News Categories: Finance and Economic Planning

02 May
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

COUNTY ADOPTS ‘CIMES’ FOR THE SUCCESSFUL REALIZATION OF COUNTY OBJECTIVES

The Constitution of Kenya requires adherence to principles of good governance and transparency in all areas of service delivery through monitoring and evaluation of policies, programs and projects.

County Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation system(CIMES), which replicates the National Integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System by the National Treasury and Planning, is a tool that guides the Counties in the effective Monitoring and Evaluation(M&E) of County policies, programs and projects for the realization of the objectives. It therefore help in assessing the status and progress of projects and programs thus resulting in timely achievement of the set targets.

Today, the County department of Finance and Economic Planning together with the State Department of Planning held a stakeholders meeting on successful and effective implementation of CIMES in the County. Among the stakeholders were: County Government Officials, Deputy County Commisioner,National Government officials, MCAs in the Budget and appropriation committee, Representatives of Women, Youth, PWDs and Economists from the National Treasury and Planning.

The economists from National Treasury and Planning lead by Richard Munyithia and Elizabeth Wamalwa were able to give guidelines for implementation of CIMESand also review the county status on Monitoring and evaluation.

While speaking during the event, The Deputy Governor, Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot said that M&E is key in successful implementation of county function as well measuring performance. She therefore called upon the departments to follow the guidelines articulated in CIMES and ensure result oriented and timely completion of projects.

The Chief Officer for Economic Planning, Felix Sambu, who was also in the forum pointed out the department’s great focus in the successful implementation of County integrated Monitoring and Evaluation System (CIMES) through the extension of County M&E structure down to the Ward level.

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26 Apr
By: Cornelius Kipkoech 0

COUNTY ENGAGES RESIDENTS IN THE BUDGETING PROCESS THROUGH COUNTY-WIDE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION EXERCISE.

Good public participation practices helps governments to be more accountable and responsive to the community needs as it provides a consultative framework  between the government and its public. 

Public participation on formulation of County budget estimates for financial year 2019/2020 has been conducted across the county in order to allow resident weigh in  to the  draft Budget Policy Document ahead of the official presentation to the County assembly of Nandi on 14th June 2019 for debate and adoption .

In Kobujoi Ward in Aldai Sub-County, residents of the Vast Constituency scrutinize the document before openly giving opinions of what they deemed as priorities in County Government programs in the next fiscal cycle.

In Nandi Hills Sub-County, members of the public were also treated with an opportunity to decide on priorities they wished to be captured in the budget Policy document where they cited specific  projects that they needed to be alocated funds in the incoming budget estimates.  It emerged residents of the  dominant Tea growing Constituency wanted water projects, roads, health Centres and ECD projects be allocated funds as a their priorities in the 2019/2020 budget.

They also wanted the completion of several projects within Nandi Hills Town be allocated funds in so that the town is Boosted to better status

Other Constituencies that members of the public gave their input include Tindiret, Chesumei, Emgwen and Mosop where citizens expressed their confidence int the budget making process.

Reidents of Emgwen Sub County during the public participation in Chepkumia ward of Thursday.

Budget documents were provided by County Economists who provided budget information in simplified formats and where local dialect were in some instances used to enhance understanding by all and sundry as required by law.

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26 Apr
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

COUNTY CAPACITY ASSESSMENT (CCA) BY AHADI PUTS NANDI AT THE TOP

County Capacity Assessment (CCA) is an initiative of Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) with the aim of establishing Capacity gaps and needs for service delivery in the counties. It also identifies the existing capacity strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for performance. This is meant to promote transparent, accountable and effective service delivery and responsive governance systems.

AHADI has been conducting surveys in 22 counties on County Capacity Assessment (CCA) and development. The surveys aim at identifying and addressing governance processes and capacity challenges that impact service delivery and effective implementation of devolution.

The major focus areas in these CCA surveys are: Human resource and administrative procedures; public participation; monitoring, evaluation and reporting; financial expenditure and procurement; county planning and budgeting and intercounty relations.

A number of surveys have been conducted previously namely CCA1 in 2016 and CCA2 in 2017 with Nandi performing at 64% and 72% respectively. While giving their CCA3 Survey Report today to the Department of Economic planning, County directors and sub county administrators, the consultants from AHADI pointed out the great improvement by the County in Capacity development and performance as per CCA3 survey done in 2018.

CCA 3 survey report sees Nandi County performing at 82%. The key functions which have performed well include intercounty relations; procurement; monitoring, evaluation and reporting; planning and budgeting; human resource and administrative structures. The success is attributed to the successful reforms by Nandi Governor Governor H.E Stephen Sang and the proper procedures in project implementation.

The Chief Officer for Economic planning, Felix Sambu, present during the CCA3 survey report presentation applauded the departments that have contributed to the success. He further added that the department of Economic Planning is working towards strengthening monitoring evaluation function across all the sectors so as to track performance and obtain feedback for effective service delivery.

CCA 3 survey aimed at finding out whether there are proper systems and procedures are in place. The County Government of Nandi is therefore working on the key weakness areas in preparation for CCA 4 survey which will be conducted before the end of this year.

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17 Apr
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

COUNTY TREASURY SEEKS PUBLIC VIEW ON 2019/2020 BUDGET ESTIMATES

The County’s department of Finance and Economic is seeking for Citizens’ view on the formulation of County budget estimates for FY 2019/2020.

Having taken the County Fiscal Strategic Paper through the public and the County Assembly, it has developed departmental budget estimates. The County Treasury has therefore organized for public Participation fora to give the citizens an opportunity to give their views in all the sub counties on Thursday 25th April 2019 as from 10.00 am.

The venues are as follows:

√ Tinderet sub county meet at Maraba Sub County Offices and Mberere;

√ Nandi Hills sub county meet at Nandi Hills town hall and Ndubusat Dispensary;

√ Aldai Sub county meet at Kobujoi Catholic hall and Kaptumo Social Hall;

√ Emgwen sub county meet at St. peters Catholic Kapsabet and St. Roberts Catholic church Arwos;

√ Chesumei Sub county meet at Chief’s Camp Chemundu and D.O’s office grounds Mosoriot;

√ Mosop Sub county meet at Kabiyet Social Hall and D.O’s office kipkaren.

The members of the public are therefore called upon to attend these fora so that they may be informed, give their opinions and be part of the decision making in this part.

On the same day, the department will also be sensitizing the public to pay their land rates and plot rents as one of the major sources of local revenue. An increase in local revenue increases the allocation from the national government, therefore resulting in more funds to be allocated for development in the county.

A copy of the advert on The Daily Nation dated 17th April 2019.

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28 Feb
By: Phoebe Jeruto 1

KENYA DEVOLUTION SUPPORT PROGRAM MEDIUM TERM REVIEW

Today the Consultants from Ministry of Devolution and planning visited Nandi County for the medium term review on the implementation of Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP). This involves performance assessment and measure of outcome on the use of KDSP conditional grants financed by World Bank.
KDSP provides two levels of conditional grants to the counties that attain the minimum access conditions.These grants are: Performance Grant meant to assist counties undertake capital projects and the Capacity Grant meant to build capacities to counties on identified key result areas (KRAs).
These  KRAs identified under the capacity grants for implementation in Nandi county include: Public finance management; planning, monitoring and evaluation; human resource management; civic education and public participation; investment implementation, social and environmental performance.
The proper implementation of this program in the five Key Result Areas mention above helps strengthen capacity of the county to improve delivery of devolved services.
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11 Jan
By: Remmy Butia 0

REGIONAL BLOC OUTLINES ITS PLANS AS SUMMIT COMES TO A CLOSE

Lake Region Governors have resolved to finalize plans to set up a Regional Bank as part of their joint development approach.

Addressing the media after the 4th LREB summit in Kisii County, the Governors announced that they had finalized drafting of the LREB joint venture agreement in consultation with the Controller of Budget and the Attorney general.

They also expressed optimism that 10 counties that have not passed the LREB Bill would do so before March. The Bill is in various stages of legislation. The County Assemblies of Kakamega, Kisumu, Kisii and Migori have so far ratified the LREB Bill 2018.

The Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASAL Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, who was accompanied by his Principal Secretary Charles Sunkuli, confirmed that his Ministry had initiated the process for development of the National Policy on Regional Economic Blocs. Already, the public participation on the County Regional Blocs policy for LREB is complete.

The Governors have also resolved that they will jointly work towards improving Inter-County roads to benefit their people.

On the Sugar Sector Revival, the Joint National Government and LREB Task Force on Sugar Sector is in its final phase of fact finding. The task force will be holding consultative meetings and stakeholders fora from January 15, 2019 and 16-19 January, 2019 respectively.

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19 Nov
By: Phoebe Jeruto 0

Celebrating African Statistics Day.

Nandi County joins the rest of Kenya and Africa as a whole in celebrating the African statistics day which is celebrated annually on 18th November. This day is meant to raise public awareness on the importance of statistics in all aspects of socioeconomic and environmental life. The theme for this year is “High quality official statistics to ensure transparency, good governance and inclusive development”. This emphasizes on role of statistics in addressing transparency, good governance and inclusive socio-economic development in our daily life. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) established by the Statistics act of 2006 are responsible for the development of statistics at the national and county levels.

KNBS does this by establishes standards and promote use of best practices in production and dissemination of statistical information through its five directorates comprising of population and social statistics, macroeconomic statistics, production statistics, statistical coordination and corporate services. The directorate of population and social statistics is going to conduct the Kenya Population and Housing Census in August 2019 and is therefore urging Kenyans to support and participate in the census process when called upon. These census results assist in formulating evident based decisions and guides the government in resource allocation. The bureau will recruit personnel to assist in data collection two months prior to August 2019 and the public is therefore advised to ignore any other information on recruitment appearing before June 2019.

Today’s celebration held at Kapsabet municipal hall was graced by representatives from both the national and county government. Among those who attended are the Deputy County Commissioner-George Matundura, Chief Officer for Economic Planning-Felix Sambu, representatives from Kenya National bureau of statistics (KNBS), chiefs, assistant chief and the general public. The CO Mr. Sambu urged the public to voluntarily provide information to the authorized bodies when needed and assured that the information will be confidential. The deputy county commissioner on the other hand insisted on the use of accurate data and further pointed out that the statistical office at the county is free to give statistical data when needed. The users are also encouraged to use the products available from KNBS official website (www.knbs.or.ke).

High quality statistics are necessary in planning, monitoring, and implementation of development agenda. Nandi county government is partnering with the KNBS on ensuring the quality of information is achieved.  it also aspire to stand on equality irrespective of socio-economic status, respect and promote diversity as well as ensuring the development and social benefits are well  distributed putting in mind the marginalized groups. High quality official statistics enhance accountability, reduce and eradicate violence, improve quality of regulatory measures and as a result contribute to political stability.

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10 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi County celebrates The International Youth Week as opportunities for the youth are unveiled by Governor Stephen Sang

Unemployment is an alarming challenge that has seen educated youth waste away in so many struggles due to the limited job opportunities. The annual graduations that are highly celebrated, be they certificates, diplomas or degrees carry a lot of joy for excellence only for them to mutate into anxiety and restlessness soon after due to the limited job market. Youth end up taking any available opportunities to make ends meet.
The County Government of Nandi through various departments is intentional in addressing the challenges facing the youth in Nandi County.
As the International Youth Week comes to wrap up, the county government is set to unbundle the opportunities that seek to improve the state of the youthful population. The Department of Public Service has unveiled 400 internship opportunities for the youth across the county. This is in line with Governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto that pledged to create internship opportunities for the youth so as to enable them acquire the necessary skills and experience as they enhance their professional growth.

The opportunities that do not require any past working experience is open to any youth with a certificate, diploma or degree from a reputable institution. This will ensure that skilled and deserving youth who may not have had an opportunity to work after their schooling get a chance to work and acquire the required experience as they also serve Nandi County. The interns will be paid a stipend of between Ksh. 8,000 and Ksh. 12,000. Applications can be done through <a href=”https://interns.nandi.go.ke”/> https://interns.nandi.go.ke .

The Department of Education on the other has also opened opportunities for 800 ECD teachers whose successful applicants will have an opportunity to serve for at least three years. The opportunities are spread across all wards in the county as listed in the advert here https://www.nandi.go.ke/downloads-2

Among other opportunities set for the youth on this day include enhancement of the 30% Access to Government Procurement Opportunities. Most youth with start-up companies lack capital even after winning the tenders thus affecting the quality of works done. In a bid to bridge this gap, the county government is set to sign an MoU with Youth Enterprise Development Fund so as to increase the uptake of tenders by youths in the various county departments, and linking up with institutions that provide youth friendly loans for LPOs and LSOs.

On to top of this, the county government is heading towards Performance Based Contracting that enable the youth organize themselves and benefit from the County Government’s funds for maintenance of roads in each ward by performing tasks such as bush clearing, drainage opening, installing culverts etc. Contracts under this program will run for a period not less than 1 year and not more than 3 years.The youth has a role in protecting the environment.

The Department of Youth in conjunction with that of Environment is set to offer youth opportunities to benefit from being engaged in planting trees, establish nurseries and supply the seedlings to the county government under an agreed framework.

Among other programs are entrepreneurial training and start-up support, sponsorship for training and acquisition of technical skills and opportunities for scholarships and sponsorship’s based on talent where the county government will identify, exploit and support in the development of youth talent while engaging stakeholders who can extend scholarship opportunities for such talents.

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17 Jul
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi County’s Big 4 picks momentum

A committee chaired by Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei that is tasked with the process of aligning the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) with that of the National Government’s Big Four agenda held a meeting to deliberate on the structure that is going to guide and align county’s agenda with the National’s agenda of the Big Four.

The County Government of Nandi is seeking to seize and leverage on this timely opportunity and fit in the national government’s plans as it strives to transform lives through manufacturing, Agriculture, affordable housing and universal healthcare.

The County Government has allocated resources for some of the flagship projects in the Financial Year 2018/2019 so as to ensure timely and smooth impleme ntation

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