News Categories: Administration, Public Service and e-Government

23 Jul
By: Caren Towett 6

NATIONAL COHESION AND INTEGRATION COMMISSION HOLD A CONSULTATIVE FORUM WITH THE COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD

Leveraging diversity among county employees helps to create programs and services that meet the diverse needs of a county government.

By cultivating a diverse workforce, employees are able to bring ideas on critical in order to improve the lives of all its diverse residents achieve the sustainable development goals.

Today the National cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) convened a sensitization forum with the members of the county Public service board.

Public Service Board Members present during a meeting with NCIC at Municipal Hall in Kapsabet, Nandi County.

The main objective of the forum was to develop strategies that are geared towards ensuring inclusivity and compliance in the employment of the staff in the county with reference to the developed minimum standards and principles for recruitment to ensure inclusiveness and diversity at the county further disseminate the results of the audit of the ethnic composition of the staff.

Public Service Board Members following closely presentation presided by the NCIC.

Speaking during the forum, Commissioner Hon. Philip Okundi noted that the current composition of the staff is skewed towards the dominant community and urged the County Public Service Board to progressively improve on ensuring equal opportunities for all ethnic groups in terms of recruitment.

He emphasized on the need for the County Public Service Board in promoting national values and respect for diversity by ensuring that the gender inequality, marginalization and exclusion are addressed .

Okundi was accompanied by Kyalo Mwengi, Assistant Dir. Complaints, Legal and Enforcement, Catherine Gakuru, Assistant Dir. Investigations Mr. Kyalo Mwengi, Assistant Director, Complaints, Legal and Enforcement, NCIC Senior Legal Officer, Mr. Jackson Mwikamba.

Mr. Kyalo Mwengi, gave a presentation on the ‘Minimum Standards and Principles for Recruitment to Ensure Inclusiveness and Diversity at the County Level.

Mr. Kyalo Mwengi, giving a presentation on the ‘Minimum Standards and Principles for Recruitment to Ensure Inclusiveness and Diversity at the County Level.

He urged the county public service board to always strike a balance to ensure that there is equality during the employment process.

This is by ensuring that they adhere to the principle of equal opportunity and affirmative aimed at gender equity, persons from the marginal regions and people living with disabilities.

He also emphasized on the need to have open days by the County public service board to showcase their works and also sensitize the public on the recruitment processes in the public service.

The County Public Service Board members were encouraged to give equal opportunities in the process of recruitment to ensure inclusivity in appointments for all ethnic groups.

Nandi County Public Service Board CEO Jacob Sisey expressed his great satisfaction with the NCIC and its role in guiding institutions on what the Constitution and County Acts stipulates on ensuring inclusivity in the process of recruitments and appointment of public servants.

He thanked the NCIC team for the sensitization forum in that it had taught the members on the essences of diversity as a key objective in fostering national unity.

Sisey underscored that the county public service board has been able to demonstrate inclusivity and transparency by attaining the 30% of employment and fulfilling the affirmative action of the marginalized wards with the county and bearing in mind the people living with disabilities.

Daniel Mwogoi, chair of the public Service Board together with Irene Choge during the meeting at Municipal Hall in Kapsabet.

Present during the event were the board members, Irine Choge,Ezekiel Chemwor,Daniel Mwogoi,Member of County Assembly Osborn Komen, stella rutto member County Assembly Public Service Philister Maiyo,Deputy Director Administration and Nancy Jeruto Deputy Legal Officer,CPSB.

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13 Jul
By: Phoebe Jeruto 2

NANDI YOUTH TAKE UP 2700 JOB OPPORTUNITIES WITH THE INCEPTION OF KAZI MTAANI PROGRAMME.

Second phase of National Hygiene Programme, dubbed ‘Kazi Mtaani’, kicked off today in Nandi County. The programme, which had its first phase implemented in counties that were first affected by Covid-19, has now been rolled out to counties that did not participate in the first phase.

Section of the youth recruitment for the program

It is aimed at employing the youth  so as to alleviate their economic status amid the pandemic that has had many jobs lost. This initiative is also meant to improve the environment and the infrastructure in urban areas through activities that are coordinated by both the national and county governments.

County Commissioner, Kutswa Olaka, speaking during the launch

This program seeks to provide employment to low income earners especially the youth who often rely on daily wages that have since been affected by the socio-economic impact as a result of containment measures of Covid-19.

Members of Kazi Mtaani county Implementation committee

These opportunities targeted the residents of Municipalities’ informal settlements in every county. In Nandi, the program is based in Kapsabet Municipality while involving youths from areas of Kunurter, Namgoi, Eastview, Kamatargui, Kichinjio, Kokwet and Tilalwo.

County Secretary, Dr. Francis Sang planting a tree during the launch.

A total of 2700 youth and 90 supervisors have been successfully recruited from these areas with the work starting today for the next six months with up to eight (8) working hours daily. Among the activities to be carried out include access road improvement, cleaning, bush clearing, drainage works and maintenance of public amenities. The youth are also expected to conduct a beautification exercise of Kapsabet Municipality.

Kapsabet MCA, Hon. Fred Kipkemboi giving his address during the launch

Every participating youth will be paid a daily wage of Ksh. 455 and is expected to work for at least 11 working days a month. The Supervisors on the other hand will have a daily earning of Ksh. 505 working for at least 22 days in a month.

Speaking during the launch today at Kapsabet Town garden, the County Secretary, Dr. Francis Sang urged the youth to take up the opportunity and make proper use of their wages to improve their livelihoods.

The County Commissioner, Kutswa Olaka, in his address pointed out that the recruitment process that took place last week gave an opportunity to all applicants. He congratulated them for taking up such opportunities and further called for discipline and diligence while working.

CECM for Administration, Public Service and e-Government, Teresa Morogo giving her Remarks during the launch

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12 Jul
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

CALL FOR PROPER LAND USE PRACTICES FOR RESIDENTS OF TINDERET FOLLOWING PREVALENT MUDSLIDES

 

Mudslides has become rampant within the areas of Tinderet Sub-County due to the above normal rainfall currently experienced coupled with poor land use management along the escarpments.

In this regard the Chief Officer Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries- Wilson Lelei together with County Head of Disaster Management- Lorrine Cherono visited Kabiemit Sub-Location in Songhor/ Soba Ward where five (5) farmers had their land adversely affected by mudslide and crops destroyed.

The team assessing the affected area

Mr Lelei advised farmers to venture into planting of fruit trees and cover crops as an alternative source of income. Ms Cherono further encouraged them to plant environmentally friendly vegetation so as to maintain greenery and hold the soil along the slopes.

A section of Land affected by the mudslide

Further to this they joined the Chief Officer for Transport and Infrastructure-Jonah Biwott and other well-wishers who donated maize and clothing for relief support to the people of Taptengele Location who in the recent past have been victims of mudslide.

Chief Officer Jonah Biwott donating clothes

CO Wilson Lelei and Lorrine Cherono donating maize to one the affected residents

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03 Jul
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

Assessment of ICT Authority’s NOFBI Project Implementation In Nandi

The team at Ministry of Lands department.

In the journey towards digitizing all government operations and bridging the digital divide, fast and effective internet connectivity is key.

County Government of Nandi through the department of ICT and e-Government has been partnering with National Government’s ministry of ICT to enhance internet connectivity across all government offices.

This is achieved through the ICT Authority’s (ICTA) National Optic Fibre Backbone (NOFBI).

With most of the offices at Kapsabet now connected, the department is working hard to ensure that this connectivity is enhanced all the way to the Sub Counties and even to Ward offices.

The project aims at improving operations, efficiency in service delivery and to ease communication across all the departments both County and National government’s.

Today a team from the Ministry of ICT led by Pius Kama together with Kris Verspecht – Managing Director SoulCo Kenya visited the county to assess the status of the NOFBI project implementation.

SoulCo is ICTA’s contracted company for the implementation of NOFBI. The team managed to visit the County Commissioner’s office, County Government offices, Ministry of Lands and even the Kapsabet ICT centre.

The team at Kapsabet ICT Centre.

The completion of this project will be an enabler in the automation of all government operations, devolving services down to Ward levels, setting up of ICT hubs and incubation centres for the youth at the Sub-Counties and even providing internet access to the citizens. This brings services closer to them.

The team assessing the server room at the county headquarters.

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01 Jun
By: Kipsaro Boit 0

INTRODUCING NANDI FOCUS NEWSLETTER

The novel Covid-19 pandemic has certainly become unpredictable as the number of infections and deaths has increasingly affected the Country.

This has made the citizens to adjust to the measures that the Ministry of Health has set as a protective gear from contacting to the affliction.

As a County Government through the administration of Governor Stephen Sang, we are guaranteeing that the county has adhered to the gauges being set by the Ministry of Health.

Through this special edition, the County Government of Nandi through the Department of Health has purposely focused to package information and showcase to you what it has been doing in ensuring that Covid-19 is prevented.

We truly thank God that there is no case of Covid-19 being reported in the county. We pray that God continues to protect us.

However, we still affirm that you heed to the guidelines furnished by the Ministry of Health including social distancing, wearing of masks while in public places and ensuring that you wash your hands at all times.

We oblige our readers to get exclusive information on what the county has been doing in this special edition.

We have also pitched a website for you to for real time access to information at www.covid.nandicounty.go.ke. Our call Centre Nandi1548 is available 24/7 to handle any calls as regards Covid-19 and any other emergencies.

Apart form  this special edition, we have so far done a comprehensive coverage of the Department of Health in our first issue that can be accessed through www.nandicounty.go.ke/newsletters . The Newsletters will be giving detailed progress that the County Government of Nandi has made in different  departments. We shall be be giving an opportunity to organizations to contribute content and advertise on relevant newsletters. Watch out for our next newsletter covering the Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts next month.

Give us your feedback by commenting on this post or sending us a mail via info@nandicounty.go.ke or Call us on 1548.

God bless Nandi.

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01 Jun
By: Evans Sirma 0

TECHNOLOGIES FOR COVID-19 RESPONSE IN NANDI COUNTY

All over the world, various technologies are being tested and piloted as one of the means in which the spread of Covid-19 is going to be halted. Through ICT & e-Government, the county is not left behind in this effort and we are taking the lead as one of the Counties leveraging ICTs to, mitigate effects of Covid-19. According to the Chief officer ICT and e-Government, Mr. Jonathan Misoi, he noted the importance of using tech. He had this to say “Counties should take this difficult time to innovate and have new ways of doing things. Technologies going forward will be the new normal and I am doing all I Can to prepare both employees and citizens of Nandi County to jump to the bandwagon. At the end of this pandemic, most governments will be have moved on to be Digital Governments, and Nandi should be one of them”. 

ICT and e-Government will deliberately focus to package information and showcase to you what the County Government, led by our able Governor, Hon Stephen Araap Sang, together with the Health Department has been doing to prepare and put measures in place to ensure we are ready to join the fight against this novel virus. We thank God there has never been any case reported in our County so far, we pray that God continues to protect us. However, we still insist that you follow the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health including social distancing, wearing of masks while in public places and ensuring that you always wash your hands. We have put together a newsletter dubbed Nandi Focus, Special Edition. Download Here and get comprehensive information on what has been done towards this end. We have also put up a website for you to access information at www.covid.nandicounty.go.ke and our call centre 1548 is available 24/7 to handle any calls as regards Covid-19 and any other emergencies. Give us your feedback via info@nandicounty.go.ke or via the Call centre. We welcome you to check our next newsletter covering the Sports and Youth Affairs Sectors next Month. God bless Nandi.

In summary, the following are technologies and platforms being used at the County:

Surveillance and Contact tracing portal in partnership with AfyaRekod, Telkom. Residence in Nandi are urged to Dial *380*29#  or download AfyaRekod App from google store(register and use the Code: AR202061 as the organization referral code) and help the county with information that will help in response mechanisms and our healthcare workers will login from this link https://data.afyarekod.com/login or www.publichealth.nandicounty.go.ke 

Use of graphics and Videos to pass messages on our website and social media pages

 

  • Bulk Messaging to 77,000 Farmers on Covid through our Digifarm Platform with Safaricom.

 

  • Roll out of Nandi Afya Care (HMIS) at KCRH and soon all sub county hospitals, upgraded to do Covid Screening
  • Virtual Workplace for employees through Office365, Microsoft teams and our Robust Human Resource System.

Other systems helping staff during this period that has been implemented includes:

  • Nandi-Farm – Agricultural Management Information Systems in the Agriculture department. Already 77,000 farmers are in the platform. Beginning this week, extension officers will be registering and updating farmers details.
  •  DigiCow- A platform for veterinary and AI services already being piloted in Kabiyet

ICT sector remains in the forefront to implement technologies that will improve service delivery during Covid-19 and beyond. More platforms to be rolled in the coming weeks including Projects platform to help citizens get to know status of projects being undertaken by the county Government. Since services must continue and to ensure governors promises are met by the departments.

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05 May
By: Caren Towett 5

NANDI COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD SETS THE PACE BY CONDUCTING TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS

The county government of Nandi, through the Public Service Board has set the pace by becoming the first county among the forty seven (47) counties to conduct phone interviews through the already established Call Centre.

The decision to conduct the interviews via phone was arrived at by the County Public Service Board members following an advice by the Ministry of Health as one of the  preventive measures to reduces any chances of the spread of the novel Covid-19

A section of The Nandi County Public Service Board during the iterview

The phone interviews come after the Public Service Commission in conjunction with the Ministry of Health advertised 5500 positions of contractual health workers to stem the spread of Covid-19 that is already battering the global economy. The positions are drawn from nine (9) cadres of health personnel. The recruitment process, however, was done by the County Public Service Boards in different counties.

The Nandi County Public Service Board received 2165 applications for the various cadres as shared by the Public Service Commission. Out of this number, 530 successful candidates were shortlisted for the interviews scheduled for May 4 and 5 2020. Check www.nandicounty.go.ke/jobs . Successful applicants recruited under this category will be deployed within primary health care facilities within the County Government of Nandi.

Nandi County Public Service Board CEO Jacob Sisey expressed his great satisfaction with process explaining that board opted to use the call center as a platform to conduct the interviews because of the Covid -19 Virus which continues to affect the counties. He further stated that the phone calls interview we convenient and played a great role in removing the cost of transport and time spent by the applicants on the interview.

 

Mr, Jacob Sissey, Secretary and CEO of Nandi County Public Service Board

 

He is confident that through the online interviews, CPSB will be able to get the qualified persons based on the preset criteria that include; gender, regional balance, persons living with disabilities and the marginalized communities. Membership to a professional body and the applicants’ practical experience also played a key role in establishing the successful applicants.

Sisey underscored that going forward the public service board will embrace technology so as to ease the recruitment process to both the potential employees and the County Public Service Board. He further urged other counties to embrace technology in the public service roles during this era of globalization.

The County Secretary Dr. Francis Sang conveyed his approval on the telephone interview process saying the Call Centre has contributed immensely in undertaking such a very important task professionally and efficiently.

 

Irene Choge, Member of the Nandi County Public Service Board 

Ms. Irine Choge, a Public Service Board member expressed great satisfaction with the phone interviews, explaining that the interviews have made it  easy for the successful applicants because it saves time, the cost of transport and inconveniences caused by the the corona pandemic.

Nandi county not only remains as source of champions in the athletics, a bedrock for agriculture, advanced health care services but also a pace setter in the advancement and adoption of technology.

In March 2019, the County Government of Nandi set up a Call Centre with a toll free number 1548. This is a milestone project by the department of Information Communication Technology and E-government, with aim of promoting open governance and ensuring that citizens are engaged in the decision making within the county government.

The call Centre technology utilizes a voice over internet protocol which allows individual to interact over space and time

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25 Apr
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF ROAD NETWORK IN KAPSABET TOWN

The team touring the town

Kapsabet municipality is its initial stages for the implementation of the next phase of Municipality development projects geared towards improving road network within Kapsabet town.

Today the County department of Administration, public service and e-Government together with the leadership of Kapsabet municipality held a meeting with Consultants from University of Nairobi led by the Consultancy Manager, Stanley Ngache. This infrastructural consultancy will help the county in feasibility study, planning, design and costing ahead of the implementation of these road construction works.

Stanley Ngache (right) -Consultancy manager UON speaking during the meeting.

According to the CECM for Administration, Public Service and e-Government- Teresa Morogo, this project focuses on improving accessibility in town through re-carpeting and improving existing infrastructure, expansion and tarmacking of service lanes and parking space as well as improvement of drainage and pedestrian walkways.

CO, Philip Towett speaking during the meeting

The team also went round the town for site review of the areas for these constructions work, re-structuring and improvement of road network in Kapsabet town.

The major sited areas for tarmacking are the service lane from Kapsabet County Referral Hospital morgue through KCB bank, ICT centre all the way to keben; loop connecting town, slaughter house and the new jua kali shades; pavements and parking areas within the town, kokwet road, Citam road and surungai road.

A section of the visiting team during the meeting

The Chief Officer for Administration and Public Service management, Philip Towett highlighted that in carrying out environmental and social impact assessment, the is need to seek public view. “The department will always give the citizens an opportunity to give their view. With the current state regarding prevention of Corona virus spread, the team will use questionnaires for public participation.” He added.

The team assessing the roads to be tarmacked

The Municipal Manager, David Sum further called upon the citizens to support these projects to the end and also give room for the smooth implementation especially on the new back lanes in town and parking areas.

County’s principal Engineer, Eng. Hillary Koech giving his remarks during the meeting

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12 Mar
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

TECHNO-SKILL OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES IN NANDI

 

Nandi County through the ICT and e- Government department  has always endeavored to improve the technological know-how of its citizens especially the youth. Among the strategies geared towards achieving this is the roll out of the ICT Literacy program in Kapsabet ICT Centre and in  all the 14 vocational training Centers throughout the county.

EldoHub through NorthRift women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program together with Voluntary Service Organization (VSO) in partnership with the County’s ICT and e-Government is undertaking the initiative to roll out special training on ICT literacy skills for people living with disabilities. It centered  on improving digital literacy capabilities, entrepreneurship over the digital platform, critical thinking skills and training them in the effective and secure use of digital platforms.

Franklin Limo, ICT Director opening the training program

A team of trainers from EldoHub led by Sarah Chepwogen and Zipeta Nabwala visited the county to offer this training. In the program, the county in a bid to  support People Living With Disabilities, gave an opportunity to them at Kapsabet ICT Centre. Atleast 20 Students with hearing impairment got to be trained through sign language in today’s session.

Sara Chepwogen, Eldo Hub trainer demonstrating to students using sign language.

Present during the opening session , the County ICT Director , Franklin Limo said that the department is looking forward to such partnerships that give opportunities to the youth. “Such training opportunities impart skills that help them identify and create job opportunities for their economic boost”, added Mr. Limo.

A section of students during training.

Jane Muthoni, VSO representative-Nandi branch expressed her gratitude to the county government of Nandi for supporting and offering this opportunity to students living with disability.

Zipeta Nabwala- EldoHub trainer in a training session.

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11 Mar
By: Phoebe Jeruto 1

PLAN FOR NEXT KENYA URBAN SUPPORT PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS FOR KAPSABET MUNICIPALITY.

Kapsabet Municipality is in the progress of implementing the development Projects through its first funding awarded by World Bank.

These projects include the construction of the pedestrian walkway, racing track, street lighting, Jua kali shades, market stalls, ablution block at Kapsabet bus pack, a drainage system and installation of high masts.

It is now anticipating for the second funding and has started planning for the next development Projects. The proposed Projects are the improvement of the road network of approximately 3km within the town as well as the construction of an open-air market. This market is a makeshift in preparation of the modern market planned for the next subsequent funding.

Chief Officer for Administration and public service giving his remarks.

After public participation held on 29th October 2019, the public views were received and taken through a number of discussion with the stakeholders for deliberation on the scheduling and prioritization of these development projects. From the public participation, it was agreed that the Municipality will first improve the road network in town and later construct a modern market.

CECM, Teresa Morongo speaking during the meeting.

Today the leadership of Kapsabet Municipality held a Meeting with MCAs in Kapsabet Municipality for stakeholders identification and engagement plan as part of project identification and implementation.

Hon. Fred Kipkemboi(speaking)- MCA Kapsabet Ward

Among the stakeholders present were CECM for Administration public service and e-Government- Teresa Morongo, Chief Officer for Administration and Public Service- Philip Towett, the Municipal Manager-David Sum, MCA Kapsabet Ward- Hon. Fred Kipkemboi, MCA Kosirai Ward-Hon. Joshua Ngetich, MCA Kilibwoni Ward-Hon. Cynthia Muge, MCA Chemundu/ Kapng’etuny-Hon. Robert Kirwa, a representative of the Municipality board- Donald Koros, a representative from KURA- Eng. Limo, County Principal Engineer-Hillary Koech and the Deputy Municipal Manager- Isaiah Keter.

Eng. Limo from KURA- speaking during the meeting

This proposal will then be presented to the public again through public participation before its presentation to the County Assembly for approval.

Section of the team during the meeting

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