Archives October 2020

LAMU COUNTY GOVERNMENT LOOKS INTO FUTURE WITH EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION CENTERS

Lamu County Government is betting on Early Childhood Development Education Centers (ECDEs) to build a solid and lifelong foundation for the County’s next generation of children between 4-5 years.

A total of 28 ECDEs will have been built by 2021. 20 facilities have been built in the last 3 financial years and 8 will be built in this financial year.

Speaking at the County Headquarters in Mokowe, Lamu County Governor, Fahim Twaha, said education continues to be at the center of his social transformation approach for the future growth of Lamu.

“In the near future this County will be home to the biggest Port in Kenya, a City that will be a regional transport and logistics hub, and other major investments. We will need a local human resource built from within and therefore must build this foundation from now, ” said Governor Fahim

6 ECDEs were built in the 2017-18 financial year at Bobo in Hindi Ward, Ndambwe at Mkunumbi Ward, Sese at Hongwe Ward, Kizingitini Girls at Faza Ward and at Amkeni and Pangani at Witu Ward.

In the 2018-19 financial year, the County built the Ishakani ECDE in Kiunga Ward.

In 2019-2020 financial year, 13 ECDEs were built at Siyu in Faza Ward, Mangu, Sikomani, Lake Kenyatta and Lumshi in Bahari Ward; Mikinduni and Kizuke in Mkunumbi, Tangeni and Thakuthaku in Witu Ward; Bomani and Jipendeni in Hongwe Ward, Hindi in Hindi Ward and Mararani in Shela Ward.

In the 2020-21 financial year 8 ECDEs will be completed at Bahari, Sinambio and Jericho in Hongwe Ward; India in Mkomani Ward, Kakathe in Witu Ward, Shekale in Mkunumbi Ward, Milimani in Basuba Ward and Kizingitini in Faza Ward.

Beyond infrastuctural development, the County has employed 112 teachers in the ECDE sector, with 80% of them already promoted to the next job group. Plans to kickstart ECDE school feeding program are also in their final stages. Over 6700 secondary students have been supported through bursaries and scholarships in the past 3 years.

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

Governor Fahim Twaha and Lamu County Leadership is hosting a delegation of Principal Secretaries and other senior Government officials led by Principal Secretary State Department for Interior, Dr.Karanja Kibicho and the Principal Secretary Department of Transport, Mr Solomon Kitungu.

Governor Fahim has commited to ensure there’s continued cooperation between the National Goverment and Lamu County Government towards ensuring there’s effective and efficient service delivery.

Key highlights of Governor’s statement:

1. Lamu endorses BBI report because it largely promotes Devolution. The report will ensure counties get more resources, from the current 15% to 35%

2. Once LAPSSET is fully operational, it will grow Lamu’s economy and the corridor at large by creating employment, business opportunities and improved standard of living for the community at large.

3. His administration is working with National Government towards the realization of the affordable housing agenda which is one of the pillars of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.

4. Lamu County Government is committed to ensuring there’s proper planning at the Swahili Settlement Scheme, so as to cater for the new population and promote industrial and social economic growth in Lamu.

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

Public baraza at Hindi Ward

Governor Fahim Twaha addressing the public at Hindi Ward in a public baraza organized on the sidelines of the National government delegation visit on National projects .

The delegation was led by Principal Secretary State Department for Interior Dr.Karanja Kibicho and 10 other Principal Secretaries .

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

The Lamu Port tour.

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Fahim Twaha joined the Principal Secretary State Department for Interior Dr.Karanja Kibicho, alongside 10 other Principal Secretaries on a LAPSSET progress tour by LAPSSET Corridor Development Authority (LCDA) CEO Dr.Sylvester Kasuku.

Also present were National Police Service Commission Chairman Eliud Kinuthia; Lamu East MP Hon. Athman Sharif; Lamu West MP Hon. Stanley Muthama and Members of the County Assembly.

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

KING FAHAD HOSPITAL NOW EQUIPPED TO PREVENT AVOIDABLE BLINDNESS.

The Lamu County Department of Health in partnership with the German Committee for the Prevention of Blindness (DKVB), has acquired an operating theatre microscope.

The microscope, valued at about KES 2 million will primarily be used for cataract surgery, a leading cause of blindness in the world, and also aid in ear, nose and throat (ENT) procedures.

The new infrastructure will increase access to cataract and ENT services in Lamu County, which until now has referred patients to regional and national hospitals. Lamu records about 200 patients annually who require cataract surgery to save their eyesight.

World Health Organization (WHO) indicates that almost 250,000 Kenyans suffer from blindness, with 43 percent of these cases caused by cataracts, which is an avoidable and treatable condition.

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

LAMU COUNTY WAIVES COTTON LEVY TO NEGOTIATE BETTER PRICE FOR COTTON FARMERS

Lamu County Government’s Department of Agriculture has temporarily relaxed its tax to ginners to negotiate a better price for its cotton farmers.

Over 10,000 cotton farmers will now be able to sell a kilogram of cotton at Sh.48 to Makueni and Kitui Ginners after the county government waived the cess levy applied on ginners.

The government incentive allows the ginner to increase its purchase price by Sh.2 from its original offer of Sh. 46, covering its expenses.

Announcing the decision at a cotton farmers and stakeholders workshop held at Mpeketoni’s Lake Kenyatta ATC, Lamu County Deputy Governor Abdulhakim. A. Bwana, also Agriculture CECM, said the decision to waive the levy was arrived at after farmers concerns on low cotton prices.

“We had to make these concessions because it was not making business sense for ginners to buy our cotton at Sh.48. We also negotiated with the cotton farmers cooperative to forego their commissions so that the price point could improve the farmers margin, ” said the Deputy Governor.

The Deputy Governor asked the cotton farmers to understand that pricing is an issue dictated by complex market forces.

“We have to understand that the continued weakness in cotton price is mostly as a result of global market forces beyond our control, made even worse this year by the Covid-19’s effect on global textile markets,” said the Deputy Governor.

Other global factors this year have included an increase in the size of the global stockpile that has reversed recent declines.

Hon. Abdulhakim said the County had previously engaged other parties to seek interventions on the pricing issue, including a series of consultative meetings with the Principal Secretary of Crops Development and Agricultural Research, Director of Agriculture Food Authority (AFA) and the Head of Fiber Directorate.

He lauded the cooperation between farmers and the County government, and committed to fast-tracking the cotton ginnery infrastructure completion as an effort to stabilise cotton prices.

“Sh.20 million was allocated for the first phase of construction of the ginnery. We are in the process of approving the second tranche of Sh.20 million for the ginnery. When the ginnery is operational, it will save cotton farmers from the grip of middle men and increase cotton price for the farmer by Sh. 9 or more,” said the Deputy Governor.

Hon. Abdulhakim said the government will continue with its mechanization efforts to support cotton farmers this financial year.

During 2020 long rains, the County Government provided cotton farmers with free BT Cotton seeds and subsidized tractors for land preparation. These efforts, according to the Deputy Governor, will contribute to a yield of 5,000 tons of cotton seeds, and inject approximately Sh. 260 million to farmers in the County.

The Deputy Governor was accompanied by Dr. Charles Gichohi, Chief Officer, Agriculture and Irrigation.

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

MAISHA MASHA YOUTH UPBEAT AFTER CECM’s VISIT

Lamu County Government CECM’s for Education, Vocational Training, Youth, Gender, Sports, Culture & Social Services and Health, Hons. Paul Thairu and Dr. Anne Gathoni ended their Mashujaa Day celebrations with the Maisha Masha youth at Lumshi Primary School.

The CECM’s, graced a football match pitting the best of Maisha Masha youth.

They were joined by Assistant County Commissioner Witu Ward, Mr. Koech.

Hon. Thairu encouraged the youth to work diligently and tap into the County’s opportunities, including the Scholarship & Bursary Fund and Youth Enterprise Fund to advance their educational and entrepreneurial goals.

He committed to fast tracking the inclusion of six clubs into the FKF County League, working in liaison with Lamu Youth Chair Bwanamkuu Fumo.

Maisha Masha youth representatives termed the visit a hopeful step in the right direction decrying the previous isolation.

“Previously, we have felt ignored in development terms previously like roads development and land rights. We are happy to see equitable inclusion through opportunities from this government, ” said Shadrach Kazungu a youth from Maisha Masha.

They urged the County to help facilitate the process of acquiring national identity cards.

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For more information contact:
Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

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