COOPERATIVES AND WOMEN: PROMOTING SELF-EMPLOYMENT
NANDI COUNTY WOMEN EMPOWERMENT SUMMIT
Inviting Nandi Residents
To Commemorate The International Women’s Day
Date: Wednesday March 8, 2023
Venue: Kapsabet Bible College
NOREB COUNTY ATTORNEYS PAY COURTESY CALL ON GOVERNOR KACHAPIN
Attorneys and lawyers drawn from North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) counties of West Pokot, Nandi, Uasin-Gishu and Baringo have this morning paid a courtesy call on Governor Simon Kachapin and his deputy governor Robert Komolle to seek their support ahead of NOREB Bill ratification by the member county assemblies.
Led by NOREB’s CEO Dr. Godfrey Chesang and Uasin-Gishu County Attorney Stephen Lel who’s also the Chairman of NOREB County Attorneys’ forum, said the first draft of the bill is expected to be submitted during Noreb’s summit on 1st February, 2022 and signed by 14th February by member governors.
Governor Kachapin said passing of the bill is long overdue and the process needed to be expedited to ensure the bill is assented by April, 2022.
“I’m happy with the timeline and the speed you’re moving at. We hope by April we should have ratified it and given NOREB the needed legal status,” said Governor Kachapin.
The governor said the bill would give the integration a legal backing and a structured operational framework needed for the bloc to realize its full potential.
He further said NOREB governors have agreed to give the bloc the necessary support needed to ratify the bill and implement its goals.
Deputy Governor Robert Komolle echoed the governor’s sentiments saying West Pokot County and its County assembly were united and would see to it that the legislation is passed in line with the timelines.
The Noreb bill seeks to give the integration a legal backing and a structured operational framework.
NANDI MARKS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITY
Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot led Nandi residents in celebrating International Day of People Living with Disabilities.
The celebrations held at AIC Kapsabet Bible College was graced by CECM for Education Scolastica Tuwei and County Assembly Speaker Philemon Meli among other dignitaries.
International Day of Person’s with Disabilities (IDPD) is a UN Day that is celebrated every year on 3rd December. It’s a day to help everyone become more compassionate and understanding of the challenges faced by people with disabilities.
The Deputy Governor reiterated that not every disability is visible, adding that this day is important in recognizing and celebrating the equal rights and dignity of disabled people.
“We reaffirm our commitment to building a world where people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunities, independence and respect they deserve,” said the Deputy Governor.
Mrs Tuwei said the county will partner with stakeholders to ensure all PLWDs are reached with free medical checkups and provided with assistive devices.
“For the success of the day to celebrate the PLWD’s, we appreciate the partnership with Chepsoo/White Crescent Medical Center, EPK, Chepkumia Tea Factory, Lessos Dairies, Kenya Society For The Blind and Bethany Kits among others,” said Tuwei.
SRC’S COURTESY CALL TO THE OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
A team from the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) led by Commissioner Catherine Wahome paid a courtesy call on H.E Governor Stephen Sang.
During the meeting they held discussions on ensuring fiscal sustainability, equity and fairness in the public service, human resource for optimal performance among other keys issues.
Governor Sang was glad about their candid deliberations and undertook that the County Government of Nandi would continue to engage with the Commission.
SRC are mandated to undertake compliance checks in public institutions to ensure adherence to the remunerations and benefits as set and advised by the commission.
The Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) is established under Article 230 of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. Article 230(4) of the Constitution gives the Commission powers and functions to set and regularly review the remuneration and benefits of State officers; and to advise the national and county governments on the remuneration and benefits of other public officers.
Also present at the meeting were the Deputy Governor H.E Dr Yulita Cheruiyot and the County Secretary Dr Francis Sang MBS.
TASKFORCE ON THE REVIEW OF MULTINATIONAL COMPANIES ENGAGEMENTS IN THE TEA SUB-SECTOR UNVEILED
H.E Governor Stephen Sang on Friday unveiled a team of 9 members and 3 secretaries to review the multinational companies engagement in the tea sub-sector.
According to a gazette notice dated October 31, 2022, the team appointed by the county boss is expected to conduct extensive review on the multinational companies’ engagements in tea sub-sector in Nandi and in collaboration with the county governments of Kericho and Bomet for a period of ninety (90) days, which took effect on 31st October, 2022.
The terms of reference for the Taskforce shall be to:-
(a) review the current and emerging challenges facing the tea sub- sector multinationals and other stakeholders within Nandi County and make appropriate recommendations;
(b) co-ordinate stakeholders’ consultation with the multinationals and other tea sub-sector players on appropriate mechanisms to address the current and emerging challenges in the sector;
(c) review socio-economic impacts of mechanization of tea plucking machines among the multinational tea companies in Nandi and propose appropriate mitigation measures:
(d) establish the status of all land leases including acreages held by each multinational in Nandi:
(e) consider the current land rent, rates and applicable fees paid by the multinationals and propose appropriate policy and legal frameworks necessary to review and increase land rates and rent paid by multinationals; (consider the role, effectiveness, and relevance of multinational tea companies in management of Tea CESS and propose appropriate legal, policy and institutional framework to collectreceive views from members of the public and receive oral and written submissions from any person with relevant information;
The Taskforce may co-opt any person(s) as it may consider necessary or expedient for the proper performance of its functions. It may also create committees or sub-committees to expedite the discharge of its tasks;
It might also consider reports of past or on-going initiatives towards enhancing the legal, policy and institutional framework in the tea sub-sector or cause to be carried out such studies or research as may inform the Taskforce on its mandate; and
Last but not least, it may have all powers necessary or expedient for the proper execution of its functions, including the power to regulate its own procedures.
The Taskforce is composed of; Hon. John Cheruiyot as the Chairman with it’s Members as Rev. Elija Yego, Dr. Bernard Kiplimo arap Lagat, Dr. Philemon Bureti, Wakili Nathan Tororei, CPA Alfred Lagat, Steven Rotich, Dr. Ruth Choge, Wilson Kipkogei Lelmegit.
The Taskforce will be assisted by a team of 3 Secretariat namely Godfry Sang, Kibet Gim Awi and Maureen Chepng’etich.
Following their appointment, the members are required to issue the Governor with a tripartite report at the end of the 90 days that will provide a clear roadmap to facilitate sustainable solutions and coexistence between multinationals, communities and all stakeholders involved with the tea sub-sector.
CLEAN AIR FOR BETTER SPORTS PERFORMANCE
Elias kipkorir trains 26, resides and trains at a camp in Kapsabet. The camps hosts about 15elite athletes. Their weekly routine is certainly monastic. From Monday to Saturday every week, running is a religion.
“Our life here is simple, very simple; we get up in the morning, go for a run, and come back. If it is a day for cleaning, we do the cleaning, or we just relax. Then go for lunch, massage, the 4 o’clock run, and evening tea, relax, go to sleep”, says Kipkorir.
The training diary is set in a blackboard, two sessions a day, the most of important of which come on Tuesdays (track), Thursdays (long run) and Saturdays (interval training). The second session of the day is the afternoon 10km run. It is known as a recovery run.
Kipkorir says he opted to train in Kapsabet since the air quality is fresh and clean. He says they at all cost avoid congested roadways where combustion pollutants are worst.
Athletes subjected to air pollution may suffer from inflamed airways and diminished pulmonary capacity with resulting respiratory ailments, such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Pollution can also impair athletes’ endurance and their ability to focus due to bothersome and distracting respiratory symptoms.
According to World Health Organization Air pollution is contamination of the indoor or outdoor environment by any chemical, physical or biological agent that modifies the natural characteristics of the atmosphere.
Household combustion devices, motor vehicles, industrial facilities and forest fires are common sources of air pollution. Pollutants of major public health concern include particulate matter, carbon monoxide, ozone, nitrogen dioxide and sulfur dioxide. Outdoor and indoor air pollution cause respiratory and other diseases and are important sources of morbidity and mortality.
In a recent collaboration between the County Government of Nandi, United Nations Environmental Programme and Stockholm environment institute that saw the installation of air quality sensors at the Eliud Kipchoge Stadium, will not only enable researchers to collect and analyze more data on the impact of air pollution on sports, but also inform mitigation actions.
According to Elias the partnership could not have come at a better time. He says data from the centers will help put up measures to control air pollution in sporting venues and thus ensuring Kapsabet athletes compete in a clean environment.
In line with Governor Stephen Sang agenda of making Kapsabet a cradle of athletics prowess, he has committed to supporting cleaning environment for our athlete.
Governor Sang, during the unveiling of the air quality sensors at the Eliud kipchoge stadium reiterated his support in ensuring that the environment is well conserved. He said this will be achieved through elaborate afforestation program and partnership with key Stakeholders involved in conservation adding that Climate Change is real and that we should Act Now.
COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY’S CALL TO COLLABORATE WITH THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI
Officials from the Communications Authority of Kenya earlier today paid a courtesy call on H.E Governor Stephen Sang. The team led by Mr. Musa Etiko, Principal Licensing and Monitoring officer, Western Region was received by the Governor and held talks with the County Secretary Dr. Francis Sang MBS whom they briefed on the role and the mandate of CA.
They deliberated on a wide range of issues in the telecommunications sector, especially in ICT and further discussed possible areas of collaboration and made commitment to partner in the areas of SIM Card Registration, Enforcement, Consumer Education and Child Online Protection, Climate Change Programs, Provision of Broadband to Schools and Sponsorship/Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives in Nandi County.
The County Secretary applauded the Authority’s effort to create a platform for engagement between consumers of ICT services and the various service providers which he termed as critical in achieving the desired consumer expectations of quality services.
He said the county is putting in efforts to ensure that its residents have access to ICT services.
“Through the ICT department, we have undertaken several projects including structured cabling, internet provision in most offices as well as a citizens’ portal for interaction between the county and its citizens,” said Dr Sang.
The CA is tasked with safeguarding the interests of consumers in the telecommunications sector to ensure that they get the services that they pay or subscribe to.
The authority achieves its mandate through the enforcement of consumer regulations including educating consumers on their rights and what they should expect from service providers.
GOVERNOR SANG APPOINTS TASKFORCE ON MULTINATIONAL TEA COMPANIES
Nandi Governor has appointed members of a Taskforce to conduct an extensive review on Multinational Tea Companies engagement in Tea Sub-sector in Nandi County. The taskforce will develop a tripartite report that will provide a roadmap to facilitate sustainable solutions and coexistence between multinationals, communities and all stakeholders involved with the tea sub-sector across the County.
The Members of the Taskforce are:
John Cheruiyot – Chairman
Rev. Elijah Yego
Dr. Bernard Kiplimo Lagat
Dr. Philemon Bureti
CPA Alfred Lagat
Dr. Ruth Choge
Wilson Kipkogei Lelmengit
Kibet Gim Awi
NYAMIRA COUNTY BENCHMARKS WITH NANDI ON REVENUE COLLECTION
A team of officials from the County Government of Nyamira visited Nandi for purposes of benchmarking in the areas of automation of revenue collection.
The Delegation was received by Japhet Tirop, Nandi County Head of Supply Chain Management.
Led by the CEC in charge of Finance, ICT and Economic Planning Emily Moraa Ongaga, Nyamira County top revenue officials visited the county to learn on the uniqueness in Revenue Management System.
In their visit, the Nyamira County Delegation sought to understand how the County Government of Nandi was excelling in the different areas of revenue collection within the Kapsabet Municipality and at the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.
The team also visited the Nandi Call Center that is improving the Government-Citizen relationship and changing livelihoods of the people. Through the Call Center, the county is implementing open governance and empowering citizen participation.
The team lauded Nandi for the innovative use of the Management System, especially in healthcare. “The HMIS is a great way to track all happenings in health facilities, especially for planning and monitoring the flow of commodities. It is what we need for all the health facilities in the Country to monitor services and to keep our data”, said David, one of the team members.
The visiting team commended the people centered approach of conducting business in Kapsabet Municipality adding that the public sensitization campaign on tax payment is evidenced by the way people are tax complaint.
“This is a wonderful, we are taking home with us a back to work report on efficient interdepartmental linkages on revenue management that we should replicate,” said Emily.
The delegation lauded Nandi for its strong core values and transformation of the revenue sector through the implementation of strong technology which clearly relates with the modern digital world, promising to adopt such principles in Nyamira.
Apart from the automation of revenue collection, the restructuring of Nandi revenue staff is another factor which has seen the County revenue collection go up since Governor Stephen Sang took over the leadership in 2017.