The County and National governments have launched a collaborative cleanup exercise to reclaim the water bodies and stop pollution around the Lake Victoria.
Kisumu Governor, Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o together with Regional Commissioner James Kianda yesterday led residents in a cleanup exercise of River Kisat to combat the widespread of environmental pollution.
According to the Governor, the county government has laid out a ten-day cleanup plan along the lakefront in a bid to sensitize residents on protecting their habitats.
He called for an aggressive approach to safeguard the environment, reiterating the important role it played in enhancing bio diversity and livelihood of the people, sentiments echoed earlier by the Regional Commander.
This initiative is also expected to be carried out in other counties bordering the lake Victoria, specifically counties falling within the Lake Region Economic Bloc.
Joining the cleanup were County Commissioner Madam Susan Waweru, CEC Environment Salmon Orimba, Kiwasco Managing Director Thomas Odongo, Governors Political Advisor Aballa Wanga, partners: Safaricom, Plan International, Lake Basin Authority among other organizations.
The department of Water, Environment and climate change in partnership with the Kenya Alliance of Resident Association (KARA) and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) today organised a public participation session with the public to review and provide input to the draft policy and Bill at the Catholic Center in Nyalenda, Kisumu.
The objective of the policy is to minimize waste generation and promote re-use, recovery and recycling of waste materials and sustainable waste disposal.
While giving his opening speech during the session, the County Executive Committee Member for the department Mr. Salmon Orimba called on the public to actively participate by giving their views towards developing
a good policy framework that will promote a sustainable, effective and integrated solid waste management system.
The session was quite interactive as the people were taken through the draft as they also used the platform to have their input incorporated.
Also in attendance were: the Chief Officer Water and Environment, Meryline Agwa, Marie – Anne Serue an expertise from France, Sieiwho Jack from KIWASCO among other top County Officials.
By Emily Mikwa
The 2019 excellence award for town and county cleanest city in Kenya goes to Kisumu City.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o has today received the Excellence Award on behalf of County following the city’s led clean-up program.
The awards were presented by the Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK) at the World Town Planning Day (WTPD) celebrations held at Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu.
The first city manager award was also presented to Ms. Dorice Ombara who is the county’s city manager.
The WTPD is an annual international day that marks the accomplishments of planners and their contributions to their communities. On the 8th of November annually, planners around the world participate in World Town Planning activities. a practice that began in 1949.
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.
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Living Water International has reiterated their commitment to boost water provision in the county.
The developments comes barely months after the NGO partnered the county government in launching a multi-million water project in Nyakach.
Speaking in Houston after meeting the organisations’ Senior Vice President on Programs, Jonathan Wiles, Kisumu Deputy Dr. Mathew Owili lauded the project a game changer as he led discussions to extend their programs for five years in the county.
The expected program extension period will see support in WASH sector to include borehole drilling, equipping, pipeline extension, capacity building of established community water service providers and sanitation component both in schools and churches.
This will allow expansion in the scope and will improve water coverage from the current 22% to over 80%.
Joining the discussions were Water CEC, Salmon Orimba, Living Water Legal affairs Director Natalie Mantel and Bishop Paul Ligono a Board member of Living Water in Kenya.
Over 2000 rice farmers from Alung’o and Asunda schemes are set to access adequate water supply from river Abwao intake after the completion of the lining of the supply canal, this financial year, in a bid to boost food security in the County.
Currently, the farmers hardly receive water for irrigation since those who donated land for the construction of the supply canals have since blocked the water ways stating that the current status of the canal causes flooding in their shambas causing loose soils to be washed away hence affecting their crops.
It is in the light of this that the CEC Member, for Agriculture, irrigation Livestock and Fisheries, Mr Gilchrist Okuom and the area MCA, Hon. Vitalis Otura toured the region to affirm the plan to have the project fully completed before the next planting season.
The area MCA however requested those who donated land where the canals were constructed, to take into consideration the plight of other farmers by allowing them to access the supply in the meantime as plans are underway to have the project completed soon. He also confirmed that the allocation for the completion of the weir was factored in the 2019/2020 budget
The Muhoroni sub county agricultural officer, Mr Athur Hongo who addressed the farmers said that after mapping of the schemes, about 480 farmers from Alung’o scheme will get farm inputs such as rice seeds that will cover 125 acres and also 100 of them will receive top dressing fertilizers. This will boost rice farming in the region.
While addressing the farmers, the CEC Member, Mr Okuom stated that rice is one of the flagship projects on matters food security and economic empowerment. He added that he was concerned about the challenges of water supply that has hindered expansion of rice fields, high cost of production due to pumping using electricity, recycling of seeds and lack of adequate farm inputs and promised his support on the same.
He urged the farmers to adopt new methods of farming that will increase the yields and advised them to diversify crops such as soya beans, cotton and yams since ombeyi has the biggest potential for yams production. He also discouraged them from planting at different times and urged to build strong cooperatives that will help them control market prices.
In regards to those who had their crops destroyed during construction, the Minister said they will discuss and agree on Tuesday on the best modalities of compensation.
Also in attendance were Eng. Nyamori from irrigation, and the ward agricultural Officer madam Esther Onyango among others