President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E William Rutto are expected to launch the re- capeting of Kopere- Timboroa road, upgrade Danger-Kimondi Sironoi-Chemuswa roads to bitumen standard and also
commision Kimondi bridge.
Kapkatembu – Salient- Lemook-Rivatex and Chepterwai-Kaiboi roads will also be given consideration.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E William Rutto are expected to launch the re- capeting of Kopere- Timboroa road, upgrade Danger-Kimondi Sironoi-Chemuswa roads to bitumen standard and also
Nandi County Government is going to benefit from the National Government’s Ksh.460M to join the National grid and in ensure all homesteads are connected with electricity, Deputy President William Rutto has said. Rutto however, asserted that Jubilee Government is at its final stage in fulfilling the political pledges it promised Kenyans in 2013. Addressing hundreds of Nandi residents today in Bonjoge Primary School Kabwareng Ward in Aldai Sub County when issuing over400 land title deeds, Rutto noted that residents of Kereri, Koibarak, Koitabut, Chepkuny, Kapkeben and other villages of the greater Bonjoge Location ought to benefit from the last mile connectivity and that Ksh.50M has been set aside to see that the over 600 families gets power.
On his part, Nandi Governor Dr.Cleophas Lagat urged the locals who received their land ownership documents to concentrate on their lands and develop them “Since you are now liberated and entitled to your property after being squatters for 3 decades, don’t be tempted to sell your land ” said Dr.Lagat. The Governor however, challenged Bonjoge community to work extra hard and properly invest on their luctrative soil so that they can realize their agricultural potential.
Governor Lagat said his Administration through Agriculture Department will see that milk coolers were installed in the 30 Civic Wards to increase milk production in Nandi.
Elsewhere in Kurgung Deputy President presided over a funds drive in aid of several Churches where also thanked GovernorLagat Rutto for the great efforts he has put in ensuring that Kurgung Boys High School centre of excellence.
Present were Nandi Senator Stephen Sang, Aldai MP Cornelly Serem and his Mosop and Tinderet counterparts Stephen Bitok and Julius Melly respectively.
Nandi County Governor Dr.Cleophas Lagat has commissioned works for the construction of Amani market in Kamungei, Mosop Sub County.
Speaking while he launched the project Lagat said that the decision to establish the market was a consensus reached at by his government and the residents following the inter-community conflict between the Nandis and bordering Kabras community from Kakamega County in November 2014, which threatened peace in the area.
Governor Lagat added that the market will provide a lasting peace between the two neigbouring communities since it will empower the residents from both communities,who will not only exchange goods and services but will share ideas as well.
“Trade will open up interaction and create a bond the two communities hence forging good relationship,”he said.
Moreover, he has assured of his administration’s agenda to upgrade the communication network and to transform the regions development to foster peace and reduce poverty to avert a similar clashes.
“As a government we cherish peace and its only through business that we can eradicate poverty andend conflicts,” he added.
Further, he has called on the youth not to misuse their energy but to instead join in building the nation and keeping peace,” he added.
The County’s move to establish the market has been applauded by the residents who have termed the development has a major milestone in uniting with their neighbours and boost to their socio–economic live.
Residents said that the Amani as the name suggest will help restore trust and tranquility with their neigbours.
According to Chief Officer Trade Investment and development Mr Jacob Sisey the two markets will serve as trading centres where farmers will auction their livestock, clothes and farm produce.
“The market will officially be opened late next year in January by NCIC Chair Mr Francis Ole Kaparo who brokered peace between the two communities during the 2014 border skirmishes,” he said.
Accompanying the governor was CEC Trade Investment and Development Mr Style Kessio and other county government officials.
After many years of waiting and at times being forced to close their businesses much earlier than they would wish to extend due to absence of street lights, Kapsabet residents can finally sight a relief. This follows the street lighting of the town which eventually went on today.
The development comes few weeks after Nandi County governor H.E Dr. Cleophas Lagat vowed to deliver on the promise during the recent Mashujaa day celebrations following a fruitful discussion he said he had with Enegry CS Hon Charles Keter.
According to the CEC in charge of Lands, Environment and Natural Resources Dr. John Chumo street lighting is a devolved function, adding that the project is a joint initiative between the County governments and National government, based on 50/50 agreement where both governments will meet the cost.
Further, he has urged residents and the business community to utilize the power by extending their operating hours to increase sales and maximize on profit to improve County’s economy, “The electrification of Kapsabet town is a major milestone after Mosoriot since it will enhance business and security. I urge our residents to work extra hours to boost our economy and uplift their standards’’, he added. Other towns and centres that are set to benefit from the project are Nandi Hills, Kaptumo and Maraba among others , added Chumo.
On his part Chairman Chamber of commerce Mr. Samuel Seroney has praised the Nandi County government and National government for the street lighting saying that the power will be a major turner to business in the town,’’ I register my sincere gratitude on behalf of Kapsabet business community to the Jubilee government for this gesture, we expect businesses to boom following the installation of the street lights’’ he added.
Nandi County Governor Dr. Cleophas Lagat on Thursday joined family and friends of the Late Mama Sarah Saina known to many as (Kowendi) in mourning her death at her home in Kabiyet Nandi County. Mama Sarah, one of the renowned iron lady and political mobilizer in the County and in the region bowed out after succumbing to death after a short illness on Thursday 28th of October.
The County boss eulogized the late as a County hero who left a legacy that should be emulated by family members and Nandi residents, “Death has robbed us of an industrious and dedicated heroine who not only contributed immensely to development but also to the spiritual growth of our people. She prioritized church matters more than anything else and was more of a parent and friend to many of us, this is why we see her as our county hero” added the County boss.
Mama Sarah who passed on at the age of 86 will be remembered for her great contributions towards the construction of Bishop Birech African Inland Church (AIC) Kabiyet. Further, she was instrumental in calling for unity among the Nandi leaders for the prosperity of the County.
The deceased body will be laid to rest on Saturday at her home in Kabiyet Mosop Sub County Nandi County.
Nandi county governor was today inagurated as the patron of red cross in Nandi North region Red cross governor,Dr Mahmoud Said urged the county government to partner with red cross in combating issues of landslides,disaster management among others.”with support from your government we can partner togetheph in health, agriculture ,water and social services”he added.
Governor lagat thanked the team for the good work they are doing in assisting humanity.”I want to emphasize that i will ensure that all land grabbed will be reclaimed back,Red cross land need to be given back to the community”he said
Also present was regional chairman North Rift region Mr.Francis Koech urged on the need to address issues of disasters in the region.He further called on governor to support Marathon race that will be held on the 11th December. The race will benefit the 7 North rift counties(NOREB).
Regions that have benefited from partnership between red cross and county government include Taita Taveta, Kwale, Machakos, Bomet and Nyeri.
Atleast 1700 residents from Tindiret and Samitui in Nandi County have received land titles after waiting for 50 years.The residents who have been anxiously waiting for the documents could not hide their joy as Land CS Prof Jacob Kaimenyi officially handed over to them.
Speaking when he presided over the issuance of the title deeds at Mberere and later at Samitui in Aldai Nandi County, Kaimenyi praised the Jubilee government for fulfilling its pledge to issue Kenyans with the land title deeds, ‘’It was the target of the Jubilee government in 2013 that by 2017 we will have issued 3million title deeds and at the moment we have issued a total of 2.4 million’’ he added.
At the same time Prof Kaimenyi has urged Nandi residents to collect over 33,000 of 42,000 land titles issued, which he said have been lying at the lands registry in Kapsabet since 2013.
Moreover, he has urged those who were issued with the title deeds not to sell their land but instead utilize it for production and to venture into business by using land as collateral to seek funds from financial institutions,sentiments echoed by several leaders present during the function led by Nandi County deputy governor Dominic Biwott, area MP Hon Julius Melli, Aldai MP Hon Cornelius Serem and County CEC in charge of Lands Dr John Chumo.
On the breadth the leaders have expressed their gratitude to the National government for waiving fees previously charged on the issuance of the title deeds, further rallying the residents
to go and collect their ready land titles.
On his part Chairman Land Commission Prof Mohammed Swazuri has issued a stern warning against land grabbers in the County to voluntarily surrender any public land in their possession before a three – day thorough audit on all alleged stolen land in the County commencing on 17th to 19th of November this year by his office in conjunction with Nandi County government.
Sentiments that were strongly backed by his boss Prof Kaimenyi who has cautioned those who are fond of stealing public land including schools, churches, hospitals and markets to cease forthwith , ‘’ I warn those individuals who have grabbed any public land and any individual harbouring similar ill intentions to return back those land before we catch up with them’’ he added.
The directive comes following an outcry by County leaders led by Nandi governor Dr Cleophas Lagat and his deputy Dominic Biwott in the wake of increasing cases of land grabbing in the County especially in institutions of learning and other public lands.
Speaking at the function Biwott has called on the Swazuri led Commission to immediately intervene in the latest shocking revelation of private developer who has laid claim of a 2 acre piece of land at Kapsabet Boys high school and another who is claiming ownership of half of Kapsabet town. “In Tindiret another private developer has also grabbed 15 acres of Soisitet primary school and in Kapsabet Showground we have received claims of somebody who is trying to encroach our land”, decried Biwott.
KAPSABET AND NANDI HILLS TOWNS TO BENEFIT FROM THE LAST MILE POWER CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM, SAYS GOVERNOR LAGAT
Kapsabet and Nandi Hills towns are set to benefit from the last mile power connectivity, this according to Nandi County governor Dr Cleophas Lagat. The initiative which has so far benefitted rural areas and major towns in the Country including the neighbouring Eldoret town in Uasin Gishu County, is expected to boost the economy and open up more businesses in the two major urban centres in Nandi County once installed, ‘’ We have held talks with the CS for Energy Hon Charles Keter on lighting up Kapsabet and Nandi Hills towns, and I want to report back that this will be done soon’’ added Lagat.
The news comes as a relief especially to the residents and the business community, who have been forced to operate their businesses within the normal working hours for security reasons. Similarly, governor Lagat has praised investors in the County for exuding confidence by investing in the two towns as witnessed by the booming enterprises and mushrooming high – rise commercial buildings, noting that the development was an indicator that indeed devolution was working in Nandi County, ‘’ I am happy that Kapsabet town, the once sleeping giant is now on its feet courtesy of devolution’’ he added. Further, Lagat has assured his support to any entrepreneur who wish to venture in the County.
Additionally, the Nandi County government in conjunction with the Ministry of Information Communication and Technology is planning to install Local Area Network (LAN) and to increase fibre optic cable connectivity to boost communication networks and businesses in the County, added Lagat.
Speaking during Mashujaa day celebration held at Kapsabet Showground, Lagat, who was accompanied by his deputy governor Dominic Biwott and his County Executive Members, used the opportunity to recognize and celebrate renowned heroes and heroines in the County, led by the athletes who have continuously posted outstanding performance both in the international and regional competitions and thus placing the County as the best Sports – tourism destination, ‘’As we mark this day I cannot forget to mention our heroes and heroines; our sportsmen and sportswomen who continue to put our Country and County in the global map, we salute you all! you are our Mashujaa’’ he added
On his part deputy governor Dominic Biwott praised the athletes for the great milestone achievements, adding that a major celebration befitting the athletes will be held in their honour.
Other heroes and heroines that were recognized during the occasion were Koitalel Samoei, the great legendary leader who liberated the Nandi community from the British colonial government, famous political and religious leaders like the late Bishop Alexander Muge, Jean Marie Seroney, Jelagat Mutai among others.Institutions of learning that have excelled in academics and sports namely Kapsabet Boys High school and East and Central Africa volleyball champions Kosirai girls received special mention.
And as the Country heads to the next year’s general election, governor Lagat and his deputy set to assure the residents that they will not renege on their pre –election pledges, citing the development record they have set three and half years they have been in power, among them initiation and completion of various projects in the County. Notably, construction of staff units at Kapsabet County Referral hospital, revival of cattle dips, revamping of Kaimosi ATC, unveiling of subsisized AI services, revamping of Kaimosi ATC, opening up and grading of feeder roads, purchase of specialized treatment equipment, construction of two stadia of Kipchoge Keino in Kapsabet and Nandi Hills, construction and employment of ECDE centres and caregivers, adoption of an automated revenue system, completion of various water projects, and the purchase of firefighting engines.
At the same time the two County leaders lashed at some of the gubernatorial aspirants whom they said had to developmental agenda for the residents, further urging the residents to vote them a second term to fully accomplish their mandate.The day’s celebrations was attended by hundredths of residents among other guest.
TEXT OF SPEECH DELIVERED BY H.E DR CLEOPHAS LAGAT, GOVERNOR, NANDI COUNTY DURING THE 53RD MASHUJAA DAY CELEBRATIONS AT KAPSABET SHOW GROUNDS
Fellow Kenyans and residents of Nandi County, I am greatly honoured to join you as we celebrate and commemorate Mashujaa day. This day reminds us of the struggles and efforts made by our fellow countrymen, who sacrificed their lives and efforts for the prosperity of this nation. It is indeed a great honour to our great forefathers who fought tirelessly and fearlessly to liberate us from the yoke of colonialism namely; Jomo Kenyatta and patriotic contemporaries and later Bishop Alexander Muge, Jean Marie Seroney and Jelagat Mutai who kept the torch of freedom burning.
For Nandi County, it is special day since we are privileged to be part of the history of the liberation struggle in our Country. It is through our renowned and great Nandi leader Koitalel arap Samoei that our County lives to be remembered in the annals of history. Nandi people suffered in the hands of the British colonialist, many were tortured, deported, maimed and killed, their property destroyed, all for the sake of our freedom. It is in this regard, that my Administration is pursuing to address the issue of historical injustices meted on them. As we speak the process has kicked off and we have hired the best legal minds to pursue this issue to the best of its conclusion. We are optimistic that in the end justice will be served for these heinous atrocities and injustices that our people underwent.
Ladies and gentlemen,
As we mark this day, I cannot forget to mention our modern day heroes and heroines; our sportsmen and sportswomen who continue to put our Country and County in the global map. First, I take this opportunity to congratulate all our athletes who performed well in recent Rio Olympics 2016 and Chicago Marathon, namely Jemimah Sumgong, Eliud Kipchoge, Consenslus Kipruto, You tube athlete Julius Yego and Abel Kirui, Dickson Chumba respectively, among many others. We are extremely proud of your achievements and for hoisting our national flag high. Their achievements are indeed a testimony to the fact that Nandi County is the Source of Champions. Similarly, we are greatful to be home of world famous champions, like Kipchoge Keino, Pamela Jelimo, Wilfred Bungei, Janet Jepkosgei, Wilson Kipketer, Naftali Bon, Teclar Chemwabai, Priscah Jeptoo among others; congratulations all for keeping our County’s glory as the Source of Champions, you will always remain our mashujaas.
And to all our unsung heroes and heroines, our parents who struggle to meet schools fees for their children, our great businessmen and businesswomen who struggle to sustain our economy, to our farmers who feed us, doctors who save our lives, our gallant soldiers and police officers who have put their lives in the fore to protect this country, and all Kenyans who struggle everyday to make ends meet, we salute you all!
My fellow Citizens
As we mark four years since the inception of devolution, may I express my gratitude to you, the residents of this great County for your prayers and continued support to the entire leadership. Despite the challenges which have always stood on our way, we have remained steadfast and determined to accomplish our goals. I am happy to report that devolution in Nandi County is in the right direction. My Government has been on a steady and meaningful transformative agenda to change and improve the lives of our residents. As you are aware, two months ago a team from Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) led by its Chair Mr Micah Cheserem, visited our County on a fact – finding mission and to check on the progress of devolution. The report by the commission did underscore the great developments and the positive impact that our great County is undergoing. I share the findings of the report and I assure Nandi County residents that the report captures the real situation of our County. Moving forward, I have no doubt that we are going to implement all our pre- election pledges and goals as contained in Nandi County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) before the next general election.
Ladies and gentlemen,
May I now highlight my Administration achievement for the past three and half years,
On agriculture which is the backbone of our economy and source of livelihood, My Government has committed to ensure that the sector remains a top priority. To this far, we have renovated and revived several cattle dips across the County as part of our measures to keep livestock diseases at bay. Through the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, a routine vaccination and diseases surveillance is being conducted to prevent and control the spread of these diseases. Further, in an effort to improve our breeds and increase milk production we have rolled out subsidized AI services for our farmers. We have purchased 10 Doper rams to upgrade the breed of the local sheep. To commercialize poultry, we have purchased 10 incubators which have since been distributed to various groups including Women, Youth and People Living with Disabilities in the County. And to ensure food security in our County, we have embarked on boosting the production of other crops like bananas, macadamia, potatoes and avocados.
Additionally, we are reviving the coffee sector by distributing over 140, 000 seedlings of coffee to various coffee cooperatives in the County. This initiative is geared towards increasing the production of coffee berries, as a foundation for setting up coffee milling plant in the County.
Further, we have devoted resources to revamp Kaimosi Agricultural Training Centre to transform the institution into a modern centre for training for our farmers in the latest agri –business technology and practises. Moreover, we have also operationalized the four ShoMap markets namely; Kibyok, Labuiywo, Kaptumo and Serem. I urge our farmers to utilize these facilities to market their agricultural produce.
Provision of good and quality Health services to the residents have tremendously improved. So far, we have managed to accommodate atleast 40 staff members within Kapsabet County Referral Hospital after the completion of the construction of staff housing units. Additionally, our response to emergencies has greatly been boosted after we acquired state – of – the – art ambulances. Consequently, there has been remarkable reduction in maternal and child mortality rates. At this, juncture may I extend my appreciation to the First Lady Mama Margaret Kenyatta for her campaign to end child mortality and to ensure safe delivery by expectant mothers in this Country. Nandi is greatful to be a beneficiary of one of the beyond Zero mobile clinics.
Further, My Government has undertaken an initiative to construct 20 maternity wings across the County. These maternity units are in various stages of completion and soon they will be operational. With the collaboration of National government Medical Equipment Scheme (MES) we have acquired specialized medical equipment like MRI, Digital X – Rays, Medical Imaging and Ultra Sound, Which are being installed at Kapsabet County Referral Hospital and Nandi Hills County hospital. Together with this intervention, we have ensured that medical drugs are availed in all our 148 health facilities across the County.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Education remains a key and integral requisite for our socio – economic transformation and development. It is for this reason that My Government has been keen to ensure the sector got all the necessary support. It is worth mentioning that we have constructed 20 vocational training centres, six twin workshops and 118 Early Childhood Development and Education centres (ECDE). In addition, we have employed over 824 ECDE caregivers and 33 polytechnic instructors. We are in the process of employing more caregivers so that all our children can have a good foundation in their learning.
Following the enactment of the Nandi County Education Fund (NACEF), disbursement of bursaries to needy students is set to begin. Already, the disbursement committee has been identified and I urge all the residents of Nandi County to fully participate in the identification of the beneficiaries of the Fund.
I am also happy to report that Nandi County will finally have its first public University, Koitalel Samoei University of Nandi. Already, a tender advertisement inviting bidders for the construction of the infrastructural facilities for the University at Nandi Hills has been issued. A precise date for the laying of the foundation stone by President Uhuru Kenyatta will be communicated soon. I urge the residents of Nandi to grab the opportunities and potentials that the institution will provide.
Provision of clean and safe water remains the top priority of My Administration. So far we have successfully completed 80 out of 150 water projects we are undertaking across the County. We have also installed a new technology of Ramp Pump at Kimaren and Mosoriot. The technology is imported from New Zealand and is the only one in our County and Africa. It is cost effective since it is not powered by electricity or fuel. We are making arrangements to avail more of these Ramp Pumps to many areas of our County to boost water supply to our homes.
Land is an important asset and more importantly a basic need that we all require to invest. It is for this reason that My Government in conjunction with the National government have issued tittle deeds to our residents who have been searching for these valid documents in vain for long. We are not going to relent in this endeavour until all our residents get land ownership documents.
In addition, we are now finalizing on establishing a major dumpsite in Kapsabet town. This will go a long way in easing the perennial drainage issues that have bedevilled the town. Plans are underway to modernize the water supply and sanitation for Kapsabet and its environs.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
As you are aware, proper infrastructural development is an ingredient for any meaningful development in promoting economic growth. My Administration has purchased road construction and maintenance machinery. We have opened up and graded over 2000km of feeder roads, of these 1500km have been gravelled.
Further, we have also purchased two state -of – the -art fire fighting engines, which have significantly enhanced our response to fire accidents and reduced possible damages to our properties and losses to the business community.
We are glad to report the increase in investor confidence in Kapsabet and Nandi Hills towns in the past three and half years. This positive development is witnessed through the mushrooming of many high – rise commercial buildings and the booming enterprises. These, my fellow residents are the fruits of devolution. I assure the entrepreneurs in this County of my total support in their endeavours.
To enhance and promote the business community, we are soon integrating technology to tap into the vast growing global village market. In this regard, the two major towns of Nandi Hills and Kapsabet have been connected to the fibre – optic cable. We are also collaborating with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology to install Local Area Networks (LAN) in other parts of our County.
For efficiency and effectiveness in our revenue collection, we have adopted an automated revenue system, thus becoming one of the few Counties to embrace the technology. In addition, we have also automated acquisition of trading licenses. These are the great measures we have bolstered to enhance and make our County an investment destination hub for our investors.
Nandi County continue to dominate the world sphere of sports, both in the field and track competition courtesy of our sons and daughters, who have never disappointed us. As earlier mentioned, we pride ourselves in their achievements and for making our County to be known in the world. Our efforts to position and brand Nandi County as the top Sports Tourism destination in the global map, has been made easier by our athletes who continue to market us abroad.
We are proud to be naturally endowed with the best altitudes for athletics training and environment, and I welcome athletes from other parts of this Country and abroad who wish to come and train here. As a government, we are committed in supporting our athletes. My Administration is constructing two training facilities to nurture and support our sportsmen and sportswomen namely; Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Kapsabet which is at its second phase of construction and Nandi Hills Stadium. Upon completion, we expect that the stadia will be equipped with the modern training facilities.
At this juncture, allow me to recognize and extend my sincere appreciation to our esteemed partners in the sector, who have always been supportive to our athletes through organizing of annual marathons. Notably, Sameer Group of Companies (Nandi Tea Limited), KASS Media Group and Ndalat Gaa Cross Country organizers. I invite other partners to emulate them and join us in this journey to position and cement our County’s tittle as the SOURCE OF CHAMPIONS.
As I conclude, I take this opportunity on behalf of the County leadership, the residents and all the education stakeholders in our County to wish all our form four and standard eight candidates’ success in their forthcoming exams!
MAY GOD BLESS YOU
MAY GOD BLESS NANDI COUNTY
AND HAPPY MASHUJAA DAY
Residents of Nandi today thronged Koitalel samoei Mausoleum in Nandi Hills town to commemorate the death of Nandi legendary leader Koitalel Arap Samoei who was brutally killed by the British.
The residents led by Nandi County governor Dr Cleophas Lagat honoured Koitalel in a colourful celebrations .
Koitalel Arap Samoei was killed in 19th October 1905 .
It was colour and pomp at the event held outside Koitalel musoleum as traditional prayers and dances that brought together the Nandi community were held during the ceremony.
Nandi county governor Dr Cleophas Lagat said that his government is pursuing the British government for compensation for the atrocities they committed.Adding that the County has already constituted a legal team to represent Nandi community at the international courts.
Nandi county attorney Mr George Tarus said that the marking of 111 years since the brutal killing of Koitalel Samoei is very significant because the Nandi community resisted the British for 11years.
Kipchoge chomu , Koitalel Samoei grandson said that the Talai community were tortured, forcefully evicted from their land, killed and lost their property, and therefore they should be compensated just like the Maumau. Chomu wondered why the British government were selective in their compensation.Adding that that Mashujaa day would not be complete without honouring Koitalel arap samoei, “The history of this country is distorted because much focus has been given to heroes who fought for independence at the expense of those who resisted the establishment of colonial rule in Kenya” he added.
He urged the government to remember the suffering of Nandi people through Koitalel samoei and his lineage. Reiterating all will not be well until the British government compensates them for suffering that they were subjected to including murder, rape and deportation.
Citing the longest political detainee Mr Barsian arap Manyei who was detained for 40years(1922-1967).The celebration of Koitalel Samoei comes day ahead of Mashujaa day celebration.Koitalel is considered as a great heroe and legendary leader among the Nandi community, famous for his prophecies and for leading the longest reistance against the British colonial government.