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01 Jul
By: CGK 0

UNDP AND UN VOLUNTEERS (UNV) PROGRAMME

It  was a pleasure and honor for Kajiado County to host, as well as witness, the flagging off of newly recruited health personnel (through the partnership of UNDP and UN Volunteers (UNV) programme) deployed to 14 counties including Kajiado County as part of UNDP’s continued support towards the fight of COVID-19 in the Country. The volunteers bring a range of skills and experience that will boost the fight against COVID-19 at the County level.

This support is crucial considering human resource for health is a crucial component in the fight against corona virus. As a County , therefore urge all our development partners to also consider supporting us by targeting human resource development measures including offering trainings to our staff, supply of personal protective equipment’s (PPEs), and even send  their staff to the health sector among other areas of support.

In the last 24 hours, we have received 14 new positives for COVID-19 disease in the County (as reported by the Ministry of Health). We note that 8 of these cases (6 health workers from Kajiado Central and 2 cases from Kajiado East) were processed in Namanga and we had already captured their details in our report of 30th June 2020. This brings the total new additional cases for today to be 6 and the cumulative confirmed positive cases for the County at 241 with 6 deaths.

Out of the 6 positive cases, 5 are from Kajiado North (2 are health care workers working in private facilities in Nairobi County, 3 are residents of Ongata Rongai, Kiserian, and Ngong and were tested privately).

Kajiado Central had 1 positive case from Kajiado town and a contact of a previous case.

The cumulative positives in the county are now distributed as follows:

Kajiado Central 133

Kajiado South 29

Kajiado East 41

Kajiado North 36

Kajiado West 2

The total number of positive cases who have reported successful recoveries from our treatment centres remains at 141. All our positive cases are stable and receiving treatment at our isolation and treatment facilities with some being placed on home based care. Contact tracing is ongoing.

Once again we note with a lot of concern the rate of health worker infection is on an upward trend. We continue to appeal to our health workers, continuously and in an appropriate manner, to strictly use the provided personal protective equipment’s (PPEs) as you offer various services to the public and also to note that there are possibilities of community transmission out of the environs of our health facilities.

In the next few days, we are rolling out another phase of trainings and capacity building to our health workers as well as initiate a programme of regular testing. These trainings will be geared towards Infection Prevention and Control measures as well as case management.

At the same time, we continue to congratulate all our frontline health workers who have been working extremely hard, with heroism, dedication and selflessness. We most sincerely acknowledge your efforts and may God richly bless you.

#Covid-19

#StaySafeStayHome

#KomeshaCorona

Easther Somoire, OGW

CECM Medical Services and Public Health

 

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01 Jul
By: CGK 0

FLAGGING OFF OF 50 UN VOLUNTEERS

Speech by H.E the Governor during the flagging off of 50 United Nations volunteers in support of the Kenyan Government’s National COVID 19 Response on July 1, 2020.

Devolution CAS, Hon. Abdul Bahari,

My colleague Governors and Deputy Governors present,

The United Nations family led by Resident Coordinator, Siddhart Chatterjee,

The UNDP Resident Representative, Walid Badawi,

My Brother, Devolution PS, Charles Sunkuli,

My sister, Health PS, Susan Mochache,

The County Assemblies Forum CEO, Judy Oduma,

Our Speaker, Hon Johnson Osoi.

Ladies and gentlemen;

I welcome you all to Kajiado County. Karibuni sana.

Bwana CAS: It is three and a half months now since our country’s index Covid-19 case was discovered in Ongata Rongai within my county. Also, for its unique geographical position, Kajiado remains the most of the high risk counties. We are sandwiched between our nation’s capital, Nairobi, the epi-centre of the spread of the virus, and a 700 km stretch of the Kenya-Tanzania boundary. Not only that, we border six other counties; Narok, Nakuru,Kiambu, Machakos, Makueni and Taita Taveta.

In a sense, therefore, we are the playground of cross border transmission. And it is so, both, locally and internationally.

Bwana CAS, therefore, it couldn’t have been more apt than to choose our county to be the launching pad of this important effort; an effort geared towards the fight against this marauding pandemic.

For us in Kajiado, we believe in a united front against this pandemic. I have had countless encounters and engagements with the Ministry of Health officials as we continue with this important war.

Therefore, today’s encounter with the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs is yet another indicator that this pandemic is not just a health matter. It is affecting our lives in so many ways that each and every one of us has a role to play to contain the virus.

Bwana CAS,

The tremendous negative impact of COVID 19 has effectively been devolved. The rising cases of intra-county, inter-county and inter-community transmissions clearly confirm that the virus is now with us; and is affecting our people’s lives in scales that we may take a while to recover from.

Seized of the dire need to set the pace in our preparedness to contain COVID 19, my Government has taken several measures:-

We have set up five isolation centres in our health facilities.

These are Kajiado Referral Hospital;

Kitengela Sub County Hospital; Ole Kasasi Health Centre; Namanga Health Centre and Oloitokitok Sub County Hospital.

We have set aside Ngong Sub County Hospital, Ng’atataek Health Centre and the KMTC Oloitokitok as COVID 19 Hospitals and Treatment Centres. In fact, health services that were being offered here have been referred to neighbouring facilities.

We now have 20 ICU beds in the county. Plans are under way to scale up this to 50 ICU beds.

We have just achieved the mandatory 300 beds capacity at our Isolation Centres. But owing to our unique situation as an emerging theatre of the virus transmission, we are set to have a total of 700 beds which are currently being made by our Vocational Training Centres(VTCs).

We have trained 720 health workers (or 60 %) of our health work force. We are looking for more support to train the remaining ones.

This pandemic has also re-awakened our creativity and innovation instincts.

To offer our people protective devices, our Vocational Training Centres started to manufacture face masks and sanitizers which we give free of charge to our residents. So far, we have made in excess of 100,000 masks and more than 5,000 litres of sanitizers.

Additionally, we have installed hand-washing facilities at all the main public places.

Ladies and gentlemen: This is just a snippet of what we have already done. We are doing much more on the ground going forward.

Bwana CAS,

The Health nightmare is not the only impact of COVID 19. We have experienced loss of livelihoods as the output of our economy shrinks.

Thousands of our people are now more food insecure than at any other time.

More than 30,000 households in my county are in dire need of relief food support. So far, we have only managed to assist 10,000 families.

My Government is implementing a digital food distribution programme. Let me tell you how it works.

The County Government through our national and county administrative grassroot structures identifies vulnerable cases. A specially generated PIN is sent to each beneficiary to their mobile phones via SMS. The message asks the beneficiary to present the PIN to a pre-selected retail outlet within a walking distance from their homes.

Meanwhile, the pre-selected retailer has an APP (M-Riziki) installed on his /her phone which is used to VERIFY the personal details of the beneficiary.

Once verified, the retailer hands over our pre-packed relief food hamper to the beneficiary.

This ICT-driven initiative, Bwana CAS, has the following benefits;

It reduces crowding and scramble for relief food in public places in this COVID 19 sensitive time.

It has restored the dignity of vulnerable people as they are not exposed to public ridicule when collecting food.

It has boosted the local economy as County Government buys relief food from local shops and pays immediately via MPESA.It has reduced logistical nightmares associated with physical food distribution.

It is highly accountable. Every transaction is digitally monitored and reported to the County Government’s back office system.

This digital distribution of relief food is working very well. I wish to invite our national and international friends to partner with us to reach more vulnerable households through this system.

Bwana CAS,

I wish to come to a close at this point. I look forward to receiving my county’s share of the UN Volunteers.

They are very welcome here and we look forward to working with them in the war against Covid-19 pandemic.

Thank you very much. God bless you all.

H.E JOSEPH OLE LENKU,

Governor, Kajiado County.

 

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02 Apr
By: CGK 0

COUNTY PREPAREDNESS ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC

TO CUSHION OUR PEOPLE FROM HIGH FOOD PRICES H.E THE GOVERNOR HAS GIVEN THE FOLLOWING DIRECTIVES.

As you are all aware, our country continues to experience the impact of the Corona Virus Disease (COVID -19).

The County Government of Kajiado is cognizant of the negative economic impact of COVID 19. Many business enterprises are suffering huge losses while others have closed. Many workers continue to lose their livelihoods as the effects of the situation persist.

In this unfolding situation, food security of our people is grossly threatened.

To cushion our people from higher food prices and to enable the business community to avail food supplies in affordable prices, I DIRECT the County Department of Finance to WAIVE TAXES and levies for April-June, 2020, as follows;

▪️Daily market Cess fees on Agricultural produce.

▪️Transit Cess fees for all Agricultural produce.

▪️Slaughter house inspection fees.

▪️Monthly parking fees for Passenger Service Vehicles (PSVs).

🔷Following a DECLARATION by the Ministry of Health that the transmission of the Corona Virus Disease in Kenya is now Community driven and that it is being spread through close contact among people who have disregarded observance of social distance as a measure to contain the spread of the pandemic, I have given the following DIRECTIVE;

▪️That the County Directorate of Inspectorate Services ensures trading activities in the County are CONDUCTED within the recommended ONE METRE distance with a special focus on RETAIL MARKETS, CATTLE SALE YARDS, SUPERMARKETS, BUS PARKS and HEALTH FACILITIES.

▪️Business enterprises that deal with essential goods and services and are still operating MUST ensure that their customers observe the recommended SOCIAL DISTANCE when transacting.

▪️Administrative action will be taken against business enterprises that do not abide by the issued social distance guidelines.

The County Inspectorate officers are URGED to observe restraint when handling members of the public.

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27 Mar
By: CGK 0

PREPAREDNESS ON COVID-19 PANDEMIC

As the country continues to feel the pain and pressure of the Corona Virus,the Governors  administration is not leaving anything to chance as it is working very closely with other health stakeholders to ensure we are prepared for any eventuality.
Towards this effort, H.E the Governor today opened the second COVID-19 Isolation Unit at Kitengela Sub County Hospital.

“I call for calm and patience of all Kajiado residents as we head towards a critical period of this pandemic. We all need to observe the guidelines of the curfew issued by the National Government beginning today at 7 PM,”said the Governor.

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18 Feb
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OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE FOURTH SESSION OF THE KAJIADO COUNTY ASSEMBLY.

H.E. Joseph Lenku today officially opened The First sitting of the Fourth Session of The Kajiado County Assembly with a strong message of unity of purpose between the two arms of government that he said will ensure all development initiatives are on track in the run up to the next general elections.

In his address to the Members, the Governor reiterated his vision of fulfilling most of the pledges made to the electorate in his manifesto, most of which he said have been implemented as outlined in the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) 2018-2022. He said the County Treasury intends to seal all existing revenue collection gaps to boost revenue collection to surpass last year’s Sh1Bn mark so as to ensure a boosted allocation from the Exchequer as well as will enable his administration to implement more development projects the in the next Financial Year. He asserted that towards this realization, the County Government is determined to clear all pending development bills which stood at Sh1billion, Sh581Million of which had been paid out by the close of the first half of this Financial Year. Recurrent expenditure bills amounted to Sh939Million as at December 31, 2019, Sh280Million of this had already been settled.

Towards the recently launched County Bursary and Scholarship programme, the Governor urged the County Assembly to fast-track the amendments to the Kajiado County Public Finance Management ( County Bursary Fund ) Regulations ,2019 that will set a legal framework to guide the programme.

On matters education, The Governor urged the County Assembly to fast-track the amendments to the Kajiado County Public Finance Management ( County Bursary Fund ) Regulations ,2019 that will set a legal framework to guide the recently launched County Bursary and Scholarship programme. The annual bursary kitty which has tripled from Sh40M in 2013 to Sh150M in the current Financial Year has with it raised the number of beneficiaries from 3,000 to more than 9,000. 430 students, 250 of whom are in Secondary Schools and 180 in colleges and universities have also benefited from the Scholarship Programme.

Lenku said health matters continue to be a top priority of his administration with equipping of medical facilities around the County in top gear. He singled out the Lenku The Mother Child Health (MCH) complex at Kajiado Referral Hospital, ready for operationalization in the coming weeks, the fully equipped

Kitengela hospital and Ngong Sub County Hospital Theatre and Male and Female Wards as well as Construction and equipping of a theatre at Rongai Health Centre, currently at procurement stage. To cater to the gaps in the administration at the County Hospital he said his government will employ hospital administrators at the four major hospitals; Kajiado Referral,Ngong’, Ongata Rongai, Loitokitok and Kitengela Sub County hospitals.

On Infrastructure development, he assured more road construction projects akin to the completed tarmac roads in Kitengela, Kiserian, Ngong ,Ongata Rongai and the Central Business District within the Financial Year. This he said went hand in hand with promotion of trade and creation of trade spaces such as the Rombo retail market which waits commissioning with Ngong, Kitengela, Kiserian and Ilasit retail markets earmarked for completion and occupation in the next two years.

In his address, the Governor intimated that efforts to fast track payments of pending compensation claims to victims of human-wildlife conflicts had paid off with 50 per cent of the families that lost their kin in wildlife attacks being fully compensated at the requisite rate of Sh 5 million per family.

On Legislation, the Governor challenged the County Assembly Members to embrace the spirit of collective responsibility, that members are not seen to be overly critical of legislation regulations, policies or Bills out there, when they are still within the armpit of the Assembly.  This he said was the recipe for success or failure of the County Goverment.  He urged the MCAs to fast-track pending legislative tasks including Bills and Policies from the Executive as well as from Private Members. He outlined the follow legislative business for the Fourth Session; The Kajiado County Villages Bill (2019), The Kajiado County Climate Change Bill (2019), The Kajiado County Environment Management Bill (2019). The Kajiado County Finance Bill (2019) as well as The Kajiado County Quarry Bill which have all been submitted to the County Assembly for consideration.

Lenku equally noted and appreciated the effort members are putting in ensuring in enacting laws that are useful to the people. he particularly noted five Private Members Bills that require huge support from the Assembly during this session.

(i)The Kajiado County Agriculture Development Bill (2019) by Honourable Joshua Oluwuasa.

(ii) Kajiado County Rain Water Harvesting Bill (2019) by Honourable Onesmus Ngogoyo.

(iii)The Kajiado County Livestock Sale Yard Bill (2019) by Honourable Jackson Mpaada.

(iv). The Kajiado County Corporate Social Responsibility Bill (2019) by Honourable Joseph Masiaya.

(v). The Kajiado County Animal Disease Control (2019) by Honorable Amos Peshut.

He pointed out that The Kajiado County Investment Policy; The Kajiado County Cultural and Heritage Policy as well as the Kajiado Women Economic Empowerment Policy were pending before the County Assembly.

Alongside these policies are petitions by various stakeholders; notably a petition on the Effects of processing of soda ash by Tata Chemicals Magadi Ltd in Kajiado Town and one by Kitengela residents on Introduction of payment of rates on freehold tenure and review of rates payable to leasehold tenure.

Others include a petition by Ngong Council of Village Elders on Enactment of legislation to provide for delineation and establishment of village units within Kajiado County as well as a petition submitted on Employment of the local indigenous community in all private companies/ public institutions and flower farms operating in Kajiado County.

In the same breathe, the Governor highlighted

that key regulations important for the social-economic well-being of the County were pending before the County Assembly and urged the Honorable Members to act fast to consider them. They include :

(i)Amendments to the Kajiado County Public Finance Management (County Bursary Fund) Regulations (2019)

(ii) Alcoholic Drinks Control (Licensing) Regulations, 2019.

The Governor’s address touched on the political atmosphere in the Country with the

The Building Bridges Initiative which he said was conceptualized by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga as a platform through which certain ills that bedevil the country can be changed. He intimated that the County will within the week be presenting a memorandum in Narok expressing a wish to be incorporated in the final BBI Report. He called upon all honourable members to embrace and board the BBI train and seize the opportunity that could soon transform the County’s political landscape as well as fight injustices and create prosperity for the people. He urged them to keep a focused mind, an open heart and show the county the great things that they, together with the Executive, can do.

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13 Dec
By: CGK 0

NEW KAJIADO CPSB

Nominees to the County Public Service Board have been sworn in today marking the beginning of their six year term after the term of previous Board elapsed late last month.
The five new Members were sworn in by Chief Magistrate Susan Shitubi in the presence of the HE Joseph Lenku, his Deputy Martin Moshisho, The County Assembly Speaker Johnson Osoi, Senior County Officers, MCAs among others.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony in Kajiado, Lenku lauded the working relationship between the County Assembly and Executive in delivering the Board adding that it was clear that the institutions are getting stronger by showing their commitment In upholding the rule of law and justice.
He said his rallying call for many years has been for the people of Kajiado County to live in peace with each other despite their ethnic differences.  He implored on the new Board  to exercise fairness in execution of their duties so that all residents regardless of tribe or clan affiliations are accommodated in matters to do with public service.
“ l call upon The Board through the Chairman to ensure that all residents feel at home and each clan is given fair consideration so that no one feels sidelined, discriminated or even favored,” Lenku advised.
His Deputy Martin Moshisho asked the Board Members to work tirelessly without favor towards realizing the elaborate vision set out by the Governor for the benefit of the people of Kajiado.
“ We can achieve a lot  through a shared vision. The board will be important in steering the County’s vision,” he said.
Speaker Johnson Osoi intimated that during the vetting exercise, the County Assembly scrutinized the character of the nominees and  questioned their commitment to the values enshrined in The Constitution of Kenya including those of Chapter Six on Leadership and Integrity. Most he said enthused their wish to work without prejudice.
Osoi implored upon the Board Members to rise above partisan politics and clanism and carry out their duties independently as mandated.
“ The Public Service can either bring down a government or make it vibrant; once you get it right, we will be right as a government,” he remarked.
His sentiments were echoed by County Assembly Majority Leader, Julius Moipaai who assured members of public of the competency of the nominees who he said had undergone thorough vetting by MCAs at The County Assembly.
“ We (County Assembly) commit to work with the Governor to ensure an efficient public service that will meet the needs of the people,”
he revealed.
The second County Public Service Board will take up its duties after the term of the previous one elapsed following six years of service to the people. Members of the Board include George Latema (Chairman) Justus Nkaru,Wilson Musenyi, Jackson Sempetter and Jacinta Waititu. They join another member ,Purity Sein, earlier nominated and Moses Semera (Secretary) whose term has not yet expired.
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28 Nov
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MBUZI MOJA, AFYA BORA INITIATIVE

On behalf of the County Government H.E the Governor thanks H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta for enabling the Kajiado County Community to raise Ksh 26 M to assist more than 4,300 households to enroll for the NHIF medical cover in the recent goat auction in Kajiado town.
In attendance was the CS in charge of Interior Dr Fred Matiang’i, CS Keriako Tobiko, Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and CAS Patrick Tutui, Rashid Aman MPs and leaders from both Kajiado and Narok Counties.

‘’We are determined to continue giving healthcare to our people a priority and we are glad they are responding very well to our Mbuzi Moja, Afya Bora Initiative.Thank you all for availing yourself to buy all our goats’’ said the Governor.

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11 Sep
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ASALs DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE

The 2nd ASALs Conference was officially opened at The Amboseli National park yesterday by the CS Devolution and ASAL Hon. Eugene Wamalwa flanked by The host Governor Joseph Lenku, Governors Amason Kingi (Kilifi) Samuel Tunai (Narok) Moses Lenolkulal( Samburu), Mutahi  Kahiga ( Nyeri), National and County Leaders  among other notable dignitaries.
The conference which brings together all the 29 ASAL counties seeks to consider their common challenges as well as the opportunities , potentials and workable ways of addressing them. These stem out of the 1st ASAL conference held in Malindi, Kilifi County that set the stage for consideration of key areas of interest including minerals exploitation , mechanized irrigation for food security, livestock farming, agriculture,value addition, tourism and protection of cultural heritage.
During the plenary discussions it became apparent that ASAL counties had historically been considered low potential regions with minimal investment capabilities and poor infrastructure  too feeble to spur development. Participants dispelled this notion by noting that over the years ASALs have recorded a high potential for thriving industrialization and investment rivaling other robust regions of the country largely so with the gains brought by the devolved system of government and the National Government’s Big Four development agenda.
Low literacy levels and access to formal learning had for the longest time ailed ASAL regions but this had since changed as The Ministry of Education at both levels of government aggressively intervened and  sensitized the pastoral communities leading to increased enrollment and retention rates.
The participants discussed at length the impact of water as a resource in spurring growth and development in ASAL areas. Towards this end , the PS ASALs Michael Powon challenged each individual to undertake water conservation initiatives adding that through its machinery, the National Government can manage 60% water management levels; the rest can only work if Kenyans embrace water harvesting techniques like building pans, water towers,reservoirs and dams during the rainy seasons. He said this together with environmental conservation will ensure sustainable communities all year round.
Malnutrition in children was also singled out as a common challenge in most ASAL
Counties. It was reported that this had been addressed sufficiently through collaborative efforts between the Ministries of Health and Education in most Counties. The Uji feeding Program in Kajiado County was cited as an example of such intervention.
Some participants pointed out that Nyeri and Kiambu had been grouped as ASAL regions yet geographically they were not Arid or Semi Arid regions. In a quick rejoinder, it was made clear that the definition was based on a set consideration such as the economic capabilities and limitations of such regions a defined by KALRO. It also became apparent to the participants that the number of ASAL Counties had risen to 32 from the 29 during the 1st Conference in Malindi based on this revised definition.
A concern w
as raised during plenary that the definition for ASAL Counties generalized most areas yet each had specific and unique challenges. The participants were informed that this generalization was accurate in view that most of the Counties were grappling with similar challenges overall. Towards this realization the participants requested for a review of cross cutting National and County policies to ascertain how they can be harmonized to meet a common goal in resolving the challenges faced by the ASAL Counties.
The Deputy Governor Kajiado County, Martin Moshisho fronted to the participants the need to set specific targets and timelines within which ASALs can be tasked to address and key issues such as water scarcity , food security which seemed like persistent and common in most of the ASAL Counties. The participants proposed to have a steering committee guided by the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs to act as a watchdog on enforcement of resolutions agreed upon by the conferences.
The conference enters its second day today.
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02 Sep
By: CGK 0

2ND ASALs CONFERENCE

The second Arid and Semi-Arid Lands conference will take place at the Kilima Safari Camp (Mada Hotels) in Amboseli National Park. 29 counties will be represented at the September 10-12 conference.

County Government continues to thank the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs for granting us this opportunity to host the ASALs Family.

It will be free entry at the Amboseli National Park from September 10th to 12th 2019 as the second Arid and Semi-Arid Lands conference kicks off.

The County Government of Kajiado through the Department of Gender, Social Services, Culture, Tourism and Wildlife also welcomes you to a colorful night to celebrate the Maasai Culture at Lemong’o Cultural Centre in Amboseli, on the night of 10th September, 2019.
Event starts 7:00pm till dawn. Come and experience the pomp, color, and unmatched beauty of the Maasai Culture.
There will be lots of traditional cuisine, maasai music and celebration you can’t afford to miss.
Miss it, Miss out!

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16 Aug
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2ND YEAR IN OFFICE SCORE CARD ADDRESS

The Excellency Governors present,
Honourable Members of Parliament,
Honourable Speaker of our County Assembly,
Distinguished guests who have honoured our invitation today,
The Kajiado County Government fraternity,
Beloved Residents of Kajiado,
Ladies and gentlemen,
Hamjambo!
Habari ya mchana! Enta Soopa! Muriega! Buuya More, Muri Aseo!
Karibuni Kajiado.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Isinya Township, Kajiado East, hosted this event last year. Then, it was my first year in office and I reported to you some of our successes; also, I had a golden chance to listen to your everyday struggles; everyday problems.
One such problem, my people, was a nearby dingy primary school with more than 800 pupils on less than 1/8 of an acre of land. It looked terrible and congested; it was, simply, un-conducive for any meaningful learning; the pupils were suffering; they were very vulnerable to diseases.

I went back to Isinya, last week, to commission a new school which we built for these kids from scratch. The school, unlike the old one, lies on a magnificent 5-acre piece of land, complete with new classrooms, sanitation facilities and an ample playing ground.
My beloved People of Kajiado,
This school is a symbol of our commitment that where there is despair, we will give hope; where there is want we will provide for our people’s needs; and where there is darkness, we will become the beacon of light, to paraphrase the timeless words of the great Catholic saint, Francis of Asisi. It is no wonder, then, that the people of Isinya were asking when the next scorecard would be.
It is with this renewed hope, the new beginning, that I come to you, my employers, and people of Kajiado, to give my report card on the progress of our county government in my second year in office. I come here with a very clear conscious that I owe it to you to report and to be accountable to you as your servant.
We have achieved tremendous progress in this second year of my tenure.
In land reforms, we became the pioneer county to operationalize the GIS lab and digitize all our land processes; in education we made all our ECD teachers permanent and pensionable; we provided all our children with fortified porridge; our polytechnics are fully operational.
Today, we boast some of the highest health indicators among the counties; our people have picked up the Mbuzi Moja, Afya Bora model of health with enthusiasm; and our revenue collection has soared to become the third most improved, among the counties, in the last financial year.
True, we have done well! However, with singular humility we recognize that there is only so much we can do in just 2 years; there are still challenges on our path to the development of Kajiado that we must work together to overcome.
Our water situation remains a great challenge. Our hay production and storage is still at its infancy with minimal benefit to the pastorals.
Although we have achieved municipality status, operationizing them fully has a long way to go. The promise to relocate the Ngong Dumpsite remains unfinished; and our Sewerage System in urban centers is still a dream to be realized.
My beloved people of Kajiado,
On matters health, the standard of our medical services is now stealing thunder from private health facilities, some of which have closed shop. The new modern equipment we have acquired so far is making our hospitals more preferred. A renal unit, CT scan and an MRI machine are now operational at Kajiado Referral Hospital; an ultra-modern Maternity Child Health Complex is also complete, awaiting commissioning.

We have continued to open new facilities, the latest being Ole Kasasi Health Centre in Ongata Rongai ward, complete with a modern maternity. This will decongest the overstretched Ongata Rongai Health Centre. In the last two years, my government has built or upgraded 36 health facilities. And soon we shall break ground for the 37th here in Kiserian.
Our ambulatory services are powered by a pool of 17 ambulances, up from 5 in the previous government, with another three at the port of Mombasa awaiting clearance.
In the past year, admissions uptake in our five main hospitals has increased by 60% from 7,287, two years ago, to 11,702 last year. This shows the confidence citizens have developed in our newly improved health facilities.
We have brought a culture change in maternal health. Many mothers are now choosing hospital over home deliveries. Maternal hospital visits recorded a 98% increase in our top hospitals. 121,674 mothers visited the hospitals last year, compared to the 61,250 who sought similar care services the year before.
The NHIF uptake in our county, as envisaged in the President’s Universal Health Coverage, has been an important healthcare model for our pastoral communities. Over 3,500 families traded goats for medical coverage under the Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora model.

By demystifying the cost and value of health insurance, now more than ever before, our rural communities have embraced health insurance which was seen as a preserve of the rich. Mbuzi Moja Afya Bora campaign will be held again this year in October. And I welcome you.
This is just a snippet of Kajiado’s remarkable healthcare story.
My beloved people of Kajiado,
The management of land, more than any other sector, is a unique undertaking in Kajiado. This is because of its historical problems of multiple allocations, missing records, land disputes and improper zoning. In fact, for years on end, we were ranked third, after Kiambu and Kwale, on land fraud.
For example, available maps, if any, were in tatters; government officers entrusted with the heavy responsibility of safeguarding the interests of the masses, who own land, turned themselves into wolves by working in cahoots with unethical land brokers in dispossessing the innocent.
Therefore, from the outset, my government needed to make sweeping changes in this sector. The increased human settlement, diminishing grazing fields and the blossoming manufacturing industry, meant that we had to work with speed to address these historical problems and prepare for a prosperous Kajiado.
Firstly, we sought to handle this challenge digitally. We became the first county to establish a Geographic Information System (GIS) lab and a one-stop ICT-driven data center for all our land transactions.
From it, you can, with the click of a button, get all the information about any piece of land anywhere in the county.
Secondly, we have conducted a physical and digital validation of all plots in our 28 towns, complete with tamper-proof allotment letters, which has ensured that multiple allocations is a thing of the past. The digitization of our land registries has solved many problems of multiple allocations.
In partnership with the judiciary, we established alternative dispute resolution mechanisms through local committees to avoid endless court battles. This made sure that justice is not only swiftly served but done so in a more harmonious way. The operationalization of these committees is at an advanced stage.
Away from digitization, we began the process of spatial planning to ensure that land is used in appropriate ways. This is to anchor our key development drivers of ranching, manufacturing, and housing. This will further solve the problems occasioned by competing land use interests, such as agriculture, human-wildlife conflict and manufacturing.
Valuation Rolls, in all of our urban centers have been fully developed and those for freehold land titles are underway. The push and pull on rate payables to government, and the question of equity will be fully addressed by these valuation rolls.

From being known across Kenya for its land problems, in just two years of my administration, we have significantly turned things around, through the implementation of these programmes, Kajiado is now a role model for the nation with many counties coming here for benchmarking.
To consolidate these gains, we will soon be holding a lands conference to bring all stakeholders together, including banks and land owners, to entrench ownership of these gains and to showcase our successes.
My beloved people of Kajiado,
Education, for us, remains an integral part of our key concerns, given our dismal performance as a county historically. Our efforts on early childhood development, bursaries for our needy students and skills development for our youth feature prominently in our priorities.
Through our largely successful fortified porridge programme for ECD pupils, our school enrollment has significantly improved, attracting school-age going children who would have otherwise missed the opportunity of having an education.
For our 660 ECD teachers, we will continue to improve their welfare. This is building on the fact that we were the first county to employ them on permanent and pensionable terms.

Our youth skills training and development programme, is on-going thanks to our partnership with the KCB Foundation. Further partnerships with institutions such as National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) as well as corporates that have offered our youth the much needed industrial attachment are worth noting. We are surpassing our annual target of 1,000 youths trained, with tremendous life changing stories of those who have graduated.
Equipping our Vocational Training Institutes, which are the backbone of our youth development programmes, has begun in earnest. This year alone, we have allocated Sh. 20 million to purchase their equipment.
Our bursary kitty is expanding. In the past one year, we have disbursed bursaries worth KSh. 80 Million to over 6,000 needy students. And this year we have allocated kSh. 150 Million!
My beloved people of Kajiado,
Our road network is an indispensable enabler for other sectors to thrive. For many years, in this county, access to health facilities, markets for our farm produce, and the general transport network across the wards have been wanting.
In the past two years, we have strived to ease access through our own resources as well as support from National Government agencies and international partners such as the World Bank.

Our consumption of development resources in the road and public works sector rose from 65% two years ago to 85% last year. We awarded contracts worth Sh 353 Million, with most of the projects completed while others are ongoing. These resources have enabled us to grade 1,550 kilometres of road.
Some of our success stories range from construction of drifts, most notable being the Kudu hills drift in Iloodokilani and Inkokirding’a, Kajiado West, and several bridges across the county.
Our ultimate deliverable is to facilitate faster transportation and ease communication between urban and rural Kajiado.
To mention but a few, we now have roads that serve the agriculturally-rich food belts in the county. One such road is the 35-Kilometres Iltilal-Oyarata-Lemong’o-Rombo road which eases connection between Kuku and Rombo wards. The 15-kilometre Kimuka-Kisamis in Ewuaso Oonkidong Ward is now complete.
The tarmacking of the Market Road in Ongata Rongai is now complete and the tarmacing of the KCB – Saitoti in Kitengela road is almost complete. Residents of Iloodokilani and Magadi Wards are now enjoying the motorable Kajiado – Mile 46 –Kamakuru Road after the completion of the Kudu Hills stretch.

In our en devour to make our road works faster and cheaper, my administration has bought road construction and maintenance machinery. The machinery will not only shorten our emergency response, but will also make our road works cheaper.
To improve security in our urban centers and encourage 24 hour economy, we have now installed a total of 130 floodlights and solar street lighting.
We will, as a County Government, continue to pump more resources into our road network, and with the accreditation of our municipalities, more World Bank funding will boost this sector, bringing our people, markets and businesses together for faster economic growth and prosperity.
My beloved people of Kajiado,
Our county has immense agricultural potential. It is blessed with large swathes of land, huge herds of cattle roam our plains and mixed economic activities are possible here.
In order to tap this agricultural potential, we have embarked on training farmers on how to plant and conserve hay. This far, together with our farmers, we have conserved more than 324,000 bales of hay and 169 tons of silage. The leading wards in this endevour are: Purko, Keekonyokie, Matapato North, Ewuaso Inkidong and Ildamat.
As a county, we have constructed hay barns with capacities of 50,000 and 20,000 bales at our demonstration farm.
These efforts will go a long way in building resilience to climate change effects and prepare us for the looming drought.
We, also, partnered with the National Irrigation Board to construct 205 small irrigation water pans in Kajiado Central, South and East. This is in addition to six water pans excavated through support of the Kenya Climate Change Adaptation Project run by the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (Kefri).
As we strive to avail water for small scale irrigation, we have been assisting farmers with input subsidies. So far, we have distributed more than 22,000 bags of subsidized fertilizer in our main farming belts, as well as conducting 197 plant clinic sessions across the county.
Fish farming has not been left behind. As a new economic opportunity and healthy alternative diet we are investing in this sector, having so far constructed six community based fish farms in Tikondo, Ole polos, Oloolua, Namanga and Nkaatu and supplied 14,000 fingerlings to farmers.
The agricultural sector is the backbone to our food security, a key economic driver, and an opportunity for self-sufficiency in food production to remove our perennial relief food dependency, hence the need of my government to invest heavily and consolidate the gains so far.

My beloved people of Kajiado,
Water is life; it is the mainstay of our agriculture and our livestock. Consequently, it is not lost of us that ours is a water scarce county. Therefore, securing and development of our water sources and the accompanying infrastructure is an area of focus. To improve availability and quality of water we have reorganized our water companies, banned the selling of salty water, and upgraded most of our infrastructure.
This has led to improved water access across the county. For example, this year 50,000 people who previously did not have access, were reached by water pipeline extensions. Furthermore, we have drilled and equipped 30 new boreholes in our most rural areas which are benefiting thousands of households.
My beloved people of Kajiado,
Let me now turn to business. Where we are, Kiserian town, is one of the most active trading hubs in the county. We are determined to keep promoting the business environments for our traders to thrive, and we are training our eyes on building upto a 24 hour economy.
In a few months, the Kiserian Retail Market, which is a few meters from here, will be open. It is 80% complete and once finished will accommodate 600 traders.
In nearby Ngong town, the relocation of traders to a temporal site to pave way for an ultra-modern market was successful. This Sh 800 Million World Bank funded market will accommodate 2,000 traders.
The success of the Ngong Market relocation exercise was replicated in moving 1,400 traders from the Kitengela Retail Market, where we are constructing a modern market at a cost of Sh 120 Million. The project is now underway and I hope to open it before the next scorecard.
In Kajiado South, more than 500 traders were moved into Loitokitok market. This has decongested the town. The ongoing Rombo Market will be the new kid on the block. The project is almost complete and it will accommodate 400 traders upon completion.
In promoting business we appreciate that Kajiado is a land of milk and beef. I am glad our women have become serious pioneers in taking advantage of this. Women groups have shown a lot of resilience and interest in milk production. Their main problem remains a stable market to sell. Towards this, the County Government will partner with private sector to establish a milk processing plant in Kajiado town to address these challenges faced by milk farmers.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the dream of municipalities has been in the offing for 20 years. Yet, under my administration, in less than two years, this dream was realized. Today, we are one of the pioneer counties in having operationalized our two municipalities.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, under the new dispensation where the trend is to form economic blocks, our two Maa counties have come together to form the Narok-Kajiado Economic Block to leverage on comparative advantages.
As the chairman of the block, I will spearhead efforts for joint county programmes which will provide an enabling environment that will attract investments and allow the private sector to play a leading role in its socio-economic development.

Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
The story of Kajiado is not complete without mentioning our Maa culture. In cognizance of this fact, we formed a taskforce to research, document and showcase this traditional culture. Three aspects of our intangible culture have been recognized by UNESCO, making our imprint known globally. As a county government we are proud to have taken the bold step of preserving our cultural identity for future generations.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, on the side of revenue collection, we have witnessed a steady rise since I took office. A  year before the last elections, the county collected revenue amounting to Sh.557 Million. Today, I stand here with a lot of satisfaction that we have surpassed the 1 billion shillings mark! In this past year, we collected Sh. 1,143,422,000! This is a 68 per cent rise!
Consequently, the revenue improvement has occasioned a massive increase in ward fund expenditure of Sh 30 million under my administration, against the previous administration’s average expenditure of a paltry Sh 7.5 million.

And this is just the beginning; these numbers will continue to rise since we have implemented digitization of our revenue collection and hope to reap fully the fruits of increased accountability and transparency in our public finance systems.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
As a county we are at a time when we cannot afford to ignore our environment, especially in our urban centres.
For example, besides the usual collection and disposal of the massive garbage in our townships, we are supporting Taka Ni Mali initiative to collect and process garbage as a business. The programme has now begun in earnest and it is starting to improve lives.
In the housing sector, we are working towards improving the quality of lives in rural Kajiado through the modern-manyatta project. This entails building a 3 bedroom house, with biogas, solar lighting and a rain water harvesting tank for less than Sh. 500,000. We have already trained 140 youths and built 10 units as a pilot project. I call upon communities and private sector to embrace and support this direction to improve our enviroment and address the housing crisis.
My beloved people of Kajiado,
This afternoon I have had this golden opportunity to highlight many programmes and projects my Government is involved in to improve the lives and plight of our people.

No doubt, we have worked very hard; we have invested in the creativity and strength of our people. We have built up our infrastructure across the county and achieved great progress in the sectors of land, water, healthcare and education.
However, in cognizance of the fact that the climb towards achieving our full potential is steep; there are, for sure, bottlenecks on the way; and, indeed, there are those among us who will get discouraged and fall by the wayside.
But, on my part as your Governor and that of our County Government, we will keep moving forward, no matter what; we will steadily keep pushing the wheels of our development agenda to its limits.
SFor we know, for sure, in the words of one celebrated motivational speaker, that the difference between what we are and what we want to be is what we are doing now!
Heko Kajiado; Heko Kenya!

H.E JOSEPH OLE LENKU,
GOVERNOR,
KAJIADO COUNTY

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