Tchundwa residents for the first time since independence own their land permanently, despite of the locals being there.
On 9th May 10, 2017, County Government through the Ministry of Land and Water, more than 600 title deeds were handed over to Tchundwa residents by H.E Governor accompanied by Faza ward MCA Abass Famau,C.E.C for Education Khamisi Kaviha, C.O for Lands Florence Ndung’u and other County Government officials.
Land being a sensitive issue all over the county, Governor Issa Abdalla Timamy said,
Land surveying will be done for the Lamu citizens to ensure they all have title deeds for their land.
A farmer receives seeds and fertilizers from the Governor
County Government, during this rainy season, has also distributed seeds and fertilizers to the farmers from Tchundwa. Agriculture and livestock department is struggling to ensure farmers get seeds and fertilizers so that they can carry on with their farming activities. County Government has also offered 2 tractors and a boat to the farmers. During his speech, Governor promised that he will also provide fishermen with nets and boat machines.
Lamu County Government is rehabilitating Kizingitini youth polytechnic which was neglected by previous regime.
The polytechnic was offering courses of computer packaging, carpentry and tailoring.
The institution has been registered by the ministry of Education and the county government of Lamu is taking over to be Kizingitini Vocational Training Center.
According to the governor Issa Timamy the center was the first polytechnic build in Lamu but it was neglected for a long time.
“I call upon the Kizingitini people and Lamu East as a whole to take this opportunity and bring their youth and I assure you that, we will bring qualified staff” said the governor.
The county government of Lamu will partner with with KPA to introduce marine courses.
Other course that will be offered will be: – masonry and electrical.
The center is expected to be reopened soon after it completion in two month time.
The rehabilitation work cost the Lamu county government 10 million Kenya shillings and the studying equipment have already been ordered.
Lamu County has made progress in Education sector since devolution.Previously, it was hard for youths to acquire education and study further due to reasons like poverty, which most youths were forced to b idle and end up engaging in drugs.
Through Education department, Lamu County Government has managed to offer bursary to the high school and collage/university students so that they get to acquire education as a great foundation of life and be able to accomplish their dreams.
During the launching of bursary at Mkunguni town square by H.E Governor accompanied by C.E.C Education Kaviha Khamisi, C.O education Hafswa Difin together with other County officials, bursary cheques were given to five wards; Mkunumbi, Bahari, Shela,Mkomani and Hongwe, for Form ones and collage/ university students. 658 collage/university students and 640 form ones making a total of 1298 beneficiaries.
In his speech, H.E Governor, praised the Education department for the fairness and justice in the allocation of bursary.
FROM (RIGHT) DIRECTOR OF HEALTH DR. MULEWA, CO HEALTH MOHAMED ABUBAKAR ,H.E ISSA TIMAMY ,NURSE IN CHARGE MAISHA MASHA DISPENSARY, CEC DR. KOMBO AND CEC MR. KAVIHA
Maisha Masha residents on 27/04/2017 for the first time in history get a fully equipped dispensary sponsored by Lamu county government.
Maisha Masha dispensary is the 2th newly constructed dispensaries in Lamu County build by the County Government of Lamu under the leadership of H.E the governor Issa Timamy.
The construction of Maisha Masha dispensary cost the county government 6 million ksh.
The service that will be offered is diagnosis and delivery service whereby there is a delivery room full equipped.
According to the resident of Maisha Masha, they had to travel to Witu in order to get medical services hence they thank the governor for putting that project in that area.
MAISHA MASHA DISPENSARY
While addressing the people of Maisha Masha Lamu Governor Issa Timamy argued women of that village not to deliver at home any more.
Other dispensary which is completed and awaiting to be opened is Muhamarani, Sinambio, Katsakakairu, Moa, Tewe and Uziwa.
Governor Issa Abdallah Timami laid a laboratory’s foundation stone for the ongoing pate girls boarding secondary school on 23rd April 2017.
Since education is first a priority to the Governor, he is striving to ensure youths from Lamu acquire education as one of their right by ensuring all the requirement needed are available for the youths to enjoy the right, “we will do our best to ensure youths acquire education as one of their right”.
Together with Lamu county assembly speaker Mohammed hashim, Faza ward MCA Abbas Famau and C.E.E health Mohammed Kombo, during the meeting with pate residents; governor said the 5million cost project is expected to be complete by July this year.
Two youth groups; Pate Youth Education Initiative and Okoa Pate received working equipment from the governor. The pate youth education initiative received photocopy machine, printer and computer while okoa pate received wheelbarrows, brooms and rekeys.
Governor requested C.E.C health, Mohammed Kombo that 3 youths from pate; Muzafar Abdalla, Salim Hassan and Muhammad to be assigned cleaning job and they are to start by 1st may 2017.
He also insisted pate residents to live peaceful and not accept to be divided by political leaders.
The Lamu county government has established several small-scale irrigation schemes aimed at boosting food security across the archipelago.
The devolved unit’s ambitious rural irrigation scheme seeks to link villages through nearest possible sources of water.
The schemes that are transforming livelihoods are at Mkunumbi, Basuba, Witu, Moa, Chalaluma and Maleli areas in Lamu West sub-county.
Lamu Governor Issa Timamy says in an interview that his administration has expended Sh. 14 million in 2015 to start the small-scale irrigation schemes designed as a ‘ladder out of poverty’ for rural communities and small holder farmers.
The county boss says in order to make agricultural production more sustainable in the region the county government is empowering farmers who venture into irrigated crop production.
‘As a county we want to support irrigated agriculture for enhanced food security through tapping into the waters of river Tana that meanders into Lamu’ said Timamy.
He went on ‘we have also started distributing high quality seeds and fertilizers to farmers to improve yields’.
The county government supports irrigation projects covering more than 57 acres using water sources from Lake Moa and Lake Amu.
The move is aimed at unlocking the existing potential in the county to improve food security, income of farmers and general livelihoods of the residents.
The 10 acres Moa irrigation scheme is utilizing water from the Lake Moa in the Tana Delta to fight perennial food shortages in the coastal county.
It is on this basis that the women group under the umbrella of the Moa conservation group approached the county government for assistance.
The county administration provided the women with all farm inputs, including quality seeds, farm implements, pipes to siphon water from Lake Moa to irrigate crops and farm fencing.
‘We previously engaged in livestock keeping and fishing but now fully engaged in agricultural activities involving crop rotation’ says Maryam Roba the Moa women group secretary.
She says members can now grow food for their families and the market in surrounding villages that have no access to the water.
Paulo Nyoka the ward administrator for Witu in the sub-county says the schemes are providing villagers who were hitherto dependent on rain fed agriculture with means to fight poverty.
He says the irrigation projects have ensured food sustenance for members of the various programmes as well as advance environmental conservation.
Nyoka says the small scale irrigation projects that are slowly turning the region greenbelts will improve food security, agriculture-based income and general livelihood of the people of Lamu.
‘For example two months ago farmers in Chalaluma irrigation project harvested food crops worth Sh. 1 million’ he said.
Aliya Waticho a mother of four and a member of the Moa conservation group said ‘ agriculture is our main source of income in the village’.