MASHINANI CLEAN-UP EXERCISE
County Department of Environment, Water, Irrigation and Natural Resources in partnership with Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), this week organized a Cleanup exercise dubbed Kisumu County Clean – Up and tree planting awareness campaign across the Sub counties as from 3rd t0 7th December, 2018.
The campaign which was initiated by the County Minister for Water, Irrigation and Natural Resources, Hon. Salmon Orimba, brought together Stakeholders who included: Lake Basin development Authority, Kenya Medical Training College, Symbiocity International, Water Resource Users Associations, Community Based Organizations among other NGO’s who participated in the cleanup exercise that took place in; Kisumu Central, Muhoroni, Nyando, Nyakach, Seme and Kisumu West Sub-Counties.
The Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) supported the exercise by donating 2,000 bamboo tree seedlings which were planted along the riverbanks to conserve the environment.
The objective of the campaign is to mainstream environmental conservation and stewardship among the youth and communities through vibrant and alternative methods such as music, art, dance and other interactive platforms.
The week long clean up exercise culminated into a Mr. and Miss Environment pageant who will be mandated to spearhead green initiatives and address problems related to environmental degradation within the County. The event also saw both individual and corporate environmental champions honored in a high level red- carpet event.
By: Emily Mikwa
Kisumu County is set to host President Uhuru Kenyatta on 13th, December, on his tour to the County to officially launch the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program which targets 240,000 households within the County.
The UHC program was initiated by the president under the big four agenda aimed at offering free medical services to the citizens. Kisumu County was one among the four Counties earmarked for the pilot .
Speaking during the media briefing in the Governor’s boardroom, the County Minister for Health, Dr. Rosemary Obara said that the County is doing well in terms of registration and that the statistics is at 230,000 households captured.
She added that the County would do their best within their capacity to support the initiative, citing that it is in line with the Governor’s manifesto.
She reiterated that her Ministry has received funds from the National treasury which they have allocated to facilitate the running of the project; Ksh 35 Million for the purchase of equipment, Ksh 82 Million for Health System strengthening , Ksh 4.2 Million for Public Health Support, and Ksh 118 Million for Health System Maintenance.
An allocation of Ksh 800 Million was also put in place to build the capacity of the health services workers and also to hire a contractual personnel to facilitate sufficient manpower.
The minister clarified that the UHC would be free to the residents and no medical charges would be incurred in public hospitals once a registration is done. She appreciated the County Assembly of Kisumu for passing a supplementary budget which would be used to purchase more ambulances to ensure prompt Health service delivery to the residents.
By: Eric Omollo
Counties and the National government have made significant steps towards the adoption of effective governance systems to streamline relations between the two.
Speaking at the Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC) meeting held at the Grand Royal Swiss Hotel, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o lauded the move as he encouraged stakeholders to join hands in supporting the initiative.
Improved intergovernmental relations he said was the only sure way of making devolution a success in the counties.
Industry stakeholders jointly agreed on the need to improve relations between the governments in a bid to fastrack rapid infrastructural development at both levels.
In his address Devolution, Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli echoed Nyongo’s sentiments as he vowed to engage the national government in forming unified alliances with the counties
IGRTC is a body established as a framework for consultation and co-operation between the National and County Governments.
By: Collins Owuor
Kisumu County Government joined the rest of the world in celebrating the international day of persons with disability at the National Industrial Training Authority grounds in Kisumu.
The day falls on the 3rd of December each year, with the aim of promoting empowerment, and helping to create real opportunities for people with disabilities. This enriches their capacities and supports them in setting their priorities.
This year’s theme, ” empowering persons with disabilities and ensuring inclusiveness and equality” focused on empowering persons with disabilities for an inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This involves investing in people – in jobs, health, nutrition, education, and social protection. This prepares them to exploit available opportunities hence they become agents of change.
While addressing the gathering, Labour Cabinet Secretary Amb. Ukur Yatani urged Counties to work toward mainstreaming issues of persons with disabilities within their work force in the County. He also called upon Counties to formulate policies and legal frameworks that will help in mainstreaming issues of Persons with Disabilities.
He also commended Kisumu County Government for passing and operationalizing the policy. He also reiterated the issue of access to five percent of the tenders set by the Government to persons with disabilities. He said the Government plans to make the public transport system to be disability friendly.
On his part, Kisumu Governor Professor. Anyang’ Nyong’o promised to ensure that his government will spearhead the mainstreaming issues of persons with disabilities, having passed and now operationalizing the Disability Act.
Governor Nyong’o pointed out that the issue of cultural bias against people with disability should be shunned.
“As a County Government, we are prepared to tackle the issues of mainstreaming in so far as the needs of persons with disability are concerned and this is marked by the passing and the operationalization of the Disability Act,” said the Governor.
The event was also graced by: Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr Mathew Owilli, Mama Kisumu Dorothy Nyong’o, Members of Parliament Hon Sharkil Shabir of Kisumu East, Hon. James Koyoo of Muhoroni, Hon Denis Olesankok representing PWDs, Tom Odege of Nyatike, nominated Senator Denita Gati of Migori representing PWDs, Dr Nyakiamo of National Funds for the Disable, CEC Education, Dr. John Obiero Ogone, Director General NITA, Director among other dignitaries.
By: Emily Mikwa
Kisumu Governor Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o toured Pap Onditi Market and Pap Onditi Sub County Hospital in Central Nyakach Ward to assess the progress of the construction of a modern market and the hospital’s maternity wing respectively.
The construction of the modern market project which received an allocation of Ksh. 35 Million was in its completion stage and according to the Minister for Business, Trade and Energy Hon Allice Moraa, the official commissioning would be done in March 2019.
Speaking during the event, the Governor said that he had a lot of confidence in his administration and promised the residents that all his manifesto would be implemented based on priority. The Governor who later visited Pap Onditi Sub County Hospital expressed his satisfaction with the positive progress at the Maternity wing which received an allocation of Ksh 10 Million for expansion and other necessary adjustments.
The area Member of Parliament, Hon. Aduma Owuor who was also in attendance appreciated the Governor and his able administration and pledged his support to any development initiative in the constituency. He called upon the local leaders and the residents to unite and embrace any positive change initiated in the region.
On his part, the Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili, thanked the governor for their good working relations which has made the entire County united for all the development goals and pledged to remain loyal to the governor and the voters to pave way for conducive environment for service delivery.
The tour culminated into the three leaders being crowned Nyakach Elders at Abwao Secondary School in West Nyakach Ward in a function presided over by the elders from eleven clans of Nyakach.
By: Eric Omollo
Kisumu based Frontiers Skating club have finished the championships as the 2nd placed team in tie position with Machakos County after the host Kilifi Skating team took top position in the national trials.
The two day tournament attracted contestants from over twelve Counties as both junior and senior teams battled it out to take control of the opening sessions.
In typical fashion, the Frontiers dominated the early proceedings with the team upsetting traditional favorites Nairobi and Machakos outfits.
Presiding over the games, Kilifi North Legislator, Hon. Owen Baya pledged to involve relevant stakeholders in expanding the competition to other parts of the country.
Kisumu Frontiers took home 23 medals comprising 7 gold, 8 silver, 2 bronze. They set a new record by finishing in the top three for two years in a row.
According to Frontiers coach Nickson Oloo, the team has set its sights on new heights as he targets an improved finish in next year’s showpiece in Kisumu and Mombasa.
The team comprised of 15 players and 5 members of the technical bench.
The Under (6-7 yrs) category had three participants Renson Owak, Caesar William and Martin Alpha.
The U (8-9) players were Fasil Achieng and Phiona Nish in the girls’ category with Prince Timon coming in for the boys’ team.
In the under (10-11) Conslates Adhiambo, Phyllis Anne and Leone Oiro joined their peers in the category.
Travis Gavin joined Faith Aurelia in the U (12-13) category and both were impressive in the open races with Tonny Oliver and Toney Owili combining forces in the U (14-15) categories.
In the marathon Eric Mongare impressed in the group whilst Grace Wakio got a podium finish after impressing in the freestyle category.
Coach Oloo technical bench included Norah Ofullah, John Obiero, Christine Ongaro, Molly Josephine and Rose Omosso.and Sports officer Benjamin Nduati who represented the county government of Kisumu in the games.
The Governor Prof Anyang’ Nyong’o sent his congratulations to the team for the great results.
By: Collins Owuor
With the demand for electricity increasing, the County Government is banking on ambitious renewable energy programme to increase grid connectivity in all households by 90% before 2022.
Reports show that only 46% of the County’s general population is connected to the grid.
According to the County renewable energy Director, Eng. Daniel Okia to make up for the deficit, aggressive investments on green energy have been made even as the department adopts counter measures to cut household dependency on grid electricity.
Okia was speaking in Holo, Seme sub-county where he joined Pan African Climate Justice Alliance and WoMin Africa members on a bench marking exercise of solar powered systems in the County.
With a 3.1KW solar power box installed in the market, profits have improved significantly with the traders benefiting from extended working hours the station provides.
“To support similar initiatives the County Government has laid out plans to replicate the technology in other parts of the County. Plans are also underway to erect centralized outputs for clean energy generation”. Added Eng. Okia.
The team also visited an integrated solar water pump station in the locality. The system is powered by 64 solar panels with a 16KW capacity.
By: Collins Owuor
The County played host to the second Beyond Zero Medical Safari tour held at the Kenyatta Sports ground, courtesy of the Kenya’s first Lady Her Excellency Margaret Kenyatta.
The County residents turned out in large numbers to access free medical services such as fistula repair, cancer screening, routine medical screening, counselling and testing services, universal health care household registration, sickle cell screening for children under the age of six, eye examination, among other health care services.
The function was also used to launch a Beyond Zero strategic Business Plan known as EMTCT document which will spell out the strategic approach in delivering services in the 47 Counties under the Beyond Zero umbrella.
This came barely three weeks after conducting the very first camp of the same kind in Narok County.
Speaking during the event, the first lady commended the concerted efforts by the County Government to make health care provision a priority. She reiterated that with the launch of the EMTCT document which will serve from 2018 to 2022, the initiative is set to achieve its intended goal of offering adequate health care services to the citizens with a sole aim of ensuring the elimination of mother to child AIDS transmission. The chief guest extolled the County Government for the adequate mobilization which has seen many households registered for the universal health care coverage.
On his part, Governor, Professor Peter Anyang’ Nyong’o thanked the partners who turned out in large numbers to offer free medical services to the County residents. He added that responsible politics has ethical obligation to improve the health and well being of the locals and therefore called upon all the politicians to always remain mindful of the health issues revolving around the areas they represent.
The occasion was also graced by, the first lady of Mozambique Her Excellency Izaura Nyuzi, the first ladies from ten Counties namely West Pokot, Nandi,Turukana, Kakamega,Marsabit,Tranzoia, Narok, Baringo, Makueni , Kisumu, Kisumu East Member of Parliament Hon Shakil Shabir,among many other dignitaries.
By: Eric Omollo
TEMPORARY REPRIEVE FOR AILING SUGAR MILLS
Cane growing farmers in the western region have petitioned the Government to write off debts owned by sugar companies in the bloc.
This comes after the Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri issued a warning that the government was ready to shutdown sugar mills that struggled to operate after unsuccessful bailout attempts.
He was speaking in Muhoroni where he addressed farmers on the aggressive restructuring policy the government had adopted to revive the ailing sugar industry.
Kiunjuri also defended the composition of the 15-member sugar task force committee tasked with finding solutions in the sugar sector within 30 days.
The task force is co-chaired by the CS and Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya. Other members include Governors Okoth Obado (Migori) and Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu), a representative of public millers and two representatives from private millers among others.
The government he said, was the in the process of reviewing plans to resuscitate ailing sugar mills and stringent measures had be adopted to make the sector profitable again.
He had earlier visited the Kisumu National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) depot where he revealed that the facility had received 600,000 bags of maize against its total capacity of 900,000 bags.
The visit was part of an inter -ministerial inspection mission ahead of a planned countrywide visit to all depots to ascertain the safety of maize being stored.
With the purchase of waste management equipment worth sh139 Million Kisumu County is set to defend its new title as the cleanest city in Kenya.
Kisumu City leapfrogged Nakuru and Kericho to become the cleanest town in Kenya. In a new survey, the city scored 97 %, followed by Nakuru, Kericho and Machakos, respectively.
The purchase of the equipment will also change the lives of young people as about 300 of them will be earning a monthly wage of sh5000 from cleaning menials within the county.
The Governor of Kisumu Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, launched an assortment of equipment including: wheeled backhoe loader medium duty, truck mounted skip loader, skip loader container, crawler excavator with beaker set, road sweeper tractor towed, side rotary mower heavy duty tractor operated, tipping trailer 4-ton, double cabin picks up, refuse compactor, tipping trailer, agricultural tractors, branded protective clothing, hand tools and light equipment.
In further efforts to continue making Kisumu clean, The City Manager Ms Doris Ombara announced the commencement of the second phase in relocating Kachok Dumpsite, scheduled for Monday 19th November, 2018.
The first phase was completed with the evacuation of 5000 trips of inert waste .the county government has set aside land in Chiga in Kisumu East to set up a waste energy plant using modern technology giving opportunities for employment creation.
Kisumu County will not just be clean, it will have a quick response to hazards such as fire, plans are underway to modernize the Kisumu Fire Station and put up three more in Maseno, Muhoroni and Katito in Nyakach sub counties respectively.
Being a clean city and fires in control, Kisumu city stands a better chance to even host Afro Cities Global Conference in 2021, opening it up to investors and promoting tourism.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o test drives a waste excavator machine joining him are the county clean up team during a routine sanitation exercise.
By Lorraine Anyango