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Tuesday, 17 April 2018 04:41

Courtesy Call by Hon Mark Dyabul

Honourable Professor Mark Dyabul, Co-Chair of Centre for Global Health and Quality at Georgetown University paid the Council of Governors a courtesy call. Hon Mark in partnership with the Melinda Gates foundation are looking at innovative approaches to support Universal Health Coverage in Kenya. The initiative seeks to implement youth-led communities of practice to improve healthy choices and uptake health services among Kenya’s adolescents and young people and thus reduce future treatment costs and liabilities for insurance. Based on the wealth of evidence, the National Aids Control Council has identified peer to peer outreach as the optimal modality for reaching youth with information, behaviour change and linkage to health services.

Hon Mark’s approach which is a human centred design aims to use data to catalyse and capture best practises to maximize outcomes and drive policy change for rapid scale up across the health networks. “Communities of practise is where the knowledge is domiciled. We need to find a way to harness and use this data to improve the delivery of health services in Kenya” said Hon. Mark

The Network Model will link communities of practise with policy makers through data and innovation feedback loops which systematically harness the power of communities of practice to improve outcomes and change of policy. This will be done through targeted dashboard drive using the available data across each level of the health systems.

Currently, the data collected is packaged for technocrats. There is a need to package the data for use by the communities at the county level to inspire and encourage innovation for service delivery. Also in attendance were Dr. Kilonzo Nduku, CEO National Aids Council Control, Prof. Susan Kim and Hannah Grant.

The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Eastern Africa Region was held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 9th and 10th, 2018. The Council of Governors, in conjunction with UCLG Africa, the Pan African representative and the voice of local governments on the continent, organized the meeting.
East Africa’s regional meeting kick-starts a series of UCLG Africa strategic meetings that will take place across the five regions of Africa; North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Eastern Africa and Southern Africa.

In his remarks, Council of Governors Chairman, HE Josphat Nanok reiterated that African Countries are now adopting the decentralized system of Governance, “Many African countries have in place a decentralized system, albeit taking different forms across the continent. Transferring financial, administrative and political power to lower units is a perfect strategy to spur growth and development,” he said.

As the representative voice of local authorities on the continent, UCLG Africa is taking initiatives to take stock of the state of decentralization in the different regions and address the priorities of the decentralization agenda in the regions and deliberate on the priority actions required to support local governments to become reliable partners for national governments, the regional economic communities as well as other development partners and stakeholders.

Through a decentralized system of Governance, development in Kenya is thriving with public participation, giving a chance to citizens to have relevant projects developed by and for them.

Devolution in Kenya is currently receiving more support from stakeholders especially with improved intergovernmental Relations between the two levels of Government. The Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASALs through his representative CAS, Amb. Hussein Dado assured of his support for devolution and empowerment of County Governments to implement their functions. “We have developed about 51 model laws that individual County Governments can use to come up with their own laws within the County,” assured the CAS.

The next UCLG-Africa regional meeting will be held in Libreville – Gabon on 16th – 17th April 2018 for the Central Africa Region.

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), is an annual global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women.

The 62nd Session of the CSW was held on 12th – 23rd March in New York. This year priority theme was Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls; while the review theme was Participation in and access of women to the media and information, and communications technologies and their impact on use as an instrument for the advancement and empowerment of women. The Council Of Governors (COG), Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs, NGEC, County First Ladies and among other stakeholders shared lesson learnt and progress in representation of women in both levels of government. Kenya has made significant progress in increasing the voice of rural women in governance issues, the achievement of grater gender equalities and their participation in the implementation of Suitable Development Goals (SDG).

During Kenya’s side forum, CSW participants exchanged experiences, lessons learned and good practices in relation to the role of women in governance, with an emphasis on actions taken by both level of Governments to ensure that rural women have access to affordable, quality education, essential infrastructure and technology, including sustainable energy and information and communication technology, and adequate, quality food and nutrition.

It was also emphasised that transformative leadership is non-gendered and the leadership is about building the next generation by guiding, sharing knowledge and experience gathered. This will increase the number of women in political leadership positions, the percentage of national budgets allocated to gender equality and women’s rate of participation in the labour force. Collecting gender aggregated data is also important for Counties as it helps ensure evidence based decision making and gender responsive budgeting (GRB). Counties are the first port of call for all other stakeholders and a trusted source of data. It is possible to pass laws that guarantee reporting on specific gender indicators. GRB is seen as an important means of ensuring accountability and fostering the accelerated implementation of the Platform for Action and the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

In Kenya there is an opportunity to drive CSW outcomes and opportunities through church affiliated women groups such as Mother's Union, Catholic Women Association (CWA) and Women's Guild (PCEA) and also link these women up to economic opportunities within the County Government. Some of the key highlighted outcomes are strengthening legal and policy frameworks, implementing economic and social policies for the empowerment of all rural women and strengthening the collective voice, leadership and decision making.

While on mission CoG delegation established partnerships with other stakeholders in the diaspora. Among them were the East Africa Chamber of Commerce who through the Council of Governors created connections between the Texas Center for Proton Therapy, Avistas, and Kericho County Government. This kind of Cancer Center will be set up in Kericho to offer affordable treatment for Cancer using the latest technology of Proton Therapy (The proton therapy is one of the most promising developments in cancer treatment. A giant machine called a cyclotron extracts protons from hydrogen atoms, accelerating them to almost the speed of light, and delivering the radiation with pinpoint accuracy). During the mission H.E Paul Chepkwony signed an MOU with EACC and Avistas to actualize the Cancer Center which is expected to cost Sh1.8B and will be the first one in Africa to treat Cancer using proton therapy.

The team also got the opportunity to visit the Michigan Institute for Clinical Research at the University of Michigan the following issues were discussed; Heart pace maker implantation , Partnership with doctors on open heart surgery and kidney transplants to be done in August in Kericho County and training on clinical research for all Counties.

CoG delegation also visited some facilities that can donate medical equipment listed by counties. The institutions are BaylorScott & White health mission and ministry Faith in Action Initiatives and World Medical Relief. The team also visited the Huron Valley team that previously donated ambulances to Counties.
The team also held a meeting with CBDO of RIJUVEN, a company that has a solution in healthcare services referred to as A Clinic in a Bag. Clinic in a Bag includes clinical tools that combine vitals, cutting edge diagnostic devices, lab work and HD telemedicine with the power of cloud. It is an intervention which is a one stop shop. The meeting was organized by World Medical Relief which is based in Detroit. On the same note World Medical Relief will be show casing the A Clinic in a Bag at the 5th Annual Devolution Conference that will be held on 23rd to 27th April 2018 in Kakamega County.
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is one of the events that the Council of Governors is keen on participating in. This is because it gives an opportunity to highlight the successes and the plight of women within the rural setting of the County Governments. This CSW event was a success and the opportunities discovered were massive.

The Council of Governors in conjunction with the United Cities and Local Government Authorities (UCLGA) Africa will hold their Annual Regional meeting on 9th -10th April 2017 in Nairobi. The United Cities and Local Governments Authorities is a global network that represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage regardless of the size of the communities they serve. The meeting which will be attended by delegates from regional bodies across East African Countries will delve into matters of governance, especially promoting, empowering and enabling cities and local governments in Africa. Looking at Kenya’s situation, this meeting comes at a time when matters decentralization and cooperation between the two levels of government is ardent on promoting the principals of subsidiary and the role of cities and local governments.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018 06:50

ICT EXECUTIVE MEMBERS CAUCUS MEETING

The Council of Governors organised a consultative meeting for County Executive Committee Members (CECs) in charge of Information and Communication Technology at Azure Hotel, Nairobi on 21st March, 2018. This was the initial meeting held between the ICT Caucus members since the new County Cabinets were formed.
The committee, whose mandate includes matters relating to ICT development in the County, met to review the progress that the counties have made in the last five years of Devolution and to plan for the next five years.Speaking to the County Executive Members in charge of ICT on behalf of the chairman of the Committee – H E Alex Tolgos, Mr Raymond Komen, CEC in charge of ICT Nakuru County and the Chairman of the ICT CECs caucus said that ICT has for long been neglected yet it is the middle enabler of all development in this era.  “ICT in many cases is disregarded. For the past five years, most County Governments took a back seat on ICT. Over the next five years, it is our duty to bring the ICT sector to play a major role in development,” he said.
The role of ICT in social and economic development cannot be undermined. With this in mind it is imperative that the CEC’s adequately plan inclusion of ICT to improve service delivery to the citizens. The CECs conjointly agreed with the Council of Governors to hasten the activities  of the committee hence improving the sector at the County level. In a very interactive session, the executive members shared their experiences on challengers and possible solutions to the challenges.
The ICT sector unanimously agreed to hold regular, structured meetings to share ideas and ways to implement them to suit individual county needs to generate revenue and ease the delivery of services whose impact is felt at the grass root level.
Counties have identified that there is a need for a policy on the disposal of ICT Assets especially upon staff exit to ensure that there’s continuity. Additionally there is need to develop an ICT strategic plan for ICT transformation agenda for all counties. As it stands, ICT is not a fully devolved function and County Governments are looking forward to work together with the Ministry of ICT to develop these and more ICT policies to be implemented at the County level.
In attendance were Jambo pay, Strathmore Business School and DellEMC who were invited to present opportunities for possible partnership. In this 2nd generation of County Governments, the CECs have identified the need to explore possible partnership opportunities between Counties and the private sector for development. The plans that leadership has in place assures Kenyans that the future for ICT at the County looks bright.

Mr. Meshack Ndolo from the Health Committee represented the Council of Governors on behalf of H.E. Dr Mohamed Kuti, Governor of Isiolo and Chair of the Health Committee during the 17th world conference on tobacco or health held from 7th-9th march 2018. The conference brought together researchers, academics, non-governmental organizations, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and public officials working on all aspects of tobacco control from more than 100 countries.The Conference recognized that Tobacco is a global public health menace and remains the biggest high risk factor in the onset, progress and complications of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country, contributing to nearly 50% of hospital admissions. The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) estimates that there are 2.5 million tobacco users in Kenya!
Among the highlights of the conference relevant to Kenya were recognition that:

•Comprehensive policies and laws are necessary to protect non-smokers who are at the highest risk of directly inhaling smoke emitted by smokers

•The Tobacco Act 2007 should be fully effected and Legislation cascaded to County Government level e.g. County Assemblies passing laws to enforce measures to protect the innocent public from the ravaging effects of Tobacco growing and consumption
•Tobacco Industry are aggressive, capricious and are targeting young people through all forms of machinations and social media, promoting e-cigarettes and Shisha, they also target politicians, senior officials, in order to keep their profit pipeline at all costs

Some of the recommendation arising from the Conference include:
1.Completely ban advertising of tobacco and use, since the cost of health risks far outweigh the apparent economic gains
2.High taxation on tobacco growing, manufacturing and production - should be so heavily taxed (even 70%), in order to dissuade and deter people from taking up use of the substance
3.Stakeholders to work with together with the Ministry of Health and the Council of Governors to address immediate, medium to long term solutions through legislation, enforcement, policies, program and community mobilisation approaches.
4.The County Assemblies to consider formulating legislation against Tobacco based on the Model Legislation done by the International Institute for Legislative Affairs
5.There is need to reconsider designated smoking areas in Cities and Counties and eradicate them altogether as they promote smoking and infringe on the rights of non-smokers
6.Counties with Tobacco growing areas begin to plan with the farmers on alternative economic livelihood as Tobacco farming gets eliminated due to its serious public health consequences and poverty on families

During the conference, renown Philanthropist, Michael Bloomberg, who is the WHO Global Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) announced winners of the 2018 Bloomberg Philanthropies Tobacco Awards for Global Tobacco Control to celebrate the recipients’ efforts in implementing anti-tobacco policies in low and middle-income countries.

The winners and their respective categories were:
1.Monitoring of tobacco use and prevention policies
a.Winner: Ministry of Health Vietnam
2.Protecting people from tobacco smoke
a.Winner: Fondo Solidario para la Salud (FOSALUD) de El Salvador
3.Offering help to people to quit tobacco use
a.Winner: Fundación Interamericana del Corazón México
4.Warning about the dangers of tobacco
a.Winner: Ministry of Health Senegal
5.Enforcing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
a.Winner: Uganda National Health Consumers’ Organization
6.Raising taxes on tobacco
a.Winner: Ministry of Health, Ministry of Treasury Argentina, and FIC (Fundacion Interamericana del Corazon)

Chair of the Council of Governors Intergovernmental Committee H.E. Governor Stephen Sang, Barnabas Nge'no, Chairman CECs Caucus for Lands, Housing and Urban/ Physical Planning, CECM Lands, Bramuel Murgor Serebemuom, CEC Lands, Bungoma County and Eng. Lucy Wanjiku Kariuki, CEC Lands, Nakuru County, presented their submissions to Senate on the County Boundaries Bill, 2017 and Legislative Memorandum on the County Assumption of Office of Governor Bill 2018.

The County Assumption of Office of Governor Bill 2018, seeks to address the lacuna in law regarding the procedure on the assumption of office of Governors. Of particular concern to the CoG were the amendments proposed under Clause 5 of the Bill which catered for the composition of the committee with the Council strongly proposing the inclusion of the National Intelligence Service and the Judiciary. The Council of Governors further proposed that the Bill should prescribe the kind of information that the committee may request from a public service officer. Additionally, it should factor in a clause on the gazettement of the day and place where the swearing in ceremony would take place. The aim is to ensure that the public is aware of the event. Regarding the members of the Judiciary who will administer the swear-in the Governor’s oath, the Council proposed that only a judge of the High Court should swear-in a Governor. However, the memorandum notes that the judge should not be limited to being a resident judge as some counties do not have High Courts.

On the other hand the County Boundaries Bill, 2017, intends to define boundaries of Counties, providing for the resolution of County Boundary Disputes through establishment of County Boundaries Mediation Committee as well as give effect to Article 188 of the Constitution on alteration of County boundaries. The Bill sets out in detail the manner in which the boundaries of the County are to be altered. According to Article 188 of the Constitution, County boundaries may be altered based on population density and demographic trends, physical and human infrastructure, and historical and cultural ties, the cost of administration, views of the affected communities, objects of devolution of government and geographical features. This will ensure that a high threshold will have to be met by any party desiring to alter the boundaries of any given county.
Amendments to the bill seek to address this concern, by demanding that the Cabinet Secretary consults with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Committee (IEBC) when making regulations for implementing it. However, this does not seem to dispose the concern of the County Governments since the implementation of these regulations will be by County Governments as captured under Fourth Schedule of the Constitution. Therefore County governments need to be consulted in their formulation as proposed in the written memorandum to Senate by the Council of Governors. Other than the issue of involvement of County Governments in policy making, the Bill is in line with the Constitution.

The Ministry of Water and Sanitation, Council of Governors and Water Service Providers Association jointly organized the Kenya Water Summit held from 1st – 2nd, 2018 at Lake Naivasha Simba Lodge. Under the theme, “Protecting and sustaining the gains made under the water sector reforms through devolution”, the forum was aimed at bringing together all Water Sector Actors in Kenya following enactment of the Water Act 2016 under the new Constitution 2010 which fundamentally recognizes water as a shared function between the National and County Governments as contemplated under the Fourth schedule. The Forum brought together top leadership from the Ministry of Water & Sanitation led by the Cabinet Secretary – Hon. Simon Chelugui and Principal Secretary, State Department for Water Services – Prof. Fred Segor, H. E. Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, Chairman of the CoG Sectoral Committee on Water, Forestry and Mining and Governor Meru County, H. E. Dr. Wilbert Khasilwa Ottichilo, Governor Vihiga County, H.E. Hon. Lee Kinyanjui, Governor of Nakuru County, H.E Francis Thuita Kimemia,CBS,EGH, Governor of Nyandarua County, H.E Stanley Kiptis, Governor of Baringo County , H.E Hon Dr. Joyce Laboso , Governor Bomet County ,Eng. Daniel Nganga – Chairman WASPA, Mr. Adam Norakine - Chairman WSTG - Development Partners’ Representative and County Executive Committee Members and Members of the County Assembly.
In his opening remarks, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Water & Sanitation, Hon. Simon Chelugui, noted that investment in the sector had increased from Kshs.2 billion in 2003/2004 financial year to the current level of about Kshs.40 billion while water coverage levels had also increased from around 30% to the current level of 60%. It was projected that if the current trend continued then the country would achieve 80% coverage by the year 2020 and universal access by 2030. This will in effect fulfill aspirations of the Vision 2030 and the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) No.6 on universal access to water.
In addition, CS Chelugui, assured participants that the Inter-Governmental Water Sector Coordination Framework will pave way for a clear mechanism to align the envisaged County Water Bills with the Constitution and the new Water Act 2016 which defines clearly the mandate of both National and County Governments.
In conclusion, the CS said that the Ministry was developing key policy documents such as the National Water Policy, National Water Resources Management strategy and the Water Sector Transition Plan which will facilitate identification of critical elements necessary to guide implementation of the water sector reforms in line with Constitution and the Water Act, 2016
Speaking on behalf of Council of Governors, H.E Hon Josphat Nanok the Chairman and H. E. Dr. Wilbert Khasilwa Ottichilo, Governor Vihiga County called for sensitization on the institutional roles and responsibilities of all sector players within the water sector so as to address the prevailing challenges and ensure harmonized relationships thus avoiding unnecessary conflicts. Both recognized the role that the development partners and the Public Benefit Organizations have been playing in working with Counties to develop legislation as well as building technical capacity to ensure the proper management of water resources and service delivery.
In this regard, the Council of Governors in collaboration with the Ministry of Water and Sanitation developed the Intergovernmental Water Sector Consultation and Cooperation Framework, whose goal is to steer the attainment of a robust and sustainable water sector in Kenya. This will be through the coordination of the attainment of policy goals and standards as well as liaison between the National Government and County Governments through the provision of a platform for dialogue and engagement of critical stakeholders in the sector.
H.E. Hon. Lee Kinyanjui, Governor of Nakuru County noted that good governance was critical for counties are to attract investors and development partners. In his case, Nakuru County has been able to attract partnerships in major water and sanitation projects including the Itare dam project that once completed, will supply Nakuru with 100,000 cubic metres a day, Chemususu Dam that will supply 10,000 cubic metres daily; sanitation projects and expansion of Sewerage works by World Bank, Africa Development Bank, KfW Germany, Kenya Pooled Water Fund, VEI and Water and Sanitation for Urban poor.
Chair of the Caucus for CECs in Charge of Water, Sanitation, Forestry & Mining, Eng. Festus Ngeno spoke on the country’s commitment to the Sustainable Development Goal on Water and Sanitation (SDG 6) which is aimed at “Universal and Equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all and adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all”. In addition, he emphasized that while safe clean water and reasonable standards of sanitation are fundamental rights, they have remained elusive in most parts of various counties because of budgetary constraints needed to set up these infrastructure, amongst others.
H. E. Hon. Kiraitu Murungi, Chairman of the CoG Sectoral Committee on Water, Forestry and Mining and Governor of Meru County while closing the Summit, gave assurance that as a Committee they will call for a country wide tree planting campaign especially during the rainy season as a way of supporting the protection water resources. Counties will work closely with the National Government and other partners in building technical capacities of counties and developing policies and frameworks in addressing governance issues in the water sector. In this regards, H.E. Kiraitu emphasized that the Council of Governors fully supports the recent ban on logging on Public and County forests by the Environment and Cabinet Secretary in an effort to restore the water catchments in the Country and calling upon all the County Government to enforce the moratorium.

In fulfillment of the Constitutional provision under Article 234 (2) (c) & (h) to promote the Values and Principles in Articles 10 and 232 throughout the public service, the Public Service Commission in 2017 undertook an online survey that targeted 215 Ministries, Departments and Agencies on values and principles compliance. Council of Governors (COG) emerged at the top of Statutory Commissions and Authorities sector survey in the Public Service Commission performance rankings on values and principles released yesterday. The rankings contained in the report conducted by the Public Service Commission (PSC) that also saw Council of Governors score 83.9% ahead of Energy Regulatory Commission, Kenya Law Reform Commission and National Commission on Integration Commission who scored 81.6%, 63.55% and 68.94% respectively.
The Council of Governors has also performed exemplarily well in areas of Ensuring high standards of professional ethics; Good governance, transparency and accountability; Diversity management; Public participation in policy making; Efficiency, effectiveness, economic use of resources and sustainable development and Equitable allocation of opportunities and resources, where COG scored each 100.00 percent.
COG in areas of performance management scored 80 percent; accountability for administrative acts scoring 62.5 percent and in improvement in service delivery scoring 40 percent. Contribution to the low scores were in areas of low documentation and automation of business processes and failure to compile a schedule of registrable interests for staff. The Council of Governor congratulates all other organisations ranked in the report and congratulates the employees of the secretariat for their sacrificial dedication to their day-to-day work that all contributed to the incredible performance.

Click Here to download the Evaluation Report for the Year 2016/2017 on Public Service Compliance with the Values and Principles in Articles 10 and 232 of the Constitution.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018 07:12

HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT IN HEALTH FORUM

Council of Governors organised a health stakeholders’ forum to deliberate on health workers strikes to ensure that they do not recur in future. The meeting held at Maanzoni Lodge, Machakos County on February 27th, 2018 was officially opened by Health Committee Chairman H.E Dr. Mohammed Kuti who was represented by Council of Governors Director of Communication. The event was attended by representatives of Public Service Commission of Kenya and County Public Service Boards, Director of Medical Services and Ministry of Health officials, Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC), Ministry of Labour, County Executive Committee members, the Chairs of Health Regulatory Bodies and Professional Associations, Health Workers Union Officials, Faith Based Organizations, the Private sector in health stakeholders, USAID and Kenya HRH Mechanism Implemented by IntraHealth International. In his speech, H.E Kuti said that human resources for health is like “the spinal cord and back bone” of the entire health system hence whatever affects health workers must be given the necessary attention, swiftly and responsibly in order to ensure the continuity of health service delivery”, stated H.E Kuti. He noted that the last year County Governments witnessed one of the most difficult times with health workers’ issues ending up in industrial actions that, cumulatively lasted for nearly 6 months. “As one renowned Kenya Professor in Global Health recently remarked, the 6 months were the “Armageddon” of the health sector in our over 5 decades as a nation. Never before has the health system been brought to its knees due to health worker-related issues resulting in such as prolonged strike. We are grateful to the health worker union officials who, when sobriety prevailed, embraced dialogue and saved the lives of millions of Kenyans,” said the Chairman of the Health Committee.
H.E Kuti noted that the Council of Governors realized that they should seize the moment of this tranquility so that we can candidly, frankly and openly discuss among all of us as stakeholders, what we can do together to manage health worker issues better and bring sustainable solutions.
Governor Kuti stated that the feedback from the meeting will plug into the forthcoming 5th Annual Devolution conference in April. “Under the Universal Health Coverage thematic area, the conference will tackle human resources for health, health financing, access, affordability and quality health care with sound supply chain and finally the issue of health leadership, governance and institutional development,” stated H.E Kuti.

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Taita Taveta County Deputy Governor has called challenged education stakeholders to consider boosting technical and vocational training as they review primary and secondary education curriculums. Speaking during a stakeholder consultative meeting...

Taita Taveta County to Benefit from Kenya Urban Support Program Grant from World Bank

Voi and Mwatate towns will soon get a major facelift courtesy of Kenya Urban Support program sponsored by the World BankGovernor Granton Samboja has signed the participatory agreement and completed the formulation of a county urbanization...

Taita Taveta to reap big from 500 Million USD Investment

Establishment of an export processing zone in Taita Taveta will promote value addition and boost use of local raw materials,  Governor Granton Samboja has noted. The County is set to benefit from a five hundred million dollar grant from China for...

Taita Taveta to Revive Farmer Cooperatives

Taita Taveta farmers have been urged to revive cooperatives to ensure that they benefit from their farm produce. Speaking during an awareness creation meeting on weights and measures with Challa and Njukini farmers in Taveta Sub County, the County...

The Grand Return of Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o

Residents of the lakeside city of Kisumu turned out in their droves to accord their beloved Governor a grand reception at the Kisumu International Airport following his brief absence from his home county of Kisumu as he had gone for three months...

The Gura Hydro Power Project

Governor Mutahi Kahiga on 14th February visited the Gura Hydro Power Project in Othaya. The mega project that is worth 1.7 billion shillings is saving tea farmers 30-40 million shillings which is spent annually on power bills. The Gura Hydro Power...

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