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Makueni Basketball men finish second at KYISA

Makueni basketball men soared high as they finished second in the 6th edition of Kenya Youth Inter-County Sports Association games held in Busia between 14th and 21st December.

The under 23 boys put up an onerous fight against hosts Busia, under a sea of cheering fans, but fell 51-46 finishing second overall.

Makueni had earlier crashed Turkana 58-42 in a breath taking semi final at the Busia stadium to advance to the final.

Enroute to the finals, Makueni edged out Siaya 68-30 and Nakuru 44-37.

County Executive for Education, Sports and ICT Joshua Wambua is convinced Makueni has what it takes to become a sporting giant. He says the county will continue to invest in talent development With a view to promoting sports as a career for thousands of young people.

Makueni Basketball men through to KYISA Finals

Makueni basketball men are a game away from being crowned Kenya Youth Inter-county Sports Association games 6th edition champions.

The boys crashed their Turkana counterparts 58-42 in a breath taking semi final at the Busia stadium to advance to the final, where they will meet hosts Busia at 4pm Today.

Through to the top, Makueni edged out Siaya 68-30 and Nakuru 44-37.

Much as Busia enjoys home advantage and loud cheers, coach Frederick Makundi is confident Makueni will have the last laugh going by their vitality and prowess in the pitch.

Makueni sportsmen stamp authority at KYISA

Makueni continues to display its sporting prowess at the ongoing Kenya Inter-County Sports Association games in Busia.

So far, both men and women footballers have qualified for the knockouts as runners up behind Trans Nzoia (Men) and Kwale (Women).

On day three of the games, Wednesday, Makueni volleyball queens hammered their Nyandarua counterparts 3-0 sets thus securing a slot at the knock-out stages with a game in hand against hosts Busia.

In Men’s volleyball, Makueni will be on the pitch Thursday against Nyandarua having thrashed Kakamega 3-1 sets on Tuesday.

Makueni executive for Education, Sports and ICT Joshua Wambua is upbeat that the Makueni sportsmen, all under 23, are well prepared to go for silverware as the curtains draw on the 6th edition of the inter-county games on Saturday.

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Powering Makueni

Makueni is set to benefit from an enticing renewable energy deal that will drive its industrial vision sustainably.

The deal involves setup of a LED lighting project in the county in a tripartite Public-Private-Partnership agreement bringing together the government (Makueni County), the private sector (SOLAFRIQUE, a limited company) and the academia (Strathmore University and Lukenya University).

The five-year deal was signed on Tuesday at Strathmore Business School by Governor Kivutha Kibwana, senator Sylvia Kasanga of Lukenya University, Solafrique Chief Executive Officer Lois Gicheru and Hildah Mugire, Vice Dean, Academic and Student Affairs-Strathmore University.

With support from the two universities and the county government, Solafrique will setup the LED lighting project in the county; Light of towns and streets within Makueni County with products from the plant; Design and installation of energy efficient solutions in all public institutions in Makueni County.

This includes but is not limited to installing LED bulbs in the institutions and installing off grid or on grid solar systems; Provision of Jobs for youth; and Provision of energy efficient solutions.

Lukenya University will provide site for the LED lighting project; offer its campus to be used for training purposes; Provide training site for energy-water-food nexus solutions; and assist Makueni County Government in the development of a skill based curriculum.

On its part, Strathmore University will assist in development of a county energy plan; Development of county policy and law on energy; Training of county managers on energy matters and technical and non-technical training to officers and training of ToTs.

The University will also offer technical guidance on establishment of a renewable energy centre for the county; Training of technical training institutions within the county on renewable energy courses; Research on renewable energy and efficient energy solutions in the county; and carry out a County Energy Audit.

US Envoy praises Makueni for Prudence

The United States ambassador to Kenya Kyle McCarter has lauded Makueni for its prudence in utilization of the limited resources available leading to high value benefits to the people.

He announced that out of this transparency, Makueni will be among eight counties chosen to participate in the Prosper Africa Presidential Initiative by the United States government, launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta recently.

The program seeks to strengthen direct trade and investments between the United states and select counties. This involves the US government leveraging on its expertise and relationships to support county level private sector solutions by investing in Business-to-Business relationships between the two countries.

The envoy spoke on Saturday during a day long tour of the county to inspect several projects and programs implemented in partnership with the US through its various agencies based in the country.

Mr. McCarter first joined governor Kivutha Kibwana in unveiling the Makueni County Water Policy; a framework for an integrated approach to planning, sustainable development & management of water resources; and progressive realization of the human right to water, sanitation and environment.

After the commissioning, the two then presided over a graduation ceremony to celebrate infants that have remained HIV free despite being exposed for 18 months through the Prevention and elimination of mother to child HIV transmission program.

The Envoy also toured the 200-bed Mother and Child Hospital, counstructed and equipped at a cost of Sh 135 million. He later commissioned Makutano water project in Kathonzweni ward done in partnership with KIWASH.

Mr. McCarter was wowed by what he termed as an outstanding leadership by the Kibwana government for its implementation of interventions that contribute towards the overall wellbeing of the people.

Wote Town to get a new face

Wote and Mtito-Andei towns will soon have fully developed Decentralized Waste Treatment Facilities geared towards improving the general sanitation of the county.

This was announced by Water executive Bob Kisyula on Wednesday during a meeting with Water Sector Trust Fund officials where an agreement to fund the projects and other water projects was reached.

The deal, signed by Governor Kivutha Kibwana and the Water Sector Trust Fund Chairman Patrick Kokonya will fund capacity building and development support to the County, to improve the provision of adequate and sustainable access to sufficient quality and quantity of water and basic sanitation.

According to Kisyula, the county has already identified desilting and rehabilitation of Mulima and Kinze dams in Mbooni sub-county for funding from the Water Sector Trust Fund.

Sanitation program for most of the county’s urban centers is also on the funding priority list.

The Fund’s CEO Ismail Shaiye who witnessed the signing of the partnership announced that a team of engineers will be dispatched to the already earmarked dams for baseline survey in a fortnight.

Kibwana termed the deal a timely one saying that the county is racing against time to fully achieve the water agenda for the people of Makueni, now at 53 percent.