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!
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,
Habari ya mchana! Enta Soopa! Muriega! Buuya More, Muri Aseo!
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,
EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING
ARE YOU AWARE THAT
There has been an Increase in the enrollment from 60% to 70% in the last FY 2018/2019 due to intensive community sensitization on the importance of education, campaigning against negative cultural practices and enforcement of The Children’s Act and mobilization of funds to improve school infrastructure
Under H.E. the Governor’s manifesto 2018/2022, the department of Education through the directorate of Vocational training sponsored 1000 trainees for vocational Training. A size-able number have since graduated and will soon receive zero rated loans as startup capital for their businesses in a partnership between the County Government of Kajiado and KCB Foundation.
AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES
The Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries is one of the departments of the County Government of Kajiado and is led by the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) Jackline Koin.
The Department has made notable achievements in the FY 2018/2019 among them;
- Conservation of 324,130 bales of hay and 169 tons of silage
- Construction of 50,000 capacity hay bans
- 1,000+ training with 16,290 farmers benefiting
- Emergency Livestock feed with 3,477 households benefiting
- Carried out 1,229,512 livestock vaccinations
- Distributing 40,220 bag of subsidy fertilizer across the county
The Kajiado County Annual Score Card will be delivered this Friday 16th August 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Kiserian starting 9:00am. Come and engage with the County leadership, celebrate achievements and learn more as we unveil the plans we have in store for you in the next financial year.
Together with Devolution & ASALs CS Eugene Wamalwa, H.E the Governor have launched preparations to host the 2nd Arid & Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs) conference to be held at Amboseli National Park on September 10th ~ 12th 2019.
On behalf of the County H.E the Governor welcomes all Kenyans and our donor partners to fully support this beautiful event. Twenty-nine counties will participate. The theme of this year’s conference is “Consolidating ASALs for development posterity.”
“As a county, we are glad for the confidence the national government has shown in partnering with us to host this great event. I urge all residents, investors and stakeholders to take advantage no the thousands of Kenyans and development partners who will come visiting” said the H.E the Governor.
County Government of Kajiado is ready to showcase its beautiful culture, and explore economic opportunities that remain unexploited in this region.
Together with GSU Commandant, Douglas Kanja, H.E the Governor presided over The Pass Out parade of County enforcement officers who were specially trained by GSU officers at the Magadi Kenya Police College.
“We want our officers to improve their relationship with members of the public by serving them humanely and with utmost courtesy. We shall not tolerate harassment of the public and, by the same token, we shall not entertain members of the public who will block our law enforcement officers from carrying out their duties within the law” the Governor said during the event.
H.E the Governor was accompanied by CEC member for Public Service Francis Sakuda, Chief Officer for ICT Jackson Matanta, and Director in charge of Inspectorate Moses Birisha among other County officials.
Kajiado County’s booth has been rated the most colorful and authentic at the ongoing Devolution Conference in Kirinyaga County.
The four-booth stand draped in the red Maa colors beat Kakamega’s five-booth stand as well as Makueni’s 2-booth stand in a rating conducted by a Sub Committee of the Organizing Committee.
The Stand attracted hundreds of devolution stakeholders as early as 9am with at least five governors visiting the Stand.
The conference attendees were particularly mesmerized by the new real time Geographical Information System (GIS) by the Lands Department.
By a click of a button, the GIS is able to give exact information about all parcels of land In Kajiado County-starting with physical location, acreage, ownership status and history of previous owners.
The other most attractive booth was the Mbuzi Moja, Afya Bora Programme one where the concept of “One goat for One Healthy Family”, was lauded as the most innovative platform to promote Universal Health Care Coverage among pastoralist communities.
Following the recognition, Governor Joseph Ole Lenku was all smiles.
“We are humbled by the special mention of our flagship programmes as some of the most transformative and impact to local communities,” said Governor Lenku.
Head of the County’s Delegation to Kirinyaga, Leah S.Moiko said the planning had taken more than two months to ensure Kajiado showcased the best of its achievements.
Kajiado County has prioritized social development in the next fiscal year according to the 2019 County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) . The paper which is aligned with other county policies among them the 2018 – 2022 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and the Annual Development Plan (ADP) 2019 seeks to lay the emphasis on food security and improved nutrition as well as ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all residents of Kajiado County.
Speaking during a 2019 County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) Public Participation Forum at Maasai Technical Training Institute, the Chief Officer in-charge of Treasury Maurice Kaaka said ensuring availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all together with Infrastructural development will have an effect of supporting economic growth and supporting value addition to increase income.“As a county we aim to lay the emphasis on food security and improved nutrition because we all know a healthy population equals a developed County, “he added.
His sentiments were echoed by outgoing CECm Finance and County Treasury Michael Semera who said the county continually maintains a balanced budget through its spending keeping a track of the proposed development programmes and projects.“The County’s Infrastructural development will be key in supporting economic growth as well as promotion of value addition to increase income,”he noted.
The Kajiado County Fiscal Strategy Paper (CFSP) is the County’s Government’s strategy document for the budget and provides the link between the overall policies and budget implementation. It highlights the strategic development objectives and priorities and how they shall be implemented through specific programmes. Its preparation is stipulated in line with Sec 117 of the PFMA, 2012 and its Regulations 2015.
1ST Annual Amboseli Safari Festival was officially launched by H.E Governor Joseph Ole Lenku at an event attended by sponsors of this year festival, dignitaries and members of the press.
This year’s event is about a charity cycling competition from Namanga to Amboseli Meshenani gate. Its aim is to improve housing standards among the rural Maasai communities from Kajiado County through Eco–Manyatta housing, an initiative of first lady Kajiado County.
Speaking during the event, Kajiado County First Lady H.E Edna Lenku thanked all the participants of the event for their commitment as it is an inspiration to the course that began today. She added that “As the First Lady of Kajiado County, I champion a THREE Point Agenda in the areas of Education Mentorship, Health Education and Environmental Conservation.
The pursuit for the THREE POINT plan is out of the need to sensitize our people on alternative means of livelihood and to make them more aware of the means to adapt to a changing environment and new realities that have caught up with our cultural practices”. She added that “The Amboseli Safari Festival is an idea borne out of an aim to collectively mobilize resources and partner towards a course that is largely centered on the most current and urgent needs of the people of this County and that is housing.
A mother who has spent years cooking with firewood, persevered the smoke and used paraffin lambs all her life will have the rare opportunity of living in a modern Eco Manyatta because you registered to cycle.A young man in the remotest villages of this county with no employment will have a chance of making some money out of his own sweat by making bricks to be used in building the Eco Manyatta.
On the other hand Governor Lenku also thanked all sponsors who heeded the call to support the first Lady in her project and invited everyone to Amboseli on 8th December 2018.
Jonah Orumoi managing director Tourism Finance Corporation who spoke during the event on behalf of corporate sponsors.”Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in Kenya contributing significantly to our GDP growth while boosting the country’s foreign exchange earning” he said. He added that “it is indeed another great moment to join other corporates as we support Amboseli Safari Festival to promote local tourism especially Amboseli National park as well as placing Kajiado County on international map.
This year’s event will officially start on 8th December 2018 with flagging off cyclists from Namanga shell petrol station at 8:00 am. There shall be other field activities during the day including javelin, spear shooting, and culmination of the event with a whole evening traditional music festival including goat eating with morans and campaign.
H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Tanzanian counterpart. H.E President John Magufuli visited Namanga border point to launch the Namanga One Stop Border Post (OSBP). The OSBP will facilitate ease of movement for goods and people between the two nations. The Namanga One Stop Border Post will be manned by customs and immigration officials from both Kenya and Tanzania. The OSBP aims at enhancing the Economic, Social and Political integration of the East African Community #NamangaOSBP
This will enhance movement of goods and people and boost economic and social enterprises. Kajiado County will be a big beneficiary of this new development and it expects fair trading practices that are beneficial to citizens of both countries.