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August 2018 Archive
Technology: The Way To Go
The County Government of Uasin Gishu has embraced technology in various platforms ranging from parking, licensing and online job portal among others.
Speaking during a one-day forum organized by Kenya Alliance of Residents Association (KARA) in partnership with Safaricom LTD, County Executive in charge of ICT, Trade, and Industrialization Dr. Emily Kogos highlighted that the administration has embraced the use of technology in most of its operations.
Dr. Kogos disclosed that through the use of cashless, paperless payment system, technology has made services easier, quick and convenient for the members of the public.
“The County Government has already established four ICT centers in four Sub-Counties which has eased operation within the County hence bringing services closer to the people,“ Said the former University don.
“We are in the process of establishing other ICT resource centers across all the wards in the County. Currently, additional two are near completion,” added Dr. Kogos.
On the other hand, KARA CEO Henry Ochieng Lauded the County’s effort in promoting trade adding that embracing technology has placed it on top of the map. He said that KARA will partner with the County to springboard technology-related activities so as to drive Change.
Safaricom’s Victor Ngumo also pledged their support towards the achievement of the same.
The function was also attended by Moi University representatives who have played a key role on technological development in the County.
County Conducts Public Baraza on Alcohol
Uasin Gishu County Alcoholic Drinks Control Board Director Mr. Silas Boit has disclosed that his board will withdraw all licenses from bar owners who don’t comply with the laid down rules.
Speaking in Ziwa Ward, Soy Sub-County during a public baraza, Mr. Boit said that the government will crack its whip on all those who do not observe the guidelines issued to them while they were applying for the liquor license.
Mr. Boit further added that his officers will intensify surveillance and spot checks to ascertain numerous complains from members of the public that some pubs within Ziwa township have been operating before and past required time.
“We came here today to listen to your complaints including the letter you have forwarded to us and copied to other relevant government bodies citing numerous issues which include operating past the stipulated time,” Said the tough-talking liquor boss.
Members of the public present objected to how the bar owners have been operating.
Mr. Boit cautioned unscrupulous businessmen and women who have been misusing the name of the Uasin Gishu Governor to justify their wrongdoing citing that stern action will be taken against them including charging them for impersonification.
Soy Sub-County Administrator Mr. Kipchumba Barno who was present during the event said that regular inspection will be carried out to ensure that standards are maintained. He also asked the bar owners to devise safe ways to dispose of alcohol bottles citing that it was an environmental hazard if disposed of carelessly.
The administrator asked members of the public to forward complains of all the licensed bars operating against the laid down guidelines.
“Whatever we pass here today we will enforce to the letter. I want to assure you that everybody’s right will be respected,” Added the former KNUT official.
Cooperatives to Focus on Value Addition
Farmers in Soy Sub County have turned to value addition to take advantage of the surplus supply of maize in the County and to mitigate against unpredictable prices.
The Department of Cooperatives and Enterprise Development on Thursday held the first meeting with more than eight Farmers' Cooperative Societies from the Sub County with the aim of helping them to form a Cooperative Union.
The union which targets all active Farmers' Cooperative Societies within the area, upon its formation will venture into value addition by setting up a milling factory.
County officials led by CEC for Cooperatives Ms. Esther Mutai, CO Isaac Lagat, Cooperatives Commissioner Roselyne Rae, Soy Sub County Agricultural Officer Joash Wafula, Sub County Administrator Mr Barno and Ward Administrator Elikanah Chumo among others helped the team to choose interim officials and to set the modalities that will see the union kick off soon.
The meeting was hosted by one of the most successful societies in Soy known as Kurur Women Cooperative Society.
The Uasin Gishu County Government is planning to put up new dental facilities in the County and further train dentists which is aimed at controlling dental diseases.
This was disclosed today by the County Executive in charge of Health Mrs. Everlyne Rotich as she officiated the opening of the Kenya Dental Association (KDA) held at an Eldoret hotel.
Mrs. Rotich noted that plans to equip all Sub-County hospitals with dental equipment are underway. This will reduce dental diseases as well as ease the pressure felt by the few dental clinics in the region.
She further noted that most people suffer from dental diseases without seeking treatment owing to the high costs associated with private clinics and consultants.
"As dentists, we need to prevent dental diseases by teaching people basic principles such as mouth hygiene and regular teeth brushing. By doing this, I can assure you that we will experience less such cases."
The symposium which will run up to Saturday has attracted dentists from across the Country.
The Uasin Gishu County Government is working towards ensuring that there is zero Mother to child HIV infection by the year 2021.
Speaking during the graduation of 165 HIV Exposed Infants (HEI), executive in charge of Health Mrs. Everlyne Rotich noted the administration's concern of eliminating Child infection saying through her department, the County has laid down several strategies to ensure this.
The CEC also said that the County Government will ensure that all the mothers will be tested as soon as they conceive, they will also be sensitized through a door to door campaign which will take advantage of the recently launched programme by the National Government that every citizen should be tested.
"For the last 18 months, we have achieved 96% elimination of transmission from the mothers to infants from conception to birth", said Rotich.
She further lauded the parents of the children for the efforts they put up in bringing up the children, asking them to maximumly use the drugs given to them.
Giving his remarks, Ampath Kenya Chief of party Prof. Sylvester Kimaiyo lauded the Collaboration between the County Government, Ampath Kenya and Moi University school of medicine in the Combined efforts towards fighting the infection and spread of HIV/AIDS.
The Children who were accompanied by their parents were celebrating a success of two years of vaccination and clinical visits.
The ceremony organized by the County Government of Uasin Gishu in collaboration with Ampath Kenya and Moi University was attended by Acting Chief Officer Jones Cheruiyot, Hospital Managers and staff from Ampath Kenya.
The Council of Governors (CoG) has outlined several recommendations on the best ways to deal with perennial problems that maize farmers face.
The recommendations were outlined before the Senate select committee on maize crisis.
While reading the recommendations on behalf of CoG, Uasin Gishu Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said Agriculture has been devolved hence the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) should also be devolved.
"We need to devolve what has been devolved. Let the counties fight their share in devolution. The NCPB should urgently be reviewed and restructured to reflect the spirit of devolution," said Chemno.
"NCPB should immediately devolve the role of construction and management of grain storage structures to county governments in line with the Legal notice No. 137," he added.
The Deputy Governor pointed out that county governments have put in place strategic interventions in the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) aimed at revamping the agriculture sector.
"For instance, we implemented the strategic interventions to curb the spread of armyworm, capacity building of farmers through extension programs, subsidize fertilizer and seeds, conducting soil test among many other interventions," he said.
The CoG further recommended that the National Government should increase the allocation to counties to enable them to implement input subsidy programs to cushion farmers from high production cost.
Governors also said that the government should review the East African Community (EAC) protocol to ensure importation of maize from both EAC and external markets is regulated.
"Over the years, unregulated importation of maize has led to over flooding of cheaply imported maize at the detriment of our local producer," noted Chemno who represented Governors.
The Senate established a select committee chaired by Uasin Gishu Senator Prof. Magaret Kamar to resolve the recurring maize crisis in the country.
Uasin Gishu Agriculture County Executives Samuel Yego and his counterparts from the North Rift economic bloc were also present.
Uasin Gishu Governor H.E Hon Jackson K. Arap Mandago and Soy MP Hon Caleb Kositany are leading a delegation to Sweden, to seal the cooperation between Moi's bridge town and Arvika Municipality, Värmland County, Sweden.
The partnership will see the Uasin Gishu's township of Moi's Bridge get improved solid waste management, sewer system and provision of clean drinking water.
This cooperation is part of Governor Mandago's agenda of providing water to every household. The County Government of Uasin Gishu has so far made reasonable strides towards this course.
The partnership comes even as County the County Government of Uasin Gishu and Norrkoping Municipality, Östergötland – Sweden, are finalizing plans to establish a solid waste management plant in Kipkenyo Ward.
The area MCA Hon Philip Meli and the Ward Administrator Ms. Ann Chepkoech are among the Uasin Gishu delegation in Sweden.
DEVOLUTION IN UASIN GISHU
The County Government of Uasin Gishu on Wednesday hosted a team from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission who came to carry out a rapid impact assessment of ethnic and diversity in regards to 2015 audit of the 47 Counties.
The main aim of the meeting was to find out how the audit is helping Counties, especially in recruitment as a resource distribution that ensures inclusivity.
The County officials (Ag. County Secretary, Edwin Bett, County Attorney, Mr. Stephen Lel, CO PSM Ms. Irene Kapting’ei and County Human Resource Manager, Mr. Josephat Rotich) engaged the team in discussions, highlighting the achievements of the County in resource distribution.
Among the achievements were the internship program in which over 700 qualified youth from each ward in the County have been enrolled, sponsoring of over 1800 students to undertake technical courses in vocational training centres, the construction of 580 ECD centres, equipping of Sub-County hospitals with state of the art equipment as well as initiating the County’s Enterprise Fund and decentralisation of services to the ward level.
They termed Uasin Gishu as an investor destination citing the construction of the export processing zone (EPZ) and the upcoming expansion of referral hospital.
Ms. Naomi Gichuru, an officer from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission applauded Uasin Gishu County for work well done in matters pertaining to devolution.