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President of the Republic of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta today officially opened the Source 21 COMESA International Trade Fair and High Level Business Summit at the KICC, Nairobi. Accompanied by Presidents Paramasivum Pillay Vyapoory of Mauritius, Edgar Chagwa Lungu of Zambia, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and Deputy President Dr. William Samoei Ruto.
The Summit comes in the wake of the 3rd Kenya Trade Week and Exposition 2019, which began on Monday in which was officially opened by H.E. Hon. Dr William Ruto and addressed by, among others, Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister and AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa and H.E Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Chairman, Council of Governors,.
With the theme, "Powering Regional Integration through Trade", this year’s objective was to take stock of how far Kenya has gone to implement the Integrated National Export Development and Promotion Strategy (INEDPS), with an aim of sustaining a conversation around boosting export in order to correct the trade deficit by increasing the contribution of exports to the country's DGP.
In his key note address, H.E. Hon. Dr William Ruto stressed the need to explore all avenues to ensure that our country meets is targets within the global markets.
“Trade is central to our national development, economic aspirations and a cross-cutting enabler of the Big Four. It is critical that we explore all avenues to expand the reach and value of Kenyan products within and without our borders, including deepening our trade collaboration with the European Union and the USA. To meet our ambitions, the maximum exploitation of opportunities vested in these agreements is critical,” said Dr. Ruto.
According to Rt. Hon. Raila Odinga, former Prime Minister and AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa, the country needs to increase its competitiveness in trade and allocate more resources towards infrastructure projects.
“As a country, we must position ourselves as the hub and the champion of the continental trade initiative in the region. To achieve this, we must enhance our capacity for value addition and export. In particular, we must invest in infrastructure of Energy, Roads, Railways, Airways and Internet Connectivity,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of the County Governments, Chairman, Council of Governors, H.E Governor Wycliffe Oparanya spoke on the need to collaborate between the National Government and the County Governments so as to embrace worthy trade agreements that ensure Kenya target within the export markets gains value for the country’s exports.
“We as County Governments are making deliberate interventions to grow our export markets, including fashioning our commerce agreements to directly link traders to markets and promoting cross-border trade. To derive maximum output, we must enhance value addition and develop niche products for target export market destinations to sell superior and quality products, thus in Counties we have the Counties Biashara Funds.”
Cabinet Secretary for Trade and Industrialization, Hon. Peter Munya reiterated that the 4th Kenya Trade week 2020 will focus more on analysis of the results of the actions we will have been taken, from now to the next year, and what is needed is to get better results, with regard to export growth, going forward.
“I urge for less talk and more actions in order to actualize the goals set out in the Integrated National Export Development and Promotion Strategy (INDEPS),” said Munya.

The training which took place on the 5th of July at Azure Westlands was a great eye opener to what the world is now in matters climate change and how this can be addressed not only theoretically but also practically using the video editing knowledge. Mr. Omaera, a climate change expert noted that human activity has been the main cause of climate change. “Climate change, which is to date a 25 year old tabled discussion is a phenomenon whose causative agent has been human activity, and especially greenhouse emissions’,’’ he said. Research shows that 7 out 10 countries most vulnerable to climate change are from Africa citing Africa as one of the most affected continents when it comes to climate change.
“ You’ll agree with me that you haven’t rolled up your sleeves and dealt with climate change as is needed,’’ Mr. Shakespeare a climate finance expert noted. Born off this statement were the gaps in dealing with climate change existing at the council that included lack of sensitization on climate change, lack of multi- sectoral collaboration among committees in issues climate change, casting the climate change burden to the NRM Committee when it’s a cross cutting issue, lack of budgetary allocations towards climate change as well as lack of innovation in addressing climate change.
Green climate Fund (GCF) is a fund established within the framework of the UNFCCC as an operating entity of the financial mechanism to assist developing countries in adaptation and mitigation practices to counter climate change. This is one such mechanism that could help deal with budgetary issues surrounding climate change if well managed. Calls to the Council of governors were made to help source funds from the development partners concerning the same.
Moving forward, it was plotted wise to have structured sensitization of committees on climate change, deliberate on addition of climate change agenda on sector work plans, have climate change unit at the COG and a budget for that as well as trainings on the same.
To cap it all, it was recommended that we need to be at a place where policy formulation on climate change emanates from the COG. Also, we should get off the boardrooms where we deal with climate change theoretically and get to the ground where we practically deal with it.

Forests regulate ecosystems, protect biodiversity, and play an integral part in the carbon cycle, support livelihoods, and supply goods and services that can drive sustainable growth. Forests' role in climate change is two-fold. They act as both a cause and a solution for greenhouse gas emissions.
The forest that acted before as their haven has been depleted as a result of increasing human activities.
“This forest was once elephant maternity,” Kenya Forest Service Narok County Ecosystem Conservator Mwai Muraguri said. Muraguri said increased human activities within the forest have dealt the forest a major blow.
In early 1980s, indigenous trees within the forest provided an earthy scent that drifted towards the nostrils of nature lovers as its beauty heart-warmed the souls of many.
This has however been depleted, thanks to human greed. The depletion seen forests past glory fade over time even though its wonder is still nourishing souls. The Forest roads are now thronged with Lorries while empty as they race into the green foliage. The Lorries within minutes maneuver out of the forest sagging and swaying precariously under the weight of its illegal cargo: charcoal.
Here, charcoal business is booming. The once sap sweet fragrance from the forest is gone as the forest that was once covered with indigenous forest covering approximately 500 square kilometers is gone. The Nyakweri forest which was once a clearest way into the Universe has now been replaced by iron thatched roofs and grass thatched roofs.
Motor cycles lumbers down a deeply rutted dirt road every now and then. Locals and those eking out a living from the forest have cleared the once heart haunting melody from the trees at peril. The massive indigenous trees provided a classic home to some of the world’s iconic flora and fauna.
According to the locals, mother elephants with their new calves in tow frequented the area to give their young ones a glimpse of what life portends for them. The young calves would be welcomed to the world with the creeping plant with succulent tubers that are full of energy. After getting the much needed energy, their mothers would trek with them for about 14 kilometers to the world famous Maasai Mara National Park.
The forest today is however a pale shadow of its past, as witnessed during a recent fly over of the forest. Houses have grown like mushrooms. This is despite the fact that the forest formed a wonderful habitat for various wildlife such as Buffaloes, Waterbucks, Impalas, Leopards, among others. More than 200 species of birds including Turacos, Trogons, Eagles, Wood-hoopoes, Hornbills, among others can be spotted in the canopy of the forest.
Huge tree species such as East African Olive, Dispyros, Wild Olive, Kenya Greenheart and Manikara Butugi dominated it. Mwai said Nyakweri forest used to be one of the remaining forest with massive indigenous trees.
Over time, however, massive swathes have been cleared to pave way for farming as the region was considered the most fertile. After land sub-division, local landowners who are mainly from the Maasai community invited outsiders to cut down trees paving way for agriculture. In turn, these laborers receive their payment from the sale of charcoal that they make while the owner gets 25 percent of the money.
In the dry areas, farmers cut trees mainly the Acacia species for charcoal production. The charcoal producers use traditional earth kilns that are very inefficient. Illegal charcoal production is taking place in the protected forest where immigrants use power saws to cut trees.
The dense indigenous forest is of high ecological and socio-cultural importance to the traditional Maasai people and also an important feeding and breed ground for large mammals. Despite the critical role that the forest-plays, massive degradation is threatening it with the wanton destruction of the forest is now making Elephants afraid of giving birth as their maternity is no longer a fit place to give birth. The forest that is under the jurisdiction of Narok County Government falls between Kimintet and Oloirien group Ranches.
It is thus within the declared adjudication area. The total area is estimated to be 20,000 Ha of dry land mixed indigenous forest. Conservationists are now worried that the forest could soon be history as it continues to undergo sub division into individual free holds at a faster rate not seen before.
As at July last year for instance, some 52 freehold land Title deeds were issued to Olorien Group Ranch members. A close canopy area measuring 1,680Ha is said to have been set aside as an animal refuge and Narok County Government, World Wide Fund for Nature, Mara Elephant Project and Ann Tailor Elephant Project requested to ensure that it is well conserved.
Already, efforts are being put in place to conserve the Forest. Under the leadership of the Narok County government, a consultative meeting involving among others- the Transmara DCC, ACCs & Chiefs, KFS, KWS, WWF and the Group Ranch representatives met in Kilgoris CDF Hall and made a unanimous resolution to safeguard Nyakweri forest and intensify patrols using a multi-agency approach and make arrests for charcoal vendors.
Other past and ongoing efforts and initiatives to save the forest have include ban of burning and transportation of charcoal, suspension of clearing permit and arrest and prosecution of person transporting charcoal. Awareness has also been created to the community on the need of forest conservation.
However, the actual boundary of the forest is not well known. Mwai said KFS and the County government is exploring the possibility of settling the remaining members of the group ranch by buying them land elsewhere and settling them.
The National and County Governments are also taking the leading roles in support it with the resource base support (including all round protection) and technical backstopping to ensure a win –win situation. Road patrols, road blocks, enhance intelligence gathering and awareness creation has also been intensified as one way of protecting the forest.
Mwai said efforts were being put in place to confirm the boundaries between the Nyakweri forest and the neighbouring titled farms The move will clearly demarcate the forest area for the Narok County Government to gazette it.
Already, proposals have been made to erect an electric fence all-round the forest. Authorities are also exploring the possibility of employing community scouts and guides and probably convert it into a nature conservancy with clearly spelt out benefit sharing mechanism to the neighbouring communities.
Proper boundary survey will also be established before beacons are erected. Those with land ownership documents are set to be authenticated to weed out fake ones.
Nyakweri forest is a unique sub-ecosystem which is famously known as the elephant's maternity and supports the Maasai Mara ecosystem and beyond the Country into Tanzania and no effort should be spared to manage it on a sustainable basis.

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 08:43

COG UNDYING SUPPORT TO COUNTIES

Council of Governors continues to support Counties in their activities and implementation of functions as mandated by the Constitution.
On 17th – 19th June 2019, Council of Governors Trade committee held a meeting with CECs, Directors and Chief Officers in charge of Trade, Investment, Manufacturing and Cooperatives at the Council of Governors offices in Nairobi County, Westlands. This was the last meeting by the sector for the 2018/19 Financial Year. The meeting was purposely to discuss matters and issues surrounding the sector, share good practices in the Counties, challenges faced in the year and agree and identify County needs in the 2019/20 Financial Year.
Some of the key issues arising from the three day meeting were the weight and measures functions, delay in transfer of Joint Loans Board assets to counties, ease of doing business in countries, gaps in counties between production and markets. The disconnect between production and markets has resulted to production of low standard goods and challenges in accessing markets, friction between County Governments’ and National Government officers. The Trade sector has been faced by a myriad of challenges ranging from facilitation of SMEs, lack of County Legislations in Trade and Cooperatives hence limiting Trade development and regulations in the Counties, Upscale of training on PPP screening, difference in naming of departments in counties, strengthening of intergovernmental relations in Trade, Cooperative Accounts still being registered using the pre- devolution Act as well as betting and gaming that is largely affecting the youth in counties.

Actions from the meeting, the CECs, Directors and Chief Officers agreed that:-
1.Council should review and develop proposed amendments to the sector legislations for validation and subsequent submission to Senate for enactment,
2.The CECs, COs and Directors will henceforth meet quarterly to discuss progress of implementation of the Trade and Cooperatives function,
3.Chief Officers in Charge of Trade to review the Weights and Measures Act to conform to the CoK, 2010 to include among other things give powers to County Governments to gazette Inspectors,
4.The Council shall review the Gaming Bill before Parliament and share the Memorandum with County Governments for input,
5.The Council shall ensure autonomy of the Counties with regards to development of the Cooperatives function,
6.The Council of Governors Trade and Legal Committees to support County Governments in developing County Trade Acts to help them in trade development and facilitation, ,
7.The Council to engage IGRTC and State Department of Trade to expedite the transfer and verification of Joint Loans Board Fund within the next three months
8.The Council Trade Committee to engage the Council Agriculture Committee on how to bridge the gap that exist between produce and market linkages in value addition projects like NARIG.

Wednesday, 03 July 2019 06:46

72ND WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY

World Health Assembly is the largest meeting of health policymakers and actors drawn from across the world, where major decisions on health are made and experiences shared with the key objective being to bring together delegations from across the world to discuss key health issues, including (UHC) access to medicines and vaccines, antimicrobial resistance, human resources for health, amongst others.
During this year’s World Health Assembly, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health, Sicily K. Kariuki (EGH) led the Kenyan delegation consisting of the Council of Governors, Ministry of Health and the Senate Health committee in participating in the 72nd World Health Assembly organized by the World Health Organization from 19th-29th May 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The conference hosted several discussions on different side events which included; Access to medicines, vaccines and health products: A multi-dimensional approach for ensuring transparen-cy of markets, affordable and quality products to achieve Universal Health Coverage, Universal Health Coverage to deliver the Global Strategy on Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents Health: re-thinking quality midwifery education; Why water, sanitation and hygiene must be a priority for quality healthcare, protecting patient safety and tackling AMR, Disease Prevention: the role of Primary Healthcare in achieving Sustainable, Universal Health Coverage and Emergency Care Systems for UHC: Ensuring timely care for the acutely ill and injured.
During the conference, an inter-Parliamentary union technical briefing are also held. The aim is to highlight the significance of parliamentary action on UHC to dis-cuss how Parliaments can address key UHC challenges, and provide inputs to the development of the Inter Parliamentary Unit (IPU) resolution on UHC as well at dis-cussing how this Commitment can be translated into concrete actions at National and Regional level.
Her Excellency, the first lady, Margaret Kenyatta shared insights on the Beyond Zero Campaign which included the achievements of the campaign which includes reduc-tion in Maternal and child mortality rates, Reduction in HIV prevalence rates and improve Access to service delivery for marginalized counties and hard to reach are-as. She also mentioned that through beyond Zero marathon fifty two (52) Mobile clinics were procured and this improved Access to health care services.
Kenya is among Countries making great strides in the UHC agenda. Kenya among other Countries – Thailand, Georgia and Japan shared their experiences in the im-plementation of the program. Key points from the presentations in order to achieve UHC includes: Political good will, Commitment from state and non-state actors, Fo-cus on Access to care, Affordability, and quality of care, Good Governance and Citi-zen Engagements and Clear framework, directions and strategies.
To further provision of safe, quality, affordable and accessible health care to the peo-ple, Member States adopted a new global strategy on health, environment and cli-mate change and committed to invest in safe water, sanitation and hygiene services in health facilities. Countries adopted a landmark agreement to enhance the trans-parency of pricing for medicines, vaccines and other health products. The new WHO Programme budget was approved and a common approach to antimicrobial re-sistance was agreed. Patient safety was recognized as a global health priority and the 11th Edition of the International Classification of Diseases was adopted.

“Living long and healthy lives is one of the most important values that people share all over the world,” words spoken by Mr. Eric Gerritsen, Netherlands Vice - Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport during a press briefing meeting on Monday 1st July 2019 at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. The Vice Minister, who also doubles up as the head of delegation for the Netherlands Health Trade Mission, were in the country for three days, to explore opportunities for partnership with stakeholders from both Private Sector, National and County Governments. They sought to partner in areas of Primary Health Care, E-Health, Human Resource development and towards Universal Health Care (UHC). “I laud the efforts that Kenya has set towards the sustainability of its health systems. Over the years, Kenya has achieved significant progress in improving health outcomes and utilization of health services”, said Gerritsen. The meeting noted that Kenya and the Netherlands both share major social challenges when it comes to accessible, affordable and quality health care. The reason for this is that both countries are facing a growing number of people with chronic conditions. In Kenya for example, it is projected that by 2027, Non communicable Diseases (NDC) will be the main disease burden. According to Gerritsen, in order to make health care affordable, it is imperative to come up with innovative packages for service delivery which promote Public-Private-Partnership at all levels of care, including Community level. For instance Community Health Workers (CHWS) can be trained to conduct blood sugar test for diabetes and other rapid tests to help early diagnosis of non-communicable diseases and prevent complications. The private sector can find markets for testing products and reagents and pricing can be negotiated for easy access to reduce the heavy cost of medication being a barrier.
The Netherlands Health Trade Mission will then proceed to Ethiopia whereby they are set to meet various stakeholders in the Health Sector as well.

Tuesday, 02 July 2019 12:29

DEVOLUTION ON COURSE DESPITE CHALLENGES

Devolution is working. This is the assurance by the Council of Governors Chairman, H.E Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya to the public during the State of Devolution Address 2019 on the 28th of June, at the Movenpick Hotel, Nairobi. The State of Devolution Address is an annual accountability report by the 47 County Governments. It is a channel through which County Governments account their achievements, challenges and mitigation measures and strategies put in place. The State of Devolution Address which happens in the backdrop of the adoption of the devolved system of government this year was delivered by H.E Wycliffe Oparanya, the current chair of the Council of Governors.
Raising the curtains was H.E Mwangi wa Iria, the current vice chair of the council who is also the Governor for Murang'a County. He pointed out that the State of Devolution Address came at a strategic time when the equitable funds for counties is a heated debate. “This has come at a time when there is a tie between the National Government and the senate on the provision of the devolved funds”, he pointed out. While addressing the delegation, the Chief Guest, Senate speaker, Rt. Hon. Kenneth Lusaka noted that there have been deliberate hurdles experienced by both the Senate and Counties as they legislate and implement devolution. However, he stated that there was no looking back until the desired mark is achieved. “Despite all these, I wish to say that as senate, we are dedicated to the success of Devolved Governance and assure Kenyans that we will not let them down,” he stated. “Let us be realistic and remain alive to the challenges that beguile devolution in Kenya”, he continued. The speaker also mentioned that the 47 County Governments are indeed under pressure to deliver. The dependence of the Mwananchi to the County Governments on services is exponential. To be able to deliver as a country, therefore, is for the National and County Governments to work complementarily. In the Address, Council of Governors Chairman, Governor Oparanya laid out the achievements in the 4 devolved function as well as strategies by the Council of Governor and the County Governments together with stakeholders have put in place for the Financil Year 2019/2020.

The 2019 address was the 6th since the advent of Devolution in Kenya.
Find the full address here.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019 09:17

REVIEW OF KENYA AGRICULTURE LEGISLATION

On, 21st September 2019 the Council of Governors led by H.E Muthomi Njuki who chairs the Agriculture Committee held a consultative meeting with the Senate standing committee on Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries at the Boma Hotel, Nairobi to establish the challenges faced in implementing the Crops Act and the Agriculture and Food Authority Act (AFA) 2013.

The two legislations created the Agriculture and Food Authority which is mandated to regulate and develop the sector in contravention of the fourth schedule of the Constitution of Kenta 2010.

Governor Muthomi Njuki while speaking during the forum reiterated the need for the National Government to work closely with the County Governments especially in regulation development and especially to those that affect County Governments and devolved functions. "It is sad to note that six years into devolution, the Crops Act and AFA which were enacted without the participation of Counties, have not been realigned to the Constitution to enable Counties discharge their Constitutional responsibilities," bemoaned the COG Agriculture Committee chairperson

He noted that a Legal audit carried out by the Council of Governors and the Kenya Law Reform Commission conducted across seven sectors including Agriculture established the extent to which the Country's policies and legislation conform to the devolved system of governance and made recommendations for harmonization and alignment to the Constitution.

According to the Fourth schedule of the Constitution of Kenya, the National Government is mandated to develop a national agriculture and veterinary policy, national standards and norms, regulations for international trade as well as capacity building for county governments. Every other function in the sector is transferred to County Governments. This therefore forms the basis for information towards the formulation of any legislation.
It was noted that from the recently tabled budget estimates for the Financial Year 2019/20, the Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning allocated Kshs. 59 Billion to the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation. This amount surpasses the cumulative amount by the 47 County Governments should they allocate 10% to agriculture as recommended by the CAADP Malabo declaration. The move gives the Ministry an upper hand and a reason why the Ministry continues to undertake devolved functions due to excess funds and do not have activities to spend the money on. The National Ministry has gone into activities including seedling purchase, distribution of fertilizer and weed among other activities which are purely devolved.

Agriculture stakeholders will convene on 10th - 11th July during the Intergovernmental Forum on agriculture to further the conversation on improving and strengthening the Agriculture sector in Kenya.

Friday, 07 June 2019 07:12

1ST UN-HABITAT ASSEMBLY

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN- Habitat) held its inaugural Assembly from 27th to 31st May 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya with a delegation from 127 countries, including four Heads of State, Government officials and 49 ministers in attendance.
The Council of Governors was represented by H.E Lee Kinyanjui, Governor Nakuru County Government and Chairperson, Lands, Urban Planning and Development, Energy and Infrastructure Committee. In his remarks at the Global Local and Regional Government’s Forum, he highlighted that 25 counties had signed MOU’S with the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development and 6 Counties had already set aside land for development of the Affordable Housing programme. He also noted that Counties had further established urban governance institutions to manage Cities, Municipalities and Towns. “Most Counties are in the process of putting in place frameworks, policies and infrastructure to support these urban areas in managing housing and solid waste management.” said H.E Lee Kinyanjui.
He further noted that County Governments have responded positively to the call for the New Urban Agenda in which most of them are in the process of preparing County spatial plans which are 10-year GIS based plans to guide development in counties.
Also in attendance was the Governor of Nairobi City County, who reiterated the great work by his administration in working with UN HABITAT in implementing new urban agenda with new projects like ongoing redesigning of Luthuli Avenue. “In conjunction with the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), the Nairobi City County Government is ensuring that all new road projects have components of pedestrian footpaths” pointed out Governor Mike Sonko.
As a Legacy project of the UN-Habitat, Nairobi City County’s Luthuli Avenue was redesigned and converted into a one way street. The redesign involved the construction of a pedestrian walkway, installation of lights and the painting of road markings. This was part of the county’s vision to create streets and roads that are vibrant to improve mobility, safety and accessibility. The redisgn of Luthuli Avenue reduces vehicular traffic congestion, promotes Non Motorized Transport (NMT) & encourages pedestrianization. Results include reduced carbon emission, better air quality, improved mobility and safety, enhanced greening and increase in property values.
The UN-Habitat Assembly passed five resolutions focusing on safer cities, implementation of the New Urban Agenda, achieving gender equality through UN-Habitat’s work to support inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and human settlements. It also determined the strategic priorities for accelerating implementation of the New Urban Agenda to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals for the next six years, through UN-Habitat’s Strategic Plan (2020-2025). The first UN-Habitat Assembly concluded with a Ministerial Declaration that recognised the unprecedented rate of urbanisation brought along both as a challenge and an opportunity.
The second assembly will be held from June 5 to June 9 in 2023. Kenya pledged to increase its contribution from KSh 7,084,293 to KSh 10,120,097 ,furthrmore 21 countries jointly pledged to raise more funds to a tune of KSh 15.38 billion to fund UH-Habitat which conitinues to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.

The Council of Governors held a consultative meeting with Cabinet Secretaries in Nairobi to discuss the Big 4 agenda and the National Government projects in the counties. The meeting which was chaired by Interior CS Fred Matiang'i brought together Excellency Governors led by the Chairman of the Council, H.E Wycliffe Oparanya.

While addressing the press after the meeting, Council of Governors chairman expressed the need to coordinate all projects in the Counties to ensure delivery in all projects. "We have agreed that we need to engage each other more regularly to realize meaningful development.” said H.E Wycliffe Oparanya. Poor coordination has so far stalled close to 200 projects in counties thus it's very important that both the County and National Governments work together to ensure their completion. “Projects have stalled and the progress has been affected by matters yet to be ironed out between National and County Governments,” said CS Matiang’i.
The Big 4 agenda as endorsed by the president of Kenya and well supported by the Council of Governors is a remarkable concept to ensure sustainable development in four key sectors in Kenya. It will ensure that Kenyans get employment which will in turn improve the dignity of the people. The National Government supported by the 47 County Governments has decdicated time, energy and resources towards the achievement of the five year blueprint.  Constant reporting is a key ingredient to the success of any project. The collaboration between the National and County Governments will see all projects come to completion. To enhance this reporting and coordination structure, the National and County Governments will henceforth meet on a monthly basis to discuss the status of the projects, issues arising and iron out any challenges.
One of the key resolutions from the meeting was that both the National and County Governments will hold monthly consultative meetings as that held today.

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"In January 2018, my Government will provide school meals program to 216 ECDE Centers with breakfast and lunch. This will boost the nutritional status to enhance enrollment. Stable foundation for our early childhood program will mean guaranteed...

Mandera County Receives Development partners. A historic visit since independence

"I was honored to receive a high ranking delegation at my office in Mandera town this morning. Among the delegates were Alexandera Sheppard (British high commission representative), Micah Powon (Principal Secretary), Ministry of Devolution and...

Meru County First Lady Launches Nutrition Programme

Meru’s First Lady Priscilla Murungi has launched a nutrition programme dubbed Generation Plus to tackle malnutrition challenges in the County.Speaking during the launch in Kangeta, Igembe Central, the First Lady said micronutrient deficiencies can...

Meru County launches ECDE milk project

The County Government launched a six-month ECDE milk pilot programme. During the piloting phase the ECDE kids will take milk twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays.The area MCA, Hon. Kithinji Ethaiba who was present hailed Governor Kiraitu Murungi and the...

Meru county sweet potato value chain

Governor Kiraitu Murungi today commissioned a Ksh.40 million Meru Sweet Potato Value Addition Factory at the Baraza Park in Maua Town, Igembe South Sub-County.The project is supported by the European Union through the National Drought Management...

Nakuru Governor launches water projects in Rongai Sub-County

Nakuru County Governor H.E Hon Lee Kinyanjui on 21st February launched two major water projects in Solai, Rongai Sub-County. The Governor, was accompanied by Water Chief Administrative Secretary Winnie Guchu, launched the Chepkulul and Emarangishu...

Norway Signs Agreement to Extend Funding to UN-Turkana Partnership

Successful partnership between Turkana County Government and intergovernmental organisations has borne more fruits after development partner, Norway signed an agreement to extend its support of UNDP devolution project in Turkana.In the event at the...

Nyandarua County Marks International Youth Day

To mark International Youth Day, His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia has issued 12 greenhouses; 6 concrete mixers; 24 culvert moulds; 25 welding machines; 25 incubators each with a capacity of 528 eggs and a backup generator; 10 hi-tech...

NYEWASCO Extension

NYEWASCO (Nyeri Water and Sewerage Company), voted as the best water provider for eight years running, has 17th February launched a Sewer Extension Program. The Ground Breaking Ceremony was held in four different sites: King'ong'o/Gatende,...

Proposal to Manage City’s Waste Tabled

Kisumu City waste management project got a boost after investors from India tabled solutions on how best the situation can be addressed. Lead environmentalists converged at the county offices to mitigate solutions on waste management techniques....

Shs 200 Million World Bank Grant for Kakamega Roads Upgrade

Kakamega County has received shs200 million for roads upgrade in the County. Most roads will be tarmacked and security enhanced in urban and peri-urban areas. H.E. Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya said this in Shirere Ward of Lurambi Sub-county...

Speech by H.E Governor Ndiritu Muriithi at this year’s world food day, in Igwamiti ward on 16th October, 2017.

Honorable Members of County Assembly,Leaders of various farmer groups and cooperatives, Business representativesGovernment officials,Fellow Farmers, our Children and other participants Ladies and Gentlemen,Today is the 39th World Food Day. This...

Taita Taveta County Boosts Sports

Taita Taveta County Government has sponsored the first cross country event in its bid to boost sports across the county while improving the livelihood of talented youth. Speaking at Danson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi the Deputy Governor H.E...

Taita Taveta County Deputy Governor Wants Vocational Education and Training Boosted

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...

UNEMPLOYED YOUTHS IN NANDI GET EMPOWERMENT TOOLS

It is an inescapable fact that young people constitute the most socially active and energetic segment of the population in Nandi. Young people are endowed with the energy and creativity; and they are our society’s most productive human resource...

VIHIGA COUNTY COMMERCIALISING INDIGENOUS VEGETABLES

Commercialization of African Indigenous vegetables venture in Vihiga County is part of a broader agenda under the Vision 2030 flagship project that is also in line with the Vihiga County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2017-2022 and manifesto of...

Wajir County Rapid Immunization Programme

H.E AMB. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud Presided over the launch of 100 days of Rapid Results initiative on immunization at Wajir Afya House.RRI was launched on 27th June 2018 by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the President Flagged off cold chain...

Wajir County to partner with National Government

H.E Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud led Wajir County leadership in paying a courtesy call to Deputy President H.E William Samoe Ruto at his Karen residence. They deliberated on ways to partner with the national government in terms of developing the...

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