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MAKUENI COUNTY PARTNERS WITH KCB TO BOOST FINANCIAL INCLUSION EFFORTS

Makueni County is set to benefit from an enhanced partnership with the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) focused on improving banking solutions and uplifting the lives of residents.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr on Thursday hosted a delegation of KCB top managers led by David Nyamu, General Manager Corporate Banking, for consultations on the partnership.

One of the major initiatives discussed was the Mifugo ni Mali program, which seeks to provide funding and financial training to local farmers. Additionally, KCB plans to introduce a program dubbed 2Jiajiri, designed to promote self-employment and enterprise development among the youth.

MAKUENI COUNTY EXPLORES RENEWABLE ENERGY COLLABORATION WITH BRITISH HIGH COMMISSION

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr. on Wednesday met a high powered delegation from the British High Commission Office to discuss potential collaborations and funding opportunities for renewable energy projects in Makueni County.

The discussions highlighted several areas of cooperation, including:

Establishing an enabling environment for renewable energy projects;

Capacity-building initiatives for local administrators in renewable energy management

Resource mobilization for innovative renewable energy technologies and

Transitioning grid-powered projects to solar-powered systems.

Robina Abuya from the British High Commission who led the delegation to Makueni detailed prospective grant programs aimed at supporting these initiatives. She emphasized the importance of accessing international development funds for clean energy, which can reduce reliance on fossil fuels, combat climate change, and stimulate economic growth.

BUILDING CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE

A private investor is set to put up an ultra modern organic Millet and Sorghum processing plant in Kibwezi targeting 1,000 farmers.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr and Organic Millet Team leader Virendra Karsanji Rawal on Tuesday inked a partnership deal for establishment of the plant.

The project is set to promote cultivation, processing and marketing of millet and sorghum to enhance food security, promote sustainable development and economic well being of farmers

MAKUENI RESIDENTS WORKING AND RESIDING IN MOMBASA ON FRIDAY EVENING GOT A CHANCE TO GIVE THEIR VALUABLE INSIGHTS ON THE COUNTY FISCAL STRATEGY PAPER 2024-25 DURING THE MOMBASA DIASPORA PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

Makueni residents working and residing in Mombasa on Friday evening got a chance to give their valuable insights on the County Fiscal Strategy Paper 2024-25 during the Mombasa diaspora public participation.

The participation, graced by Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr and Deputy Lucy Mulili, is crucial as it ensures that the budgeting process is transparent, inclusive, and reflective of the needs and priorities of the residents.The draft County Fiscal Strategy Paper can be accessed from our website vide: www.makueni.go.ke

AFTER YEARS OF RECURRING FAILED RAINY SEASONS, MAKUENI HAS ACHIEVED A 60% INCREASE IN ITS AGRICULTURAL YIELD.

Farmers are now celebrating their bumper harvests, thanks to the County Government of Makueni and its Department of Agriculture, Irrigation, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperative Development.

The department provided high-quality seeds for maize, beans, cowpeas and green grams to 27,000 households in need.

Furthermore, the county established seven fertilizer depots which have significantly reduced the distance farmers used to travel to access fertilizers.

These stores include Kikima and Tawa in Mbooni Sub-County; Mukuyuni in Kaiti Sub-County; Kithumani and Kitise in Makueni Sub-County; Kasikeu in Kilome Sub-County; as well as Kilungu situated within Kaiti Sub-County.

Mutula Kilonzo Jr

GOVERNOR MUTULA ADVOCATES OWN SOURCE REVENUE’S SIGNIFICANCE FOR BETTER PROJECT ADVANCEMENT DURING THE DIASPORA PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo has said that his government will enforce strict utilization of public funds and stringent budgetary planning to realise tangible development. Mutula spoke Wednesday evening at a public participation forum on County Fiscal Strategy Paper 2024-25 for Makueni County diaspora in Nairobi.

With the year’s theme dubbed “Sustaining economic gains for inclusive development”, the participation underscored deliberations towards achieving development agenda in all sectors that comprise of Water, Health services and Agriculture amongst others.

While addressing the diaspora community, Governor Mutula reiterated the importance of own source revenue to be a distinct boost towards project development implementation.

Governor Mutula highlighted of the initiatives in place for the new financial year. He then commended the diaspora community commitment to the county’s progress and assured them their inputs would be considered on fiscal strategy.

MUTWEAMBOO, KASIKEU WARD, THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF MAKUENI IS SPEARHEADING AN EFFORT TO CONSTRUCT AN KSH. 11-MILLION DRIFT

In Mutweamboo, Kasikeu ward, the County Government of Makueni is spearheading an effort to construct an Ksh. 11-million drift, involving individuals of all demographics.

This project is intended to connect remote villages like Mutweamboo, Kwandiki, Lumu, and Enguli to Kasikeu town and the Mombasa Highway, facilitating access to vital services such as markets, administrative offices, and healthcare facilities.

Expected to open the local economy upon completion, the CECM Infrastructure, Transport, Public Works, Housing and Energy Eng. Sebastian Kyoni further disclosed a budget of Ksh 28 million designated for road repair and maintenance in the ward this fiscal year.

The project will encompass contracted works, County Government equipment deployment, and labor-based initiatives, empowering the community and fostering sustainable development.

DR. SONIA NZILANI, THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER FOR TRADE, INDUSTRY, MARKETING, CULTURE, AND TOURISM INTERACTS WITH TRADERS AT KIKIMA, WINZENI, TUVILANI, AND MUKAATINI MARKETS IN MBOONI SUB COUNTY.

Dr. Sonia Nzilani, the County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industry, Marketing, Culture, and Tourism interacts with traders at Kikima, Winzeni, Tuvilani, and Mukaatini markets in Mbooni Sub County, Thursday, on trading services concerns.

Issues addressed included sanitation and trading space. Dr Sonia reassured the traders of the department’s dedication to enhance and entrepreneurship in the county. Dr. Sonia encouraged them to adopt greening to improve cultural attraction sites, community health and climate change resilience.

Additionally, she inspected the designated site for the Mbooni West dumping site.

MAKUENI’S HUGE STRIDES IN PREVENTING MATERNAL DEATHS AFTER BIRTH

Makueni has made significant strides in reducing and preventing maternal deaths after birth due to excessive bleeding popularly known as Postpartum Haemorrhage deaths. 

Speaking during the Kenya Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society 48th Annual Scientific Congress in Mombasa, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr highlighted a raft of measures the county has made to achieve this feat, key among them: 

Use of Heat Stable Carbetocin for PPH prevention for all births in 36 facilities (92% of births); Procurement of quality assured medicines from KEMSA and MEDS; Facility and team based training of different cadres of health care providers and Procurement of drapes to facilitate early detection. 

Others include procurement of equipment to enhance monitoring of women; Strengthening prevention and treatment of anemia; and Strengthening primary health care networks.

Governor Mutula said his administration’s huge investment in this health sector is motivated by Hillary Clinton’s clarion call that “Every woman, whoever she is, wherever she lives, should be able to give birth without the fear she’s going to lose her baby or that her baby will lose their mother.”