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GENDER COMMITTEE HOLDS ANNUAL ELECTIONS

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The Council of Governors Committee on Education, Gender, Youth, Sports, Culture and Social Services convened the third quarterly meeting for the sector CECs on 18th March 2018 at the COG offices. Top on the meeting agenda was the election of the Caucus leadership.

Based on the large composition of the committee the forum decided to split the committee into two; Education and Gender, Youth, Sports Culture and Social Services Committees to allow for easier management of the overall committee. Education committee sector elected Prof. Gabriel Katana CEC Kilifi County as the Chair, Ms. Faith W. Mbugua Nyandarua County as Vice Chair and Dr. Joan Mwende, Embu County as the Secretary. The Gender, Youth, Sports, Culture and Social Services Committee elected Dr. Godfrey Makau Makueni County as Chair, Linner Nkirote Meru County as Vice Chair and Duke Mainga Kisii County as Secretary. The elected CECMs will immediately begin their duties as the Committee focal persons on any technical matter regarding the sector.

After the elections, the forum delved into the other agendas of the meeting, which included the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund and the Kuza Kazi Youth Empowerment Project. County Governments are looking to establish modalities of devolving resources for social protection through conditional grants. Additionally, because this is a concurrent function Counties are to give input towards the development of the National Family Promotion and Protection Policy and give a position on the National Family Promotion and protection policy.

The Kuza Kazi Youth Empowerment Project is an initiative for the Youth by Coca Cola in partnership with Counties seeks to address the high rate of unemployment in the county. Through this initiative, the company aims to boost their entrepreneurial skills and equipping them to start tabletop businesses. The youth will then join Coca-cola’s retail network, enhancing their income and savings, expand their business, and build their potential to become future employers.

The initiative has been launched in Kericho and Kisii and is set to be launched IN Nyeri County in April. However the CECs asked the COG secretariat to convene a meeting with Coca-Cola and the other Kuza kazi partners to address the challenges faced in the two Counties where Kuza Kazi was already launched before piloting the project in Nyeri and the other 6 remaining Counties.

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