The Department of Lands, Environment and natural resources is an important department whose mandate revolves around capitalization of land, environmental conservation and proper utilization of natural resources. Nandi County is rich in all these aspects. My focus is on enhancing the departments mandate as outlined in the Governor’s manifesto.
Water provision remains my top agenda going forward and it is for this reason that my Department will carry out mapping of all water resources within Nandi County.
We will develop a Nandi County Water Provision Master Plan that will guide identification and building of viable water projects.
This will improve access to portable and clean water to the residents of Nandi County from the current 26% to 40% by 2022.
I will further liaise with the National Government to speed up the construction of
Keben water project that when complete, will serve the residents of Nandi Hills and Kapsabet.
For our environment, we will work towards increasing the forest cover from the current 24% to 30% by 2022.
This will be achieved through promotion of community tree nurseries that are owned by own Youth, Women and People with disabilities.
I endeavor to promote participatory forest management which ensures community involvement in the management of forests within Nandi County and the accruing benefits.
My department will work hand in hand with farmers to ensure that we put up a County Tree Nursery Management Centre that will train farmers on better tree management techniques.
My department has recognized the need of partnering with other stakeholders and development partners for effective service delivery and so far, we have a number of partners who include Water Sector Trust Fund, Food and Agriculture Organization, European Union, Lake Victoria Environment Management Programme among others.
In partnership with the County Assembly, I intend to develop a legislation that will guide and address matters of environment, water, climate change; physical planning and land issues Most of the urban areas in the County are unplanned and thuds will spearhead the formulation of Nandi County Spatial Plan to guide developments.
The department will ensure proper planning of Mosoroit, Kaptumo, Chemundu, Kabiyet, Chepsonoi, Maraba, kobujoi and Kaiboi among others.
To address the plight of squatters, I will soon commence the survey and titling of Tartar Farms, Kapsabet Swahili village, Kiboswa Trading centre, Romorio Farm,Kipkaren Sallient(Laboret), Orkokit farm and Kiptegat farm.
Going forward, justice for the Talai, Terik and other communities affected by historical land injustices must be achieved.