State Allocates Sh1.4bn For Construction Of Fishing Landing Sites

The government has set aside Sh1.4 billion for the construction of new fish landing sites to ensure the Coast region’s fishermen reap maximum benefit from fishing activities.

Mining, Blue Economy, and Maritime Affairs Cabinet Secretary Salim Mvurya says the fish landing sites will be constructed at Mokowe and Mtangawanda in Lamu County, as well as Kipini in Tana River County.

Other sites include Kichwa cha Kati, Ngomeni, and Kilifi Central in Kilifi County, and Kadongo in Mombasa County, while Kwale County will have one at Mwaepe in addition to another existing fish landing site at Mwandamo Beach Management Unit (BMU), which will be revamped.

Mvurya says the government is keen on ensuring that fishing is uplifted from a position where it was mostly regarded as a hobby to a level where it is an important investment that contributes to food security and also earns citizens a reasonable income.

‘That is why we are carrying out this important exercise of ensuring that we put in place the requisite infrastruct
ure from Lamu to Vanga to provide adequate and suitable facilities to preserve fish,’ stated Mvurya.

He spoke on Saturday when he presided over the National Celebrations to mark this year’s World Ocean Day that were held at the Mwandamo BMU fish landing site in Msambweni, Kwale County.

The CS also disclosed that the government is set to construct a Sh838 million Blue Economy Training Centre at Shimoni in Kwale County that will absorb trainees from both Kenya and a neighbouring country.

‘Those who want to venture into seaweed farming, those who want to learn about crab farming, or any other sea-related production, will have an opportunity to train,’ CS Mvurya said.

The Centre will be an additional facility to the Sh1.2 billion ultra-modern Regional Maritime Logistics Institute that the national government is constructing at Kombani in Kwale County.

He said a new project dubbed ‘Vijana na Baharia’ is in the pipeline and will be launched soon, where 600 youths will be trained free of charge on how to make l
ife jackets.

‘They will be making these life jackets for the ready market in the country. This will ensure we do not expend our foreign exchange on importing items that can be made locally,’ Mvurya observed.

In an effort to bolster the Coast region’s blue economy potential for the benefit of the residents, CS Mvurya said the government has procured 150 modern boats that will enable fishermen to venture into more profitable fishing.

He indicated that another 25 boats for deep-sea fishing will be purchased to enable the fishermen to go fishing further into the sea than they are doing now.

The CS encouraged the residents of Kwale to take advantage of the Kenya Marine Fisheries Socio-Economic Development (KEMFSED) project implemented by the World Bank in conjunction with the Government of Kenya, which has already disbursed Sh1 billion.

‘In addition, we have around Sh2 billion in that fund. There are two more phases remaining, one set at approximately Sh1.2 billion and another at around Sh761 million. So your
group should prepare adequately so that you can benefit from this fund,’ Mvurya said.

Other efforts by the government to enhance the blue economy include the ongoing construction of a new fisheries port at a cost of Sh2.6 billion.

Mvurya called for concerted efforts to curb marine pollution and environmental destruction.

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Natembeya Calls For Unity To Enhance Development

Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has urged political leaders to join hands to steer forward the development of the county.

He emphasised that peace and unity are valuable ingredients for development and warned against divisive politics, saying it only serves to spread hatred and cause chaos.

Speaking during interdenominational prayers led by Catholic Diocese of Kitale Bishop Henry Juma Odonya at Kitale Show Ground on Saturday, the Governor said the time for political machinations is over and extended an olive branch to his 2022 political competitors to join hands with him for the sake of development.

Natembeya directed county staff to ensure equitable delivery and distribution of resources in the cosmopolitan county and insisted that no one should be discriminated against by virtue of ethnicity, colour, or religion.

‘I am ordering county staff to ensure that every member of the public is treated fairly and to their satisfaction, for I am sure it will help to maintain peace,’ he said.

In a measure to
appreciate the cultural diversity of the region, Natembeya revealed that plans are underway to ensure a cultural centre is established where the cultures of all the communities in the region are showcased and preserved for posterity.

The governor said the government has plans in the next financial year to subsidise agriculture by increasing funding for the Mbegu Initiative, which he said has enhanced productivity.

‘From the feedback we are getting, the Mbegu Initiative, which the government introduced with the objective of enhancing food security, has greatly intensified agricultural activities in this region, and we are optimistic that the results will be positive. In the next financial year, we are going to increase funding for the initiative so that more farmers are reached,’ he said.

The Governor further ordered the Department of Social Services to ensure the rehabilitation of Kwanza Rehabilitation Centre to facilitate better services.

Present during the prayers were Deputy Governor Philomenah Kapkory
, Speaker of Trans Nzoia County Assembly Obed Mwale, and County Executive Committee Members led by County Secretary Truphosa Amere, among others.

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Murang’a MPs Pledge To Complete The Link Roads

Three legislators from Murang’a County have assured residents of the government’s commitment to complete the construction of Mau Mau Road.

Speaking on Saturday at Kanyenyaini Market during a public sensitization forum on triple threats, the MPs said Sh5 billion has been allocated in the 2024/2025 budget to fund the completion of the link road, which stalled two years ago.

Kangema Member of Parliament Peter Kihungi observed that after the contractors left the site, many sections of the road were rendered impassible, especially during rainy seasons.

He lamented that residents served by the road have been struggling to take their produce to markets and also access other parts of the county due to the poor state of the road.

Construction of Mau Mau Road, which was a flagship project of the Jubilee regime, stalled in 2022 after three contractors who were doing the work left the project, citing a delay in payments.

The link road, including tributaries, has a length of about 500 kilometres and connects four cou
nties, including Nyeri, Murang’a, Kiambu, and Nyandarua.

The Sh30 billion road is intended to open up areas bordering Aberdare Forest and boost agricultural activities and eco-tourism in the areas the trunk road traverses.

‘During the past rainy season, most parts of the road were left impassable after the contractors excavated and left ditches and boulders along the road. We have approached the Chair of the Parliamentary Committee for Budget, Ndindi Nyoro who has allocated some funds to ensure the construction works proceed,’ added Kihungi.

By the beginning of the next financial year, the MP assured that the contractors will be back on site and requested that residents to be patient.

Murang’a Senator Joe Nyutu said Mau Mau Road is a major project meant to boost economic activities in counties within the east and west of the Aberdare ranges.

He said that as Murang’a leaders, they will not give up on the push to ensure the road is completed in the next financial year.

‘The road was to be completed like o
ne year ago. We are negotiating with the concerned government agencies to ensure the road is done and serves the locals,’ added Nyutu.

Murang’a Woman Representative Betty Maina asked the residents to continue supporting the government, saying plans are underway to see the completion of stalled projects in the county.

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Baringo Residents Asked To Embrace Cash Crop Farming

Baringo residents have been called upon to embrace cash crop farming to benefit from the government’s initiative to transform agriculture in the country.

Led by Cooperatives and MSMEs Development Cabinet Secretary Simon Chelugui and Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi, the leaders made the call at KSG Baringo during the dissemination of MTP IV.

Chelugui emphasised the importance of shifting from subsistence food crops to cash crops in the county as a means of increasing wealth, saying they will tap into government investment in the sector, especially in the new MTP IV circle.

He said the National Government will work together with the County Governments to ensure smooth implementation of development programmes in the county.

‘We are going to support the County Government of Baringo in terms of development, especially in value chain creation in coffee and cotton,’ promised Chelugui.

‘We have always been focusing on food crops instead of cash crops, we must balance what we eat with what is in our pockets. Bar
ingo could be one of the largest producers of coffee in the country,’ stated Chelugui.

He stressed that most wealthy individuals in Kenya rely heavily on cash crops. He urged the residents to seek solutions by investing in and generating more cash crops such as coffee and cotton.

‘As I lead the campaign to raise the coffee production from 51 metric tonnes to 200 metric tonnes, I want Baringo to be part of the plans so that they can get income from crop farming,’ added Chelugui.

Chelugui confirmed that Baringo is among the counties that will benefit from the Sh100 million revitalization of the cotton industry with the improvement of the ginning process.

‘There is a programme for planting cotton, and Baringo is one of the beneficiaries; we should dwell on coffee and cotton, and since cotton doesn’t require a lot of water and rain, it’s convenient in our county.’

Baringo Governor Cheboi outlined the county’s strategic plan to diversify its agricultural portfolio.

‘As a county, we are putting into considera
tion the cultivation of cash crops like coffee, sisal, macadamia, and mangoes,’ stated Cheboi.

The governor highlighted the county’s efforts to create a conducive environment for farmers, including improving infrastructure and providing technical support to farmers.

He called on the government to facilitate market creation for the farmers’ products to ensure they reap maximum benefits for their efforts.

On his part, Sports Principal Secretary Peter Tum said the government is creating sector support where farmers will no longer worry about where to sell their products as they will find ready markets.

He termed sessional papers, national development agendas, and cabinet resolutions alongside the MTP as tools to actualize development in the country.

His health counterpart, Harry Kimtai, took the participants, who included government officials at both levels of government, members of the public, and special interest groups, on the key areas the government will concentrate on in the next five years of the bud
geting circle.

Kimtai revealed that a new livestock training institute will be established in Mogotio Baringo, having been budgeted for in the coming budget to a tune of Sh150 million.

The forum highlighted a clear pathway for Baringo to invest in cash crops, which will represent a strategic move towards bolstering the county’s economic stability and enhancing its presence on the global agricultural market.

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Utilise Feedlot Project, Baringo Farmers Urged

Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Co-operatives and MSMEs Development Simon Chelugui has urged Baringo residents to take advantage of the first ever feedlot programme in the country to improve their livelihoods.

Speaking during a county dissemination forum of the Fourth Medium Term Plan 2023-2027 at the Kenya School of Government, Baringo Campus, Chelugui encouraged farmers from the region to subscribe to the Olmarai livestock cooperative society, which will manage the national pilot project in Mogotio Sub County.

The CS stated that the State Department of Cooperatives, in collaboration with the other ten ministries, plans to have 15,000 hybrid bulls to increase the production of high-quality beef and leather products for the local and export markets.

‘I am urging farmers from the region to start registering with Sh1,000 and buy shares of Sh5,000 so that they can be the first to benefit from the national government initiative,’ he said.

Chelugui made the remarks after the national technical implementation commit
tee conducted a week-long community sensitization and membership recruitment exercise across seven sub-counties in Baringo.

The CS said the national government will identify three to four other places to establish more feedlots in the county. He also revealed that 600 bulls, 200 he-goats, and 200 rams have already been delivered to start off the livestock improvement programme.

He at the same time reiterated the government’s commitment to improving the dairy sector through an upcoming government initiative dubbed ‘one farmer, one dairy cow’ that seeks to increase milk productivity as well as provide income to households.

‘We are partnering with the European Union in coming up with a programme of one farmer, one dairy cow, where we shall group farmers into cooperatives; thus, we are urging the devolved units to support the worthy course because when we team up, that local farmer at the grassroots will greatly benefit,’ said Chelugui.

Governor Benjamin Cheboi lauded the national government for the feedlots
programme, which he said will boost the meat value chain in the pastoralist county.

He revealed that the county prides itself on having over 1 million cattle, sheep, and goats, respectively, which, if farmers are assisted to improve and sustain production, can play an integral part in the economy and daily livelihoods of residents.

According to Assistant Commissioner for Cooperatives Peter Wanjohi, who led the sensitization exercise, the project, which will commence in the first quarter of the 2024-2025 financial year, targets 5,000 members in Baringo and will provide seed capital for the first lot of 400 cows.

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Judiciary Stakeholders Collaborate To Stem Corruption

The Court of Appeal Judge, Justice Paul Mwaniki Gachoka, has said it is imperative that people are put at the centre of the justice system as a measure to achieve justice for all.

Gachoka reiterated that the Judiciary cannot achieve public trust and confidence in the Judicial system without the support and collaboration of its’ stakeholders.

He was speaking during an open-day programme themed ‘Enhancing public trust and confidence in the judicial systems through stakeholder engagement, awareness, and sensitization.’

Justice Gachoka said that trust and confidence are outcomes of Judicial processes that are responsive to individuals’ needs and communities, particularly the marginalised and vulnerable.

‘Within this context, the Judiciary is entering the ethos of accountability to the extent of preserving its honour and authority,’ said Justice Gachoka.

‘Corruption and perceptions of corruption in the Judiciary not only undermine the court’s credibility in the fight against corruption but also erode the cour
t’s impartiality, harming all the co-judicial functions,’ Justice Gachoka averred.

He added that corruption is a global challenge that is akin to a pandemic which has permeated all sectors of society and hinders development, erodes public trust, undermines the rule of law, and promotes inequality in society.

The Appeal Court Judge stated that winning this war is not simple since it requires multiple collaborative approaches by all stakeholders, therefore the need to act together to secure the rule of law.

‘As stakeholders, we play a critical role in the fight against corruption,’ Gachoka said, adding that ‘we have the responsibility to safeguard the interests of Kenyans and protect all Kenyans, especially the vulnerable, because there is a strong correlation between corruption, poverty, and inequality.’

He reiterated that the Constitution demands that the judiciary not only remove barriers to accessing justice but also take effective steps to engage with the public and other stakeholders in the administra
tion of justice.

Further, Justice Gachoka said that integrity and accountability are co-fundamental values and principles of the constitutional system; therefore, they must work together for enhanced public confidence in governance institutions.

‘One of the many reasons why it is important to interact with the public and court users is for feedback purposes,’ noted the judge.

Feedback, he added, not only enables them to contextualise justice needs and capabilities but also drives them to be accountable and improve the processes and performance of their courts.

Speaking at the event, the High Court Presiding Judge currently serving at the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division (ACEC), Lady Justice Esther Maina, said that the vibrancy of the programme not only demonstrates the dedication of the court’s administration but also the significant contributions of all stakeholders.

‘We all have a part to play in the battle against corruption,’ stated Justice Maina, adding that raising public awareness is a
crucial component in fighting corruption.

Kenya Prisons Service Legal Officer Dr. Miriam Nyamwamu echoed the view that corruption hinders economic growth and public trust.

‘We have complaints boxes where whoever has a complaint can anonymously write and drop it in so reparative legal action can be taken,’ Nyamwamu said.

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Thika Courts Get 10-Acre Delmonte Land For Expansion

The Judiciary has received a major boost after Kiambu County donated a 10-acre piece of land for the expansion of Thika law courts.

The land is part of the 695-acre parcel that was surrendered last year by multinational fruit processor Delmonte Ltd., where the county also plans to establish an Export Processing Zone (EPZ), government offices, and affordable housing projects.

Governor Kimani Wamatangi made the announcement during an open-day court forum organised by the Thika High Court, the Environmental and Land Court, and the Chief Magistrate’s Court to sensitise the public on the services offered by the Judiciary and stakeholders.

Wamatangi said the land will be enough to facilitate the construction of better and more modern facilities to enhance service delivery.

‘I gave you an offer of 10 acres for the construction of modern courts on the Delmonte land. We have enough land there that you can use to modernise your infrastructure. I know it might be far from the town, but it will be worth it, as we pla
n to have Thika elevated into a smart city in a few months’ time. You will need that space,’ Wamatangi said.

This came as court officials led by Chief Magistrate Stella Atambo decried infrastructure challenges caused by inadequate space.

The court serves Thika, Gatundu, and Ruiru sub-counties and received its first High Court Judge in November last year.

Eric Ogolla, the Principal High Court Judge who represented Chief Justice Martha Koome at the function, decried the extreme underfunding of the Judiciary.

Ogolla called on budget makers to consider increasing the budgetary allocation for the Judiciary to facilitate quality service delivery.

In the 2024-2025 budget estimates, the Judiciary has been allocated Sh24.64 billion.

Justice Florence Muchemi, the presiding Judge of the newly established Thika High Court, said they have started hearing most of the cases that were previously being heard in Kiambu.

Justice Muchemi called for an additional judge to cater for the growing jurisdiction of appeals from
the Thika, Gatundu, Ruiru, and Kamwangi law courts.

Atambo, on her part, noted that with technological advancements in the administration of justice, such as the introduction of e-filing, backlogs have reduced, service delivery has been enhanced, and the time taken to prosecute cases has been reduced.

Wamatangi made the donation days after donating and renovating another facility that is currently housing Thika High Court.

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Menstrual Hygiene: Boy Child Asked To Support Girl Child

Molo Deputy County Commissioner, Ngura Mwamachi, has underscored the need for sensitization of the boy child about menstrual hygiene awareness to fight the stigma associated with menses.

Mr. Mwamachi noted that many girls shy away from socialising during their periods to avoid getting teased by boys, hence the need to educate the boy-child to have them empathise with and be understanding about their sisters’ physiological development.

‘It is crucial to also include boys in raising menstrual hygiene awareness to ensure girls do not feel ashamed of menstruation since it is a natural process,’ Mwamachi stated.

He observed that in most cases, girls opt to miss school during menstruation to avoid the embarrassment of being taunted by boys out of fear of staining their clothes, period pain, and becoming less interactive in class. He added that this should not be the case, but instead, the boys ought to play a supportive role by ensuring that the girls are comfortable under all circumstances.

‘Once the boys get
informed on what girls go through during their menses, they will turn out to be a great support to the girls, who will feel more comfortable during their menses,’ Mwamachi said.

The DCC was speaking at Molo during the distribution of 68,536 sanitary pads to 56 schools within the sub-county.

Present during the function was the area Sub-County Director of Education, Sylvester Musikoye, who encouraged girls to disclose when they are experiencing their periods to their parents or teachers to receive the necessary support, adding that they should not feel embarrassed about attending school during their periods.

He said that each pupil will receive eight packets of sanitary pads, each containing eight pieces, and thus will be well equipped to go on for several months during their periods.

This initiative has been done in collaboration with the State Department for Gender and Affirmative Action to the tune of Sh876 million to benefit over two million girls in public primary, junior, and special schools nationwid

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TVET Students Celebrate Cultural Day To Promote Diversity

Over 2,000 students from Kericho Township Technical and Vocational College celebrated their cultural day, showcasing diverse cultural performances to depict Kenya’s diverse cultural heritage.

In an interview with the press, Principal Shadrack Tonui said the TVET institution was committed to fostering cultural diversity that is represented among the students with a view to creating an inclusive and harmonious learning atmosphere.

‘More than half of our 2,652 student population comes from diverse communities who possess different cultures, and so whenever we have such cultural activity, we bring them all together to celebrate our unique blend of cultures in our school.

Students all the way from Machakos, Mombasa, Lamu, Bungoma, Nyeri, Meru, Kisii, Kisumu, Narok, and neighbouring counties come together, and they will be able to interact and learn about the cultures exhibited today’, said Principal Tonui.

The students’ president, Duncan Cheruiyot, said the cultural day gave students an opportunity to celebrat
e the essence of a multicultural society, highlighting the beauty and diversity of KERITTVC that make it a unique learning institution.

‘This is an opportunity for us as students to come together and celebrate our different cultures. As students, we are one family,’ said Cheruiyot.

During the one-day event organised by the Student Council, presentations varied from traditional dances, songs, cultural outfits, as well as Kenyan traditional foods enjoyed.

This was the second cultural event held at the TVET institution, with the first one celebrated in 2021.

KERITTVC is among the second set of 60 public TVET institutions situated in the Ainamoi sub-county within Kericho County. It is the fifth TVET in Kericho County.

The college was constructed pursuant to the government’s commitment to build at least one technical and vocational college in every constituency.

The institute’s first phase was jointly funded by the government and NG-CDF in 2015 and completed in 2019.

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Bishop Oballa Condemns LGBTQ, Says Unbiblical

Ngong’s Diocese Catholic Presiding Bishop John Oballa has called on society to reject Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ), as it is contrary to the Bible and the natural law.

Bishop Oballa, who spoke during an education day at St. Mary’s Secondary School in Narok County, asked students to oppose anything that is contrary to God’s will so that they can succeed in life.

‘We should reject promoting or being recruited into the LGBTQ community because it is a bad practice contrary to the will of God. Instead, students should engage in productive business to shape their careers,’ he said.

Further, the spiritual leader asked students to avoid peers who influence them to take drugs while in school, as it affects their health.

‘Reject drugs, as they are not healthy,’ he said.

He asked students to portray God’s love, which is selfless and seeks the good of other people other than their own.

‘There are three types of love: we give ourselves to others as God did when he gave his only son; self-ce
ntred love, which is the love that calculates what gain you get from the relationship; and pleasure-seeking love, which falls short of God’s will,’ he said.

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