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Year: 2018

Kibwana, NTSA Launch Road Safety Team

Makueni county government and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) have launched a partnership on road safety by unveiling a County Transport and Safety Committee.

The county is listed among the top ten in last year’s road accident report where it is ranked fifth after Nairobi, Nakuru, Mombasa and Machakos with 148 fatalities booked within its road networks last year.

The committee will be responsible for overseeing the management and regulation of the road transport system within the county and to run programs that will sensitize the public on road safety.

The committee will also be tasked to implement county specific road safety strategies in consultation with the county and the NTSA in order to check death causing and paralyzing road crashes.

The committee will in consultation with relevant departments within the county develop a framework for post-crash including pre-hospital care and para-medical services in accident prone areas and also recommend legislative and administrative improvements needed to improve road transport and safety in the county.

The committee was inaugurated by governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana and NTSA deputy director, safety strategies and county coordination Dr.Duncan Kibogog.

“This is an initiative we want to support as a county government since transport is a function shared with the national government,”Prof Kibwana stated.

Prof Kibwana said that his government has nominated representatives from various transport sectors including boda boda and matatu groups to the committee.

He regretted that his county is featured among the worst accident causers and said that a proper campaign to reduce deadly accidents in the area must now be initiated.

He however indicated that the county may have found itself in the accidents’ blacklist because about 150 kilometers of the northern corridor on Mombasa road notorious for some of the worst accidents in the country fall within the county.

Makueni county, the governor said is setting up a trauma center at Makindu which will be of help to accident victims.

Dr Kibogog said that county governments will play a crucial role in the campaign to reduce road carnage adding that new strategies are required to deal with the menace.

He said that the boda boda sector is a major contributor to the number fatal crashes recorded adding that training of cyclists is key to reducing the number of accidents the country.

“It astonishing that road accidents is the ninth leading cause of death globally and that is why we must all be concerned and do something about it,” said the NTSA official.

Dr Kibogog further noted that last year 2,919 fatalities were reported in Kenya.

Chyulu Valley Borehole Project Commissioning

Governor Kivutha Kibwana and young Brian Mutiso gulp handfuls of water from Chyulu valley borehole project during its commissioning on Friday 16th March 2018.
The project, developed in partnership with Kenya Integrated Water, Sanitation and Hygiene project (KIWASH) is set to benefit 11,000 residents of Mukanda, Migingo, Mtito Andei, Mbukoni and Nthongoni within Ivingoni/Nzambani and Mtito Andei wards, Kibwezi East Sub county.

DG Roots for Gender Based Violence Recovery Centre

Deputy Governor Makueni H.E Adelina Mwau (Center) leading talks on how to establish a gender based violence centre in Makueni when she met a delegation from the Nairobi Women Hospital’s Gender Violence Recovery Center at the Governor’s boardroom in Wote Town.
Makueni Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau has announced plans by the county to partner with Nairobi Women’s hospital to establish a gender based violence recovery centre in Wote town.
Ms Mwau said that she is shocked at the horrendous nature of gender violence in the county adding that many women were getting battered and maimed or killed by violent spouses in the area.
She said that a significant number of cases of violated victims have been reported in various county facilities something she noted has raised quite an alarm.
“I am happy that the Nairobi Women hospital’s Gender Violence Recovery Centre is ready to partner with us in this initiative which I consider very nobble,”Ms Mwau said.
The Deputy Governor a  pro-gender reforms crusader said that the level of violence against women in the county had hit a crescendo and called on the national government institutions including the administration and the police to work with victims in order to tame the vice.
“We are also concerned as a county government that many victims are not reporting their cases to the police as is required. We are appealing to the administrators especially chiefs and their assistants to be more proactive on this matter,” she said.
Reports on violence against women in the area have increased in the recent past. Local TV stations have been running stories showing badly battered women attacked by their spouses in various sub-counties in the area.
During a consultative meeting between the county and the Nairobi Women hospital in Wote town on Tuesday the Executive Director of the Gender Violence Recovery Centre Mr Albert Wambua said the organization is ready for partnership to develop the recovery center at the Makueni level 4 hospital.
“As an organization we want to say we are ready to support this idea. And we want to say that we are going to do our part to ensure we have a complete project for the Makueni County,” he said.
Makueni County Secretary and Head of Public Service Paul Wasanga said the county is in full support of the initiative adding that the idea is people centered and could not have come at a better time.
Said Mr Wasanga, “I want to commit that as a government we support this initiative. We have nominated government officers to a joint task force that will work out clear details and a develop   a frame work of how the implementation will be done.”
Commenting on the matter,Makueni County Assembly speaker Douglas Mbilu said that the assembly will support the government by ensuring request to finance the construction of the center is approved.
“As leaders we are also concerned about the magnitude of this abuses. As the speaker I will support government initiatives to develop such a center even as we call for a major campaign against gender violence in this area,”Mr Mbilu said.
He said the situation had reached intolerable levels as many people had been killed or permanently disabled because of domestic violence.

A Show of Love

Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau shares goodies with Makueni women remandees on Saturday 3rd january, 2018
More than 30 women remandees at the Makueni GK prison were today given a rare treat by Makueni Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau. Mwau gave the inmates goodies,saying that the move is a way of reaching out to the less privileged in the society. She urged residents to reintegrate with released offenders once they are back in the community after serving their jail term. “Prisoners are correctual facilities and offenders change their ways” Mwau posed. She promised to celebrate the international women’s day on march 8th 2018 with them. She also said that  communities should know that if offenders are released, chances of them gong back to their previous behavior is high.

Hon.Adelina Mwau holds two day old baby Ndanu,who was delivered in Makueni GK prison remand premises

Development Partnerships

The government of Makueni and Red Cross Society of Kenya have signed a 5-year MoU to establish a collaborative framework for Joint development implementation. Areas of cooperation according to the MoU include:

  • Enhanced accessibility to water and improved sanitation.
  • Improved health, hygiene and nutrition.
  • Improved food security and livelihoods.
  • Joint capacity building.
  • Improved community resilience to disasters and climate change.
  • Strengthened disaster mitigation, preparedness and response.

Makueni county government and Red Cross will jointly fundraise to raise resources for the successful implementation of agreed specific projects. The overarching goal is to enable the county government learn from best practices and tap the experience of Red Cross for fast development implementation.

The MoU was signed by Governor Kivutha Kibwana and KRCS Secretary General  Abbas Gullet at KRCS headquarters in Nairobi.

Makueni Next Generation Service

Governor Kivutha Kibwana receives a memoir of Boniface Mwangi Unbounded from the writer during a stakeholders consultative meeting on formation of Makueni Next Generation Service, a youth empowerment programme. The service seeks to channel all youth empowerment and socio-economic transformation programs into one overarching development agenda, with several priority empowerment activities.

Talking Development

Governor Kivutha Kibwana and his Deputy Adelina Mwau on Wednesday 7/2/2018 held a fruitful discussion with officials of Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) and Bechtel International over the planned implementation of the Nairobi-Mombasa way.
Besides briefing the Governor on the stakeholders engagement plan, several issues affecting Makueni residents were discussed and an action plan drawn to ensure compliance with the Social and Environmental Impact Assessment report.
Key among these include:
  • Compensation for loss of land and Resettlement policy
  • Resources utilization and compensation
  • Economic opportunities and survival of the towns along the highway.
  • Corporate Social Responsibility plan
  • Employment opportunities for locals/Subcontracts.
  • Public Participation for all stakeholders.
The contractor, Bechtel Corporation, has agreed to do water pans, bore holes, Technical training of local labour as well as skill development for their suppliers. The express highway will avoid towns along its trajectory but all the towns will have linkways to the highway, ensuring quick movement of goods and services.

First Lady’s Mentorship Programme

Deputy Governor Adelina Mwau shakes hands with a disabled youth at Emali Town during the Mentorship programme
Most students make career choices with little or no information, guided by family preference, teacher driven, peer influence, individual inclinations or media influence.This has resulted to broken careers and unrealized dreams.
It is for this reason that Makueni first lady Nazi Kivutha in conjunction with the department of Youth Gender Sports and Social Services designed a tailored Students Career Guidance and mentorship programme for different categories of education as well as talent development and life skills mentorship.
The County government of  Makueni is committed to youth empowerment and are working on a Youth Service policy that will ensure all youths are empowered. Governor Kibwana and his deputy Adelina Mwau graced the mentorship programme at Emali town where they promised to ensure the welfare of the young people is factored in the County Integrated Development Plan

Deputy Governor’s Development Tour in Kalamba

Makueni and Nandi Deputy Governors being shown around inside the Kalamba factory by the chief officer in charge of Agriculture Mary Muteti
Makueni County Deputy Governor Hon. Adelina Mwau today lead her Nandi County counterpart Hon. Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot on a development tour to the Kalamba fruit processing plant among other sectors of development in the County.
The team was impressed by the development projects initiated by the Makueni County government to it’s people. Dr. Yulita commented on Kivutha Kibwana’s leadership,saying that he has truly defined devolution by the many life changing projects already in use. By the end of this Mangoe season, Kalamba  fruit processing plant is projected to process 2100 metric tonnes of raw mango from across the country, producing 4,000 drums of mango puree.
The plant will curb 40 percent of post-harvest fruit waste that farmers used to grapple with in the past. With value addition, curbed waste and stabilised prices, the value of the mango sector in Makueni is projected to increase immensely from the current KES 3 Billion. Later in the day the Nandi team, will also visit Kikima Dairy Plant before ending their development tour to Makueni. “It has been a pleasure hosting Her Excellency Dr.Yulita in our great county and I hope that she will take home some good lessons from us.” Adelina noted.
Nandi deputy governor Hon.Dr Yulita Cheruiyot sips a glass of Mango puree at Kalamba Fruit processing plant.Seated next is Makueni deputy governor

Makueni to Partner with GIZ in Green Energy Development

The Government of Makueni County is set to partner with GIZ in green energy development as it implements its 2018-2022 County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP). The partnership will involve exploration of conservation measures and renewable energy in order to reduce defforestation especially that which is linked to charcoal burning. A detailed partnership plan was discussed today when the Deputy Governor, H.E. Adelina Mwau, hosted representatives from GIZ in her office. In the plan GIZ will train women and the youth at the ward level on green energy development.
Both partners will develop the green energy sector in the County in order to stimulate development and contribute to the well-being of the society. Makueni schools and hospitals among other institutions will be encouraged to shun traditional cooking methods that use charcoal and firewood and embrace green energy in cooking and lighting. This will entail the use of solar lamps, Jiko Kisasa and solar water pumps among other products.
‘By training the youth,  women and persons with disability who will later sell the green energy products to the community, we will have created an income to them’, affirmed H.E. Adelina Mwau as she reflected on the employment opportunities and immense job creation potential the partnership has for the youth and unemployed. It is envisaged that the partnership in green energy development will address climate change and will lead to an increase in the forest cover in the County and contribute to meeting the national goal for 10% forest cover.