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Monday, 17 Apr 2017 19:13 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is due to visit Kisumu County tomorrow, has today released a list of the Jubilee government's development programme in the former Nyanza Province which social media commentators have dismissed as "dismal".
The statement issued by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu lists as part of the government's achievements money that has been disbursed to county governments in the region - Sh17.89 billion for Kisumu County, Sh17.74 billion for Homa Bay and Sh15.30 billion for Siaya.
In addition, the list includes other devolved funds that are allocated to all regions in the country under legally-mandated formula, such as the constituency development funds (CDF), women enterprise development funds and youth enterprise development funds - none of which is an initiative of the Jubilee government.
The spokesman's statement also includes the number of laptops for Class One pupils that have been issued in the region and subsidies for maternal healthcare, which are also nationally-implemented programmes, but it had no projects specific to the Nyanza region be it in the roads, health or industrial development sectors.
The Nyanza region benefitted immensely from grand coalition road and education projects, and Kisumu City itself had its road network transformed through the development of link roads, overpasses and the Kisumu International Airport, the latter was final commissioning was done under the Jubilee government.
Below are some reactions by Facebook users on the president's official page, while further below is the unedited statement provided by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu.
Akeyo Obong'o Gideon Why would one be mentioning devolved funds if indeed, there exist tangible projects directly funded from the national government kitty! Remove devolved funds and you are left with maternity subsidy and the lousy tablets! So much for development over five years!
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Donatus Ojala McOpiyo The so mentioned "projects/funds" are not Uhuru's choice or decisions, those are mandated by the constitution. What projects have UhuRuto's government personally initiated in the region, like road constructions, hata ka foot bridge?
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Edwin Lallo Kindly ask Uhuru Kenyatta clear the lake basin standoff amounting to 4.2 billion just like the coffee debt KISUMU youths want to be employed too at this mall it must be open and they say no to privatization!
Govt defends development record in Nyanza region
KISUMU, 17 APRIL 2017 (PSCU) — State House today defended the Jubilee Government’s development track record in Nyanza region.
The Government said the region has been getting the same attention as other parts of the country and local counties have been allocated their rightful shares of devolution funding.
State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, who addressed the press at the Kisumu State Lodge, said the National Government has directly funded projects in the region, funded social inclusion projects and has funded devolved systems.
In terms of devolved funds, Kisumu County has received Sh17.89 billion whereas the CDF allocation in the corresponding period was Sh2.63 billion.
“This implies that a large chunk of cash has been available to help grow the county — and hopefully the Governor and the MPs from here invested the money well in projects that lift the lives of the residents,” said Mr Esipisu.
Kisumu County has received 21,792 tablets, distributed to 402 schools, under the Digital Literacy Programme, said the Spokesperson.
The National Government has also paid for free maternity that has seen 77,452 deliveries since June 2013.
In regards to social inclusion, there have been a total of 36,256 beneficiaries of the Women Enterprise Fund, at a cost of Sh216, 350,000.
Youth Enterprise Development Fund, a total of 11,391 people have benefitted from the fund, at a cost of Sh119,369,284, whereas in relation to the Uwezo Fund, 33,347 people have benefited, this at a cost of Sh128, 105,228.
Mr Esipisu also listed the statistics on Homa Bay County, which received Sh17.74 billion in devolution funds since President Uhuru Kenyatta came to power. The County also received Sh3.05 billion in CDF monies since 2013 when President Kenyatta came to power.
In relation to the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), the County has received 20,414 tablets in 474 primary schools.
On the Free Maternity Services Programme, there were a total number of deliveries of 85,806 since June 2013.
In regards to social inclusion, there have been a total of 39,815 beneficiaries of the Women Enterprise Fund, at a cost of Sh268, 483,200. In regards to Youth Enterprise Development Fund, a total of 9,797 people have benefitted from the fund, at a cost of Sh 113,616,562, whereas in relation to the Uwezo Fund, 25,559 people have benefited, this at a cost of Sh145, 207,281.
In Siaya County, the amount of money transferred to devolved administration since 2013 is Sh15.30 Billion whereas the CDF allocation since President Kenyatta’s Administration came to power is Sh2.26 Billion.
In relation to the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), the County has received 21, 666 tablets in 393 primary schools.
On the Free Maternity Services Programme, there were a total number of deliveries of 77,513 in Siaya since June 2013.
In regards to social inclusion, there have been a total of 23,093 beneficiaries of the Women Enterprise Fund, at a cost of Sh 113,912,900. In regards to Youth Enterprise Development Fund, a total of 7,828 people have benefitted from the fund, at a cost of Sh108, 727,065, whereas in relation to the Uwezo Fund, 22,825 people have benefited, this at a cost of Sh 110,901,354.
Mr Esipisu made the statement during his weekly media briefing, which he held in Kisumu, ahead of President Kenyatta’s expected visit to the lakeside city tomorrow for the Kenya National Drama Festival.
He said President Kenyatta’s administration has done its best to promote culture and arts.
“The Kenya Film School has been established, which provides the youth to develop film production skills and consequently, promote the local film industry,” said Mr Esipisu.
The intake of the first batch from the Kenya Film School was in June 2016, who graduated in December of the same year.
He also cited the Studio Mashinani project to build and operate independent audio music recording and creative production studios in the counties.
“This is premised on the slogan that ‘Talent ni Kazi’. Five studios have been set up in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa in Phase One of the project: 3 studios are in Nairobi and one each in Mombasa and Kisumu,” said Mr Esipisu.
Jack is a business and society writer at the Kenya Free Press