Education matters in Nakuru County

4TH ANNUAL DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE IN NAKURU COUNTY – INFORMATION

CONCEPT NOTE

The Clarion Call: The Devolution Transformation

Theme: Devolution- Transforming Lives: Tell your story!
Date: 6th to 9th March 2017
Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute, Naivasha

More details – http://www.devolution.cog.go.ke/

Introduction

The 4th Annual Devolution Conference 2017 shall be held in Nakuru County. The conference marks an important milestone in the Devolution story in Kenya. It is the 4th Annual Devolution Conference and the last Annual Devolution Conference for the Pioneer Subnational Level of Devolved Units which was ushered through the March 4th 2013 elections. The Clarion call is “The Devolution Transformation” and the Theme of the 2017 Conference is “Devolution – Transforming Lives: Tell Your Story!” The Annual Devolution Conference is considered an important event in the calendar of Kenya because it provides a platform through which all stakeholders in devolution evaluate performance of both levels of governments in matters of policy, law, accountability, good governance, and service delivery, among others.
For the past four years there have been concerted efforts to educate the public through word and deed of what devolution is & what it has achieved. The County Governments have put in place mechanisms to address the concerns that have accompanied the change of governance and continuously sought to reassure the public that devolution is indeed working.
The last four years also witnessed moments that were not pleasant and conducive for the growth of devolution between governments, within governments and among key devolution stakeholders. There were moments of expressed displeasure where citizens felt that they were not getting value for money from both county and national governments. The new governance system faced institutional challenges, political intrigues and dynamics, technical capacity gaps and resistance to change. But as the curtain falls on the pioneer governments it can be said that devolution is on track and devolution is here to stay.
That is why at this 4th and final pioneer devolution conference it is important to note that the verdict out there is that “the perspectives have changed, the narrative favors devolution 100% as the style of governance in Kenya and the incoming governments have only one choice – to entrench devolution” as the way of political, social and economic inclusiveness for Kenyans.
Successive Annual Devolution Conferences since 2014 have noted the enthusiasm with which Kenyans have embraced devolution. Further there have been reports on improvement of service delivery in health, water, education (ECD and Youth Polytechnics), agriculture, roads, employment, and agriculture among others. There have been reports of challenges especially touching on issues of corruption, capacity gaps, and inadequate financial resources among others. On the overall though, the report card from all Kenyans has noted that Devolution is the only way to go for now. Therefore the theme is indeed relevant as the first chapter on devolution in Kenya is written on the pioneer devolved governments.

Objectives

The overall objective of the conference will be to safeguard the gains, enhance the understanding and appreciation of devolution as a system of governance that focuses on public accountability and learning new ways of socio-economic development and delivering services. The conference has the following objectives:

  1. To review the socio-economic impact of devolution over the past four years.
  2. To discuss how devolution has been a tool for socio-economic integration in the country in promoting equity and inclusivity.
  3. To demonstrate the achievements in adopting the “Big Bang” Devolution implementation approach over the past four years.
  4. To identify opportunities for change, growth and enhanced cooperation in changing perspectives, changing the narrative and entrenching devolution in Kenya.
  5. Review the financial burden in applying two thirds gender principle as opposed to an inclusive policy in an electoral system.
    The Fourth Annual Devolution conference will continue to provide a platform to celebrate and take stock on achievements of devolution, listen to the voices on the impact on Devolution, to interrogate the negative narrative about devolution and to seek to entrench the positive dialogue about devolution. It will provide opportunity for all stakeholders to share experiences and expand on solutions to address common challenges related to Devolution. It will be a moment to step back and reflect recognizing that devolution is what Kenyans have chosen as the model of governance and it has to be entrenched.

As the fourth and final pioneer Annual Devolution Conference it aims to learn from the experience gained by all County Governments in entrenching devolution in the last four years. The Council of Governors Secretariat has organized three previous conferences in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and established better follow up mechanisms for continuity of dialogues, but most importantly the continuity of networks, cooperation and ensuring implementation of the agreements reached. Due to the participatory nature of the conference, the results will help entrench and improve standards of service delivery in relation to developed policies and guidelines in all devolved sectors.

The conference will be organized around three topics: accountability, credibility and results.

Conference Format

The conference will adopt the form of a dialogue through panel discussions followed by planetary engagements. Discussion papers will be commissioned as input for the dialogue. Each topic will be discussed separately and in sequence by all the participants. Each paper will pose questions to the participants and the panelists to start a dialogue. The authors of the papers will be invited as speakers. The dialogue model has been found to be favorable in past devolution conferences since dialogue seeks to collectively arrive to answers to the questions. It is not the same as a debate in which the participants are trying to prove the validity of their propositions. A dialogue is a common search for meaning as ways of addressing common challenges. Participants will then be invited to share their national county experience in addressing and challenges identified. Professional facilitators will be hired to orient the dialogues towards identifying solutions and making prepositions for the way forward.

Modality:

  1. A video/ Snapshots with Headlines for the last four years/snapshots highlighting the devolution experience for the critical sectors(e.g. health)
  2. The Chair of specific committee will give a presentation based on Country wide performance & results for the past four years as a compliment to the video.
  3. ‘Wananchi’ to share their experiences on how devolution has impacted on their lives.
  4. A moderated plenary.
  5. Wrap up by the moderator will give a summary highlighting the challenges being experienced and progress made so far.

The conference will have a space for open exchange of experiences in the way of exhibitions and fireside chats, therefore opening opportunities for direct interaction in addition to the more structured dialogues. The abstracts will be shared in advance and will constitute a critical input for the final publication.

The conference will facilitate the direct exchange of experiences by all participants during all sessions which will also be moderated by experienced technical conference moderators.

Participants

The Council of Governors has identified that the challenges faced in entrenching devolution is not exclusive to County Governments or to Kenya as a country alone. In that sense it will invite representatives of national government institutions, civil society organizations, media, religious institutions, subnational governments from Africa and other regions, development partners, academia, private sector practitioners and other governments around the world with experience in a devolved system similar to Kenya. This approach will facilitate the exchange of experiences and potential learning from each other, but a special focus this year is to speak to how each player has contributed for the last four and half years in changing the perspective of governance from centralized to devolved, changing the narrative to underscore the importance of devolution and why Kenyans chose this governance style and entrenching devolution for posterity.
• The representatives of key sectors will be invited to contribute to the dialogue on their sectors
• The Council of Governors Committee members, Senate and County Assembly relevant committees will deal mainly with their committee areas.
• The representatives from the media will be invited to show how the Media and telecommunications have assisted in creating responsible media and ensuring that we have good communication for development. The media will present what in the four years is has changed the perspective, changed the narrative and entrenched devolution in the country through their coverage of happenings in the country.

The Council of Governors Secretariat will extend invitations to a number of institutions but most conference participants will be invited to register online to book a place at the conference. It will seek to ensure that no stakeholder who expresses interest to attend the conference is left uninvited.

Representatives of development partners and private sector will be encouraged as a follow up to the conference to identify ways to support the agreed actions, in the form of specific knowledge exchange among participants, capacity building or technical cooperation.

Deliverables/Outputs

The proceedings and presentations made during this conference will be synthetized and published into a report – Conference Report. A final communique will also be issued at the end of the conference by the conference participants demonstrating their engagement to promote and protect devolution. The Conference will yield a public discussion on why certain interventions during the pioneer years of devolution were successful and able to contribute to inclusive governance, enhanced service delivery, economic growth and employment creation while others had very minimal impact. Finally, a dedicated website will be built to host the proceedings and major outputs of the conference.
The subthemes will be mixed (sectoral based and also include cross-cutting issues e.g. corruption, elections, media perspective in reporting)

The Sub-themes (sector based):
1. Health: Ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being in a devolved system of Governance
2. Agriculture: Agricultural transformation for food security, rural development and wealth creation.
3. Infrastructure, Roads and Energy: Promoting accelerated investment and access to markets.
4. Natural Resource Management: The Potential and Opportunities for Natural Resource Management within a Devolution context.
5. Education, Gender, Youth, sports, culture and Social Services: Equality and inclusivity for sustainable development at the County level.
6. Urban Planning, Lands and Housing: Building Resilient and Climate Smart Cities for growth and sustainable development.
7. Trade and Cooperatives Promoting economic diversification through an enabled business environment.
8. Elections: Preparedness and planning for seamless transition.
9. Media perspectives on devolution for Development: The Role of Telecommunications in creating responsible Media and promoting inclusiveness, cohesion and development.
10. Corruption: Facing Corruption as a drawback to the Development Agenda.

Expected impact

The conference’s proceedings is expected to
(a) give greater publicity to successful policies, programs and initiatives that helped entrench devolution
(b) support the call for increased allocation of resources to devolution as key to economic growth and development for Kenyans
(c) mobilize all Kenyans including but not limited to those in business, academia, artists, religious and civil society actors that will safeguard, entrench and sustain devolution as the vehicle for inclusive growth process for the nation.

Practical information

Organization of the sessions

Each session will host a panel discussion followed by a plenary engagement with interactive debates for learning, stock taking and experiences sharing.

Governor Mbugua Urges National Government To Come Up With a Code of Ethics for Boda Boda Operators

BY JACKIE RUTO

23RD JUNE 2016 – Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has called on the National Government through the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure to come up with a code of ethics for boda boda riders in the country.

Mbugua said the code of ethics will maintain public trust and credibility of the boda boda business which he termed as a profession.

Speaking Thursday during a road safety awareness for boda boda operators held at Kunste Hotel, the Governor noted that the code of ethics will further protect commuters against improper conduct by its members and also will provide a commitment to the riders.

‘The code of ethics will add value and quality to your services because all of us now know that this is a profession. Boda boda business has grown tremendously and its contribution towards poverty reduction cannot be gainsaid,’ said Mbugua.

Currently boda boda riders operate under the NTSA Regulations 2015 for motorcycles, which came into force on January 1 and which seek to tame boda boda accidents and attract a fine not exceeding Sh20, 000 or a jail term of not more than six months or both for offenders.

Mbugua said the county government appreciates the significant role played by the boda boda industry in the alleviation of the livelihoods of young people and has thus offered bursaries in each financial year to give a chance for our youth to be trained and licensed on riding motorcycles.

He said the move goes a long way in enhancing safety and augers well with the objective of such trainings.

He urged all boda boda riders to form and join Saccos.

‘We have supported over 20 boda boda organizations establish Saccos which I believe are a sure way of marshaling resources to empower boda boda operators. Through Saccos, operators are diversifying their investments, generating more wealth leading to improved livelihoods,’ noted Mbugua.

He added that the County Government also strives at giving boda boda operators conducive environment to work from.

Among measures taken is the building of boda boda shades in all our sub-counties and wards and improvement of health facilities where now people can get quality and affordable health services without traveling outside the county.

‘I also encourage riders and all people in our county to take up NHIF services as they are affordable at only Ksh 500 per month, one is assured of access to health services at that critical moment of need,’ advised Mbugua.

He said that the County Government of Nakuru is also working together with the Kenya Roads board to enhance road network in the county and through the Kshs 100 million offered by the organization and also other projects like bus stations.

The Kenya Roads Board through the executive director Eng. Jacob Ruwa held the training with the intention of raising the need for safety awareness.

Eng. Ruwa commended the County Government for allowing boda boda business to thrive in the county without harassment of riders adding that the sector now contributes hugely to the economy of the country.

Others present were the Nakuru base commander Mitsanze Thoya, CECs Maina Kairu- Roads and Richard Rop- Environment among other leaders.

Kecoso Governing Council Brief Governor Mbugua Ahead Of August Date

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 19th May, 2016 – Residents of Nakuru County and its environs will be treated to a week-long of games festival as preparations for the 37th Edition of KECOSO games to be held in Nakuru gather pace

Speaking today when the KECOSO Governing Council paid a courtesy call earlier in the day to Governor Kinuthia Mbugua at his office, the Chairperson of the council, Selina Gor confirmed the aim of the games to be held from 13th to 20th of August will be to bring sports to the people at the same time fostering national cohesion, integration as well as peer education.

‘So far KECOSO games have been to three counties namely Kisumu, Eldoret and Machakos. We are now in the fourth county: Nakuru. The purpose of these games is to bring the people of Kenya together, to enhance their peaceful co-existence as well as educate them on issues such as HIV/AIDS among others as they enjoy various sports activities’, said Selina.

She added this years games will feature more than 10 sporting disciplines, and will attract more than 600 participants, which in turn will have an impact on the socio-economic aspects of the lives of people of Nakuru and the surrounding areas.

On his part, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said this event is coming at the right time, lauding the Governing Council for choosing Nakuru as the place to host the games festival.

‘On 16th April, national prayers were held at Afraha Stadium, President Uhuru Kenyatta will deliver his speech to the nation on Madaraka day from the same venue, these events have made us upgrade this facility which we believe by August will be much better than it is’, said Governor Mbugua.

He further said the County Government of Nakuru will work with the organizers to make this event successful as it is also a conducive platform for marketing the county, inviting enterprises in Nakuru to come on board to support this games festivals.

‘Nakuru County is centrally located in the nation, thus any investment or activity in the county has a high rate of diffusion to other parts of the country’, said Governor Mbugua. Adding that this offers to the people an opportunity for local tourism.

Among the disciplines in the lineup of this sporting event include: football, athletics, basketball, netball, table tennis, pool table, scramble, snooker, Marathon, Tag of war, golf and swimming.

These games have categories for the People Living With Disabilities (PLWD) and Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said renovation of facilities is taking this into account to make the facilities conducive and accessible to all.

Football and athletics will be at the Afraha stadium, swimming for the disabled Kabarak University, Table Tennis Lions Primary, Scrabble Jams, pool table Menengai and Snooker at the Dog Section police station at 58 among other venues.

On the opening day, which will be graced by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, golf will be the curtain raising event and will be held at the Nakuru Golf Club.

There are Better Ways to Address Issues, Governor Mbugua Advices Opposition

18TH MAY 2016 – Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua has today lashed out at the opposition for using outdated methods to express their dissatisfaction with IEBC saying that poor Kenyans who participate in the unconstitutional demonstrations are the losers.

Mbugua said it is anybody’s right to voice their issues but appropriate processes should be used to avoid bringing tension or differences that might destabilize the peace of the nation.

Speaking in Sobea, in Rongai Sub County during a prayer meeting organized by the Grace of God Church, Governor Mbugua added that leaders who advocate for those demonstrations have wealth and properties at their disposal and only use poor Kenyans in pretense of championing for their rights.

‘It is the youth and the poor Kenyan who loses at the end of the day because instead of going to work they allow themselves to be used. These leaders have already made their money and they do not care about others,’ said Mbugua.

The governor said residents of Nakuru County will not be allowed to be drawn back to ugly scenes witnessed in the past due to lack of peace.

‘We have come from far and we can never allow ourselves to witness what we saw then. Church leaders, elders and residents have played a big role to stabilize our county and now we are working towards strengthening the valuable peace we have,’ Mbugua noted.

He called on the church to continue holding hands with the government as partners in peace adding that the county government will always provide needed support to churches.

On other matters, the Governor expressed satisfaction with the ongoing Gavana Mtaani County Outreach Program, which he said, has bore fruits as expected.

Mbugua positively noted that a huge number of concerns and queries brought up by the residents during the outreach program’s have been dealt with.

‘This prayer meeting was as a result of our interaction when we visited Njoro Sub-County. Am happy to see that some issues were addressed immediately while others are still being dealt with. The idea of reaching out to Mwananchi at the grass root level has bore fruits,’ he said.

The governor was accompanied by his deputy Joseph Ruto and Nakuru County Assembly leaders of Majority who is also Mosop ward MCA Njenga Mwaura.

Judicial Asset Committee to Reclaim Land in Counties

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has given assurance that the County Government of Nakuru will work with the Judicial Asset Committee Recovery Committee to get back all judiciary land that has been grabbed as well as any other public utility in the county.

Speaking during a meeting between the county government and the committee tasked with the recovering of land allocated for courts’ expansion at the sub-county offices in Naivasha, the Nakuru County Governor said courts in Kenya had big chunk of lands but shamefully the size of these lands has shrunken to tiny plots due to irregular land allocation.

‘The court in Naivasha had been allocated land in the 1930s, but now has been reduced to a small plot, jeopardizing expansion of the high court.

“Let me put on notice anybody involved in this grabbing that they should be definitely be ready to surrender the land’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Nakuru County Governor commended the judiciary for going out devolve dispensation of justice to the grass-root.

He said it is a good initiative for the judiciary to earmark their space in the county for expansion and building of staff houses, opening courts in all sub-counties and establishing mobile courts to serve far flung areas in all the counties.

‘This noble idea of extending the dispensation of judicial services is welcome particularly here in Nakuru, as we have instances where justices has aborted because witnesses could not reach the court because of distance. This move will make the people of Nakuru and the entire nation in general benefit from our constitution’, said Governor Mbugua.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, Lady Justice Lydia Achode, Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha

Arising from the meeting it was established that Naivasha require more judges, a minimum of three. Two of these judges will serve on land and employment issues.

Also discussed was the opening of new courts in Keringet to serve Kuresoi South and North, in addition to Subukia to serve areas of Waseges and Solai that border Baringo.
Molo court is undergoing rehabilitation through the cooperation of the National Government and World Bank. Governor Mbugua called for more expansion of the court as well that in Naivasha to give it the stature of high court.

Some areas that are in the interior of Nakuru County such as Gilgil, Maela among other places will benefit with mobile courts. In these area’s, which are prevalent to land conflict, and due to the delay in court cases accessioned by the long distances in access making people to resorting to taking law in own their hands.

Young people are also falling to the lure of crime because infrastructures of judicial services are far removed from the areas making them at times get away with crime.

Lady Justice Lydia Achode on her part said, through the Judiciary Asset Recovery Committee the Judiciary wants to recover it assets to be able to take justice services closer to the people saying although judiciary was not devolved it does not mean the judiciary cannot serve people from the grass-root.

‘Taking justice closer to the people will make justice accessible to the persons that we are supposed be serving. Judiciary is not devolved but it does not mean we serve people only the main known places. We are supposed to percolate it to the grass-root. Through our meeting with Governor Mbugua we have found out that people traveling from Maera to Naivasha and from Olenguruone to Molo to access judicial services are faced with the limitation of long distances’, said Justice Achode.

She added that through working closely with the County Governments they are finding where judiciary land used to be and where none existed the County Governments are ready to give land for improvement and expansion

The deliberations also focused on county courts, which were formerly municipal courts. The judiciary will manage these courts but their purpose is to support implementation of laws passed by the county assembly.

The area MP David Kihagi, MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview and Viwandani Hon. Jonathan Warothe, Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi, accompanied Governor Mbugua respectively, including nominated MCA Hon. Ester Njeri.

Among those that accompanied Lady Justice Lydia Achode included Justice Nzioki Wa Makau of Labour and Industrial Relations Court and Peter Gesora Chief Magistrate Naivasha.

ENDS.

Nakuru Polytechnic Is No Longer The “Youth Manyundo” of the Past – Governor Mbugua.

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 30th March, 2016 – Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua has said that through efforts and initiatives by the County Government of Nakuru, Nakuru Polytechnic has been transformed from what it was known as “Youth Manyundo”.

Speaking during the commissioning of the refurbishment works of the polytechnic Wednesday, Governor Mbugua urged the scrapping of the derogative term saying that times have changed and its now an institution that offers dignified training for the youth.

He also noted that the term attracted a negative attitude of the people towards the polytechnic, viewing it as a place for academic dwarfs and was perceived that masonry was the only training that could be offered by the institution.

“Nonetheless, this has changed within three years after the County Government took over management of the institution following the adoption of the devolution dispensation, which placed the responsibility of running polytechnics on the shoulders off the county governments.” Governor Mbugua said.

ZUK_4689
ZUK_4718

Governor Mbugua said less emphasis on skilled oriented training has led to shortages in skilled work force and that’s the reason why Nakuru Polytechnic now offers 12 courses, instilling hands on skills that are in great demand in the job market in young people.

He added, ‘giving young people hands on proficiency will make them employable at the same time build their capacity for self-employment initiatives’.

Governor Mbugua noted with the current developments in the county and nation that requires multi-skilled workforce, hands on skills are becoming crucial. Thus, urged parents to embrace polytechnics saying the County Government of Nakuru will extend its bursary support to the polytechnics.

The CeC for Education Francis Mathea echoed the same sentiments by the Governor, noting that the curriculum being developed for the polytechnics will ensure career progression even to the professorship level.

The Nakuru County Governor said requests by the institution’s management board of expanding and improving the Nakuru Youth Polytechnic infrastructure will be done.

Josephat Kimemia, the Director of Youth Affairs and Polytechnics added some of the development will be undertaken by the institution’s management board which he is part of.

He also said advanced and mordern-learning facilities will be provided in all the polytechnics in the county, just like it was done with the PGH.

ZUK_4740

ZUK_4745

ZUK_4749

Kimemia said currently there are 25 operational polytechnics in the County. 9 more are being constructed in this financial year (2015/16) and 25 more are being budgeted for in the next year (2016/17).

He added, the County Government of Nakuru spent Ksh 130 million during the first and second financial year on development and expansion of polytechnics.

Governor Mbugua said his government is committed in delivering its campaign promises and although they have not been implemented 100%, there are indications of good progress.

He cited that in Bondeni and Kivumbini, the County Government of Nakuru has a number renovated county estate houses and even lowered rent fees.

Sanitation, sewer line and water has also been enhanced. Electricity connection has been done within numerous estate houses and will be extended to cover all.

He said his trip to Netherlands was to negotiate renewal of a project for improvement of sanitation, sewer line and water.

‘A project financed by Netherlands that has built sanitation and water facilities as well as sewer lines in a number of estate was coming to a close, my trip to Netherlands two weeks ago has seen this project renewed for an year’, said Governor Mbugua.

The Governor also said the circulating reports in the press that the County Government of Nakuru has accumulated a debt of Ksh 2.3 billion are not accurate.

‘Part of this debt which is Ksh 840 million was inherited from the defunct municipal and county councils. The reminder is money owed to contractors which is in LPOs and has been factored as part of the debt’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that all things couldn’t be completed at once but each step at a time. Governor Mbugua however, noted that the speed of development under devolution is much faster than before and his government has made gains to warrant a second term.

Prevailing Peace A Boost To Nakuru’s Development – President Kenyatta

By Jackie Ruto

17th March 2016 – H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that the construction of the Nakuru Interchange Road network has been largely facilitated by the prevailing peace especially in Nakuru County and around the country.

The president was speaking during the launch of the construction of the road network yesterday in Kamara, Kuresoi North that will also see the rehabilitation of the Molo- Olenguruone- Kibunja road, which has been in a dilapidated state for many years.

ZUK_2095

ZUK_2129

Uhuru noted that the road network will facilitate smooth operations for farming and other businesses in the area as well as build the economy of this county.

‘Am so impressed with the hard work and peace all of you have put in place to bring development to this county. As you all know peace efforts started in Nakuru even before we were elected and we want to maintain that. The works on this major road will also see the tarmacking of Molo town,’ he said.

The president also launched the construction of 3 interchanges at Mau- Summit area, which are envisioned to ease the flow of traffic along the busy highway.

ZUK_2142

ZUK_2186

ZUK_2252

At the same time, during his several stopovers at Molo, Elburgon and Njoro, Uhuru assured all Kenyans of the national government commitment towards ensuring all eligible Kenyans are registered as voters.

‘We are ready release more funds to IEBC to make sure the voter registration exercise continues. We have heard that some people have not been captured and we want every Kenyan to exercise their right to vote come the next general elections,’ said Uhuru.

He further called on registrar of persons to issue IDs to youth where they live rather than subjecting them to unnecessary processes or sending them to areas where they were born.

ZUK_2314

ZUK_2032

On his part, Nakuru Governor H.E. Kinuthia Mbugua welcomed and lauded the president and his deputy for their good work.

He said the commissioned road would solve almost all the problems facing the residents of the various areas in the county where the road network will pass through.

Earlier on, the President who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto commissioned the Shs 6 billion Chemususu water project in Baringo county.

‘Very soon we are also coming back to commission Itare dam which is another huge water project that will end water crisis in Nakuru, added Uhuru.

County Government Outreach Program Gathers Pace

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th March, 2016 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has asked residents of Njoro Sub-County and the entire county in general to shun politicians peddling cheap politics at a time when all leaders should dedicated their time to serve the people as it is not yet election time and there are no vacant elective posts in the county.

Speaking in Njoro’s People Park yesterday during a two-day outreach program in the sub-county, the Nakuru Governor expressed confidence that his government has made substantial achievements. Adding that his government places peoples welfare above baseless noisemaking and its score card is sufficient proof.

‘We have put all our efforts in serving the people of Nakuru, what we have achieved in three years is commendable and we will not waiver from this course or be deflected by those jumping the gun before the right time to campaign for the 2017 elections comes’.

He further said the County Government of Nakuru has tried to grapple with a huge wage bill and still through responsible stewardship of resources is able to undertake program that for the last three years have improved the welfare of the people.

ZUK_0392

ZUK_0459

ZUK_0468

ZUK_0480

For example information from the department of water indicates that its initiatives on the first year of devolution such as sinking of boreholes, pumps installations, construction of tanks and building of water piped supply networks increased water supply to the people of Nakuru by 16%.

During the two-day outreach program in Njoro, Governor Mbugua launched the construction of the Kiwanja Ndege water project which has been funded by the County Government to the tune of Ksh 20 million. The project encompasses a 7 km water pipe, 60m3 elevated steel tank, a three tap water kiosk to be located at Ndege Secondary and 30 yard taps to be installed in homes. This project targets 10, 000 people.

Besides the Kiwanja Ndege water project, the County Government of Nakuru has sunk and built a number of boreholes and water pans in various wards in Njoro sub-county. For instance in Mauche Ward, Ksh 10 million has been used for the construction of Kapkembu, Kapmaasai, Hema, Singol, Meta and Ewat water pans. In the coming budgets piping and treatment facilities will be installed.

The Nakuru County Governor also commissioned the construction of Njoro bus terminus which will be located at the junction of the road heading to Njoro town and Egerton University and is envisaged to enhance the transport activity in the sub county.

Governor Mbugua also handed over a grader for rehabilitation of roads in Njoro sub-county as many of the people and groups he served from the six wards in Njoro wanted roads in their wards rehabilitated to improve connectivity and access, although they noted laudable progress has been made on feeder roads maintenance.

ZUK_0493

ZUK_0498

ZUK_0506

ZUK_0860

Roads such as Muchoruwe-Sigotik-Kwa Right have been rehabilitated, and routine maintenance will continue. In this financial year, there are allocations for murraming of Njokerio-Sigotik. Roads such as Mau-Elementaiata, Mazaini-Gatimu, Ikindu in Mau Narok Ward as well as Naishi-Game, Mbagaria-Kilo, Mbagaria-Milimani and Mbagaria-Kappyanet roads in Lare Ward among other feeder roads will be rehabilitated.

Also during the outreach program Governor Mbugua presided over the groundbreaking of the building of 20 lock up shops. The shops are funded through a Ksh 38 million commercial infrastructure MoU between the County Government of Nakuru and Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

A total of 150 stalls will be built through this cooperation. Apart from Njoro, other sub-counties to benefit with these enterprise facilities include Naivasha (30), Gilgil (20), Nakuru Town (70 for both East and West), and Kuresoi (10).

Besides this intervention to enhance the welfare of the youth, in this outreach program in Njoro Sub-County, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua met with nine youth groups from Njoro and Mauche wards to address various concerns of the youth.

ZUK_0804

ZUK_0807

ZUK_0817

Among those groups are Erithia, Mauche for Change, Njoro All Stars, Kilimo, Njoro Youth Sports Association, Kabianga Neema, Njoro Boda Boda and Piave Youth Groups.

Governor Mbugua encouraged the youth to take up initiatives for socio-economic growth, promising that the County Government of Nakuru will support such ventures. For instance he noted that Jawatho field will be graded and fenced to empower Njoro Youth Sports Association.

Moreover, Njoro home craft and other social facilities will be rehabilitated for the benefit of youth activities.

All the youth leaders after having a one-on-one encounter with the Governor unanimously agreed that the Governor has the interest of the youth and all the people of Nakuru closer to his heart.

‘The Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is a dealer in hope, our encounter with him has established that he is trying his best to improve livelihoods of the people of Nakuru. Nonetheless, all things cannot be done at once so far so good, we are hopeful that much more will be achieved under the leadership of Governor Mbugua’, said John Njoroge of Njoro All Stars.

ZUK_1029

ZUK_1052

The president of Nakuru Youth Bunge Forum Philip Ng’ok lauded the County Government of Nakuru for support initiatives for the youth.

He said the Nakuru Youth Bill and Policy as well as the sports bill once in place will help streamline programs for youth engagement and empowerment in the count.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua also met 27 women group leaders (Tugutuke, Tumaini, Isaiah, Koyumi, Kopkogo, Mwihoko, Umoja, Beror, Peaknan, Kifunama, Njoro and Kikwata Umoja among other women groups).

The agenda for these groups touched on socio-economic support for the women. The groups wanted support in farming, table banking and company formation.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua donated to Kikwata Umoja Women Group a 10, 000 litre water tank in support of their horticultural farming venture.

Governor Mbugua noted that farmers in Njoro will benefit with the County Government of Nakuru crop development support on crops such as avocado and pyrethrum among others.

He further said that Mau Narok Rural Farmers Sacco will get a milk cooler from the department of Trade, while Kinjoya dairy farmers will benefit with the same facility from the department of agriculture.

Governor Mbugua assured that his government continues to partner with other agricultural stakeholders such as KALRO and ADC among others to improve agriculture in the county as many people depend on it as a source of income.

At the same function, Njoro hospital received an ambulance that was unveiled by Governor Mbugua. The Nakuru County Governor categorically dispelled rumors that Njoro Hospital has no drugs stock.

After inspecting the facility together with Health Chief Officer Dr. Samuel Mwaura, Njoro MCA Hon. Ezekiel Kung’u and his counterparts for Lare Hon. Newton Kabuu (also a member of the health committee Nakuru County Assembly) and Peninah Sortum nominated MCA Njoro established that the facility has adequate drugs supply.

ZUK_1179

ZUK_1290

ZUK_1332

Last month, the County Government of Nakuru supplied drugs and other medical supplies worth Ksh 71 million to all the health facilities in the county.

Njoro hospital has been upgraded, this health facility now has a ward for patient admission and has been earmarked for installation of an x-ray machine and a dental unit. Nesiut Health Centre maternity wing will be equipped, and other health facilities such as Lare, Mau Narok, Kihingo health Centres, Nesuit and Sossiot dispensaries will also receive equipment and staff boosts.

Apart from construction and rehabilitation of ECDE Classrooms and polytechnics, the County Government of Nakuru continues to support education through bursary provisions.

ZUK_0964

ZUK_0974

ZUK_1169

ZUK_1173

Yesterday, at the close of the outreach program in Njoro two children, Faith Nyambura and Brian Nyakundi received bursaries for secondary education. Faith will join form one in Njoro girls, while Brian now has an opportunity to complete his secondary education at Kilobon high school.

A school feeding program is going to be considered for Lare ward as the area is semi-arid and the County Government of Nakuru is running a school feeding program in arid and semi-arid areas of Nakuru in which 10, 000 pupils from 151 schools are benefiting from.

The Njoro outreach program was a success with many people saying they have witnessed developments by the county government and were optimistic with the spirit and pace things are done much more will be achieved.

ZUK_1341
ZUK_0485

ZUK_0487

ZUK_0489

The aim of the program is to offer practical solutions to the people and offer them a firsthand feel of how their government works.

‘Wananchi have employed us, thus we need to make ourselves accessible to them for mutual understanding and objective appraisal. This is the rationale through this outreach program we are bringing services of the County Government of Nakuru closer to the people, said Governor Mbugua.

Next week on the 9th and 10th of March the Outreach Program will head to Rongai Sub County.

Nakuru Outreach Program, a True Definition Of Devolution – Governor Mbugua.

NAKURU 27th February 2016 – H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has praised the immense impact the County Government of Nakuru Outreach Program is achieving in bringing out the needs of the people and the high demand of all county government services.

Speaking after the third leg of the two-day program last Friday at the Molo Stadium in Molo Sub County, Governor Mbugua termed the results and feedback from the residents as overwhelming.

‘This is now the true definition of devolution where the public have a chance to interact with their leaders one on one and their issues are addressed. We have been able to sort some issues, which would never have reached us at the headquarters.
The Molo people are also very happy with this program which will roll out to all sub counties,’ said Mbugua.

The Outreach Program, which will visit all the 11 sub counties in Nakuru until April Where hundreds of Molo residents from the four wards namely Sachangwan, Marioshoni, Elburgon and Molo town got a chance to interact with the county’s top leadership and other county government officers where most of their issues were addressed.

ZUK_9301

ZUK_9355

ZUK_9363

ZUK_9371

ZUK_9373

ZUK_9711

ZUK_9734

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua who led all the various departments of the county government reiterated that the outreach program was keen on ensuring that all key services are taken closer to people.

The governor also took the opportunity during the outreach program to flag off three state of the art graders to be used in upgrading county roads in Molo and other sub counties.

During the two day program Governor Mbugua commissioned 20 candy shops, which are being constructed in Molo town by the National Youth Enterprise Fund in partnership with the County Government.

ZUK_9750

ZUK_9384

ZUK_9624

ZUK_9691

ZUK_9701

ZUK_0001

ZUK_9989

The shops, Mbugua said, will be distributed fairly and without any payment to the youth for businesses purposes.

During the final day of the program, Governor Mbugua accompanied by Family Bank chairman Dr. Wilfred Kiboro, Family Bank Founder Titus Muya, Deputy Governor Joseph Ruto, County secretary Joseph Motari and other county officers officially re-launched the Family Bank Molo branch.

He welcomed the financial institution to Molo, which he said required such institutions because of the growing number of businesses and entrepreneurship opportunities.

ZUK_0175

ZUK_9464

ZUK_9522

ZUK_9556

ZUK_9588

During the luncheon hosted by the bank Mbugua called on all Molo residents to register as voters.

‘I have seen more than 3000 uncollected IDs at the registrar’s office and this is not good. How are you going to register as a voter if you do not have an ID?’ posed Mbugua.

ZUK_9605

ZUK_9609

ZUK_9867

ZUK_9947

On his part Family Bank Chairman Dr. Wilfred Kiboro lauded Nakuru County for initiating the County Outreach Program.

He said the program was one of the best ways to listen and know the demands and needs of the people adding that other counties should follow suit.

The County Outreach Program will be moving to Njoro Sub County on 3rd and 4th March.

The program will also resume the same rounds to all sub counties in September to review and know what issues have been addressed.

Ends.

Governor Mbugua Concludes “Gavana Mtaani Outreach Program” 2nd Stop, Molo Next.

Nakuru, Kenya 18th February, 2016 – H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has asked the people of Nakuru from all the 55 wards in the county to actively take part in the public participation process of budget making for the financial year 2016/2017 scheduled fo March 2016.

Speaking during the two-day Outreach Program in Kuresoi North Governor Mbugua said it is important for the people to involve themselves in the process so that issues of concern to them can be captured and effectively addressed.

‘Within the three years of devolution we have made substantial gains in our county and we urge the people to take part and own the budget making process so that we can address the remaining and pressing concerns of our people’, said Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

He added through this Outreach Program which is a people-centric governance, his county government is learning a lot and some things would have not known if it were not for this outreach.

_NKU7291

_NKU7314

_NKU7332

_NKU7386

During the Outreach Program in Kuresoi North, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua unveiled a new ambulance for Kuresoi Health Centre that will serve the whole of the sub-county. A fleet management system of the county ambulances will be put up through a maternity grant.

The Chief Officer for Health Dr. Samuel Mwaura said staffing and drug supply of health facility in Kuresoi North Sub-County and all the others is underway.

The County Government of Nakuru this month released a consignment of drugs and other medical worth Ksh 71 million and this is expected to last for the next three months.

The Health Chief Officer also said through the current recruitment new health facilities will be staffed and the understaffed amenities will be sufficiently staffed.

KURESOI DEVELOPMENT AGENDA

Molo South maternity wing, Sasimuwa and Mung’etho dispensaries have been constructed in Nyota Ward. Additionally, to Sirikwa-Nyakinywa that will be opened soon as well as a comprehensive care centre in Kuresoi Health centre that will be also commissioned soon.

In Kiptororo Ward, the tenders for the construction of two health facilities that had stalled have been re-tendered. One facility is complete and the other is in progress, Dr. Mwaura said.

_NKU7393

_NKU7401

_NKU7427

_NKU7479

Agriculture still remains the mainstay of the economy of Nakuru and the County Government is supporting agricultural growth through infrastructure development on roads and markets to enhance connectivity and improve market access.

Kiambiriria-Chepsin road will be graded by the County Government of Nakuru before the onset of April rains. For a longterm solution, this road has been earmarked for tarmacking by the national government through the annuity program at a cost of Ksh 8 million.

County Council Sitoitu road will be rehabilitated through the upcoming Itare dam construction in Ndoinet. In the meantime, county government will grade Molo-Kibunja road as the Chinese prepare to rehabilitate this road all the way to Olenguruone as they have been awarded the tender by the national government also through the 8000km program.

_NKU7503

_NKU7568

_NKU7619

_NKU7640

_NKU7656

In this financial year, the County Government of Nakuru is renovating Muchorwe-Langwenda-Kamwaura and Susimuwa-Githiriga-Kamwaura roads at a cost of Ksh. 21 m and 5 m respectively.

To improve livestock and farm produce trade in Kuresoi North, a farm produce market will be constructed in Kuresoi to save farmers from the burden of taking their produce to Chepsion in Kericho. A livestock market will be put up in Cheptinoiyo.

The Director for Trade, Mandeep Singh noted that Kiptororo market is 80% complete and has been allocated Ksh 400, 000 for completion in this financial year and will be opened soon. The County Government of Nakuru has also conducted a survey that has shown the feasibility of developing other seven informal markets in Kuresoi North such as Ikumbi and Kamwaura Markets.

_NKU7674

_NKU7950

_NKU7986

_NKU8043

_NKU8087

Residents were unanimously lauded the County Government of Nakuru in revamping pyrethrum farming in Kuresoi North. However, they sought help on post-harvest handling and marketing.

The CeC for Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwouny said Agricultural Officers will be trained on online farm produce marketing to offer technological back stopping to famers.

Meanwhile Governor Mbugua insisted that farmers should be assertive and sell potatoes in 50kg bags to avoid exploitation by middlemen. He added that two major milk bulking and cooling projects are ongoing in Nyota Ward and a number are coming up.

It also emerged that through the guidance of Tea Development Authority, the County Government of Nakuru will aid establishment of tea nurseries in Soina.

For Communities in Kuresoi North to benefit with forest resources within their vicinity, the Chief Officer for Environment, Dr. Nelson Maara asked the community to register Community Forest Associations. Through this they can even be allowed to operate community managed saw mills.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua facilitated exhaustion of toilets in Kenjoketty Primary school and noted that although primary and secondary schools are not devolved functions, his government supports these local education facilities to the level it can.

The Nakuru County Governor pointed out that during the just concluded 5th National and County Government Coordinating summit, it was agreed that from the next financial year a fund for infrastructure maintenance in primary and secondary schools will be established and run under CDF.

_NKU8111

_NKU8208

_NKU8249

_NKU8293

The CeC for Education Francis Mathea said ECDE Assistants are being hired to sufficiently staff all ECDE centers, both the newly constructed and old ECDE classrooms. He further said the County Government of Nakuru has instituted measures to uplift the socio-economic welfare of the youth, disabled and elderly.

Land department through it’s CeC Rachel Maina indicated that it will help mitigate the issue of squatters in the area as well as land conflicts and public utility grabbing in consultation with Kenya National Land Commission. More, trading centre such as Sondu will be planned for sustainable development.

Over nine major water projects have been undertaken in Kuresoi North and more are in the pipeline.

_NKU8388

_NKU8424

_NKU8478

_NKU8570

_NKU8405

On tenders, the CeC for Finance Ann Njenga said there are currently open tenders for youth, women and disabled and they are encouraged to apply for them as well as liaise with her office for more information on how to participate in the tenders.

Governor Mbugua when concluding this event said he was impressed with the way may community were co-existing harmoniously in Kuresoi North and asked the people to uphold peace as it bringing socio-economic development for the people resulting into the overall growth of the county.

All Nakuru county CEC’s Chief officers, Directors and the local area leaders accompanied Governor Mbugua for thee programs where they tackled issues raised by residents pertaining to their respective departments.

So far the Outreach Program has covered Kuresoi South and North Sub Counties.

The now popular and well-received program is scheduled set up office every week until April for two days in all sub counties and serve the respective residents.

Next week on the 24th and 25th of February the program spearheaded by Governor will be in Molo.