Health 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.

Severe Acute Respiratory Illnesses (SARIs) Message to the Communities.

Every year we have germs that circulate in the communities causing fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, headache, tiredness, and sometimes even diarrhea and vomiting.
Sometimes during the year, more of these germs circulate at the same time. That leads to a lot of sickness in the communities. Like now in our country we have many respiratory germs causing illness.
Here in Nakuru we have seen many people with respiratory illness, and many of our young children have got very sick, and some children, unfortunately have died.
We want to talk to you (community members) about those cases of respiratory illness and ask for everybody to help fighting against these illnesses.

How do you prevent this illnesses?

Most people who get chest germs have mild illness and do not need medical care, and will recover in less than two weeks. Those people who have cough and runny nose but are not very sick should avoid contact with other people except to get medical care in case they get worse.

If you or your children are sick;

Visit the nearest Health facility
Make sure you drink fluids and eat and
Take enough rest.

Make sure to give fluids to drink and food to your sick little ones, in small quantities, many times a days
If you are sick or worried about your illness, contact the healthcare worker in your community or go to the nearest healthcare facility.
What are the signs that should make you worried and take you or your child to the hospital near you?

In children;

Fast breathing or difficult breathing
Not drinking enough fluids or not eating
Not waking up or not cheerful, playful, interacting, etc.
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held.
Symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
Hotness of the body.

In addition to the signs above, get medical help right away for any infant who has any of these signs:
Being unable to eat
Has trouble breathing
Has no tears when crying
Child is passing less urine as compared to other days.

In adults;

Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath.
Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen.
Sudden dizziness.
Confusion.
Severe or persistent vomiting.

Symptoms that improve but then return with fever and worse cough.
What should I do to prevent spreading this disease?
Take everyday actions to stop the spread of these germs like;
Ensure proper ventilation in all dwelling places and in private/ public vehicles/transport.
Observe personal hygiene and clean environment.
Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from spreading the germs to others.
Cover your nose and mouth with a clean cloth/ handkerchief when coughing or sneezing.
Wash your hands often with soap and water.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
Drink and eat in small quantities many times.
Take/give a lot of fluids.
Keep the young children away from smoke.

Governor Mbugua Inspects Naivasha Hospital

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 4th April, 2016 – Services offered by the Naivasha Sub-County hospital are improving as a result of medical equipment upgrading and renovation through the Managed Equipment Services (MES) concession between the National and the County Government of Nakuru.

Speaking during an inspection visit to the facility Governor Mbugua said the facility was upgraded because of its high volume of work.

‘This hospital has been upgraded because of its volume of work. It is one of the hospitals, which the County Government of Nakuru in cooperation with the national government agreed to re-equip and renovate, additionally upgrading to almost level 5’, said Governor Mbugua.

Adding that the facility is critical in offering health services in the county and through MES program casualty and trauma center have been built in the facility.

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The Nakuru County Governor noted that equipment such as modern and digital x-ray machines are already in the hospital. Through the use of these machines, all the accidents victims received sufficient diagnostic reports and those transferred to other facilities don’t need another round of tests.

Governor Mbugua added that the technology of the x-ray equipment enables sharing of the x-ray pictures by the medics within the hospital and outside the hospital to enable the delivery of quality treatment.

‘When a patient’s x-ray is taken, the machines are able to send it to doctors directly, the patient is not required to carry an envelope back to the consultation room. Doctors are also to share the picture with other for instance in Eldoret and Kilifi for exchange of opinion’, said the Governor.

He added private hospitals in Nakuru are using these facilities for diagnosis and interpretation of x-rays. Thus, he urged the people of Nakuru to stop spending highly in private hospitals in services that are better offered in public hospitals as a resulting of MES upgrading.

Meanwhile Governor Mbugua added that apart from the inspection exercise of the hospital, the visit was meant to morally support the victims of the two road accidents that occurred along the Nairobi-Naivasha highway over the weekend as well as morn and condole with relatives and friends who lost their loved ones.

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Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and Naivasha MP David Kihagi visiting one of the accident victimsGovernor Kinuthia Mbugua and Naivasha MP David Kihagi visiting one of the accident victims

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On Saturday, a bus ferrying employees of Avarta Flower farm was involved in an accident with a train and two people perished. Governor Mbugua has termed this a great loss. On Sunday a bus heading to western was lost control and rolled several times near Kinungi. Two were killed and over 70 injured.

The Governor also added that Naivasha sub-county hospital will receive an ambulance to enhance patient mobility.

Naivasha MP David Kihagi commended Governor for adopting the MES program for improvement of health services delivery noting that the victims of the accident could now be on the road in search of medical services in Nakuru PGH and elsewhere.

He assured the Governor that MPs from Nakuru will continue supporting development agenda in the county for the betterment of the people. At the same time, he cautioned drivers to be alert and observe road use rules.

Governor Mbugua also met with traders operating near the hospital gate and scheduled a meeting with them in which their welfare will be discussed.

Among others who accompanied the Governor include MCAs for Hellsgate, Lakeview, and Viwandani Hon. Johnathan Warothe, Hon. Samuel Wanyoike and Eunice Muriithi respectively and nominated MCA Ester Njeri.

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Pres. Kenyatta Commissions Multi Million Medical Equipment at PGH

NAKURU, Kenya 17th March – H.E. the President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Samoei Ruto alongside our H.E. the Governor Kinuthia Mbugua commissioning the state of the art medical equipment today at the Nakuru Level 5 Hospital.

This program has been made possible through the Managed Equipment Service MES partnership between the County and the National Governments.

The equipment included an ICU, theater, a renal unit and MRI. The renal unit has 49 dialysis centers and can handle 2,500 patients. Using the MRI machine will cost residents only Ksh 10,000 as compared to Ksh 40,000.

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This hospital provides a wide range of clinical and support services to client. These services include Medicine, Surgery, Renal, Accidents and Emergency, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Dermatology, ENT, Dental Services, Pharmacy, Laboratory Services, Radiology, Blood Transfusion, Rehabilitative as well as Preventive and Health Education services.

The Renal Unit has one Nephrologist, six Nephrology nurses, three nurses trained on job and one biomedical engineer. Through the Managed Equipment Services (MES), the Renal Unit has received an additional establishment of five units, increasing the total dialysis units to sixteen. The unit can now serve an average of 30 patients per day.

Still we are aspiring to increase the Renal units. Despite the increase in the number of units, the demand for dialysis is continually increasing. The hospital has an average of 50 dialysis patients on the waiting list at any given time.

This health facility also has an Intensive Care Unit headed by Anesthesiologist. In addition, the unit has fourteen nurses, six Physiotherapists and support staff. The ICU has been expanded from four-bed capacity to six with High Dependency Units fitted with an oxygen generating plant courtesy of MES.

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Further, the ICU is now equipped with adult, pediatric and neonatal ventilators. With this capacity, the ICU is now able to run optimally at 100% bed occupancy. Through the Radiology Department, the Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital is able to provide a wide range of diagnostic services. The following are the services provided: General X-ray, Mammogram, CT-Scan, MRI, Ultra Sound, EEG, OBG X-ray and EEG. Through MES project, most of the X-ray equipment have been upgraded to digital.

From this agreement, the Naivasha Sub-County has also gained through renovation and equipment of three departments.

The theatre has been boosted for timely sterilization of surgical equipment. The facility has also received fifteen surgical sets, two operating tables and theatre lights.

Further, the hospital has received CSSD-Autoclave machine and ultra-washing machine. The X-ray equipment package includes: Bravio direct X-ray machine, Aloca 5 ultrasound, portable X-ray machine, and c-arm fluoroscopy machine. This equipment will change completely the diagnostic capabilities of the various diseases for timely intervention to secure the health of our people.

County government of Nakuru support’s the programme because of the immense potential benefit it has to its people.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

KURESOI SOUTH RESIDENTS WELCOME COUNTY GOVERNMENT NEW INITIATIVE

By David Kimani
Nakuru, Kenya 3rd February, 2016 – The people of Kuresoi South were a happy lot following the kickoff of the County Government of Nakuru Outreach Program aimed at serving the people right from their sub-counties.

Most of the area residents who spoke after being served by the various departments and the top county leadership including the Governor and the his deputy lauded the initiative saying implementation of this programme by the County Government is bringing vital services closer to them, easing the burden of traveling to Nakuru Town where the county headquarters are located.

Moses Chirchir of Kiptaragon commended Governor Kinuthia Mbugua’s and the County Governments initiative.

‘People have come from all the four wards in Kuresoi South and were well served by all the departments of the County Government of Nakuru. Personally, I am impressed by the team spirit and passion displayed by all CeCs and their teams in serving the people. They have demonstrated to us how all the ten departments of the County Government work as one to serve the people’, said Chirchir.

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He further stated that the efforts of the Governor and his deputy have been instrumental in fostering the prevailing peace in Nakuru County. Peace in the region has translated into improved socio-economic growth of the people.

Geoffrey Koech and Eunice Koros said there are tangible developments on the ground brought by the County Government of Nakuru. They expressed confidence that the government will address the remaining issues.

‘In Amalo Ward, we have Kimororoch, Kiplemeiwo, Arrorwei, Simotwet Central, Simotwet and Tuiyobei ECDEs all built by the County Governement of Nakuru and we are hopeful that the remaining concerns that we have raised will be addressed’, said Eunice.

On his part, Governor Mbugua said this year the County Government of Nakuru is changing its way of serving the people in an effort to better service delivery.

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‘To whet our service delivery more, we are bringing all the services offered at the county headquarters at the sub-county level. For the better part of this year we will use this approach. We want to save the people the hustle of traveling to Nakuru and also have a one-on-one with in order to understand and serve them better’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added this first day of the program in Kuresoi South was productive as many people have benefited with the services of the county government, urging people in the subsequent sub-counties to come out in large numbers.

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Governor Mbugua cited the case of Elias Kipkoech, a gifted but needy child who was award a four year bursary to pursue his secondary education at Nakuru High.

The Nakuru County Governor also said IEBC was able to use this platform and registered many voters.

The initiative entered its second day today (4th February 2015) in Kuresoi South to be followed by Kuresoi North on the 17th and 18th February.

OUTREACH PROGRAM – SCHEDULE.

· 3rd and 4th February Kuresoi south

· 10th and 11th February Kuresoi North

· 17th and 18th February Molo

· 24th and 25th February Njoro

· 2nd and 3rd March Rongai

· 9th and 10th March – Subukia

· 16th and 17th March Bahati

· 23rd and 24th March Gilgil

· 30th and 31st March Naivasha

· 6th and 7th April Nakuru west

· 13th and 14th April – Nakuru east

COUNTY GOVERNMENT TAKES ITS SERVICES TO THE PEOPLES DOORSTEPS

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 2nd February, 2016 – Starting tomorrow Wednesday 3rd till mid-April, County Government services will be offered from the head offices of each sub-county.

This outreach programme is expected to go on until the end of the year and will include all the wards. Its main aim is to take the county government closer to the people and interact on a one one basis and to change the way the government has been operating.

‘We want to change our way of working. For the better part of this year, we will take services offered at our headquarters offices to those of the sub-counties and afterwards to all wards. We want the people of Nakuru to participate in the process of governance on issues affecting them’, said Governor Kinuthia Mbugua when he presided over a ceremony of flagging off 75 beneficiaries of Wings to Fly from Nakuru to Nairobi for official commissioning by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

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He added this gives a chance to all the people of Nakuru to have their concerns addressed without the hustle of traveling to the county headquarters. Also this avails to the people the opportunity not only to have their issues solved but also a prospect of having a chat face-to-face with Governor Kinuthia Mbugua and also that of advising the Governor and other leaders on the pertinent issues affecting them.

‘Starting 3rd February, we shall set up temporary offices at our sub-county head offices starting with Kuresoi South, I will have my own temporary office, the Deputy Governor, all departments led by their respective CeCs and MCAs will do the same. This set-up will be like the one in our headquarters’ offices. We will serve the people from 8 am -5 am just like in a normal office’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that this methodology is a key output in sensitizing the people of the scope of the mandate of the county government and also inculcate the significance of the office of the Governor and that of the MCA’s at the county level through projects done.

In each sub-county in between February and April, two days in a week will be expended for this outreach programme. The programme is kicking off tomorrow at Kuresoi South Sub-County Offices in Olenguruone.

It will be followed by Kuresoi North (10-11 February), Molo (17-18), Njoro (24-25), Rongai (2-3 March), Subukia (9-10), Bahati (16-17), Gilgil (23-24), Naivasha (30-31), Nakuru West (6-7 April) and lastly Nakuru East (13-14).

ENDS.

75 Nakuru Students Awarded Wings To Fly Scholarships

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 1st February, 2016 – H.E. Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today presided over a ceremony at County Headquarters where 75 needy students from Nakuru County were awarded comprehensive secondary scholarships from Equity Banks Wings to Fly Program.

The 75 students selected from Nakuru County are drawn from all the eleven sub-counties, and as Nakuru is a cosmopolitan county, all the communities are represented.

The Governor commended the program which is run by Equity Bank, saying that it supplements those given by the County Government of Nakuru and National government lauding the program for its commitment in sharing vision of giving access to education and it being the most transformative investment.

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‘Two weeks ago, we disbursed bursaries amounting to Ksh. 55 million that is supporting education of needy children across all our 55 wards. The County Government of Nakuru is going to release another tranche of the same amount soon and we are happy Equity Bank is contributing to this cause’, said Governor Mbugua.

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He added that the County Government of Nakuru continues to support the education of the Nakuru-child, besides being the most transformative tool, education equalizes everyone in the society regardless of the background.

The Nakuru County Governor affirmed during the month of January, the County Government of Nakuru devoted this time to supporting children in schools.

Besides the bursaries offered, county government has helped rebuild burnt schools and through the Kinuthia Mbugua Foundation has donated school uniforms to public primary schools in Rongai, Gilgil, Bahati, Subukia, Molo and Njoro Sub-Counties and given Ksh 406, 000 in bursaries.

On his part, Joram Ng’ang’a, the Nakuru Regional Manager Equity Bank said a part from fees, the gifted children from needy families will also benefit with other utilities to give them a conducive environment for excellence, additionally to a mentorship module.

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Simon Maingi, the Chairperson Community Scholarship Selection Board, Nakuru County said they received 550 application and this is an indication the number of bright and needy students in Nakuru County is high.

Nakuru County Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto said the County Government of Nakuru is aware of the high number of gifted and needy children and besides the Ksh 110 million bursary kitty set each year, the County Government of Nakuru is working with other key stakeholders including the Kinuthia Mbugua Foundation among others to ensure education access for all.

Meanwhile, Governor Mbugua has sent a message of good will to entrepreneurs who lost millions of shillings over the weekend to two fire incidents. Rumishi Hardware Ltd and Nakuru Poly Plast were gutted down by infernos on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

‘What happened over the weekend is a big blow to investments in our county. Besides loss of income by investors, hundreds of Nakuru residents have lost their source of livelihood’, said Governor Mbugua.

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He, however, dismissed the circulating reports that the Disaster and Emergency Department delayed in responding to these two fire incidents.

The Governor said he has consulted widely and he has a verified report that the incident on Rumishi was reported on 11: 25 AM and by 11:30 AM firefighters from the County Government of Nakuru were on scene combating the fire. Nonetheless, the fire was so intense and the engine run out of water and went for a refilling.

Governor Mbugua said the lack of a hydrant in the facility complicated the process and ordered the CeC for Roads, Public Works and Transport Maina Kairu under whose docket the Department of Disaster and Emergencies fall’s to ensure all businesses premises have functional hydrants.

For the Nakuru Poly Plast, the fire outbreak was reported on 7:22 AM and by 7:30 AM, the county fire fighters had responded.

The Governor cautioned leaders from heaping blame when an accident happens but to strive to understand the situation for ease in mitigation.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by his Deputy Joseph Rutto, Joseph Motari (County Secretary), CeCs Francis Mathea (Education), Maina Kairu (Roads), Prof. Catherine Kitetu (Public Service Management), Visoi MCA Hon. Gitau Kamau among others as well as the MP for Nakuru East Hon. David Gikaria among other county leaders and officials.

ENDS.