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21 Sep
By: Remmy Butia 0


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.

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06 Sep
By: Remmy Butia 1


The County Government of Nandi has signed an MOU with Suinco and Edunation aimed at strengthening and effecting work/study program for Nandi residents in different universities and colleges in Finland.

In the partnership with the County Government of Nandi, Edunation will offer employment and short courses to the students while Metropolia offers nursing courses among others.

The County Government of Nandi has signed an MOU with Suinco and Edunation aimed at strengthening and effecting work/study program for Nandi residents in different universities and colleges in Finland.

In the partnership with the County Government of Nandi, Edunation will offer employment and short courses to the students while Metropolia offers nursing courses among others.

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16 Mar
By: Remmy Butia 1


FOLLOWING THE GLOBAL OUTBREAK of COVID-19, subsequent confirmation of the first three cases in Kenya by the Ministry of Health;

IN LINE WITH the guidelines and advisories issued by the Ministry of Health, and H.E the President’s address to the nation yesterday, 15th March, 2020 regarding the Corona Virus;

WHEREAS the County Government of Nandi has been monitoring the unfolding of events with the aim of taking appropriate measures, and is in constant communication with Ministry of Health to ensure standardized approach towards prevention of the Corona Virus and mitigation of its effects;

IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by the Part 2 of the Fourth Schedule to the Constitution, and Sections 30 and 31 of the County Governments Act and other enabling laws;

NOW THEREFORE, I STEPHEN Araap SANG, Governor of Nandi County hereby instruct and order that the following complementary measures be taken and strictly adhered to within Nandi County effective immediately:

1. That all athletics training camps are hereby closed, and foreign athletes coming to train in Nandi are suspended until further notice.

2. The Department of Transport and Infrastructure and the Kapsabet Municipality Management are hereby directed to designate more matatu stages, pick up and drop off points and bus stops to avoid congestion and crowding.

3. Hawking of food and fruits outside the designated markets is hereby banned until further notice.

4. Schools are directed to liaise with the SACCOS to pick students from school gates to avoid crowding at bus parks and matatu stages.

5. Visits by members of the public to the County Government offices is suspended for the next 30 days. The public is advised to use our toll-free number 1548 to access government services.

6. All trainings and conferences as well as local trips are hereby suspended with the exception of health workers’ trainings on COVID-19, until further notice.

7. Shaking of hands, hugging and non-essential social contact are highly discouraged until advised otherwise. Always maintain a 3-meter distance from the next person.

8. It is hereby strongly advised that every resident wash their hands with soap and running water regularly.

9. Boda Boda riders are prohibited from carrying more than one pillion (passenger).

10. Every matatu SACCO is hereby directed to provide hand washing points with soap, and ensure compliance to CDC and Ministry of Health Guidelines.

11. Members of the public are hereby directed to identify and report people who have recently travelled from foreign countries to the authorities.

12. Families are encouraged to postpone weddings for the next 30 days.

13. All open-air markets are hereby closed for 30 days.

14. All public and privately sponsored extra-curricular sports activities, tournaments, group trainings are suspended and all gyms within the county are hereby ordered closed.

15. Hotels and guest houses are directed to file and submit to the Department of Health information relating to visitors from outside the country seeking accommodation in their facilities.

16. The County Emergency Response Committee that I have already constituted will continue to monitor the situation with a view to advising on the County’s preparedness, prevention and coordination of response to the threat of COVID-19.

17. That we have set up a countywide committee that brings together National Government officers, religious and civic leaders for wider response to the threat. The Committee is directed to remain vigilant and closely monitor happenings.

18. That the Department of Health will ensure that the personal protective equipment (PPE’s) for first-line healthcare responders that we have already procured are readily available. Some more PPE’s will be delivered in due course.

19. That the County has set aside two isolation centers, one in Nandi Hills County Hospital and another in the Kapsabet County Referral Hospital.

20. That the training of key staff that is on-going in conjunction with Ministry of Health be expedited.

21. That the community health outreach strategy that is on-going is hereby directed to focus more on media and door-to-door approaches due to the banning of public gatherings.

22. That two ambulances have been exclusively set aside for COVID – 19 emergency response evacuation. The Department of Health is directed to avail more ambulances where necessary.

23. That the monitoring and evaluation team that has been set up is hereby tasked with ensuring public and private institutions including government offices, hotels, restaurants and places of worship to strictly observe the recommended hygiene guidelines and sanitation practices which include providing soap and running water for handwashing.

24. That all night clubs shall remain closed until further notice.

25. That I have directed the County Secretary and the Department of Public Service to issue a circular on modalities to maintain skeleton staff, while others be allowed to work from home and in the field for the next 30 days with the exception of those in departments offering essential services such as Health Services, Finance and Administration.

26. All ECDE centers and Vocational Training Centers shall remain closed from today 16th March, 2020 until further notice as directed by the President.

27. Visits to inpatients in hospitals by family members is banned, whenever necessary it shall be restricted to only a caretaker.

28. I direct all the Departments to free and avail their vehicles to the Department of Health and Administration, to be stationed at the Sub County Headquarters, for exclusive use in the monitoring and response to the COVID-19 situation.

AS AN ASSURANCE to the citizens of this county, the County Government of Nandi through its health facilities has put in place critical Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) mechanisms in partnership with Family Health International 360 (FHI 360) through our partnership that began two years ago.

As indicated earlier, the County Executive Committee Member for Health shall remain the singular official focal person for communicating County Government information on COVID-19. Members of the public are advised to desist from sharing untrue, misleading information regarding the situation.

As I conclude, I wish to state that this pandemic will be stopped at the community level. I therefore urge all of you to observe the preventive measures that are being communicated by the Ministry of Health from time to time and make use of our TOLL-FREE COUNTY EMERGENCY NUMBER 1548, to report any suspected cases and for more information.


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13 Feb
By: Remmy Butia 0


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

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05 Dec
By: Remmy Butia 0


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


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


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

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
By: Remmy Butia 0


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


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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