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Makueni, ADS-Kenya Ink a Deal to Enhance Employability for Women and Youth in Agriculture

At least 600 youth and women from Makueni will benefit from Green Business Project (GBP), courtesy of a 1-year deal signed on Wednesday by Makueni Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr and  Anglican Development Services Kenya (Ads Kenya) Programs Manager Charles Macharia.
The purpose of the GBP is to create economic opportunities and enhance employability for Youth and Women of productive age through green skills and capacity development along the target value chains namely horticulture, dairy and poultry.
The youth beneficiaries will be trained at ATC-Kwakathoka for a period of 3 months and placed on attachment thereafter for 3 months at the same center. The women-organized groups will participate in field-based training. This will be preceded by a competitive recruitment process.
After successful training and assessment, successful beneficiaries will partially be supported with start-up capital.
The signing of the partnership was witnessed by Agriculture Executive Mrs Joyce Mutua and ADS-Kenya Programs Officer Sophia Gakii.

Top relief to locals as Kiou Top Dispensery is commissioned

Celebratory mood has engulfed villages of Kiou Top, Kwa Katiku, Kiuwani, Yoani, Muambwani, Inyenyoni, Masive, Ndumbini and Kwa Mukuyu in Kasikeu, Kilome after H.E Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr commissioned a new dispensary in the area.
While commissioning the facility, the governor acknowledged the existence of community Health workers promising to continue creating better working conditions for them.
He assured the community members that the urgency of health facilities being closer to the people to be core in his government.

Over 1,500 to benefit from Kisaulu water project

Kisaulu borehole in Lumu sub-location, Muani, Kasikeu ward, Kilome Sub-county which the County has developed a centralised reticulation system will be serving over 1,500 people, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr has announced.
This phase 4 of the project will have enough water supplied to Kandolo area, and Lumu dispensary.
The locals will have water sold to them at sh. 3/20L Jerican which the residents proposed during the commissioning.


Superior Homes Kenya has today broken ground for the construction of a KSHS 350 million modern roadside stopover complex at Sultan Hamud town along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway that will provide all-in-one safe and secure resting points for long-distance truck drivers; thanks to Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr efforts of wooing investors into the County.
Dubbed Supastop, the truck drivers stop will feature modern amenities for long-distance transit drivers, including safe and secure parking, fuel station, decent and affordable accommodation, a variety of affordable eateries, convenience stores, clean restrooms, clean showers, prayer rooms, and a health facility, all in one development. Supastop will also offer other services including truck and other vehicle maintenance and repair, driver training, and logistics services.
Superior Homes intends to tap into the market gap of inadequate and informal truck stop facilities in Kenya by providing self-contained service & rest point areas to truck drivers along the various transit routes within the country, with the development at Sultan Hamud being the pilot for a further 30 proposed locations along the Northern Corridor.
Sultan Hamud is identified as a major parking spot for long-distance trucks with an estimated 300 trucks parking along the roadside every night. It is the center of a 145 km stretch between Mtito Andei and Salama but has been lacking decent accommodation facilities for long-distance transit drivers.
Speaking at the launch ceremony Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr commended Superior Homes Kenya for the timely and innovative initiative that will also help address the issue of driver fatigue – one of the biggest causes of road accidents.
“One of the biggest causes of road accidents is driver fatigue. When you offer long-distance transit drivers a secure parking spot, decent and affordable accommodation that will be a way of ensuring road safety,” the governor said
He continued, “Initiatives like this will always get our support and we encourage other players to join in implementing such long-term initiatives that are key in boosting the growth of Makueni County and the logistics industry at large,”.

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr lights Kasikeu Market

Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr lights Kasikeu Market as he challenges locals to always take public participation fora seriously in order for their inputs to be included in decision-making before projects are initiated in their localities.

Water infrastructure vandals put on notice

Vandals of public properties have been put on notice following continued destruction of water projects in the County.
Speaking during development tour of Kasikeu, Kilome, Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr condemned incidents of destroying critical infrastructures noting that amounts to an economic crime and that whoever caught would be charged according to the law.
The Governor has since toured Chief Kiamba Earth Dam which will be getting desilted to increase the volume of water from 14,000 m3 to 40,000m3 targeting close to 20,000 people.

Thousands of eye patients targeted as Makindu free eye consultation, cataract surgery camp enters day two.

Makueni residents will enjoy free eye consultations and treatment for a week following governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr’s announcement on Monday at Makindu sub-County hospital where a free Surgical Eye Camp was launched.
Yesterday, 253 people were screened. Among those, 82 were diagnosed with cataracts, with 53 of them having cataract surgeries administered.
Cataract, mostly associated with old age, is a medical condition where the eye lens becomes progressively opaque, resulting in blurred vision or blindness.
“People have come out in large numbers. I am sure this life-changing camp will transform the health of those with vision problems. Our partners have also donated various equipment among them: autokeratometer, trial sets, operation beds, operation stools, readers, consumables, non-pharmaceutical commodities, eye drugs and others,” said Governor Mutula after launching the camp.
Mutula, who also commissioned Makindu Eye Clinic, advised those suffering from eye illnesses to take advantage of the camp as well as visit the new unit for check-ups and medication.
Governor Mutula’s move comes as a result of joint eye camp partnership between the county, AMA group, Kenya Society for the blind supported by Charity Vision and One sight and Fred Hollow Foundation-an Australian organization.

A New Dawn for Coffee Farmers in Makueni

New Kenya Planters Cooperative Union (New KPCU) is seeking to collaborate with Makueni county government to upscale the coffee sector in the county.
Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jnr on Monday hosted a high powered delegation from New KPCU to discuss areas of partnership to revamp the sector. The areas include;
• Sensitization and enrolment of coffee farmers to the cherry fund. Makueni coffee farmers are eligible for up to Sh 11 Million worth of cherry fund. The application by farmers for the fund will commence early next month.
• Establishment of a coffee nursery and a demonstration farm,
• Capacity build farmers on best farm practises to increase coffee yield per acre,
• Capacity build coffee Cooperatives Societies on governance and leadership to improve resource management, and
• Linkage to processing, value addition and markets.

H.E Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr has called for peace and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Kenyans

H.E Governor Mutula Kilonzo Jr has called for peace and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms for all Kenyans without any distinction.
Speaking during the burial of Benson Kithuku at Nthaani, Kitundu, Mbooni West sub-County, the governor insisted that peace must be a priority before building the economy of any nation.
He expressed his confidence with the ongoing bipartisan talks between the Kenya Kwanza and Azimio coalitions that the committee will bring solutions.
He eulogized the late retired teacher and a unionist as a development oriented leader.
Mr. Kithuku served as Makueni KNUT Executive Secretary between 1994-2006 before joining politics where he unsuccessfully vied for Mbooni MP seat in 2013 and 2017.
Other leaders present were: Senator Dan Maanzo, Wilson Sossion, the former Knut Secretary-General among others.