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.

Nakuru Players Theatre Facelift Officially Kicks Off As MOU Is Signed.

By David Kimani

Nakuru, Kenya 30th March, 2016 – Nakuru County’s young thespians and recording artists today have received a major boost after Governor Kinuthia Mbugua officially kicked of the rehabilitation of the Nakuru Players’ Theatre and signed an MoU worth Ksh 15 million with the facilities trustees.

The County Government of Nakuru has been working on modalities of how to give the historical theatre, which was established in 1949 a much desired facelift.

The MoU signed today between the County Government of Nakuru, Trustee and Management Committees of Nakuru Players Theatre will also create a partnership to manage the facility.

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Speaking at the theatre during the ceremonies Governor Kinuthia said the County Government is committed in impacting the livelihoods of the youth through initiating projects that directly address their day to day concerns.

‘Our gathering here today at the Nakuru Players Theatre is symbolic of the endeavours of the County Government of Nakuru and its partners to the improvement of socio-economic welfare of the people’, said Governor Mbugua.

He added that the undertaking of this project is informed by the crucial role that art plays in the development of a society. Noting that art is a conduit that packages and sells a culture and is evident from Kenwood, to Niger all the way to Hollywood movies.

‘Besides selling culture, culture expressed in art is a source of livelihood to many actors. I can put my money in a bet that no jobs in the world are well paying than artistic talents. We have seen it overseas and even our nation’, said Governor Mbugua.

In addition to the renovation work, a state of the art recording studio will be built in the theatre and artists from all over the county will record their pieces without any cost. The works being undertaken will also ensure musicians have a platform for live performances.

The Governor also added at a cost of Ksh 100 million, his government will in partnership with local communities and other stakeholders build cultural centres in Rongai and Gilgil.

Prof James Tuitoek, the Chairman of the trustees of this facility lauded the initiative of rehabilitating the theatre by the county government saying it comes at a time when it is very much needed and will go a long way in empowering the youth.

‘We appreciate the efforts of the County Government of Nakuru in taking an interest in Nakuru Players’ Theater. This theatre was started in 1949 for people to show talents but overtime it has changed and majority of the people using this facility are the youth.

Thus, this initiative is addressing the concern of the majority of the population in Nakuru County, the youth who are 77%’, said Tuitoek.

The CeC for Education Francis Mathea commended the youth for keeping the theatre alive even when the facilities were dilapidated assuring them that the refurbished facility will be complete within three months.

Among those that accompanied the Governor include the County Secretary Joseph Motari, CeC for Public Service Management Prof. Catherine Kitetu, MCA for Biashara Ward Hon. Steve Kuria among other county leaders and officials.

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Nakuru’s Prayer Meeting a Unifying Factor – Governor Mbugua

NAKURU, Kenya 2nd October 2015 – The inaugural Nakuru County Prayer Breakfast took place today bringing together leaders from various sectors in the county and around the country.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua who was the patron of the event lauded the move saying that it is a big step in uniting the people of Nakuru.

He said that Unity in diversity is a more complex unity based on understanding that differences in social, culture, religious, ideological and political, enrich human interactions.

‘These differences enriches our socialization. Unity in diversity is the highest possible attainment of civilization, a testimony to the noblest possibilities of the human race,’ he said.

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He however noted that interplay and diversity also brings about two serious challenges particularly in Nakuru County adding that Unity is not uniformity.

‘The challenge is to recognize and even promote genuine diversity to show people that being united does not necessarily mean doing and thinking in exactly the same way. Unity in Nakuru County can be our strength and this can bring development in all of our sectors in our county,’ he noted.

Other leaders present were Speaker of Nakuru County Assembly Susan Kihika, MPs David Gikaria- Nakuru East, Samuel Arama- Nakuru West, Jacob Macharia- Molo, Joseph Kiuna- Njoro, Kimani Ngunjiri- Bahati, Nelson Gaichohie- Subukia, Senators Lia Chelule, Paul Njoroge and Nakuru women representative Mary Mbugua.

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The leaders all had a message of peace and harmony in Nakuru.

‘We want this to be a culture, we should be having such prayer breakfast every year and we are ready to support in any way,’ they said.

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The event was organized by National Prayer Breakfast Nakuru Chapter, Nakuru Christian Professionals Association and Nakuru Church Elders Council and Nakuru county government.

The objective was to enhance unity and harmony under the theme, “FOSTERING UNITY IN DIVERSITY” towards the social and economic development of the county.

By Jackie Ruto

Nakuru Celebrates Inaugural Youth Week With Pomp And Colour

NAKURU, Kenya 25th September 2015 – The Nakuru County Youth Act and Youth Policy is set to be formulated to provide a sustainable framework for engagement between the Youth and the County Government of Nakuru.

Speaking at a “Live Broadcasted Interaction Session” at the Kenya National Library Services Complex between the youth and the County Government of Nakuru during the week long Nakuru Youth Week Celebration, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said among the proposals within the Act and Policy will include the establishment of a County Youth Fund, an endowment fund for youth enterprises, and formalization of a County Youth Structure as an umbrella platform for inclusivity of all youth in the County.

He added that the noble initiative will also see the establishment of a centralized Youth Data-Bank for individuals and youth groups, and a youth hub, which will be a resource center for access to information and incubation center for innovation.

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‘This initiative follows a series of consultative meetings between the County Government of Nakuru and the youth. Our young people do not have to migrate to other counties in search of socioeconomic and even political opportunities in a bid to improve their economic well-being and social status, they must be able to find them right here,’ he said.

He noted that the engaging process has indeed given due recognition to the youth by involving them in the designing, planning and implementing programs and policies that affect them.

‘This is the start and in this spirit we are looking for better and bigger things. Our youth must be involved, they should not be left on the sidelines in making of decisions that directly affect their welfare,’ he added.

Mbugua said that by the process of youth taking information closer to other young people, they have in a way supported devolution as it brings services closer to the people and giving people the power to decide on issues of governance that affect them.

He however called on the youth not to lament about the challenges young people face adding that challenges sharpen their skills.

The youth week was set aside to provide the county government and other stakeholders in Youth development with the opportunity to draw attention to the very important Youth related issues.

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The week has been observed under the theme YOUTH CIVIC ENGAGEMENT, adopted from this years’ United Nations International Youth Day.

The Governor noted that indeed the theme emphasized the importance of participatory inclusion of youth in policy and decision-making processes of governance issues affecting them.

The event gave youth in Nakuru an opportunity to showcase their initiatives and dynamism for engaging with their county government.

Youth Participation and Empowerment, Youth Education and Training, Youth Employment, Youth Health, as well as Youth Alcohol and Drugs are some of the efforts the governor said will be used to achieve success.

The governor also reiterated on the youth participation and empowerment in the county saying that the county aspires to give them a voice in decision-making through civic education as it has happened in the entire week.

‘It is a constitutional requirement that the public should be involved in decision making on governance issues, thus we urge them to be active in public participation forums. Dates and venues on this forums will be communicated through the press and our online platforms, thus you must know that you have a responsibility not only to yourself but also to posterity to proactively engage,’ he advised.

‘Starting with youth who need education, we have a bursary kitty that supports young people acquire both secondary and post-secondary education. Besides this, there are also sponsorship for courses such as driving among others technical skills oriented training. So far we have disbursed Shs 240 million since 2013 in bursaries and we are about to release Shs 55 million in within this month and October,’ he explained in the broadcast.

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Other areas, the governor said, include partnering of the county government with various stakeholder for some initiatives that will create employment.

For instance, he said that in July this year, the county signed a Shs 38 million Commercial Infrastructure MoU with Youth Fund to facilitate the setting up of affordable lock up shops for young people in Gilgil, Naivasha, Nakuru and Njoro among other Sub-Counties.

He said that Nakuru county is committed to facilitate the youth in getting hold of their rightful share of 30% of all government tenders

On Alcohol, Drugs and other substance abuse by the youth Mbugua said that Nakuru has been at the lead in the implementation of the President Uhuru Kenyatta directive on the fight against illicit brews and second-generation liquors.

‘Besides this, we have put strategies in place and we are partnering with the private sector to rehabilitate the people affected by these brews most of them being youth. The issue of drug abuse is in away connected to crime and through Arts, Culture and Sport we are trying to take young people out of this mess at the same time empowering them to be dependable people,’ he added.

Governor Mbugua later joined and participated in a Youth Cultural Day & Gala Awards Dinner where youth diversity and culture was showcased.

The Nakuru youth week is scheduled to end on Saturday the 26th September with a Street Carnival where all County Government departments will showcase their services offered and engage the public while young local entrepreneurs will showcase their innovations.

The governor urged the people of Nakuru to turn out in large numbers to support our youth.

By Jackie Ruto

Governor Mbugua Cautions Leaders On Meddling With Nakuru County Affairs

Nakuru, Kenya 12th September, 2015 – Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua criticized his Bomet counterpart for facilitating and attending a funds drive in Salgaa whose main aim was to marshal bail funds for some people who burnt Nakuru County’s fire engine.

Governor Kinuthia who was speaking at a fundraiser in Mauche Ward, Njoro Sub-County asserted that Nakuru County boundaries are clear and they define the jurisdiction of the county beyond doubt.

He added that Bomet County Governor Isaac Ruto’s action reeked of impunity and if entertained could bring anarchy.

Governor Mbugua also reiterated that the leadership of Nakuru County from MCAs, MPs, Senators and Governor is intact and leaders from without will not be allowed to interfere with concerns of Nakuru.

Meanwhile at another function within the same ward Governor Mbugua announced that from next month, the County Government of Nakuru will advertise posts for ECDE teachers.

The Governor was speaking at Kaplelach Primary School during a fundraiser for classroom upgrading where he also encouraged the youth to apply for the positions and be on the look out for the adverts not only in the papers but also on other online platforms such as the County Government of Nakuru official site.

‘In hiring ECD teachers, the County Government is going to give priority to young people who hail from the area in which ECD center’s are located, thus we encourage all those who qualify to apply for the posts’, said Governor Mbugua.

Although Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary education are not devolved functions, the County Government of Nakuru partners with schools offering these services in areas such as upgrading of infrastructures to improve the quality of education in Nakuru County the Governor added.

Kaplelach Primary School started in 1998 as an ECDE Centre and relies mostly on teachers employed by the PTA for both nursery and primary.

The Governor noted devolution is gradually bringing development to the grass-root. The rate of change might not be as fast as the people would want it, however people must be patient to enjoy the fruits of devolution.

In Mauche Ward 15 projects have been implemented through the Ward Fund. The projects include roads and bridges, ECDE Classes, Hospitals among others.

For instance Victory-Koiyiot; Mauche-Tachasis; Kembu-Chepitet; Likia-Mosop; Kaptich-Mau and Kaptich-Chesaon roads among others have been rehabilitated.

The ward also has benefited with 6 ECDE Classes, which include Tachasis, Chesaon, Ewait among others.

On health, Taita and Tuiyotich dispensaries have been renovated. Plans to build a maternity ward for Tuiyotich dispensary are underway.

By David Kimani

Governor’s Speech During the Official Address of the Nakuru County Assembly

SPEECH BY H.E. THE GOVERNOR, NAKURU COUNTY K. MBUGUA, C.B.S, O.G.W, DURING THE OFFICIAL ADDRESS OF THE NAKURU COUNTY ASSEMBLY, THURSDAY 11TH JUNE, 2015 AT 2.00 PM

 

Hon. Madam Speaker

Hon. Members of County Assembly

County Executive Members

County Chief Officers

Once again, it is a great honour to address Honorable members of the Nakuru county Assembly today.

The last time I addressed this house was on 20th February, 2014. I remember during that time there were certain bills which this house was in the process of debating, but as we talk now those bills have already been assented into law namely:

  • The Nakuru county Finance Act of 2014
  • The Nakuru County Agricultural Development Fund Act 30thOctober, 2014
  • The Nakuru County Vetting and Appointment of Public Officers (County Assembly Approval Act, 30th October, 2014
  • The Nakuru county Entertainment and Amenities Act, 24thNovember, 2014
  • The Nakuru County Vocational and Technical (Polytechnic Act, 17th November, 2014.
  • The Nakuru Alcoholic Drinks Act, 14th January, 2015.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

I am aware that this house is in the process of scrutinizing other bills, which very soon will be assented into law, for instance:

  • The Nakuru County Betting, Gaming and Lotteries bill 2014
  • The Nakuru County Nuisance bill, 2014
  • The Nakuru County Zoning and Parking bill, 2014
  • The Nakuru county Assembly Service bill, 2014
  • The Nakuru County Revenue Administration bill, 2014
  • The Nakuru County Water bill, 2014.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

Let me on my behalf and the whole Executive thank and congratulate Members of this house for working tirelessly and round the clock to ensure that our County has the necessary Acts for operation.

 

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

It is important to note that our Government’s main focus is on Service delivery to our people.  For  almost two years we have been in office, together we have achieved a lot in various sectors for instance:-

In Education, we are all in agreement that 147 ECDE classrooms have been constructed in an attempt to improve the quality of education to our young children.  Despite the fact that Education is not fully devolved, we cannot sit back and wait to see our children drop out of the learning Institutions.  As a result we have provided bursary to the needy students to a tune of Ksh. 110 million and in the 2015/2016 financial year we have proposed Ksh.110 million for bursaries.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

It is worthy to note that in 2015/2016 budget estimates Kshs. 855 million has been proposed for construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads within our County. Today we can proudly say that an estimate of 2000 kms of road network have been rehabilitated within our County.  This has made it easy for our farmers to take their produce to the market with ease.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

The Health of our people remains a major focus of our Government.  In 2014/2015 financial year, Kshs. 3.8 billion had been allocated to the Department of Health.  In 2015/2016 financial year Kshs. 3.7 billion has been proposed to the Department of Health.  These funds will be used for service delivery as well as purchase drugs, medical equipment, Institutional appliances and strengthening of referral systems.  This funding accounts for 9.6 % of the total budget.

It is also important to note that, through our collaboration with the National Government Mobile Clinic has been donated to our Government through beyond zero campaign programme.  Soon I will be launching four Amulances which have been donated by WHO (World Health Organization) in recognition for the Department of Health to strengthen Referral Systems within the County.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

In the financial year 2014/2015 Kshs. 157 million had been allocated to the Department of Agriculture. In 2015/2016 financial year Kshs. 297 million has been proposed to the same Department.

With the guidance of the Act that this house has passed i.e. the Nakuru County Agricultural Development Fund Act 2014) our people will benefit in terms of dairy farming, Green house farming, pyrethrum revival value addition among others.

It is also worthy to note that last year we provided our farmers with fertilizers, and seeds although the yield were affected by severe drought and the maize Lethal Necrosis Disease.  We have also advised our farmers to ensure that they are not exploited by the middle men by packing their potatoes at 50kg despite the challenges they are facing.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

Our Government is aware of the land issues affecting our people.  To this end, our Government recently unveiled the Nakuru Land Management Board.  This Board will deal with the issues concerning public land and public utilities.  The Board is also expected to look for solutions for perennial land problems in our County.

It is also worth to note that in 2015/2016 financial year a total of Kshs. 175 million has been proposed to the Department of Lands, Physical Planning and Housing.  The money will be used in renovating and rehabilitating the still pending estates e.g. Flamingo, Lumumba, Kivumbini among others.  Recently, we launched Construction of roads, drainage, sewerage in Rhoda, Kaptembwa and Gilani under World Bank funded project and Kenya Informal Settlement improved project (KISIP).  I am happy to report that the project is proceeding on well.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

Let affirm that our Government is very much aware of the crucial role a healthy environment plays for the development of our County.  In the financial year 2015/2016 a total of Ksh. 416 million has been proposed to the Department of Environment, Natural Resource, Energy and Water.  So far 21 major water projects have been carried our within our County. Out of these 7 dams have been constructed, 11 water boreholes rehabilitated.

We are also in engagement with Baringo and Nyandarua Counties to share water resources.  Also we are working with the National Government to ensure that Itare Dam is complete which will supply water to our County.

Let me also affirm that in few weeks’ time, we are going to commission a plant that will use waste at Gioto dumpsite to generate electricity and biodiesel.  The necessary arrangement for the same are almost complete.

In the year 2014/2015 the Department has planted over 400 trees within the County although most of them were affected by severe drought.  In 2015/2016 our Government has put in place climate change mitigation strategy to enhance 10% of the National tree cover

 

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

Through the Department of Trade, Industrialization & Tourism our Government supported construction of markets Ihindu, Muchorwe and the recent one I commissioned in Maai Mahiu market which is fully operational.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

Let me thank all the Honourable members for the support and co-operation they showed during the decongestion of Nakuru CBD.

As a result, Wakulima market has been completed and over 3000 trader’s allocated stalls.  Over 5000 hawkers have been relocated to areas outside Nakuru town CBD where they have permanent stalls.

With a total of Kshs. 167 million proposed to the Department of Trade in 2015/2016 financial year, our Government will be able to rehabilitate the existing markets and those which were formerly under the Economic Stimulus Programme.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

To enable the Department of ICT and e-Government discharge its mandate at a total of Kshs. 59 million has been proposed to the Department in 2015/2016 financial year.

As a result our government will continue implementing the integrated financial management information system (IFMIS) in accordance with Public Finance Management Act.

The Department is also in the process of building ICT infrastructures in the County which will enable sharing of information in the Sub-Counties.  Despite the fact that the Department is charged with the implementation of all ICT projects, it remains under funded.

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members

I am happy to report that the County Government has completed putting up of County structures.  We now have Sub-county Administrators, their Deputies and Ward Administrators in place who represent the government in the devolved units at the grassroots.

 

Madam Speaker, Hon. Members,

As I conclude, on the issue of budgetary allocation I wish to beg the indulgence on the following critical areas.

(a)      Ward resource envelope is now Kshs. 30 million which I request that you reduce it to Kshs. 25 million to allow us equip the already build ECD classrooms, ECD teachers as well as equip and staff the many health centres we have build

(b)      I request to employ teachers at the Polytechnic Schools which are now fully devolved as from 1st July, 2016.

(c)      The pressure is enormous on the need to maintain our major towns in this County and any saving from the already submitted estimates will go a long way in helping the Executive in executing its mandate.

Finally, let me thank all the Honourable members, Members of the Executive and the public in general for the support we have received from them as well as upholding peace in our County. Let’s work together for the benefit of our people.

God bless Kenya

God bless Nakuru County

 

Amen.