News Categories: Lands , Environment & Natural Resources

13 Sep
By: Edward Sanga 0


Climate change has become a global problem which has affected livelihoods necessitating urgent solutions to curb further changes like global warming. Kenya hosted the climate summit from 4th to 6th September which was led by the president H. E William Ruto which aimed  to champion a positive, climate-compatible vision for Africa and with the pledge to plant 15billion trees and this therefore transcends to the county level.

The newly opened Mazingira house

Nandi county governor Stephen Sang has been championing the planting of trees among other measures to mitigate the climate change in Nandi which led to the enactment of the Nandi county Climate change Fund Act in July 2021. Today the governor together with Anglican Church Archbishop Dr Jackson Ole Sapit  launched, dedicated, blessed and commissioned the climate change unit named Mazingira house which was funded by the county government of Nandi. The office will be coordinating the 30 ward climate change committees.

Governor Stephen Sang during the opening of Mazingira house.

The governor thanked the Archbishop for gracing the event and dedicating the building. He asked the people of disaster prone areas to move to safer grounds owing to the ongoing heavy rains. The governor also directed that the partners be allowed do adopt forests as it will encourage healthy competition in planting of trees and conserving them.
   Archbishop Dr Jackson Ole Sapit alluded to the symbiotic relationship between people and trees and how important it is to conserve the environment. He welcomed the governor’s directive in adopting of forests and pledged that the Green Anglican Movement will work hand in hand in this course. He also asked that people be encourage to keep bees.

Also present was the deputy governor Dr Yullita Cheruiyot, CECM lands, housing, water and natural resources Dr Philemon Buretti, Chief officer lands, housing, water and natural resources Jonah Biwott, Bishop Dr. Paul Korir, CECM finance and economic planning Hillary Serem, CECM Administration, public service and ICT Isiah Ketter, CECM sports, youth,gender and social welfare Rose Angira, Chief officer Education Kipchumba Cheruiyot and Chief officer sports, youth, gender and social welfare Beatrice Chemurgor among other guests.

The occasion was also marked by the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the county government of Nandi and Tachasis water and Sanitation company limited dealing in water service provision to the people of Tachasis and will serve kamelil, kapseon, Ng’atipkong, kaplamaiywo, Tachasis, chelambut, kipyaor, chemamul, chepkemel, kipsiwo, Got-ne lel and kabolebo sub locations of Tindiret.

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07 Oct
By: Brenda Kiprono 0


Did you know there exists an underwater antelope? The Kingwal Swamp in Nandi County is home to the Sitatunga, (Tragelaphus Spekii) the rare endangered semi-aquatic antelope that is confined to Marshy and swampy habitats. Kenya has about 100 Sitatungas.

Sitatunga are unique in that they like to live in swampy areas with thick grass and reed beds. They make trails through swamps that lead to clusters of reeds where they can sleep. Their coat is oily and water repellent and with the elongated and splayed hooves they can walk on submerged vegetation and outrun danger in the swamps.

They are good swimmers and their escape when in danger, is underwater. Their lifestyle is basically sedentary although occasionally the do leave the swamp after dark to browse. Habitat and wetland loss are the greatest threat to Sitatunga as well as changing water levels as this has a direct effect on their diet.

However, the endangered species is at the brim of extinction occasioned by human encroachment brought about by pressure from the high increase in human population. Besides degradation of the wetland, the livestock, and at times dogs that accompany herders, disturb them. On the other extreme, flooding has resulted in displacing Sitatunga

According to Anne Tek of Kenya Platform for Climate Governance, who grew up and schooled in Kingwal Primary early 1990s, the area used to be a breathtaking site with large numbers of Sitatunga and Crane birds moving around.

She says the rare antelope species is continuously being displaced from its natural habitat as water levels increase in wetlands due to heavy rains. The trend is exposing the antelopes to the dangers of stray dogs and are also likely to cause conflicts with communities neighboring wetlands over destruction of food crops.

In a meeting that brought together stakeholders in the climate change sector including the civil society organizations in the Noreb Bloc counties, calls to protect the endangered species and Kingwal swamp has heightened.

The County Government through the Department of Lands and Environment will collaborate with Community Based Organization to improve the current status of the wetland and its sustainable management by enhancing local participation in biodiversity conservation initiatives, initiation of public education and awareness campaigns, integration of traditional and modern knowledge system of biodiversity conservation, reforestation and provision of alternative sources of income for the local population.

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07 Oct
By: Peris Tarus 0


North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) counties will work with community based and civil society organizations to curb climate change in the region.

Speaking when making a presentation during a workshop that brought together climate change activists from NOREB counties in Kapsabet town, the sector lead on environment and climate change Joyce Mutai urged members of the Civil society and community based organizations to take active part in the fight against climate change. Ms. Mutai said that through the Green Climate fund, NOREB will work with the county governments and other partners to fund projects on climate change. Nandi county has already passed the climate change act and will form and fund committees in the ward level to help in the fight against climate change.   

The public will elect members from youth, women, persons with disability groups and community based organizations or public benefits organizations to be members of the committee. There will be one environment officer and the ward administrator will be an ex-officio in the committee.

The County Director for environment and natural resources in Nandi County James Melly said that the election of committee members will take place soon in different wards.

In recent years, Nandi, Uasin Gishu, Elgeiyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Baringo and Trans Nzoia have experienced a change in weather patterns which has led to floods, increased drought, hunger, and poor nutrition due to the production of insufficient food, severe storms, landslides and hotter temperatures which have negatively affected livelihoods in the region.

Through the department of Lands, environment and natural resources, the County Government of Nandi has restored catchment areas and forests. The department with the help of CBOs have established tree nurseries, planted indigenous trees in degraded landscapes and created awareness on climate change in the community. The 2-day workshop was facilitated by Panafric Climate Justice Alliance PACJA and it brought together 50 participants from the NOREB counties. PACJA is the largest alliance of civil society organizations with members in over 45 countries in Africa.

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06 Oct
By: Brenda Kiprono 0


Nandi county played host to Climate change advocacy forum that brought together the counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Samburu, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu and West Pokot in a bid to identify, prioritize and finance investments to reduce climate risk and achieve adaptation priorities.

The two-day seminar by the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA), through the Kenyan Designated Platform, Kenya Platform for Climate Governance (KPCG), are in Nandi county to officially launch a platform for climate governance, with an aim of strengthening Climate Justice movements that anchor CSO efforts on climate Justice in the Noreb counties to gel climate change actors, community-based organizations and civil society organizations on climate change within the Counties.

The effects of climate change in Nandi are extensive, affecting approximately 83% of farming households. Excess rainfall, low temperatures, frost and hailstorms, and changes to the growing seasons are the most prevalent climatic hazards in the county.

The County Government of Nandi has prioritized environmental conservation as it seeks to contribute to the goals of the Paris Agreement that is within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Goals.

According to Director for Lands Environment and Natural Resources James Melly, the Climate Change Action plan that is already in place has helped the county rehabilitate the riparian lands, wetlands and Nandi Escarpment.

He reiterated that the county will strengthen its existing structures such as the climate change champions from the county’s staff in the various departments, to lead the process. The climate change champions will be capacitated on how to mainstream climate action in their various sector plans such as water, agriculture, gender and infrastructure and develop project proposals for climate finance and be able to raise awareness and educate the community on climate change.

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04 Feb
By: Edward Sanga 0


The Government of Nandi is fully committed to delivering all the promises it gave to its residents. Despite inheriting stalled and poorly done water projects, Governor Sang’s administration has rehabilitated and launched new ones in a bid to ensure residents have access to clean and sustained water supply.

Governor Stephen Sang has been on a development tour around the county commissioning projects including ECDEs, dispensaries, maternity wings and water projects. He officially launched Chepteon water project and Kaikaro Biribiriet water project both in Ngechek ward. The two projects will serve several institutions in the area and more than 700 households. Chepteon will serve 400 households while Kaikaro Biribiriet will serve 300 households. The two projects also aim to improve agribusiness as the county is considered one of Kenya’s bread baskets.  The jubilant residents thanked the governor for delivering his promise since he last visited the area as they have always wanted water at their doorstep. The residents also requested that the distribution network be expanded so that it can serve more people.

Present at the launch was CECM Lands, Water, Environment and Natural Resources Dr Bureti Philemon, CECM  Roads and infrastructure Drice Rono, MCA Ngechek Ward David Bwambok and Director Richard Lelei. The Governor thanked the people for the warm reception they accorded him and promised to deliver on the pledges he  made.

Governor Sang addressing wananchi

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29 Sep
By: Edward Sanga 0


The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Lands, Water, Environment and Natural Resources has partnered with the Trust Fund in establishing a Treated Sewer plant in Baraton within the Chesumei Sub-County.
To ease the achievement of the project, the county government, through the sub-sector of water, held a public participation at Baraton. This is to ensure that the residents are engaged for successful program implementation.
The sewer plant will help in decentralizing and managing waste water from individual dwellings, industrial or institutional facilities, and clusters of homes or businesses.

Chief officer Daniel Sang

The department will conduct site-specific evaluation to determine the appropriate type of treatment system each location will have.
During the public participation the residents urged the department to ensure that the plant is built far from their residential area so as to prevent possible health hazards that might affect them.

They further urged the county government that once the plant is up for use, the department should ensure that maintenance of the plant is done after six month. This will help in preventing leakage and contamination of water sources.
Daniel Sang, the Chief Officer for the water and Environment sub-sector assured the residents that during the onset of the project, the department will ensure accuracy in mapping to clearly shows the location of all parts of the sewage system for easy maintenance.

Trust Fund Representative David Cheruiyot, told the residents that through their partnership with the county, they will ensure that the plant will be set up and that they’ll ensure timely maintenance.
The project will be beneficial to more than 200 households within Baraton.

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29 Sep
By: Edward Sanga 0


The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Water is keen to provide access to clean and piped water to its residents. Currently four boreholes have been drilled in the financial year 2021/2022. These include Siginwai Primary School in Terik Ward, Aldai Subcounty, Ndubeneti Dispensary, Kilibwoni Ward in Emgwen Subcounty, AIC Kosirai Academy in Kosirai Ward, Chesumei Subcounty and Sigowet Primary School in Tindiret Ward in Tindiret Subcounty.

Speaking during the drilling exercise at Ndubeneti Dispensary, the CECM incharge of Lands, Environment, Water, Natural Resources and Climate Change Dr Philemon Bureti said that the project will serve the nearby school, church and the neighboring community targetting more than 100 households. He added that the department has further identified 8 more sites in different wards where borehole drilling will take place.

Governor Stephen Sang noted that water is a challenge in most parts of the county thus the government intends to ensure every village is connected to clean piped water which shall be achieved by drilling and equipping of boreholes in identified sites across Nandi County.

“We want to make sure that water becomes a priority especially in public institutions such as dispensaries, hospitals and schools. We don’t want to see our school going children carrying cans to go and fetch water from a nearby river. We are putting that to an end.” He added.

The governor made the remarks while overseeing the drilling of a borehole at AIC Kosirai Academy in Kosirai Ward, Chesumei Subcounty.

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12 Mar
By: Edward Sanga 0


The County Government of Nandi is on the front in ensuring that its residents can access water close to their households.

Through this, the Department of Lands, Water, Environment and Natural Resources is working towards ensuring that in all Sub-counties, residents can access the availability of water.

In Mosop Sub-County, Governor Stephen Sang stated that the availability of water resources is a fundamental element of sustainable communities and that the people depend on water for the health of its people, the strength of its economy, and the vitality of its ecosystems.

The Tabolwa project is set to supply water to 200 households that will gladly serve more than four institutions around the area.

The Marebei water project has a tank that holds a capacity of 50,000-litre tank that will serve more than 150 households with three institutions in place.

The Governor had earlier launched The Kunurter and Kalyet water projects in Chemundu Sub-County. The Kunurter already serves 82 households while Kalyet serves 200 households.

Speaking at the event, the governor acknowledged all the requests made to him by Tabolwa primary teachers and the people whereby he promised to deliver. He urged people to continue protecting the environment and observe the Covid-19 guidelines.

Members present during the commission was the CECM Agriculture Kiplimo Lagat, CO Daniel Sanga, MCAS Ngetich Joshua, Robert Kirwa and director Richard Lelei.

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10 Mar
By: Edward Sanga 0


Access to safe water is a fundamental human need and, therefore, a basic human right. Yet even today, clean water is a luxury that remains out of the reach of many. In this new century, water, its sanitation, and its equitable distribution pose great social challenges for our world.

And through this, the County Government of Nandi is on the front of ensuring that in all Sub-counties, every ward should be able to receive and access clean and safe water.

The County Government through the Department of lands, water, environment and natural resource, has been able to give access to water to the residents at Chepkunyuk in Nandi-Hills Sub-County.
the Chepkunyuk residents will be able to access water from the Siwo Water Project that was launched by Governor Stephen Sang.

The residents will also get water from the Kungut and Cheboin Water Project.

Siwo project is a rehabilitation and construction of a pump house and installation of a pump. The project has four tanks, two having a capacity of 100,000litre and the other two holding a capacity of 25,000litre and 30,000litre respectively that will serve 260 households, Five schools and one dispensary.

Kungut water project which uses solar power serves 75 households and has 2 tanks with a capacity of 25,000 and 10,000 litres.

The Cheboin water project involved setting up a distribution network and completion of a 30,000-litre tank serving 60 households.

In NandiHills ward, the governor also launched the Talal water project, which uses gravity and involves the construction of a 25,000-litre tank, that will intake work, laying of pipeline and has 160 households already connected.

The department is also working on expanding the project as it is targeting 600 households.

The governor also inspected the Kapsean water project which is on the final touches is set to supply water to the residents.

Speaking at the events, the governor reiterated his commitment to have as many households as possible connected to piped water.

He also spoke of expanding the distribution network to other villages and surrounding institutions.

Also present was the CECM lands, water and Natural resources Dr Philemon Buretti, Chepkunyuk MCA Paul Sanga, NandiHills MCA Gideon Koech and Directors Alfayo Lel and Richard Lelei.

Residents lauded the government for bringing water close to them as this has reduced their journeys to streams and springs.

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29 Jan
By: Edward Sanga 1


The county government of Nandi has embarked on a thorough inspection of projects all around the county.

This exercise seeks to address several issues, with the main one being; gauging on how many projects have so far been done, how many households have water, and how much work is still needed and which particular locations.

This process is being spearheaded by the department of lands water and Natural resources.

So far the department had already visited 30 impressive projects so far.

Water officers visiting the projects will continue to assess the status of every project and give a report that will inform how the county will reachout to households that do not have water.

Most of these projects are already operational but the few not operating due to a few hitches. Water Committee members have been pointing out the challenges and what they need to be addressed.

Several projects are operational with at least 200 households connected and some even up to 1500 households.

Other sources have the potential of exceeding their current supply and the county plans on improving those projects so that they can supply a larger area.

The projects not currently operational will be completed as soon as possible.

Some of these are due to vandalism which the Chief Officer for water and Natural resources Daniel Sang during the visit requested the Committee to always have security around the pump house and tanks.


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