News Categories: Sports,Youth Affairs and Arts

05 Aug
By: Remmy Butia 0 0


During the last general elections the residents of Nandi elected the youngest Governor with a majority vote in the history of Kenya. The Council of Governors acknowledging this has partnered with the County Government of Nandi through the the Department of Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts for a three months employment and internship program.

With the support of Ford Foundation through the Council of Governors, the County Government of Nandi will have a three months employment and internship program for the 25 youth, women and PLWDs drawn from across the county to immerse in government as well as hone their sense of leadership and public service.

Speaking at the opening session of the internship programme, Nandi Deputy Governor Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot said that through the internship program the county government of Nandi is enhancing the employability of the youth and improve their job competencies.

Internship program is one of the most and successful program, which enhance economic growth and employment opportunities for youths to be employed by the growing public and private sectors in Kenya.

The partnership will also see 25 women, youth and PWDs attend a three-days training aimed at strengthening the capacity of Nandi youth for improved public participation in budgeting processes and oversight of public resources in the county.

Nandi was selected as a youth led county. Other counties within the programme are women led counties of Kirinyaga, Kitui and as at the commencement of the program Bomet county.

Present at the opening ceremony were the CECM Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts EllyKurgat, Chief Officer Youth and Arts Nelson Ligaga, Chief Officer for Tourism Beatrice Chemurgor, Chief Officer Public Service Grace Sugut and the Program Coordinator Steve Kiprop.

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25 Jun
By: Phoebe Jeruto 1 5


Work experience increases employability, and with that in mind, the County Government through the department of Administration, Public Service and e-Government is currently implementing the youth internship program. The program’s main objective is to give the youth an opportunity to gain work experience through the practice of their knowledge and skills in various county departments.

These internship program which was first implemented in January this year, runs in two phases yearly each with a non renewable six months period. The first intake which gave an opportunity to 384 interns ends this month so as to give a similar opportunity to another group to be selected from the over 3500 applicants from last advertisement.

Speaking during the exit meeting for the outgoing interns, the CECM for Administration, Public Service and E-Government, Teresa Morogo said that the program is meant to mentor the youths in their career paths, give them a work experience and place them in the better place to grab other job opportunities.

Ms. Morogo added that the department is looking forward to the establishment of an internship placement committee which will help the placement of the exiting interns within the county government and even to other potential employment opportunities or even have their own startups.

The CECM for Sports, Gender and Youth Affairs, Elly Kurgat pointed out that the department is putting much efforts to ensure that more opportunities are available for the youth. He further urged the interns to progress and advance in their professional development as well as grabbing other available opportunities even outside the county.

“The county is continuously investing in the youth by giving them the necessary job experience”, said Mr Nelson Ligaga who is the Chief officer for Youth Affairs. He further encouraged the youths to work in groups, register companies and grab the available tenders slotted for the youths in the county.

Noting that there is an ever growing number of graduates without a corresponding increase in job opportunities, the interns applauded Tuga Tai’s administration for the opportunity given to them to gain the experience and improve their chances for employability.

With the successful implementation of the first phase, the county government is looking forward to enrolling the next batch of interns for the next six months as it seeks to reach out to more youths in the county.

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30 May
By: Mitchelle Jelimo 0 0


To maximise performance in sports, the athlete needs to consider nutrition an important component of good health and of sporting performance.

The County Government of Nandi in partnership with Anti-Doping Agency Kenya (ADAK), Athletics Kenya (AK) and University of East African Baraton (UEAB) organized a successful Inaugural Conference; National Nutrition for Clean Sports.

The event held at the UEAB grounds was attended by renowned athletes was aimed at sensitizing and equipping athletes with knowledge on clean nutrition to curb the ever increasing doping cases in the field.

The Nandi Deputy Governor, Dr. Yulita Cheruiyot who was the Chief guest noted that Nutrition always plays a pivotal role in the general health and more so in sports.

“We are committed to working the journey with our athletes, they might not be performing to their best because their nutritional values are not met hence we are putting up a Training camp for our athletes that will implement high-impact athlete outreach program and give support to our champions in producing the best results,” said the deputy county boss.

ADAK CEO Prof. Japhter Rugut, reiterated that protecting clean athletes by fighting against doping is a top priority for ADAK.

Nandi CECM for Health and Sanitation Ruth Koech on her part mentioned that The department of Health and Sanitation has budgeted for Nutrition in conjunction with partnerships with other organizations including Nutrition International (NI), to improve nutritional standards in the County.

“Everyone is a stakeholder in keeping our nutritional values up and going, in past mother and child were the main focus in matters Nutrition. But at the moment no one is left behind, the women groups and school health programs we have championed for nutritional values engaging all age groups have proved to improve our nutrition indicators,” she said.

The CECM for Sports,Youth Affairs and Arts, Elly Kurgat added that the department is working hand in hand with the athletes in ensuring that their well-being is catered for.

UEAB Vice Chancellor Prof Phil Maiyo, thanked the County Government of Nandi for their input in the field of sports and vowed to give their support.

In attendance were Solomon Mutai, Chairman Athletics Kenya North Rift Region, Sports Chief Officer Kennedy Tanui,Chief Officer Youth Affairs and Arts Nelson Ligaga, Sports Director Daniel Sitienei, among other dignitaries.

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09 May
By: Edward Sanga 0 0


Local and foreign athletics coaches in Nandi county have been urged to register with the county department of Sports or risk being banned from operating in the county. This is in a bid to fight the doping menace.

The county government of Nandi in collaboration with Athletics Kenya are  determined to weed out the doping menace that’s threatening the future of our athletes.

Over the past three years, the number of Kenyan athletes banned for using steroids has been on the rise.

“We want to prepare a database of all coaches operating in Nandi. We need to know who they are and where they come from and their activities,” said Sports Chief Officer Kennedy Tanui.

Among the requirements to be submitted are the Curriculum Vitae, relevant certificates, copy of identity cards/passport and passport size photo.

Sports Chief Officer Kennedy Tanui addressing the coaches.

The main reason for registering them is to keep track of the athletes progress and protect them from impostors who later lure them into doping which has costed many their titles and careers.

Athletes are also urged to be in camps. This will enable the county to impose penalties on the camps which their athletes will be found to have doped. The coaches and managers who were drawn from central rift which comprises of Nandi, Elgeyo marakwet and Uasin Gishu expressed their support in this fight.

Present at the meeting was the chief officer sports Kennedy Tanui and Athletics Kenya North Rift region Abraham Mutai and other officials.

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28 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 0 1


Nandi County’s Eliud Kipchoge ran the second fastest marathon in history to win the London Marathon for a fourth time in five years with another supreme run.

Kipchoge, who broke the world record in Berlin last year, stormed to victory 02:02.37.

The rest of the field simply couldn’t handle the pace as Kipchoge put his foot down at the halfway mark and then again with just over a mile left to run.

Kipchoge edged out Ethiopia’s Mosinet Geremew 02:02:55 and Mule Wasihun 02:03:16.

His time was slightly off his own world record pace of 2:01.39 which he set at the Berlin Marathon in 2018.

“I’m happy to win on the streets of London for the fourth time and to make history,” Kipchoge said.

Asked about his next race, he said: “As usual, I do not chase two rabbits; I only chase one and that was London. I have caught that rabbit so I will discuss with my team what follows. The second option is still open,” Kipchoge said.

Britain’s Mo Farah finished fifth in 2:3:01 behind Kipchoge.

“Congratulations to Eliud and the better man won today. He is a very special athlete and he is humble,” Farah said.

“If Eliud can run those sort of times it just gives us another level of possibility. It’s a different mindset chasing someone and it takes the pressure off me,” added Mo Farah.

In the Women’s race, Brigid Jepchirchir Kosgei was the clear winner of the women’s race after dominating the field with a phenomenal run.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, 25, won the women’s race in 02:18:20 to become the youngest female winner in London. Vivian Cheruiyot came second in 02:20:14.

It is the Kenyan’s first win in the London Marathon and she crossed the line over a minute ahead of Vivian Cheruiyot.

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24 Apr
By: Edward Sanga 2 1

World vision to partner with Nandi County in youth empowerment.

 Nandi being a youthful government, youth issues are their number one priority and for this reason, many institutions want to partner with the county government purely on youth issues.

World vision is seeking to partner with Nandi County on the Youth empowerment projects. This flagship project began with 6 counties and is now proceeding with the next 8 counties Nandi being the first on the list. Some of the counties to have had the project implemented include Homabay, Migori, Kisii, Siaya, Kisumu. Their main aim is putting their weight on youth issues so as to impact the society positively.

CECM sports and youth affairs with World vision representatives.

Forming a technical working group in a county ensures issues are advocated seriously. Youths are to be educated on aspects of governance, ensure they participate in budget making process, be taught to adopt self sustaining cultures like the saving culture which many youth don’t have. It will also structure a way for the youth to engage and their interests taken care of. The technical working group will have members drawn from several spheres which will have members from the world vision, the youths, the county assembly representatives, education officials and be chaired by the CECM sports.

The CECM sports Elly Kurgat today hosted representatives of the world vision in his office. He outlined the many plans Nandi has for the youth with the most recent one being putting the bodaboda operators in saccos. World vision agreed to among other things work with the county government on the boda boda program.

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21 Apr
By: Remmy Butia 0 1


Nandi Countys’ Mathew Kisorio is the winner of the 42km men’s race at the just concluded second edition of the Eldoret City Marathon held in Uasin Gishu County.

In a tough race, Kisorio and The Standard Chartered Singapore marathon champion Joshua Kipkorir who led most of the race were locked in a tough battle but Kipkorir faded away at the 21km mark with Mathew Kisorio taking charge of the race from the point.

Kisorio, a native of Nandi – The Source of Champions, dominated the race and won in 2:12:38 edging out David Kiplimo (2:12:48) and Kenneth Kemboi (2:12:51) rounding off the podium.

Kisorio said he is now preparing for the Valencia marathon to be held later in October.

“I only had one week to prepare for this race and now I am preparing for Valencia marathon,” added Kisorio.

The marathon, which is the brain child of former world champion Moses Tanui is one of the well-paying races with the winner pocketing over 31000 euros equivalent to Ksh 3.5milion, as the first runners up winning Ksh1.5m as the second runners up took home KSh1m.

This year’s theme ‘Mitigating Climate Change’ is alingned with the current tough climatic conditions.

While congratulating Kisorio, Nandi County CEC Member for Sports, Youth Affairs and Arts Elly Kurgat said , “We came to Uasin Gishu to take our money back to the Source Of Champions.”

“Apart from the annual Isaiah Kiplagat Ndalat Gaa Cross Country to be held in October in Nandi which I welcome all esteemed athletes, we as the Source of Champions will also host the most rewarding half marathon event in the continent in December.” said the Sports CEC.

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04 Apr
By: Luiz Kipkoech Patrick 0 4

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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30 Mar
By: Edward Sanga 0 0


In line with governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto where he promised the residents a diaspora link in his government, the county has set up a diaspora office at the Department of Sports Affairs.
The governor, who is passionate about the youth, made clear his intentions of helping the young people secure athletic scholarships to American universities when he introduced Ambassador Peter Rono during the handing of contract letters to the more than 3000 staff.

Ambassador Peter Rono is a former athlete who won the 1,500 metres race in the 1988 Summer Olympic Games, beating favourites Peter Elliott and Steve Cram of Great Britain thus becoming the youngest Olympic champion in that category. He is the only child in his family and grew up in a humble background in Kamobo, Nandi County .
Through his links and his foundation, he has helped many youths travel to the US to study, most of them coming from Nandi County. 700 young people from Nandi have so far benefitted from his program, four of them graduating with doctorate degrees recently. Most of these beneficiaries stayed in his house in Kamobo and trained there as he made arrangements for scholarships.
His passion for Nandi and the youth caught the governor’s eye and he brought him on board. Through his office, students will get materials for the SAT examinations after being assisted to secure a place in their university of choice. This will put an end to the use of agents who have always taken advantage of innocent young people and end up fleecing them.
The office is now operational and the youth from Nandi are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity. Nandi has immense potential for growth and prosperity and the office will also help support the growth of small scale projects by youth and women into larger scale enterprises. This will ensure sustainable development and shared prosperity for all.






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12 Mar
By: Evans Kipchumba 0 1


The County of Nandi is unchallenged for being the source of World Champions in athletics such track
and field athletics, it boasts of numerous World Champions , who have conquered the world ,
800M world champions who hails from the little village Kabirsang; Wilfred Bungei, Janet Kosgei ,
Pamela Jelimo , Eliud Kipchoge ; (World Marathoner to date) Robert Cheruiyot ( four time Boston
Marathon ), Martin Lel ( London Marathon Champion) among others.
One of the Governor Stephen Sang Manifesto was to have a hall of Fame for Legendary Athletes to
be establish and through this , it promotes Tourism in Nandi County.
Nandi County plays a host to couple of athletic competition and events that attract regional ,
national and international visitors who travel to participate or spectate. These events can be used
as an opportunity to Market and Promote Nandi as a Tourist Destination by partnering with Event
organizers to promote the various attraction sites in the County.

Diversification in sports is more than just participating in the Marathon to win and to get
Financial rewards , it’s also a unique Tourism product. We have unique products and drinks i.e.
famous ‘’ Mursik’’ , most foreigners admire to come and drink thinking it gives the athletes
energy to run.
The unique terrain, environment and the hospitality of the Nandi people will make most visitors
admire and stay longer in Nandi.

We have Nike Camps i.e Rosa Camp where most Marathoners are
produced and it hosts local and international athletes.
Department of Tourism, Culture and Social Welfare aims at partnering with host camps so as to
promote their uniqueness of sports industry.
CEC Mr. Taiy said ”Sports Tourism places Nandi County Globally and as a Department we will
continue celebrating our Athletes’’.
CO Tourism Beatrice Jemurgor  Said ”The unique serene environment in Nandi really promotes
athletes to conquer the World’’.
‘’Nandi is the place to be’’.

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