County Departments

The department plays a critical role in early childhood education development and creation of industry workforce through ECDE and Vocational training services. It is also charged with the development of the County’s ICT infrastructure as well as Human resource Development.


To be a leading services provider in education, training, ICT and social services.


To improve the well-being of Kisumu residents through effective implementation of policies, efficient use of resources and delivery of quality services.

The department’s mandate

  1. Developing the framework and policies guiding early childhood education.
  2. Promoting vocational training education.
  3. Capacity building of the youth, women and persons with disability and mainstreaming their involvement in governance and social issues.
  1. Coordinating social services including management of safe houses for disadvantaged girls.
  1. Spearheading automation and digitization within the county as well as determining county ICT requirements


Sector Composition

The department has five directorates:

-Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE)

-Vocational Training (VTCs)

- Information Communication and Technology,

- Women, Youth and Persons with Disability (PWD) and the Directorate of Social Services



Scholarship and Bursary

- Allocation of Ksh 205M to 1,260 scholarship students and 32,143 bursary beneficiaries from all the 35 wards in Kisumu County totaling 33,403 beneficiaries in the financial year 2019/2020, a double increase compared to the allocation and disbursement for the Financial Year 2018/2019 that was at Ksh 140M covering 1,190 Scholarship Students and 18,734 Bursary beneficiaries from all the Wards totaling to 19,924 beneficiaries.


Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE)

- Furniture supply

- Provision of Teaching and Learning Materials [24,459 text books and 130,820 exercise books worth KShs. 25,000,000 in the 2019/20 financial year].

- The County school feeding program [A total of 3,996 bags of rice and 1,350 units of 10-litre Jerrycans cooking oil in the last Financial Teacher recruitment]

- monitoring and capacity building and sanitation

- Appraised and promoted 733 teachers

- Facilitated training for 78 teachers in the Competency Based Curriculum.



  • Offers programs meant to equip graduates with quality and relevant skills
  • The county has a total of 21 operational vocational training centers / Village polytechnics, with a total enrollment of approximately 1500 students, plans to register 5 more training centers.
  • Increased enrolment in VTCs by 27% from 2575 to 3269 trainees
  • The total number of instructors is 57 against the expected number of 184 instructors. This implies that there is a serious personnel deficit of instructors.
  • Other Vocational Training Centers yet to be registered and operationalized include: Withur, Kochogo, Kandaria, Obwolo and Kiancha.
  • County VTCs are funded by both County and National Grants.



Administratively, these services are offered to the end users based on the following fronts: Network and Infrastructure Component, Systems Development, Deployment and Integration Component, Help-Desk Support and User Training, Disaster recovery, Backups and Data Custody.

- The directorate rolled out a structured Local Area Network (LAN) at the county headquarters,

- Design, developed and maintenance of the county website

- implemented a tier 3 data center in partnership with non-state actors

- partnered with the ICT Authority (ICTA) of Kenya and trained youths on digital skills



Focuses on building capacity within the county workforce to ensure result-oriented staff that can realize quality service delivery

Women, Youth and PWDS


To champion the advancement of the most disadvantaged groups of our society. The department promote the dignity of the most vulnerable group by taking all measures to accelerate their full participation in the socio-economic activities.

The sector is also responsible for advancing gender equality and the course of Women in the community.

Achievements include:

  1. Executed a Gender Mainstreaming Workshop for staff & Stakeholders
  2. Published a Sexual Gender Based Violence Policy Paper, 2019 in partnership with Kisumu Medical and Education Trust (KMET), Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK), NIGEE and Plan International.
  3. Production of a Gender Mainstreaming Policy Paper ready for Public Participation 2020
  4. Published a Youth Policy Paper in 2018
  5. Drafted a Gender strategic plan review 2018-2022
  6. Drafted a Youth Action Plan.
  7. Establishment of the Gita Gender Based Violence unit
  8. A total of 124 PWDs have been employed by the County Government in various departments.
  9. 43 of the companies doing business with the County Government of Kisumu are registered and owned by PWDs
  10. The sector has been focusing on various interventions initiated in collaboration with the National to support deserving vulnerable members of society.

These include

the establishment of Consolidated Social Protection Fund established through cash transfer interventions (Cash Transfer to the Older Persons (CT-OP), Cash Transfer to the severely Disabled Persons and the Urban Food Subsidy) in addition to the Cash Transfer program to Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CT-OVC) established in 2004 and National Fund for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).




To cushion the most vulnerable in the society so as to enhance the capacity of the poor and vulnerable, and enhance integration and inclusion of the vulnerable people in community development.

  1. Sponsored 8 County Staffs for Kenya Sign Language Course in 2018 & 2019.
  2. Provision of parenting skills training in Seme Sub-County in partnership with Family Health Options Kenya (FHOK) and Plan international.
  3. Mentored 1,750 vulnerable girls in all the 35 wards through Girl Child Mentorship Program
  4. Distributed 18,000 sanitary towels to vulnerable girls, in all the 35 wards.
  5. Gender Action Plan draft in partnership with Kenya Female Advisory Organization (KEFEADO) and Plan International.


A County with Clean, Healthy Environment, Climate Resilient and Water Secure for All


Enhancing Access to Safe and Healthy Environment, Climate resilience and   Sustainable Water Supply through participatory and Multi- sectorial Approach

Sector Composition

  • Water and Sewerage Services
  • Water Infrastructure
  • Environment Conservation and Stewardship
  • Environmental Research, Policy and Strategy
  • Climate Change

Core Mandate


The department is responsible for efficient, economic provision of water services within its area of jurisdiction by:

  • Ensuring that the people of Kisumu County have access to durable and safe water.
  • Developing new water infrastructure, Rehabilitation and augmentation of existing water supplies
  • Capacity building members of water management Committees for sustainable management of the projects.
  • Developing policies for efficient and effective water service provision in the County.


Environment and Natural Resources

  • Solid waste management
  • Afforestation, Re forestation; Re-vegetation and beautification of urban and public places
  • Conservation and rehabilitation of degraded landscapes
  • Noise and air pollution control
  • Enforcement and environmental governance processes
  • Community Education for sustainable environmental management
  • Policy, Research and Strategies development of environmental management and governance

Climate Change

  • strengthening community and institutional capacity for adaptation and mitigation;
  • Climate change governance, administration and planning;
  • Climate change information services and advocacy,
  • Developing partnerships in climate change research, innovation and development projects.


County Executive Committee Member

Mr. Salmon Orimba

Chief Officer Water, Sewerage services and Infrastructure

Mr. Zacchaeus Okoth Oketch

Chief Officer Environment and Natural Services

Maryline Yanzar Agwa

Sector Achievements

Flagship Projects in Water Sub Sector

  • God Nyithindo Water Project in Muhoroni sub-county serving approximately 1000 people.
  • Eshuvalu Water Project in Kisumu West sub-county serving approximately 10,000 people
  • Pala Angoro Water Supply in Nyando Sub-County serving two villages, Pala and Angoro in Awasi Onjiko Ward with approximated 240 households.
  • Simba Gero Water Project in Seme Sub-County, developed in Seme Sub County to augment the Kisumu rural water supply, serving three villages of Simba Gero, Kamolo A and Konjula A in East Seme Ward with approximated 300 households

Collaboration with Partners in Water Sub Sector

  • Chuth Ber Community Water Project Supported by Safe Water and AIDS Project (SWAP) benefits approximately 700 households living around Chuth Ber Market.
  • Nyahera Mkendwa Water Project Supported by KIWASH. The project is located in Gee village of North Kisumu ward of Kisumu West Sub County, to serve about 2400 households of Gee area and entire Kisumu North ward
  • Sondu Miriu Right Bank Water Project Supported by KIWASH. The project is serving approximately 1,000 households.
  • Ochat Water Supply and Sanitation Project Supported by Living Water Center serving approximately 1,000 households.

The Environmental and Natural Resources Management and Climate Change Sub Sector

  • 150,000 tree seedlings production center at Menara tree nursery, as one of the flagship projects for the sub sector.
  • Established 30,000 tree seedlings at karanda Primary School in Ahero
  • Established 6000 bamboo seedlings at the ASK Mamboleo showground
  • Developed Kisumu County Climate Change policy
  • The process of establishment of Waste transfer stations in the sub counties is achieved

Sector Plans

  • To complete the 400m3 distribution tank being built at Sigoti Health Centre
  • The development of a Waste to Energy facility in Achuodho Kasese area has started and the County plans to expand the facility to a full-fledged waste-to- energy plant through Public Private partnership
  • To establish three waste transfer stations in Nyando, Muhoroni and Kisumu West sub counties. These will in enable segregation near source of production and creating employment for entrepreneurs in the waste sector.
  • Initiated a process of gazettement of mini water towers from a select group of hills in Kisumu County. Koguta hills, Karateng hills, Nyatigo, Kajulu and Koru hills have been proposed in a strategy to enhance forest cover in Kisumu County.
  • The Sustainable Energy Access and Climate Action Plan (SEACAP) – The project grant was signed on 8th June 2020, will assist the County Government of Kisumu in mainstreaming climate change into the County development policies

Sector Introduction

The Kisumu County Health Sector Strategic direction is to realign the ministry’s efforts from treatment to prevention. The county focuses on eradicating poor sanitation by working with various ministries and departments to achieve a holistic promotive and preventive approach.


The Department of Health and Sanitation is responsible for the County health services including;

  1. County health facilities and pharmacies;
  2. Ambulatory services;
  3. Promotion of primary health care;
  4. Licensing and control of undertakings that sell food to the public;
  5.  Veterinary services (excluding regulation of the profession);
  6. Cemeteries, funeral parlors and crematoria;
  7. Refuse removal, refuse dumps and solid waste disposal


A dynamic, excellent, and globally competitive county health services, that contribute to a healthy and productive population.


To transform the livelihood of the people of Kisumu County through responsive and sustainable technologically-driven evidence-based and client centered health system for accelerated attainment of highest standards of health.

Department’s Goals

To attain equitable, affordable, accessible and quality health care for the people of Kisumu.

Strategic Objectives of the Sector

The Kisumu County Health Sector has adopted the national health policy framework

strategic objectives as listed below:

  1. Eliminate communicable conditions - the health sector will achieve through strengthening community linkages and health care workers to be able to deal with major public health concerns.
  1. Halt, and reverse the rising burden of non-communicable conditions - by setting clear strategies for implementation to address all the identified noncommunicable conditions in the country.
  1. Reduce the burden of violence and injuries through directly putting in place strategies that address each of the causes of injuries and violence at the time.
  1. Provide essential healthcare services - that are affordable, equitable, accessible and responsive to client needs.
  1. Minimize exposure to health risk factor - by strengthening the health promoting interventions, which address risk factors to health.
  1. Strengthen collaboration with private and other sectors that have an impact on health - to improve health outcomes through partnership with other stakeholders.

Objective of the Directorate of Public Health

To provide equitable, high quality, effective and efficient healthcare that is affordable and contributes to the overall wellbeing and productivity of the residents of Kisumu County

Objective of the Directorate of Strategy, Policy, Planning and Resource Mobilization

To provide evidence based and timely strategies, policies, plans and mobilize resources to support equitable public health services in Kisumu county

The key six pillars of health:

  • Eliminate communicable conditions;
  • Halt and reverse the rising burden of non-communicable conditions;
  • Reduce the burden of violence and injuries;
  • Provide essential health services;
  • Minimize exposure to health risk factor;
  • Strengthen collaboration with health-related sectors

Kisumu County Health and Sanitation Department is divided into two Sub Sectors. These are: Medical and Bio-medical Service and Public Health and Sanitation, each with well-defined unit.

  • Medical and Biomedical Services
  • Nursing
  • Emergency referral services
  • Specialized medical services
  • Laboratory Service
  • Nutrition
  • Pharmacy
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Forensic pathology services
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Environmental health and sanitation
  • Nutrition and dietetics
  • HIV/AIDS control
  • Malaria control
  • TB control
  • Disease surveillance and response
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Health promotion
  • Primary health services
  • Community Health Services
  • Family health


Department Achievements

Established and operationalization of Kisumu County Health Bill 2019


- Successful piloting of the Universal Health Coverage from December 2018 to December 2019

- Premier piloting of the Kisumu Indiginous Health Insurance Scheme dubbed “Marwa“

UHC registered more than 100% households in Kisumu (971,643 residents ~85% residents of Kisumu



The community Health services is designed for each Community Unit to be attached to a link facility in order for the CHVs to seek technical guidance from trained health professions and also refer their community members to the health facility for ailments that cannot be managed at home. Each community unit serves a population of approximately 5,000 people and covered by not less than 10 community health volunteers (CHVs). Currently partners cater for stipends for 30% of the CHVs.

  • Provision of stipends to the 3,100 CHWs
  • training of CHWs on Basic and Advanced Community Health Strategy Modules.
  • 1,500 community health workers kits (including basic ailment diagnostics, treatment and follow up)

Facilities, Equipment and delivery system

  • Established 21 hospitals and 149 primary health
  • Construction and renovation of health facilities resulting to 34 hospitals (62% public) and 176 primary health care facilities (50% public) care facilities (level II and III).
  • Operationalization of surgical services at Kombewa, Ahero and Muhoroni County Hospitals
  • Equipping Lumumba and Kisumu County Hospital Maternity Wing.
  • A total of 20 ambulances, distributed across the Sub-Counties and major facilities, of these 8 were purchased in the ended FY 2019/20. Ten of these ambulances are fully equipped with ICU equipment such as Oxygen supply, ECG machines, Spinal boards, Transport ventilators, Suction Units and nebulizers that can support an emergency situation for eight hours.
  • 10 state of the art diagnostic sets (clinic in a bag) for 7 County Hospitals (Kombewa, Ahero, Muhoroni, Nyakach, Kisumu County Referral Hospital, Chulaimbo, Gitta and 3 Sub-Sub County Hospitals - Manyuanda , Katito and Rabuor.
  • Seven adjustable delivery Beds for all the Sub-County Hospitals
  • Three Coagulation machines for (JOOTRH, Kisumu County Hospital and Chulaimbo County Hospital)
  • Three Portable Ultrasound Machines for Masogo, Gita and Katito Sub-County Hospitals.
  • Three Hematology Analyzer for Muhoroni, Nyakach, Chulaimbo SC and Kombewa County Hospitals Kisumu.
  • Formulation and Implementation of the Departmental strategic plans


Health Workforce

  • Facilitated 19 Healthcare workers including doctors for specialized training in areas including Surgery, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Oncology.
  • Employed additional 250 Healthcare workers across cadres to support the existing workforce and improve access and quality of care towards UHC
  • Promoted all eligible Healthcare workers to the correct Job Groups
  • The current Doctor - population ratio is 1:44,634 and Nurse - population ratio is 1:2,383 against the recommended WHO standard Doctor and nurse Population ratio of 1:1000 and 3:1000 respectively.


The Kisumu County Department of Health & Sanitation has structured health service delivery system to provide promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative care services through the different levels called entities with heterogeneous mandates and levels of specializations.

Medicines and medical supplies.

Service delivery in the county is guided by the Kenya Essential Package for Health.



  • Provision of PPEs to health workers
  • Establishment of the isolation centers across the county
  • Equipping isolation facilities
  • Additional workforce to support in COVID -19 pandemic response and containment measures


  1. Successful piloting of the UHC
  2. Operationalization of surgical services at Kombewa, A hero and Muhoroni County Hospitals
  3. Premier piloting of the Kisumu Indiginous Health Insurance Scheme
  4. Formulation and Implementation of the Departmental strategic plans


A food and nutrition secure county


Promoting innovative, commercially oriented and modern agriculture in Kisumu County.

Sector Composition

  1. Agriculture
  2. Irrigation
  3. Livestock
  4. Fisheries

Core Mandate

For continued revival of the agriculture sector within the County to meet the development pillars of foods security and value addition, the department is mandated to:

Agriculture & Irrigation

  • Provision of Advisory Services in Agriculture,
  • Improvement of agricultural productivity and output
  • Enhancement of agricultural credit and input
  • Development of horticulture value chains
  • Promotion of sustainable land use

Livestock & Fisheries

  • Livestock, Fisheries, pest and disease control,
  • Development of dairy value chains,
  • Promotion of market access and products development



County Executive Member

Mr. Gilchrist Owuor Okuom

Chief Officer Agriculture and Irrigation

Dr. Paul Omanga

Chief Officer fisheries and Livestock

Madam Rosemary Raluoch

Sector Achievements

Food Security: distributed 560 kg rice seeds for 280 acres,350 bags of CAN, 350 DAP and 325 bags of urea fertilizer, 1660kg of hybrid maize seeds and 2000 (20gm) sachets of assorted vegetables.

The Department purchased and distributed 24 dairy cows, 129 dairy goats and 93 Galla bucks, 7,969 improved Kienyeji chicks, 1,000 broilers, pasture & fodder seeds to 500 households across the county.

A total of KShs.51, 000,000 was given out to groups engaged in local chicken, sorghum and cassava value chains in Kisumu east, Nyando and Nyakach sub-counties.

Towards mitigation climate change and promote diversification of incomes300,000 Cassava cuttings, 6600 Improved Mango seedlings, and 6600 avocado seedlings have been distributed across the county.

A total of 52,522 animals and 20,636 dogs & cats were vaccinated across the county.

A total of 222 dairy goats and 8000 improved day-old chicken have been distributed and livestock disease surveillance and vaccination to control disease outbreak enhanced

The County Government has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to establish a toll-free Farmers Call Center to allow farmers receive virtual extension services, advisory services and market information.

Completed two fish bandas at Rari and Mawembe Beach in Kisumu West to reduce post-harvest losses.

Ten Fisheries Extension Officers across the 7 Sub- Counties in Kisumu have been trained on Aquaculture Farmer Field School Methodology

Developed and ratified Community Integrated Action Plans (CIAPs) that prioritized development projects in KCSAP wards; election and training of Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs) at ward level to spearhead implementation of KCSAP projects.

Sector Plans

Kisumu has been picked among other counties to benefit from an ambitious World Bank funded aquaculture program aimed at boosting the fisheries sector.

The County Government commissioned the first batch of agricultural items and seedlings to kick off the economic recovery program. The items commissioned include rice seeds, fruit tree seedlings, vegetable seeds, cereal seeds (maize, beans and green gram, and cowpeas), irrigation equipment’s, and one day old chicken all valued at Ksh. 13,000,000 to benefit over 10,000 smallholder farmers.

Through the Covid 19 Fund Management Committee, the department of Agriculture, Irrigation, Fisheries and Livestock Development received 8,400,000 to address Food Security and Nutrition in the Covid and Post Covid 19 Recovery Responses.

Through the State Department of Crops Development and Agriculture Research, the County Government received 20.8 Metric Tons of certified rice seeds valued at Ksh 4,800,000 to plant 2,600 acres of rice.


To be the leading tourism, culture, arts and sports destination in the country


A County offering high quality tourism, culture, arts and sports facilities, products and services capable of competing on the global stage

Core Mandate

To be the leading tourism, culture, arts, sports, Information and Communication service provider.

Tourism Subsector Mandate

  1. Tourism Marketing and Development
  2. Tourism Product Development and Management
  3. Tourism Policy and Standards;
  4. Development and Promotion of Tourism;
  5. Tourism Research and Monitoring;
  6. Protection of Tourism and Regulation;
  7. Tourism Financing;
  8. Training on Tourism Services;
  9. Marketing of Kisumu County for local and International Tourist
  10. Training and Capacity for Tourism stakeholders
  11. Tourism signature products development
  12. Lakefront development
  13. Development of tourism site master plan

Mice Mandate

  1. Training and Capacity for Mice stakeholders
  2. Planning of exhibitions
  3. Construction of Conventional Bureau
  4. Marketing Kisumu for meetings and conferences destination
  5. Participation in local and international Mice activities
  6. Mapping of Mice destination within the County
  7. Events Management
  8. Public Relations and Advertising
  9. Strategic Corporate Management

Culture Subsector

  1. Culture and Heritage Development
  2. Artistic Talent Development
  3. County Talent identification
  4. Conservation of culture heritage sites
  5. Documentation and preservation of Luo culture
  6. Construction and equipping cultural resource centers

Sports Subsector

  1. Sports Management
  2. Development standard sports facilities
  3. Setting up Sports Talents Academies in conjunction with National Government and satellite centers
  4. Sports Facilities Management
  5. Talent Identification and Development
  6. Capacity building for Sports Administrators and Technical Officials
  7. Athlete supports and transition management
  8. Development of sports for PWDs
  9. Development of sports and sports related materials
  10. Organizing sports conferences for professional dev