Through a collaboration framework signed by Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and Hope Mobility Kenya Executive Director Jack Muthui Tuesday, those living with disabilities will undergo proper diagnosis to identify their challenges and receive appropriate assistive devices.
Governor Mutula is upbeat this will bring hope to physically challenged people who are often shunned by society and miss life growth opportunities.
The signing was witnessed by Gender and Social Services Executive Committee Member Nicholas Nzioka and Chief Officer Catherine Katuti, director of Gender Services and the county Disability Mainstreaming Officer.
Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr has today inked a partnership deal with Jacobs Ladder Africa to empower Makueni Youth in Agribusiness, train and build their capacity on financial management and access to resources and market for the products.
The targeted value chains include Poultry, Aquaculture, Bee keeping, Tree nurseries and Vegetable growing.
By the end of January 2024, the first 20 aquaculture group of beneficiaries will be supported to construct fish ponds across the county through the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Youth.
Makueni County First Lady Makueni – Anita Mutula and Thange Ward MCA Spouse Mercy Katumo today partnered with the Department Of Gender, Children, Youth and Social Services in a christmas donation drive.In attendance was Nominated MCA Elizabeth Mutindi (a.k.a TinTin) who is a member of the County Assembly Gender Committee and CECM Education & ICT Elizabeth Muli among others.
This drive saw elderly people, orphans and people with disability receive a variety of food stuffs and sanitary pads.The First Lady reiterated the need of parents to take care of their children this holiday season and watch out for defilers and GBV perpetrators.
CECM Gender, Children, Youth & Social Services Nicholas Nzioka added that all GBV perpetrators will not be spared by the authorities. The County Government is working with security agencies and courts to make sure that this vice is eliminated in our society.
A deal sealed on Thursday between Makueni and Women Challenged to Challenge (WCC) through the Department of Gender, Children, Youth, Sports and Social services under Nicholas Nzioka is likely to give a boost through ensuring the realization of the rights and welfare of persons with disabilities in the County.
WCC is a national organization of women and girls with disabilities in Kenya whereby its main existence is to bring together women and girls with disabilities to champion issues that limit their participation in the development sphere.
H.E governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr, a champion for equality for all, expresses his commitment to working with WCC in advocating for the rights of the challenged persons towards living a free and fair world.
The purpose of this MOU is to outline the collaboration and responsibilities of both parties in drafting of the Makueni County Disability Policy, amendment and enhancement of the Makueni County Persons with Disabilities Act 2017.
The signing of the partnership was witnessed: Veronica Njuhi (WCC Chairperson), Jane Kihungi (Director)Jennifer Kamande (Treasurer), Jackline Bartenge (Programs manager)m Daniel Katiku (Finance), Angela Wanjiku (Communication Officer) ,Sophie Onyino (Legal Officer), The County Attorney Stanley Nthiwa, CO-Gender Catherine Katuti, County Disability Mainstreaming Officer Abed Mutungwa amongst others.
In a significant step towards enhancing support for persons with Disabilities and prevention programs on Gender based violence, Makueni has renewed its partnership with the Gender Violence Recovery Centre; Nairobi Women’s Hospital.
The 5-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) renewed between Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr and Alberta Wambua- Executive director-GVRC, will ensure the two parties work together towards resource mobilization, technical coordination, primary prevention and response programs.
Also, Governor Mutula signed an MOU with the Light For The World organization (LFTW) to boost agri-business and skills development among Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).
The LFTW is implementing the “We Can Work Project” with an aim of upskilling young persons enabled differently in pursuit of acquisition of dignified work.
At least 93 apprentices under the Ujuzi Teketeke program have finally been issued with start-up kits to start their own businesses by H.E governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.
The program involves an 8-week youth life skills training initiative where learners are attached to established craftsmen for on-the-job training to equip them with industrial skills. Those who successfully complete the training are issued with tools to be their own bosses in various small-scale businesses.
The governor explained that his government will continue bringing forth programs that can make youth become self-reliant.
“We will continue supporting such programs even through Tetheka funding so that youth get some work to do and keep off from crime related activities,” the governor said
Some of the tools issued include: sewing machines, outside catering support (Kandu-dishes, trolleys), salon kits, mechanical repair tools, masonry tools, welding machines, Barber shop kits, car wash machines, shoe-shining stands, plumbing, carpentry, blow-dryers water tanks, among others.
Board members from Kitui Teachers’ Sacco led by Bishop Augustus Munuve (chair), Tonny Kilonzo, (Vice Chair), Cyrus Mutinda (Deputy CEO-Finance) accompanied by CECM: Gender, children, Youth, Sports and Social Services, Nicholas Nzioka, paid a courtesy call on the Governor, H.E Mutula Kilonzo Junior to discuss areas of collaboration.
The Sacco leadership promised to partner with the County Government in the cooperative movement, corporate social responsibility.
The Sacco which has branches in Wote and Makindu has been supportive in matters education by offering sponsorship to bright students from poor backgrounds.
Makueni Governor H.E Mutula Kilonzo Jnr on Thursday joined various stakeholders, public and community partners involved in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in marking this year’s World Aids Day at Wote, Makueni Sub-County.
With the theme, “Equalize”, the Governor underscored the need for increased knowledge of HIV and access to treatment with a call to ending stigma so as to allow people access services without fear.
“We have attained impressive results so far, 70% of Makuenians living with HIV are aware of their HIV status. Of those who know their status, 94% are on HIV treatment and 92% of those on treatment have achieved viral suppression. We can end stigma and allow those scared of accessing services to do so without fear of discrimination,” the Governor said.
The Governor called on the Department of Health to ensure funds are allocated in the next financial year for HIV/AIDS related services.
On Tuesday, Gender, Children, Youth, Sports and Social Services Executive Nicholas Nzioka held a meeting with Harriette Chiggai, President advisor on women rights with their discussions centered on standing up against Gender-Based Violence in the County.
Chiggai was elated by structures put in place such safe house, operational Policare among others.