Youth Empowerment opportunities in Nakuru County

4TH ANNUAL DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE IN NAKURU COUNTY – INFORMATION

CONCEPT NOTE

The Clarion Call: The Devolution Transformation

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

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

Introduction

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

Objectives

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

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

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

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

Conference Format

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

Modality:

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

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

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

Participants

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

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

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

Deliverables/Outputs

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

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

Expected impact

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

Practical information

Organization of the sessions

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

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

BY JACKIE RUTO

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Kecoso Governing Council Brief Governor Mbugua Ahead Of August Date

By David Kimani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

By David Kimani

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Jackie Ruto

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

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

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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 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.

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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.

Mashambani Bus Terminus for Major Facelift

Nakuru, Kenya 16th February, 2016 – Mashambani bus terminus in Nakuru Town will get a facelift at a cost of Ksh 13 million Governor Mbugua has said.

Speaking during a demonstration of quick and effective way of sealing potholes by Avery East Africa Limited on Mburu Guchua Road and Kenyatta Avenue, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said contract for this work has already been awarded and will be facilitated in partnership with Kenya Roads Board.

‘Mashambani stage is one of the important terminus in Nakuru Town, in the course of this month its tarmacking will start. We want to give our people a conducive working environment’, said Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

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He added his government is working to deliver its promise of solving issues that hinder development in Nakuru County, saying working with partners such as Avery East Africa is one way of realizing the promises.

‘We must at all times maintain our roads. I commend Avery East Africa for accepting to partner with us so that we can adopt this patching technology. The main challenge of urban roads is potholes, when left unattended, potholes turn into a bigger problem, thus we have in our hands technology to mitigate this’, said Governor Kunithia Mbugua.

The Nakuru County Governor also noted through funding by the World Bank, a number of walk-ways have been completed in Nakuru Town and they are being enhanced for pedestrian safety, as well as ensuring people are not walking on dust or mud. He asked the people not to allow motorists to inconvenience them in the use of these facilities.

‘In this town there are several walk ways that have been done through the World Bank and the people have a right to protest against their use by motorists’, said Governor Mbugua.

On his part, Nicholus Kithinji the Managing Director Avery East Africa Ltd commended the County Government of Nakuru for allowing the company to use the County for an 18-month feasibility study that determined the suitability of Velocity technology.

He added in Africa, Kenya is the second country after South Africa to adopt this technology and Nakuru is among the leading counties in the nation. Kithinji observed that the technology takes less than three minutes compared to the age old process of cutting and sealing, 14 days are required.

Besides development on roads which also includes street lighting, Governor Mbugua said the County Government of Nakuru is constructing Nasha Square Market which will host hawkers who were relocated from the CBD.

Speaking later at Nasha Square Market, whose construction is underway, Governor Mbugua said he is happy with the progress so far, noting that this market once completed will accommodate more than 3000 traders will be opened on April.

He cautioned traders against paying anyone to be given a stall,

‘this market has been built by public funds to help people improve their livelihoods and no pay should be made to get a stall in this market. The Governor insisted that priority will be given to traders who were relocated from various streets in town and then opportunities will be opened for other traders adding anyone has a right to sue if asked for money to be allocated stalls’.

Last year in September when the governor visited the facility he promised traders operating on Wahia Lane will have a modern shade, a promise that has so far been fulfilled.

Governor Mbugua also asked the people of Nakuru to take advantage of the month long voter registration by IEBC. He observed that elections are critical as they give the people an opportunity to decide on who to entrust with leadership.

He has also asked all leaders to sensitize the youth and all in the society on the importance of registering as voters. The Nakuru County Governor observed registering as a voter equalizes all people as there is no vote which is special than the other.

‘Votes equalizes us all, there is no a rich or poor vote and this is the time for our people to register as new voters, change polling stations as well as replace lost voting cards’, said Governor Mbugua.

In his tour of Nakuru Town (Biashara Ward) today, Governor Mbugua also visited Lions Garden, which is under beautification programme by the Department of Environment in collaboration with some partners.

The Governor noted the County Government of Nakuru will find a way of availing stalls to shoe shiners and photographers operating from the recreation park.

He also joined missionaries from US and Britain who, through the. Metro Church International were cleaning various parts of the town.

The Governor was accompanied by Nakuru County Secretary Joseph Motari, MCA for Biashara Ward Hon Steve Kuria, Maina Kairu (CeC for Roads) and his counterpart for Environment Richard Rop among other county leaders and officials.

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