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Ghana Bench Marks on Mango Value Addition, Lauds the Kalamba Processing Plant.

Makueni Agriculture and Irrigation Chief Officer Daniel Ndolo on Monday hosted a high powered delegation from Ghana who are in Makueni for a bench marking tour on Mango value addition.
The team which comprises Mango producers, processors and Exporters is seeking for trading opportunities with the County government through the Makueni County Fruit Development and Marketing Authority.
They visited some Mango farmers around Mwaani area and the Makueni Fruit processing plant at Kalamba.
The team was thrilled by the factory and lauded the County government for the efforts it has put in place towards reduction of post harvest losses in mango production.
According to the Makueni Fruit Development and Marketing Authority Acting Chief Executive Officer Agnes Kitili, the county government spent over Sh18 Million to pay local mango farmers for supply to the plant during this year’s mango season.

Governor Mutula leads swearing of Emali-Sultan Hamud Municipality Board

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr on Tuesday witnessed the swearing-in of Emali-Sultan Hamud municipality board members, the second municipality in the county besides Wote.
Mutula who spearheaded establishment of the municipality after taking office in August last year termed Emali as the county’s biggest revenue earner from its strategic location along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway and the gateway to Tanzania through the Loitokitok border.
He said his administration is working on promoting Emali as Makueni’s economic hub while Wote town remains as the administrative capital. The municipality has already been approved for Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) to improve basic infrastructure.
The board members are:
1. Anne Nduku Muthusi
2. Charles Mutua Musau
3. Dominic Mbevi Matheka
4. Arch. Stanley Mwania Kyalo
5. Anderson Masila Matheka
6. Mary Nduku Muthama
7. Dr. Sonnia Nzilani Musyoka (CEC- Lands and Urban Planning)
8. Jackson Charo Daudi (Chief Officer Lands and Urban Planning)

Makueni to conduct fistula surgeries.

Women living with fistula, a condition where women leak urine and stool are expected to receive free surgery and medical care services at the Makueni Mother and Child Hospital.
According to Dr. Doris Mbithi, a fistula expert based in Makueni, this will be the first time the county is offering such services. At least, nine county medical staff were trained at the gyno care fistula center in Eldoret to help with the operations.
Makueni’s Dr. Mbithi will be the lead surgeon.
Officiating the launch of the obstetric fistula treatment centre on Monday, Deputy Governor H.E Lucy Mulili urged the afflicted women to come out in large numbers for free treatment.
Mulili said she will be at the forefront of ensuring that women don’t live with incontinence and shame that comes with Obstetric Fistula.

Makueni goes Cashless in Revenue Collection with Damaris Kavoi-ECM Finance

Officials drawn from the Department of Finance, Planning, Budget & Revenue led by County Executive Committee Member (CECM), Finance, Damaris Kavoi on Friday carried out a day-long exercise sensitizing Wote business community on the move to digitizing the Revenue Collection exercise across the county.
The exercise aims at easing the operations which include; the time taken to process business permits, and cashless parking fee payment methods, among others.
She also pointed out that the government is committed to ensuring the smooth running of activities through modern digitization.

FY 2023/2024 Budget Public Participation

The Department of Finance and Socio-Economic Planning in conjunction with the Department of Devolution, public participation, county administration and special programmes has initiated the participatory budgeting process for FY 2023/24.
The FY 2023/24 budget will be guided by the development philosophy of “Wauni wa Kwika Nesa na Ulungalu” and will be geared towards the following:
1. Enhancing universal water access in the County;
2. Increasing sustainable agriculture production, value addition and market access for targeted value chains;
3. Improving urban and rural infrastructural development socio-economic transformation;
4. Increasing industrialization and enterprise development by creating a conducive environment for investment and employment creation, and;
5. Sustaining and enhancing access to quality and affordable health services.
Public engagement fora at sub-wards are scheduled for 30th-31st March and 5th April 2023 for the ward level.

Thrilling Experience as Kilifi County Assembly Health Committee Benchmarks Makueni’s UHC

Makueni Health Chief Officer Dr. Stephen Ndolo on Thursday received a delegation from Kilifi County Assembly’s Health Committee who visited to benchmark on Universal Healthcare.
Among the areas of interest were operations at the Mother and Child Unit, physiotherapy Department, Makueni Brain Centre, CT-Scan Centre, oxygen plant, cancer screening and Treatment unit and the Universal Healthcare registration desk.
Edward ziro, a member of Kilifi County Assembly representing Mwana-mwinga ward and the chair in the health committee lauded Makueni for equity in access to healthcare services yet the locals are able to receive highest standard of curative, preventive and promotion healthcare.
Dr. Ndolo noted that the program has been so entrenched in the people who have seen its benefit adding that there has been a lot of demand for health services since the onset of the programme.

Dr. Sonia Nzilani Leads Konza Technopolis Buffer Zone Planning

Makueni’s Executive Committee Member for Lands and Urban Planning Dr. Sonia Nzilani on Thursday chaired a multi-agency technical team sitting in Naivasha to develop an Inter –County Buffer Zone Physical and Land Use Development Plan around the 10 km radius Konza Technopolis buffer area. The buffer area spreads across Makueni, Kajiado and Machakos.
The team comprises of surveyors, physical planners and environmentalists from Makueni, Machakos, Kajiado, Konza Technopolis Development Authority and Ministry of Lands and Urban Planning.
The proposed 10-year plan is intended to align the Technopolis development plan with that of the 10km buffer zone so as to create a symbiotic growth. The plan will also enhance investments attraction as the buffer area complements development at the Technopolis.
Some of the key strategic installations suggested for the buffer area include an Airport, health facilities, light industries, green spaces, water dams, University College (completion of Scott University) among others.
When completed, validated and approved by the three county assemblies, the plan will be implemented by the national government, the three county governments and other development stakeholders as envisioned in the plan.
Makueni’s Devolution CECM Japheth Mang’oka, Lands and Urban Planning CECM Machakos Phillip Kilonzo as well as CEC’s from Kajiado also participated in the event.

Makueni To Plant 1.2M Trees by 2026

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr on Tuesday led Makueni residents in celebrating International Day of Forests by spearheading restoration of Mbitini location tree cover. The area has for years witnessed formation of life-threatening gullies and flash floods following wanton destruction of tree cover.
County Executive Committee Member for Lands, Urban Planning, Environment and Climate Change Dr. Sonia Nzilani has said the county will plant and grow at least 1.2M trees by the year 2026 in partnership with Mastercard Foundation to restore environmentally degraded lands in Makueni.
As part of a long-term strategy towards environmental conservation, the department is training and establishing environmental clubs in at least 18 schools to promote environmental education and greening programs.
The event was staged at Masokani County Technical Training Institute in Mbitini ward, Makueni Sub-county.

Makueni launches Ajiry centre; to help youth find well-paying jobs

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr on Tuesday officially launched the Ajiry programme and Ajiry center at the Wote Green Park.
The Makueni Ajiry center will offer a wide range of services to the youth including; Digital skills training, mentorship, free access to music and podcast recording studios, and cyber security training and certification.
According to the ICT, Education, and Internship ECM, Elizabeth Muli, this initiative will enable the youth to participate fully in the digital economy and expose them to job opportunities and online markets.
She noted that the digital space will also offer the youth a music studio where they could participate in recording their talents in music, podcasts, and deejaying.
Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr said that the impact of the center will not only be felt in the community but also beyond, adding that his administration has created a model that can be replicated in other parts of the country in empowering the youth to become change-makers in their own right.
He further said that the institution was a game changer in the quest for youth and women empowerment, digital skills, and the digital economy.
The programme is delivered in partnership with the Makueni county government, Tribus-TSG, a subsidiary of Centum Investment Company, and the Mastercard foundation.