News Categories: Lands , Environment & Natural Resources

20 Mar
By: Patrick Yego 0 2

COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF NANDI FINALLY RECEIVED COMPRESSOR MACHINES

The Country Government of Nandi received Compressor Machines at the department of water by CECM Lands Environment Natural Resource Water Sanitation Dr Philemon Bureti, Chief Officer Solomon Mang’ira, County Assembly Committee chairman on Lands Environment Natural Resources Robert Kirwa and county water officers.

CECM Lands, Environment, Natural Resources, Water and Sanitation Dr Philemon Bureti addressing the media

Speaking while receiving the machine Dr Bureti expressed great hope of community accessed to water when the compressor commences operating.

“Once the machine is operational will ensure that every resident is connected with water, “Bureti said.
Dr Bureti also dismissed malicious allegations about the price of drilling Riggs together with the compressor putting straight that both machines cost the county a total of 77 million and not 200million alleged in some media platforms.8

CEC further reiterated that the department will soon come up with a strategy on how the machines will be operating in all 30 Wards calling for maximum support from county assembly.

“We will soon draw a plan on how the process of drilling water will be carried out across all 30 Wards. I would like to ask county assembly to give us maximum support so that we may achieve this goal altogether” CEC reiterated.

On his part, Hon Robert Kirwa assured the department of maximum support from the County Assembly alluding that his committee is ready and willing to work with the department.

He also appreciated the work His Excellency the governor is doing to make sure that the community is accessed to clean, adequate and affordable water, sentiments echoed by Chief Officer Solomon Mang’ira.

The drilling Riggs together with the compressor awaits to be launch by the governor after which they start operating across all six sub-counties.

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20 Mar
By: Edward Sanga 0 2

CHEBOIN RESIDENTS CELEBRATE SEEING WATER FLOW INTO THEIR TANK FOR THE FIRST TIME.

 The residents of Cheboin in Chepkunyuk ward, Nandi Hills sub-county we’re delighted have piped water reached their place.

They were grateful that water reached their homes after the tank that had been constructed in 2017, did not have water since despite its completion.

The women and men present expressed their happiness and gratitude to the county government of Nandi for bringing the water close to them, something some of them admitted they didn’t know it would have happened so soon.

Cheboin community water project began in 2017 when a tank was built and the source identified. The water was to be sourced from Siret Dam, a few kilometres from where the tank was built.

The County Government of Nandi embarked on laying a pipeline one week ago on a stretch of 3.6km from Siret Dam and it employs gravity to reach the tank.

Water filled the 30 M cubic tank till it overflowed prompting some women to break into song and dance.

Tapped water for residents of Chepkunyuk Ward.

The area MCA Paul Sanga expressed gratitude towards the government for giving his people water.

He said the residents won’t be trekking long distances for water and they will soon embark on connecting households with the water. 300 households are expected to be connected.

The government of Nandi is committed to delivering water to its people by developing new projects and sorting stalled projects.

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12 Mar
By: Edward Sanga 0 0

LAKE VICTORIA NORTH WATER DEVELOPMENT CONDUCT A SURVEY ON RATINWET CHEMUNDU PROJECT

Lake Victoria North Water Works Development officials visited the county water offices to know the status of Ratinwet – Chemundu project, in Chemundu sub County. The officers were conducting a visibility study and a detailed survey of the said project.
Ratinwet – Chemundu Community Water source is located in Chemundu, 100metres from the tarmac road. The land was donated by the family who initially owned the land for development of the project. The project will serve institutions and house holds around which include the county commissioner’s office, Chemundu polytechnic, Chemundu High school and primary. A tank will be built at the commissioner’s office as its the highest point and water will be pumped using solar energy.
The officials met county water director Richard Lelei and Chemundu water engineer where they deliberated on how the project will be done with each giving views that will ensure a project that will serve Chemundu residents. The officials later visited the water source which produces 5m cubic of water per hour.

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05 Mar
By: Peter Kiprop 0 0

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE ORGANIZATION TO DEEPEN COOPERATION WITH NANDI COUNTY

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has expressed the willingness to deepen the cooperation with the County Government of Nandi in accelerating development programmes.

FAO representative to Kenya Dr. Tobias Takavarasha, disclosed this when he led national officials on a one day visit to Nandi County.

This was enable them assess the development progress and impact of the Land Governance Programme in Nandi County among other programmes supported by FAO.

The Land Governance Programme is being implemented by FAO in partnership with the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning, the National Land Commission (NLC), the National Government and beneficiary County Government’s which include Nandi County funded by the European Union.

While officially receiving the delegation in the County, Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Mitei, appreciated the partnership Nandi County has enjoyed with FAO in various areas of development and warmly welcomed further cooperation.

Dr. Yulita was particular with the support FAO has offered the County administration in the development of a Geo-spatial Information System (GIS) laboratory that supports the County Government in digitization of records related to land and has greatly influenced in decision making and policy formulation.

Since its launch on  May 18 2019, the GIS laboratory has enabled the user departments develop digital data register, which supports better decision making, planning, implementation and monitoring of development projects.

this has driven key interest in land administration, agriculture, natural resources, planning policy and capacity development.

FAO President who was accompanied by Council of Governors representative Ms. Eve Sawe lauded the county administration for adopting the GIS technology and leveraging the facility on prompt decision making in order to ensure effective service delivery.

The visit presented a unique opportunity for the County Government to connect with FAO and establish viable partnerships and support to the County Government on innovations and technology in Food and Agriculture sectors, with Nandi County seen as a potential food basket to help deliver the President’s Big Four Agenda on Food Security.

The team would later visit Kaimosi Agricultural Training Centre ATC where the County Government has partnered with FAO in setting up of a Milk Processing Incubator for Training purposes.

At Kaimosi ATC Mrs. Truphena Jepketer, a beneficiary of the programme gave a testimonial of how the facility has positively imparted her life and that of other women in the society.

“We are indeed grateful to the County Government and FAO for having facilitated our learning on, among other skills, the art of my milk value addition. We can now process Yogurt and Cheese among other milk end products right here in Kaimosi.” said Mrs. Truphena.

The delegation concluded their tour of Nandi by visiting Sireet OEP Tea factory in Nandi Hills for a fact finding mission where they were hosted for an informal lunch meeting by factory Board led by the Chairman. Their discussions centered on ways to strike a working partnership and working together to mutual benefit, particularly to assist smallholder tea farmers diversify, create alternative source of livelihoods and improve on their nutrition.

“A partnership between FAO and Sireet OEP will be an opportunity to work together in a new way,” said Dr Tobias. “Working together with you through FAO is all in our interests and most importantly it will help lead us to defeating mul-nutrition and poverty in this region,” he added.

CECM for Lands, Environment, Water, Natural Resource and Climate Change Dr. Philemon Bureti who accompanied the team appreciated the gesture by FAO to continue supporting and complimenting the county Government initiatives. He reiterated remarks by the Deputy Governor saying that the adoption of the GIS technologies in Nandi brings a lot of transformational data that influences service delivery.

Accordingly to FAO’s representative in Nandi Ms. Linda Achieng, the overall objective of the programme is to improve Food and Nutrition security through equitable and secure access and management of land for better livelihoods and socio-economic development.

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24 Feb
By: Edward Sanga 0 1

5 PRIMARY SCHOOLS TO BENEFIT FROM TOILETS TO BE CONSTRUCTED BY TRUST FUND.

 Trust Fund in collaboration with The County Government of Nandi have partnered so as to help schools within the county in improving health and  sanitation standards.

Both parties have selected various schools that they will build toilets as well as set up water taps and tanks within the schools.

 The body has set up water projects at Lelmokwo, Cheptil, Kimngoror, Kobujoi and Kimatkei and toilets will be constructed in selected institutions around these areas.

Chief Officer for water and Natural resources Sally Kemboi, director Richard Lelei and Trust fund’s County representative  Erick Koech, were present as the contractors signed their contracts.

Chief officer to Water Sally Kemboi addressing representatives from the Trust Funds.

Three contracts for Cheptil, Kimngoror and kobujoi were signed to the remaining two will be signed next week. Kobujoi will have two schools benefiting as kobujoi primary will have a 5 door toilet constructed and Resio primary school a 14 door toilet block.

In Cheptil, Kapsato primary school will get a 3 door toilet block. Kimngoror on the other hand will have 2 schools, Bishop Muge Memorial will have  an 18 door toilet block with Kimngoror primary getting a 2 door toilet.
The construction is expected to be complete within 3 months.

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07 Feb
By: Edward Sanga 0 0

CECM LANDS WATER AND NATURAL RESOURCES ATTENDS A PRE TENDER SITE VISIT.

Water for everyone continues to be a driving force for the county government of Nandi.

The government has partnered with several institutions and donors to bring water close to the Nandi residents.

Lands, water and Natural resources CECM attended a pre tender site visit by contractors in Nandi Hills, Nandi hills subcounty.

The project NandiHills water supply is funded by African Development Bank to a tune of 600 million shillings. The project which will be rehabilitation of Taito dam involves building gabbions on source, construction of treatment works and construction of staff quarters.

Construction works will also kick off at Mogong River, Nandi hills subcounty. The works include weir, installation of a pump house and treatment works and rising main. It will also be equipped with 3 tanks one with 1000 m cubic, 500m cubic and 250mcubic.

CECM Dr. Buretti addresses contractors and Nandi Hills residents.

The distribution network is expected to serve Nandi Hills Town, Samoei, Kabikwen, Sinendet, Kosoiywo and Kipsamoo.

The CECM urged the contractors to do their work honestly and perfectly as this was for the good of the Nandi Hills people.

He also urged them to complete the works at the stipulated time. The project is expected to be complete in a few months.

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07 Feb
By: Edward Sanga 0 0

CHEPTIL CELEBRATES OPEN DEFECATION FREE STATUS.

Hygiene must always be observed to ensure diseases are kept at bay. In  villages, open defacation is a health hazard and people can fall sick because the faeces find its way to rivers and other water sources.

The solution to this is ensuring every household has a toilet. Public health is mandated to ensure that every household has a toilet and they can declare an area defecation free.

water and Natural resources chief officer Sally Kemboi unveiled a billboard for Tuiyobei Village declaring it open defecation free.

Cheptil today celebrated open defacation free status after satisfying public health officers. The project spearhead by the county government of Nandi and trust fund was funded by the WSTF.

The process involved sensitising the people to have basic sanitation facilities which are toilets with squat hole covers, hand washing facilities which include soap and water and detergents and ash to reduce the smell.

The realisation of this status calls for celebrations in the villages and bill boards have in erected in respect to that. Today water and Natural resources chief officer Sally Kemboi unveiled a billboard for Tuiyobei Village declaring it open defecation free.

Also present was Trust fund director and the village leadership.

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28 Jan
By: Edward Sanga 0 3

MCA dialogue with the department of Water and Sanitation to unravel water shortage.

The County Government of Nandi in its quest for alleviating water shortages has today met with the members of the county assembly to give the status of the various projects being done by the government. The department of water staff led by CECM Lands, water and Natural resources Dr Buretti, chief officer water and Natural resources Sally Kemboi and the director Richard Lelei met the MCAs and sub County water officers to dig in the challenges and provide solutions.
Several water projects are complete and operational at the moment. However some are not operational because of challenges that arise after the government has tendered water works in a particular subcounty or ward. Some projects have been completed but lack electricity connection to function. Others have not started due to land issues and politicisation of these projects. Other contractors win these contracts but don’t do it to completion or drag for over a year.
Every challenge has a solution and suggestions were made to solve these. Time lines for completion of projects should strictly be adhered to by the contractors. The MCAs also asked the department to monitor closely these projects. On issues of land, they requested that projects not be marked to be done on private land as this causes stalling of projects. On implementation of these solutions, water projects will be done and completed within the shortest time.
The CECM lands, water and Natural resources Dr Buretti acknowledged the many challenges raised and promised to work on these challenges. He also asked the MCAs and the subcounty water officers to work together with the county water officials to solve the problems. Present were MCAs Eliud Kirongo, Robert Kirwa, Gideon Koech, Geoffrey Kevolwe, Wilson Sang and Jostline Jepnyango representing Kapkangani, Chemundu, NandiHills, Kiptuiya, Chepkumia and Songhor Soba respectively.

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26 Jan
By: Edward Sanga 0 0

15 MILLION KOBUJOI WATER PROJECT NOW OPERATIONAL.

Trust Fund a grant by the government of Finland in partnership with Nandi County government completed a water project in kobujoi, Aldai subcounty which is now operational. The project supplies water to several institutions and villages.
The project was completed in May 2019 and it takes advantage of the gravity with the source and the tanks being 1.2 km apart. The two major tank make a total of 600,000 litres which are full to the brim. The source is located deep in kobujoi forest. Water kiosks have also been set up and a pump house with electricity supply and an office complete with office furniture, a computer and printer.
During a sitting with the project’s Committee, they expressed their wish to have additional pipeline to reach more villages and institutions within the area. They also requested that water treatment plants be set up to ensure they drink clean water to reduce diseases in the area.
The chief officer for water and Natural resources Sally Kemboi urged the members to take care of the project and own it. The Trust’s representative Jukka Illomaki also thanked them for conserving the water source and guarding the project from vandals.

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23 Jan
By: Joyce Mutai 0 0

ANGLICAN DEVELOPMENT SERVICES AND CHRISTIAN AID PARTNERS WITH NANDI COUNTY ON ENVIRONMENTAL AND CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY MAKING

Department of Lands, Environment, Natural Resources, Water and Sanitation in partnership with Anglican Development Services Western and Christian Aid has held a multi-Stakeholders consultative meeting in Nandi County Climate Change Draft Policy, Bill and Regulations.

The project aims to support counties in enacting climate legislations with an objective to put in place mechanisms to strengthen the climate information services in the County and to put in place a monitoring and evaluation system to track the efficiency and effectiveness of various climate change interventions implemented in the County among other objectives.

Speaking during the official opening, CECM Lands, Environment, Natural Resources, Water and Sanitation Dr. Bureti appreciated the partnership and synergy that the department has had with ADSW as having the County Climate Change Fund will assist in mitigating matters related to climate change for instance the Landslides and floods.

Chief Executive Officer ADSW Mr. Stephen Amusala , appreciated the efforts done by the County in ensuring that we have County Climate Change Fund in place and having policies that fit County needs.

Currently the department has a draft Climate change bill, Climate Change policy, Wetlands Management Policy, Sustainable Land Management Policy and Forest Management and conservation policy.

Present during the consultative meeting were Chief Officer LENRCC Dr Mang’ira, representatives from Legal office, Agriculture, Kenya Wildlife Service, Water Resource Users Association and Environment.

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