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13 Feb
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

ADDRESS BY GOVERNOR STEPHEN K. SANG DURING THE OPENING OF THE COUNTY ASSEMBLY OF NANDI 4TH SESSION ON FEBRUARY 13, 2020

Speaker of the County Assembly,

Honorable Members of the County Assembly,

Fellow Residents of Nandi County,

Members of the Fourth Estate,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to address you at the beginning of this Session after 2019 end year – as well as 2020- New Year – Recess. I am confident that Honorable Members have had a well-deserved recess and are now re-energized and ready to resume their legislative and oversight roles.

Hon. Speaker,

I believe the recess has provided Honorable Members an opportunity to spend quality time with the electorate so as to understand their needs with a view to representing them more effectively.
I would like therefore to start by formally wishing Honorable Members a very successful and prosperous New Year 2020.

I wish therefore to address a few successes as well as concerns that we have experienced in the first half of the 2019/2020 Financial Year.

Hon. Members,

As you are aware, we have had a challenge in regards to delay in disbursement of money by the Exchequer. The delays have made it almost impossible for us to run development projects and recurrent expenditures. Up-to date, we are yet to receive our allocation for the month of January. This has greatly affected service delivery and salary delays.
However, I wish to thank our county staff for their endurance as we sought to resolve the matter. As of today all our staff will start receiving their

January salary and I want to assure them that we are working on a plan to find a permanent solution to this.

Hon. Speaker,

The matter of pending bills has elicited a national concern with the National Treasury requiring all counties to settle pending bills in totality or face a freeze of funds. Other than bills that are currently being settled, I wish to indicate that a significant proportion of the bills shall fall due to once the ineligible Pending Bills Committee concludes its task at the end of this month. This amount will have to be budgeted for in its entirety in the Financial Year 2020-2021. I therefore request this house to get cognizance of this fact on the Budget Estimates FY 2020/21 will be presented to this house for approval.

Hon. Members,

Despite these financial challenges, we have continued to ensure our development projects are on course. For instance, our key flagship projects in the Health and Sanitation Department are progressing well. I am glad to report that the Mother and Child Hospital project at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital is way ahead of our schedule.

The phase two of the Sh409-million project will commence this month. Other ongoing mega projects include; Kabiyet Trauma Center, Kobujoi Trauma Center, Chepterwai Trauma Center, new maternity at Meteitei Sub County Hospital, and Nandi Hills Trauma Centre.
We also have projects which rolled over from Financial Year 2018/19 that are nearing completion, these include; construction of new 17 dispensaries and 10 new maternity wings.

Ambulatory service is a key component in a strong, working Healthcare system. To ensure easy movement of patients in dire need of emergency health services, we purchased ten state-of-the-art ambulances with all the necessary lifesaving equipment. This fleet will be deployed to cover all the sub counties.
My administration has also availed medical supplies, non-pharmaceuticals and equipment to all health facilities across the County. Our challenge has been the implementation of the new Kenya Essential Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) Act, which restricts counties from purchasing drugs and medical supplies from other entities other than KEMSA. The restriction is affecting timely supply of drugs and I have called for the review of this legislation.

Hon. Speaker,

Dairy farming is one of our flagship projects in the County. The Nandi Cooperative Creameries will ensure farmers realize maximum profits through value addition.

To support the sustainability of the project, my administration has embarked on aggressive promotion of dairy production. We are strengthening Dairy Co-operative Societies by providing them with milk coolers to enable milk cooling and storage.

We have so far constructed 30 structures for the installation of milk coolers, one in each of the 30 wards and awaiting the National Government to deliver the coolers. We have also continued to offer Countywide subsidized Artificial Insemination services to our dairy farmers. Since the onset of the subsidy AI program in August 2018, over 28,000 successful inseminations have been administered across the county. The aim of the programme is to improve the breeds of animals which will eventually lead to increment of milk production.
To ensure our County is food secure, we have supported our farmers to shift from subsistence farming to agribusiness. My administration in collaboration with National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP) disbursed 62 million shillings worth of cheques to 161 common interest groups of farmers through the Community Driven Development Committees (CDDCs). The project also disbursed funds to eight Cooperatives supporting the same beneficiary groups to the tune of 11 million shillings as inclusion capacity and membership recruitment grants. The value chains that we prioritized under the programme include; Dairy farming, indigenous chicken, Irish potato and Avocado farming.

Hon. Speaker,

My administration understands the important role played by Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) in setting the foundation for child education and development. I have therefore directed that the 60 ECDE centres that began in the Financial Year 2017-2018 be completed and be ready for commissioning in the next three months. The new 45 ECDE centres were tendered in the 2018/19 Financial Year are on progress with most of the centres nearing completion. I urge Honorable Members to continue playing their oversight role and ensure that contractors complete the works within the agreed timelines.

Hon. Speaker,

In this financial year, we allocated a total of 60 million shillings for bursaries. This translates to two million shillings in each of the 30 Wards. Out of this, 18 million shillings went to Secondary Schools and six million was given to students with Special Needs.

We are awaiting the release of our allocation from the National Treasury to disburse the remaining 36 million shillings that was set aside for Tertiary and University students.

Hon. Speaker,

Our road network has expanded tremendously in the last two years. However, the long heavy rains experienced for over four months in the period under review diminished the progress we had made in this sector. Now that the rains have subsided, I want to assure the people of Nandi that we are embarking on a robust program. We tendered 33 roads under the Road Levy Maintenance Fund covering 170 kms, while the evaluation of tender applications for more than 36 projects advertised in the 2019/20 financial year is ongoing. The 36 projects will cover 195 kms. Works under this program include grading, gravelling, bush clearing and drifts construction on various roads in the sub-counties.

Hon. Members,

The future driver of our economy will be anchored on urbanization and that is why Kapsabet town was conferred the Municipality status.

We are undertaking a number of projects under the Kenya Urban Support Program.

These include the Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) which involves construction of six kilometer pedestrian footpath from Namgoi (Kapsabet Boys’ side) to Kamobo, a two kilometer athletic racing track running from Kapsabet Bible College to Lode School Academy/Marcle School. Other projects aimed at improving the sanitation of our Municipality include the construction and extension of sewer lines and ablution block at Kapsabet Bus Park,Jua Kali Sheds and Market stalls. These projects are within designated areas of Kapsabet Municipality.

Hon. Speaker,

To enhance citizen communication with the county, we have successfully established the First Call Centre in the Country and we are leading the other counties in Citizen Engagement and Open government. This is evident as we have launched a toll-free number (1548) that is being used for Emergencies, Disaster management, AI Services, Health, and general inquiries. Already this service has handled over 5,000 calls and many of our residents have been assisted. I can confidently report to this Honorable House that there are many live changing stories coming out of this project.

Hon. Members;

The first phase of our other flagship project, the modern Eliud Kipchoge Sports Complex and Training Camp is complete. The second phase is ongoing and is at 40% completion level.

In Conclusion,
I am pleased that Nandi County has recaptured her original space in terms of development and as a people we continue to restore our dignity. We have indeed made good progress in all our sectors and I can categorically state that Nandi is on the right track.

The successes we have registered within this period are remarkable and this is attributed to the collective efforts from all of us, hence the need for us to continue working as a team.
I will be requesting this Honorable House to allow me to deliver the State of the County Address soon, for me to highlight on the status of our various development projects.

Finally Honorable Members,

On behalf of the people of Nandi County, I extend our sincere condolences to the Moi family and the nation of Kenya on the passing on of Retired President H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, an icon of peace.

Mzee Moi taught us a lot through his service to the country in various capacities as an educator, legislator, policy maker and finally as Head of State.

Just like in other parts of the country, the late President Moi built many institutions of learning in Nandi County including Kapsabet Boys, Kapsabet Girls, Chebisas Girls among many others. In the health sector, he built Nyayo Wards in Kapsabet County Referral Hospital, Nandi Hills Sub-County Hospital and Chepterwai Hospital. This is a clear indication that Mzee Moi had a special place in his heart for the people of Nandi. He was truly an outstanding statesman, a man of great intellect and a big heart who, to the last hour of his life, gave all his energy to the course of peace.

As a people, let us commit ourselves to honouring him by living true to his philosophy of peace, love and unity. His legacy will forever remain in our hearts and minds.

May he now reap his eternal rewards for the great work he has done for Kenya and Africa at large.

God Bless Kenya, God Bless Nandi County.

Thank you!

Stephen K. Araap Sang
GOVERNOR

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05 Dec
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

ETHIOPIAN AMBASSADOR TO KENYA PAYS COURTESY CALL TO GOVERNOR SANG

The Ambassador of the Republic of Ethiopia to Kenya Meles Alem Tikea paid a courtesy call to Nandi Governor Stephen Sang to deliberate on areas of collaboration with the county.

During their meeting, they discussed a number of areas of partnerships including an exchange program for the athletes. Ethiopian athletes have been performing well and through an exchange program athletes from Nandi will improve their performance through acclimatization.

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03 Nov
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

NANDI COUNTY EXECUTIVES SIGN PERFORMANCE CONTRACTS TO ENHANCE SERVICE DELIVERY

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang presided over the signing of performance contracts by county executives in an exercise that aims at setting and maintaining high standards in accountability and service delivery.

The performance contracts are aimed at establishing the basis for ensuring that efficient and effective services are delivered to the people of the great Nandi County.

The contracts outlines the expected performance for the sectors under each member with the indicators expected to be cascaded down to chief officers and further to directors and down to lower cadres.

According to Governor Sang, the performance contracts are aimed at establishing the basis for ensuring that efficient and effective services are delivered to the people of Nandi in line with the provisions of the Constitution.

Governor Sang implored on all the county executive committee members to ensure strict adherence to the PC timelines to ensure all activities are undertaken as planned.

The PCs helps in improving accountability to the public and at the same time increases efficiency and effectiveness of the infrastructures of public service and processes.

The County Government of Nandi has 10 ministries with each ministry set to have a target and review-able score card.

Present at the event was the Nandi Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot, Nandi County Assembly Speaker Hon. Joshua Kiptoo, Leader of Majority, Hon. David Koech, CAF Secretary General Hon. Kipkurui Chepkwony, Leader of Minority Hon. Kirongo and a host of MCAs.

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22 Oct
By: Remmy Butia 0 0

COUNTY SET TO COMPLETE CONSTRUCTION OF STALLED MARKETS

The county government of Nandi is in speed to complete all stalled markets in the county as a way of increasing space for the growing small scale traders.

According to the Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, completion of the markets will not only create more space for traders but also increase revenue collection for the county as well as creating employment for hundreds of residents.

Speaking during a visit to the stalled Kobujoi market, the County boss added that the county government is also working to enhance sanitation within the markets by ensuring that the markets have functional toilets and sufficient water supply.

“We are undertaking completion works at the stalled Kobujoi market in order to operationalize it for a conducive business environment and creation of job opportunities through encouraging our people to venture into business,” said the Governor.

“We just don’t want to have markets but we want to have markets that provide a conducive environment for our traders. We will work to ensure that the markets have adequate supply of water and other amenities like toilets,” he added.

The governor said his administration will replicate this in different urban centres across the county.

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17 Oct
By: Stanley Magut 1 1

Governor Sang addresses wananchi requests at the new Call Centre

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has encouraged residents to use the newly established Call Centre in requesting for services from various county departments.

Nandi is the first county to establish a call centre where residents can reach out for prompt services.The Council of Governors having already visited the Kapsabet-based facility for bench marking.

Residents can call the toll free number 1548 at anytime of the day.

 Sang spend better part of Thursday at the call centre, receiving calls from wananchi across the county who requested for different services.

“Today was my turn at the Call Centre to pick calls from wananchi and address their concerns and requests.Many of them called requesting for Artificial Insemination services and agriculture in general among other services.”Sang said.

“I also received calls from residents congratulating us for the immense work we are doing.”He added.

Governor Stephen Sang at the Nandi County Call Centre

Wananchi can reach the County Government through the number 1548 for AI services, business permits, agriculture, NHIF registration among others.

Emergency services like ambulance and fire brigade are also available.

According to Sang, the establishment has transformed how services are rendered to wananchi by promoting open governance and citizen engagement.

“Apart from my frequent visits to the grassroots interacting with residents to chat our development agenda, the Call Centre has enabled wananchi reach out to various departments for services,”He added.

“We are creating a platform where service delivery  will be prompt through interactions at the call centre.We have addressed many of them including fixing culverts on our roads on which they called informing us on the need and many others,”Sang said.

A team from Council of Governors which toured the facility early this week lauded the county for establishing the Call Centre saying it will promote open governance.

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12 Oct
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NANDI COUNTY’S ELIUD KIPCHOGE MAKES HISTORY AS HE SHATTERS TWO-HOUR MARATHON BARRIER IN VIENNA BY 20 SECONDS

Eliud Kipchoge has made history by becoming the first person to run a gruelling marathon in under two hours.

The Kenyan from Nandi County, “The Source of Champions” ran in a once-inconceivable time 1:59:40 to complete the 26.2 mile distance in the fastest time in history.

He ran at 13mph and a 1km pace of two-minute 50 seconds – the average speed of traffic in central London is 7mph.

In becoming the first person to cover the marathon distance in less than two hours, Kipchoge, 34, achieved a sports milestone granted almost mythical status in the running world, breaking through a temporal barrier that many would have deemed untouchable only a few years ago.

“It’s taken 65 years for a human being to make history in sport – after Ronnie Bannister made history in 1954. I have tried and I got it,” said Kipchoge.

“I am the happiest man to run under two hours to inspire people, to tell people that no human being is limited. You can do it. I expect more athletes in the world to run under two hours after today,” he added.

Kipchoge praised all those who supported him through the race, and also his family, who were in the crowd to watch on as Kipchoge broke the two hour mark.

“They (my wife and kids) have given me so much support, I’m happy they came here to witness history,” Kipchoge said at the finish.

“The positivity of sport, I want it to be a clean and interesting sport, wake up early in the morning and run.

“It can be good for all.”

On the sidelines of the Ineos 1:59 Challenge, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang met with Dr. Michael Ludwig, the Mayor and Governor of Vienna. They agreed to build a strong network and partnership for the mutual benefit of both counties.

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12 Apr
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0 0

DP RUTO LAUDS GOVERNOR SANG’S DEVELOPMENT RECORD, SAYS DEVOLUTION FELT IN NANDI

Deputy President William Ruto has lauded Nandi Governor Stephen Sang’s Development record saying that Nandi residents have tasted the fruits of Devolution.

Deputy President Dr William Ruto laying the foundation stone for the Nandi County Milk Processing Plant.

Speaking on Friday when he toured the County, Ruto said the various development projects initiated by the County Government has changed lives of many residents.

“We commend Nandi County for being one of the model counties in the country that Devolution has worked especially on the health sector, Value addition and youth empowerment” Dr Ruto said.

The DP said that Nandi County will now be a benchmark for other counties across the country who want to excel in various sectors such as Health, Agriculture and Infrastructure.

The two leaders begun their development tour of the County at Emsos Technical Training Institute in Chesumei Sub County where they opened the institution that was funded by the National Government.

Speaking during the opening of the institute, Dr Ruto said the National Government has allocated enough funds that will be used to pay school fees for technical students.

“We have allocated enough funds to make Technical education free and parents should ensure that their Children who have completed form four enroll in TVETs”

Nandi Governor appealed to parents and guardians to take their children to Technical training colleges so that they can acquire technical knowledge that will enable them live better lives.

“We are working closely with the National Government in ensuring that we support the technical institutions. We have prioritized bursaries for students in Vocational Training institutes as one way of encouraging form four leavers to enroll in technical colleges”

During his tour, Dr Ruto also layed a foundation stone for the proposed Nandi County Milk Processing Plant that is being established at Kabiyet in Mosop Sub County.

Once established, the Processing plant will benefit more than 100,000 dairy farmers in Nandi and will enable them add value to their dairy produce resulting in huge profits.

The Milk Processing Plant is the first ever Milk plant to be constructed by a County. Deputy President William Ruto commended the county’s idea of constructing the Milk plant saying that it help dairy farmers in the region.

“With the processing plant, Nandi is one County that Devolution has worked because such development projects will directly benefit the residents”

The Dp called on the residents to work with their leaders so that the development agenda is realized.

Present also were Chesumei Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, Woman Representative Tecla Tum, Chesumei Mp Wilson Kogo, Mosop Mp Julius Melly, Aldai Mp Cornelly Serem, Benjamin Washiali among other leaders.

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04 Apr
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Governor Sang Calls On Interior CS To Regulate Agencies Recruiting Kenyans To Work In Foreign Countries

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang on Thursday called on the Cabinet Secretaries for Interior and Coordination of National Security Dr. Fred Matiangi and Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Amb. Monica Juma to reign on rogue agencies that recruit Kenyan Citizens to work in foreign countries.

Speaking when he received a status report of Isaac Kiprotich from Kimngeru Sub location who returned from Qatar where he was stranded after his agent abandoned him, Sang said the Government should vet all agencies offering such services to weed out unscrupulous agencies who have turned the business into a slave trade.

Medical Officers from Kapsabet County referral Hospital accompany Kipngetich to the Hospital for further medical attention.

“I call upon relevant Government Ministries to move with speed and vet afresh all the recruitment agencies in the country to ensure that only the genuine ones are left”

Kipngetich, who was severely injured after he slipped while on duty, was hospitalized for about a month in a Qatar-based hospital
He arrived on Wednesday and was admitted at Kapsabet County Refferal Hospital for further treatment.

Governor Sang added that many youth have suffered and continue to suffer in the hands of slave traders who masquerade as agents of foreign companies.

“We are aware that many youths have suffered and fallen prey to such slave traders who fool them with non existing jobs in foreign countries. When they arrive in those countries, they are misused and made to work for long hours with less or no pay,” Sang said.

The Governor urged the youth to exercise due diligence and do background checks of the agencies before registering with them.

Sang disclosed that his administration was in the process of exploring ways to increase the Internship opportunities for the youth across the county as well as increasing procurement opportunities so that the youth can benefit from and reduce the numbers of those who are seeking employment outside the country.

“We will continue exploring ways of absorbing our youth through our internship program and also increase opportunities for them through procurement opportunities so that they do not have to travel abroad for jobs.”

Already, the County Government of Nandi has placed 250 youths on Internship program in the first phase with another 400 set to be absorbed in July. Additionally, procurement opportunities for the Youth, Women and Persons Living with Disabilities have increased from the Constitutional 30 percent to 50 percent.

It is estimated that more than 100,000 youths are looking for jobs in overseas countries every month due to the high unemployment rates in the country.

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21 Mar
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NANDI LEADERS TO WORK TOGETHER IN DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Nandi County leaders have pledge to work together in the delivery of development projects to residents.

While speaking in Tindiret during the burial of Tindiret MP’s sister Irene Jepkorir, the leaders led by Governor Stephen Sang said it was important for leaders from the county to work together for the benefit of the electorate.

“We must come together as leaders and rally our efforts for the benefit of our people” Sang said.

The County boss said they have identified areas of collaboration which include infrastructure, bursaries, Water provision, access to electricity among others.

He said the county will continue to partner with Constituency offices in the different sectors to spur economic growth across the county.

Melly said that he will continue working closely with the Leadership of the County Government of Nandi for the benefit of the people.

He indicated that last year, the county Government and the Constituency office worked together in the construction of Litei-Cheptonon-Kapsoit road that links Kericho County and Nandi.

“Through the Road Levy Maintenance Fund (RLMF), Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Urban Roads Authority we will team up together to ensure that roads are opened and mainatined across the county” Melly said

“I will continue working closely with the Governor and other leaders from the county to ensure that development projects in the constituency are done” he added.

On his part, Aldai Mp Cornely Serem indicated that his office was working closely with the county leadership in roads and water projects.

Serem added that he had liased with the county Government in the installation of street lights across the county.

“Our duty as elected leaders is to take development projects to the people. That will only be achieved when we come together” Serem said.

In a bid to hasten the provision of water to the residents, the county Government will provide drilling rigs while the MPs do the piping works and other logistics through the Constituency Development Fund.

The leaders also agreed that they will work together in the provision of school infrastructural development, sinking of boreholes in schools and provision of bursaries for needy students.

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19 Mar
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0 0

SANG LAUDS COUNTY BURSARY SCHEME, SAYS PROGRAM TO CONTINUE

An amount of Ksh. 42 million has been disbursed to needy students in Secondary, Vocational Training Centres and those with Special Needs, Governor Stephen Sang has said.

Governor Sang awarding one of the top student in last year’s KCSE exams from the school.

Governor Sang revealed that Ksh. 18 million was disbursed to students in Secondary, with Ksh. 18 million going to Vocational Training Centres and six million benefiting students with Special Needs. Ksh. 18 million will be disbursed to University and College students in the last quarter of the 2018/19 Financial Year.

Speaking at St. Joseph’s Girls High School Chepterit during a thanksgiving ceremony to celebrate 2018 KCSE results, Sang said the County bursary scheme has helped many students who faced fee problems to complete their education.

While encouraging residents from needy backgrounds to apply for bursaries at the Ward level, Governor Sang encouraged students to put more efforts in their education for them to have a better future.

Students of St Joseph’s Girls Chepterit during the Thanksgiving giving service held at the school.

‘The identification of bursary beneficiaries has been devolved to the Ward level to ensure that genuine needy cases benefit from the bursary,’ said Sang.

The Governor urged students not to be distracted by their background but to concentrate on their studies since that was the only way they could change their lives and the lives of their families.

‘I am an example. I was raised in a very humble family and I want to encourage all of us to put in that extra effort,’ encouraged Sang.

“Don’t worry about your background because that should not define your future. If I worried about my background, I wouldn’t have reached where I am today. Focus on your studies,” he added.

He said that his administration was keen on supporting the Education sector in the county by ensuring that infrastructural development in schools are fast tracked and needy students get support through the county bursary scheme.

“My administration will continue issuing bursaries to needy students to enable them complete their education and actualize their dreams,” he said.

He added that his administration was working closely with the National Government to ensure that infrastructural developments in schools are fast tracked.

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