Uasin Gishu County Marks World Tourism Day Uasin Gishu County CECM in charge of

Uasin Gishu County Marks World Tourism Day Uasin Gishu County CECM in charge of

Uasin Gishu County Marks World Tourism Day

Uasin Gishu County CECM in charge of Water, Environment, Natural Resources, Tourism and Wildlife Management Mrs. Mary Njogu has called on local tourists to promote tourism within the County and maintain their cultural practices.

Speaking during a one-day exhibition where local exhibitors showcased their artefacts along the AP line street, Njogu said her department is ready to support tourism as this is the only way that tourists visiting Uasin Gishu will learn tourist sites that the County has in place.

The exhibition also saw the marking of World Tourism Day. More than 300 exhibitors were present to showcase their various products.
Uasin Gishu boasts of various sites that double up as both tourist and monumental sites among them being Koromosho falls, Ngara falls and Sergoit hills.

The theme for this year's celebration is "harnessing innovation and digital advances to provide tourism with opportunities with inclusiveness, local community empowerment and efficient resource management" amongst others objectives.





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Senate Standing Committee on Finance && Budget: The Public-Private Partnership A

Senate Standing Committee on Finance && Budget: The Public-Private Partnership A

Senate Standing Committee on Finance && Budget: The Public-Private Partnership Amendment Bill 2017

The Senate held a public participation on the public, private partnership amendment bill 2017 led by Wajir Senator Hon. Mohammed Yusuf Haji.

The meeting was to read the proposed amendment bill 2017 and to give room for the public to gives their views on it.

On his part, H.E. Jackson Mandago who was also present cited that the principal sector should be consulting with the County Governments in order to reduce work on the treasury by giving them a clear report.

He also said that County Governments should also be given the privilege of borrowing from the private sector like the National Government.

“We are good investors and therefore we will ensure ease of doing business. Local investors should be given priority to utilize government resources as this creates certainty, harmonization of things and it enhances conflict resolution.” He added.

He further stated that this matter should be looked into by ensuring safety nets and facilitating counties to carry out the Public, Private Partnerships (PPP) and ensure viability.
Dr. Emily Kogos the County Executive in charge of ICT, Trade and Industrialization, pointed out that there should be effective management of waivers in terms of concession.

Other concerns that were pointed out during the meeting were as follows;
• Public participation should be included in the bill,
• The public should be able to access information after the County Government has entered into agreements with the private sector

• Local investors should be given a priority over international investors.

Finally, the governor suggested that CESS and branding of vehicles is becoming a challenge thus the Senate should intervene and give a framework in order to broaden the revenue base and reduce trans-county boundary levies.





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In order to improve service delivery in the Health Department, the department is

In order to improve service delivery in the Health Department, the department is

In order to improve service delivery in the Health Department, the department is working on entering into a partnership with Safaricom Company to develop an app that will link households with NHIF.

County Executive Committee Member Mrs. Everlyne Rotich and Safaricom officials disclosed this in a meeting that brought together top Health Department Officials.

In the meeting, the CECM said that her department is looking forward to getting quick medical solutions that can be dispensed to the electorates electronically.

Mrs. Rotich said that her aim is to reach the rural demographics with health information besides giving them informative messages.

“We also want a system that can retrieve information from the clients and give us real-time reports." Said the head of the department.

On their part, Safaricom Company officials led by Ms. Everline Munene showcased some of the innovations the company had partnered with other stakeholders with the objective of transforming lives.

She said that they were willing to partner with the County to customize their product to suit their needs.

Medical Services Director Dr. Reuben Korir was also present during the deliberations.





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For any town to be accorded a City status, there are factors that need to be ach

For any town to be accorded a City status, there are factors that need to be ach

For any town to be accorded a City status, there are factors that need to be achieved in line with the Municipality act.

To fast track Eldoret's journey to achieving City status, the Department of Lands and Physical planning is working towards fulfilling all the conditions.

These involve the introduction of Municipals in various Wards that neighbour the town.

The Public should also be involved in the decision making through a Public Participation exercise to sensitize and get views from the people.
During today's exercise, Lands and Physical Planning Nelly Jerotich visited various wards which include Kimumu, Kapsoya, Kipkenyo, Langas and Kiplombe ward.

Among the factors considered include basic amenities like water, road network, street lighting and town management.





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The Uasin Gishu County Government has said that it will deploy nurses to all spe

The Uasin Gishu County Government has said that it will deploy nurses to all spe

The Uasin Gishu County Government has said that it will deploy nurses to all special schools across the county. This in addition to equipping them with medical facilities.

This was disclosed today at Kapsoya School for the deaf when the Senate Committee on Education paid a visit to the school among other special schools and Technical Training Institutes within the County.

Giving his address while launching issuance of books and learning materials, Senate speaker Kenneth Lusaka noted the Senate’s support towards special schools saying the house will work closely with all County Governments to ensure that all activities run smoothly in favour of the learners.

The Senate donated over 1000 books to the school and promised to bring more goodies to the institution.

Hon. Lusaka further promised to fast-track the ECDE bill which will see the Counties fully running ECDEs giving it access to many programs and facilities.

The Chair of the Committee Dr. Christopher Langat congratulated the County for the efforts put in constructing over 600 ECDE units across the County as well as building and equipping Vocational Training Institutes.

CEC in Charge of Education Joseph Kurgat who was also accompanied by other county officials expressed the administration's commitment towards uplifting Education in both the ECDEs and Vocation training institutes.

The Committee later toured the Rift Valley Technical Training Institute (RVTTI) where they viewed various parts of the institution dealing with innovation and technology.





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County Executive Calls on Senate to Cushion Cooperators from Miscellaneous Laws

County Executive Calls on Senate to Cushion Cooperators from Miscellaneous Laws

County Executive Calls on Senate to Cushion Cooperators from Miscellaneous Laws

Uasin Gishu County CECM for Cooperatives and Enterprise Development Esther Mutai has asked the Senate committee on Tourism, Trade and Industrialization to facilitate public participation if laws on cooperatives are to be amended.

Mutai asked the Senate to assist in streamlining of the sector since they are development accelerators in all counties. They boost economic growth both in rural and urban areas.

Speaking on Thursday when she appeared before the senate standing committee on Tourism, Trade and Industrialization which is chaired by Senator Charles Kibiru, Mutai said counties should be given the freedom to enact their own laws to govern cooperatives.

"Mr chair, we appeal for your guidance since the bottom line is that cooperatives are a fully devolved function"

Mutai argued that in the year 2017/ 2018, some miscellaneous amendments bills were introduced in the National Assembly without the knowledge of the counties.

This, she said can halt or rather impend the operations of mwananchi who run their established saccos.

"We, as a county have allocated Ksh 150m to cooperatives to venture into manufacturing which will, in turn, see the realization of the country's big four agenda." Said Mutai.

Tourism CECM Mary Njogu who was also in the panel said there is a need for the national government to incorporate the funding of all tourism sectors in all the 47 counties.

Njogu reiterated that the brand Kenya board is soon going to not only brand Uasin Gishu county but the entire north rift region so as to be well positioned on matters of tourism.

According to the acting CO for Trade and Industrialization Kipleting Mengich who represented Dr. Emily Kogos CEC in the department of ICT and Trade, the Senate Committee should review the special economic zones act to provide the counties like Uasin Gishu that is hosting the industrial park to negotiate on the waivers on electricity.

"If you look into other counties that have the special economic zones in a Country like Ethiopia, the rate of electricity per unit ranges between sh4 to sh7. This is way far below Kenya's which stands at sh15 per unit" said Mengich.

On this, Committee Member Hon Paul Githiomi who is also the Nyandarua Senator pointed out that the issue of electricity needs to be looked at in order to encourage serious industrialists in the nation to meet the sector which is part of the major four agenda.





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Governor Mandago has always offered equal opportunities with regards to employme

Governor Mandago has always offered equal opportunities with regards to employme

Governor Mandago has always offered equal opportunities with regards to employment opportunities.

Appearing before the Senate County Public Accounts and Investments Committee, which is chaired by Senator Moses Kajwang, H.E Hon. Mandago was lauded for observing the gender rule in his government. The administration has incorporated a number of women, especially at top level management.



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CPSB Appears Before Senate Committee The County Public Service Board of Uasin G

CPSB Appears Before Senate Committee  The County Public Service Board of Uasin G

CPSB Appears Before Senate Committee

The County Public Service Board of Uasin Gishu County Government has today appealed to the Senate committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations for further legislation to enable the boards to be fully independent.

Speaking while appearing before the committee, Board Chair Mr. Joseph Tanui said that the boards need to have financial autonomy so that they can fully discharge their mandate.

The Board further presented their proposal on a new board structure which will ensure proper representation.

Their proposal states that the chair should have a Human Resources background citing that the board was tasked with the function of hiring, promotion and disciplinary cases.

The committee commended the administration for being an all-inclusive government citing the recently recruited Persons Living with Disabilities as one of the ways the government has ensured that there is justice to all.

Commissioners Joyce Kebenei, Joyween Sang, Ann Koech, Dr. Joseph Lelan and Rev. Dr. Luka Ariko were present during the deliberations with the Devolution committee which is chaired by Senator John Kinyua.

Senators Juma Boy Juma (Kwale), Yusuf Haji (Garissa), Boniface Kabaka (Machakos), Wario Gurich (Tana River), Falahada Deko (Nominated), Samson Cherargey (Nandi) and Amos Wako (Busia) were present





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The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service's presence in counties will be

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service's presence in counties will be

The Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service's presence in counties will be crucial in fuelling efforts for the county to attain food sufficiency.

Governor Jackson Mandago, while hosting the company’s board of directors on a courtesy call on Tuesday, said the seed researcher needs to take their services closer to the people in the grassroots.

“The Government is passionate about food security. Kephis which certifies seeds will play a very crucial role in the attainment of food sufficiency,” says Mandago.

Kephis is a parastatal that conducts research and certifies seeds.

“When farmers are given certified quality seeds, they get to increase their yield and, in the event, the country’s food security is boosted,” added Mandago.

He added: “Bad seeds usually lead high cost in production and depressed harvest, that is farmers have to spray and top dress severally, later affecting yield.”

Governor Mandago asked Kephis to conduct as many field days as possible, adding that most farmers learn when they get to see and feel the practices taught.

“Field days will work to make our farmers believe how certified seeds translate to better yields. This is why you need to increase your presence in the grassroots.”

Governor Mandago also disclosed plans for the county to turn Chebororwa Agricultural Training Centre into a propagation centre where research is done to come up with good crop seeds.

Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno said: “It is quite promising how Kephis has been helping us in making our diversification program felt and adopted by farmers.”

“We shall be needing this continued partnership as we collectively move forward to attaining food security as a nation,” added Chemno.

According to Kephis Managing Director Esther Kimani who was also in charge of the delegation, the team is visiting regions to access what the company has achieved and what needs to be done.

Chief Officer for Agriculture Dr Victoria Tarus were present.

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Uasin Gishu County has been lauded for proper financial management and budget pl

Uasin Gishu County has been lauded for proper financial management and budget pl

Uasin Gishu County has been lauded for proper financial management and budget planning, a move that has been attributed to transparency and coordination between the County Assembly and the Executive.

Appearing before the Senate committee on finance, the County executives led by CPA Julius Rutto and County Assembly committee on budget appropriation and finance, the County was tasked on giving their say on matters Finance in the County, citing ways of financing various projects among them those aligned to the ‘Big Four Agenda.'

The Committee led by Mandera Senator Mohammed Mohamud focused much on the budget process, how the County is funded and how the County plans to set the funds in line with the big four agenda.

Giving his Presentation, CPA Julius Rutto said that the County has seen an improvement in Revenue Collection owing to the digital revenue collection systems and the policies put in place to ensure that the County gets enough money to fund its projects.

“In as much as the County is willing to offer its best services on time, we are only faced with one big challenge; release of funds from the treasury which is really hitting us hard”, highlighted the CEC.

" We just wish to seek your indulgence as our big brothers, kindly help us work on ways which will see that funds are released on time for us to meet our goals of service delivery to the mwananchi”, added Rutto.

With regards to the big four agenda, the Chief Officer in charge of Economic Planning Millicent Okonjo said that the County has aligned the CIDP to the big four Agenda, citing the priority given to Health, Agriculture, Housing and Manufacturing. This was further elaborated by the CECs in charge of the respective departments.

The senators greatly recommended the work done by the County saying that it has set a great example to all other Counties. He further said that they will work towards addressing the challenges faced by the administration in terms of finance and budgetary allocation.





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