levels advances the commitment by the county government in realizing gender equality and women’s empowerment in line with national SDGs priority targets.
In line with Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o’s agenda on the inclusion of women youth and people living with Disability, the implementation of gender-responsive budget sits at the core of the County governments framework.
Efforts by the County government and gender stakeholders to fast track implementation of the gender mainstreaming policy and the legislation of programs on social transformation through holistic gender-responsive budgeting is a commitment towards the elimination of inequality.
By Matilda Atieno
The County Government in partnership with Pharmaccess and Maseno University have launched a digital platform to trace and manage COVID-19 infections.
Kisumu become the first county in Kenya to roll out the application that is currently being used to manage COVID-19 related cases in multiple countries in Europe and Africa.
Dubbed COVIDConnect, the mobile application will enable Kisumu residents carry out self checks for corona related symptoms from the comfort of their homes and work places. The app is branded Luscii and is readily available for free on Google and Apple Play Store.
The developments are among the new protocols initiated by the county government to contain the virus spread; others include mandatory testing of staff working within prosperity house. The same will be applied to the county assembly including the rotational fumigation of county offices.
Speaking during the app launch at Maseno City Campus, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o lauded the developments a game changer in revolutionizing COVID management in the health sector.
The containment measures have demanded a great deal of innovation that has seen the county government launch a toll-free call center at the varsity.
According to the Governor the innovations will boost capacity for early detection of suspected cases, testing and containment saving space for high risk patients in hospitals.
In his address Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili stressed the county government’s commitment to robustly enforce mechanisms to ensure all set guidelines on Covid management are adhered to.
Users are expected to sign up for the service on a daily basis and record their symptoms including; sore throat, fever, breathing and coughs. The data is then analyzed by standby doctors who in turn provide the user with required medical support.
So far, the county has recorded 24 COVID-19 positive cases with 21 of those being imported and three from community transmissions, eleven patients have since recovered and discharged.
The county government has already up scaled its preparedness to handle the virus by procuring 300 new beds to boost the isolation capacity which stands at 87.The beds will be distributed for use by the weeks end.
Maseno Vice Chancellor Prof. Julius Nyabundi called for more collaborations in areas of research between the Varsity and the county government to effectively win the war on COVID.
Present were Pharmaccess Country Director Isaiah Okoth, County CEC’s among other varsity and county officials.
In a joint address they urged members of the public to keep adhering to set government measures to keep the virus at bay.
By Collins Owuor
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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.