News Categories: Administration, Public Service and e-Government

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 2

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 4

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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05 Mar
By: Phoebe Jeruto 2

ROLL OUT OF HMIS AND BIO-METRIC REGISTRATION TO SUB-COUNTIES AS KAPSABET REAPS FROM THE SAME AUTOMATION

 

County’s department of Administration, public service and e-Government is working towards automating  Service delivery across all the departments in the county. It has recently integrated technology into human resources management and health management among other key Service areas.

ICT team led by Chief Officer Jonathan Misoi  checking on the available Infrastructure at Nandi Hills Hospital

 

The automation of the recruitment process and employees management is championed with the roll out of Human Resource Management System integrated with Health Management Information System (HMIS) as a bigger number of county employees are based in the department of Health Services.

This has necessitated bio-metric registration and personnel information verification of all the the county employees. This exercise is ongoing  subsequently in all sub counties and currently done in Nandi hills Sub-county.

Today the Chief Officer for ICT and e-Government Jonathan Misoi, together with his counterpart in charge of Administration & Public Service- Philip Towett, a representative from County Public Service Board Daniel Mwogoi and the ICT directors visited Nandi hills sub county hospital.

They were checking the ongoing progress of the  bio-metric registration. The team also assessed the preparedness of the facility ahead of the roll out of HMIS which is currently operational.

The system has immensely transformed service delivery in Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

Chief Officer for ICT Jonathan Misoi, addressing the team on the HMIS system.

 

 

During the visit, Chief Officer to Administration and Public Service Philip Towett, pointed out the anticipation of improved performance, productivity and the overall effectiveness in the delivery of services.

This will enhance better management and planning strategies brought about with automation spearheaded by County’s ICT sub sector.

Philip Towett, Chief Officer for Administration addressing a team from the  Public Service Management.

 

 

Misoi highlighted that with success of this technological transformation across all county departments, the citizens can be assured of service delivery brought about with the efficiency in operations, management and mobilization of available resources.

The team touring and assessing the Nandi Hills hospital in preparation of HMIS roll out.

 

 

He added that most departments are currently enjoying the success brought about by automation. Apart from HMIS and HRMS other systems are currently in place.

Useful systems such as County Call Center program, Asset and Inventory management, Revenue system with self service business registration portal, Bursary system, Fleet Management system, DigiFarm &DigiCow and County Projects Management System will soon be rolled out.

 

 

Ongoing bio-metric registration and verification at Nandi Hills Hospital

 

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27 Feb
By: Raymond Kemboi 1

KAMWEGA COMMUNITY SEEKING RESOLUTIONS TO THEIR SETTLEMENT BOUNDARIES

The Kamwega community settlement were today at the Nandi County Secretary’s office to seek resolution into the boundaries wrangles between them and Kenya Forest Service (KFS). In a meeting which brought together The County Secretary Dr Francis Sang, Kaptel/Kamoiwo ward MCA Mr Willy Maru, Lands Environment, Natural Resources and Climate Change Chief officer Mr Solomon Mangi’ra and the KFS, the community through their representatives claimed that KFS has gone against their rights by destroying their households and other properties in what they (KFS) term as restoring the forest.

Furthermore, they alleged that the KFS has been conducting restoration exercise forcefully referring to the incident on last Saturday where the officers allegedly ordered the community to vacate their households. According to the community the KFS officers carried on with the exercise despite a case on the on the same land being before the Land and Environment court.

On their part the Kenya Forest Service maintain that they only carried out the exercise on the settlements with no cases in the court, sentiments which were strongly opposed by the community.

Finally the County Secretary pleaded with the two parties to down their claims and allow the court to carry out the process of finding the verdict asking the KFS to hold the restoration exercise until the ruling is made. They agreed to bury their difference so as to pave the way for the court ruling on the matter.

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27 Feb
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

PROGRESS ASSESSMENT OF KAPSABET MUNICIPALITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Kapsabet municipality is currently undertaking development Projects in area covered by the municipality. Among these projects include the construction of Non-motorized transport facility which comprises of passenger walkway and athletic racing track, street lighting and installation of high masts, construction of jua kali shades & market stalls and extension of sewer lines.

The team assessing a section of the walkway along Kapsabet Boys high school.

These World Bank funded projects were tendered in two (2) lots and awarded to South Pole Construction Company and Vela Limited. The projects are due for completion and therefore the project implementation Committee is keenly tracking the progress for successful and timely completion of these projects.

 

Today members of this Committee together with the contracting companies and other stakeholders met to check on progress reports as well as assessing the current status of these projects. They also had an opportunity to visit the sites for the racing track along Namgoi- Chebarbar route and walkway between Namgoi and Kamobo.

CO Philip Towett speaking during the meeting

Present in this meeting were:The Chief Officer for Administration and public service- Philip Towett, the leadership of Kapsabet Municipality, County engineers from roads, water and public works, representatives from KPLC Kapsabet Brunch, a member from ICT Authority in charge of Fibre connectivity in Kapsabet and Engineers from the contacting companies.

Jeremiah Koech- from KPLC speaking during the meeting

Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Towett pointed out the need for close monitoring and regular assessment of these projects to ensure good quality works to completion of the projects. According to the Municipal manager, David Sum, the projects are conditionally funded and the municipality is therefore working towards ensuring prudent use and successful implementation of the projects which determines award of the next funding.

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