November 23rd 2017

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Makueni County administration hits ground running as new cabinet takes office

Those who took oath of office include Paul Wasanga taking over the office of County Secretary, Mary Kimanzi (Finance and Socio-economic Planning). Robert Kisyula (Water, Irrigation and Environment), Dr Naomi Makau (Education and ICT) and Dr Andrew Mulwa (Health Services).

By Phillip MuleeMonday, 23 Oct 2017 13:59 EAT

Paul Wasanga, County Secretary, taking oath of office.

The Makueni County Executive Committee Members recently appointed by Governor Kivutha Kibwana have today taken oath of office at an event graced by the governor, his deputy Adelina Mwau and members of the clergy.

Those who took oath of office include Paul Wasanga taking over the office of County Secretary, Mary Kimanzi (Finance and Socio-economic Planning). Robert Kisyula (Water, Irrigation and Environment), Dr Naomi Makau (Education and ICT) and Dr Andrew Mulwa (Health Services).

Mary Kimanzi CEC, Finance and Socio-Economic Planning taking oath of office.

Others in the ten-member-cabinet included Joshua Wambua (Lands and Urban Planning), Lawrence Nzunga (Agriculture), Eng. Sebastian Kyoni (Transport, Energy and Public Works), Dr Godfrey Makau (Youth, Gender, Sports and Social Services), Rosemary Maundu (Trade, Tourism and Cooperatives), and Julius Kaloi (Devolution and Public Service).

Lawrence Nzunga, CEC Agriculture being sworn in today.

“Their swearing in paves way for assumption to office to oversee implementation of the County development agenda, anchored in the County Vision 2025”, said a post on Governor Kibwana’s Press Service FB.

Also in attendance during the occasion were Speaker Makueni County Assembly Douglas Mbilu, Majority Leader Kyalo Mumo among other dignitaries and Members of the County Assembly.

Makueni County recently made a major stride towards water sufficiency and independence through the launch of the Billion Dollar Business Alliance.

This is a framework that brings together the County Government, Non-Governmental Organisations, and the National government to a joint water development initiative.

In Makueni, the Billion Dollar Business Alliance will entail:-

Every household in Makueni has sufficient potable water for domestic use from rain water harvesting from roofs (stop fetching water (Kuuta kiw’u) ideology).

Every household in Makueni is food secure and economically empowered by adopting the “1 acre rule” initiative plus others.

All public and private institutions have sufficient potable water from rain water harvesting from roofs

All rivers and streams in Makueni have a series of sand dams to serve as water reservoirs for domestic and small scale irrigation

All boreholes in Makueni uses solar energy for pumping water

All hills and mountains in Makueni are protected from indiscriminative exploitation and allowed to regenerate naturally.

200,000 households constructing water pans and utilization for small scale irrigation and livestock development

Incentive approach to ensure 200,000 households have 2 water tanks of 10M3 for drinking water

100 per cent installation of water tanks in all institutions in Makueni County

Strategic establishment of a series of 20 -50 sand dams and weirs along all major (10) rivers running across the County

200,000 households adaptation of the one acre rule

Roads for water program rolled out in Makueni county

Farmer managed natural regeneration initiatives

Incentive approach ensuring household drip irrigation infrastructure

Value chain addition:-

Access to farm inputs (irrigation kits, pond liners, seeds, pesticides, etc)

Youth groups organized into coops around each sand dam for farming and marketing

200-500m stretch on both sides of the rives for small scale irrigation

Collection centres and cold storage

Access to affordable credit

Agro-entrepreneurship, cottage industry, etc

Marketing:-

Contract farming for high value crops

Market linkages

Joint marketing to secured markets

Partnership with Makueni Fruit processing plant as suppliers of fruits.

Partnership with Kikima dairy.

Linking up with abattoirs for marketing of livestock and poultry.

The BDBA Makueni chapter was launched by Governor Kivutha Kibwana and representatives and representatives of of various NGOs among them:

ICRAF, Kenya Rain Association, UN-WFP, USAID, DANIDA, UoN and Financial institutions.

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