KONA MBAYA/REHEMA AREA WITU WARD: RELIEF FOOD DISTRIBUTION DRIVE.

Governor Fahim Twaha took the food distribution for drought response initiative to over 1500 residents of Kona Mbaya/Rehema area in Witu ward .

The initiative that was launched yesterday Monday 20th September 2021 will distribute over 400 tonnes of food to at least 32,000 vulnerable households in the County’s ten wards that are in urgent need of food. The exercise is expected to expand to other wards later this week.

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

PANDA NGUO VILLAGE RELIEF FOOD DISTRIBUTION DRIVE.

Over 1,600 residents of Pandanguo village in Witu ward have today received relief food to cushion them against effects of ravaging drought.

The initiative that was launched yesterday Monday 20th September 2021 will distribute over 400 tonnes of food to at least 32,000 vulnerable households in the County’s ten wards that are in urgent need of food. Over eight villages in Witu Ward have already been covered, with the exercise expected to expand to other wards from Wednesday 22nd September 2021 this week.

The remaining villages in Witu ward including; Sende Mke A,B&C, Nairobi area,Soroko and Rehema(kona mbaya) will also be covered in the course of the day.

The lack of rain has exacerbated drought conditions, resulting in poor to no harvests for Lamu’s small-holder farmers and water and vegetation scarcity for the livestock herding communities.

In the recent past the County Government of Lamu has stepped up water tracking services using water bowsers in villages facing acute water shortages to ensure uninterrupted supply of water to affected residents, livestock and even wildlife watering areas .

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

LAMU COUNTY LAUNCHES RELIEF FOOD DISTRIBUTION DRIVE.

Governor Fahim Twaha today launched a relief food distribution program that will help drought-stricken residents in Lamu cope with the effects of the raging drought.

The initiative will distribute an estimated 400 tonnes of food to at least 32,000 vulnerable households in the County’s ten wards that are in urgent need of food.

Governor Fahim launched the initiative in Moa, Witu ward, and made distribution stops in Chalaluma, Kasakakairu, Nagele, Chira, and Dide Waride. The initiative is expected to expand to other wards from Wednesday this week.

In response to the situation, he stated: “Lamu, like the other 12 Arid and Semi-Arid Counties, did not receive enough rain during the October-November-December 2020 short rains and the March-April-May 2021 long rains. Both seasons were marked by late onsets, lower-than-average quantities, and poor distribution in both time and space.”

The lack of rain has exacerbated drought conditions, resulting in poor to no harvests for Lamu’s small-holder farmers and water and vegetation scarcity for the livestock herding communities.

The County has recently increased water trucking services in villages experiencing severe water shortages in order to ensure an uninterrupted supply of water to affected residents, livestock, and wildlife watering areas.

Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Samburu, Kitui, Isiolo, and Laikipia are among the twelve (12) counties on high alert, according to the National Drought Management Authority’s (NDMA) drought report for July 2021.

According to NDMA projections, food insecurity is expected to prevail from July to December 2021, with approximately 1,913,265 individuals in marginal agricultural and pastoral communities in need of aid.

The Lamu County Government food drive will this Tuesday 21st September 2021 cover the remaining villages in Witu ward including; Sende Mke A,B&C, Nairobi area,Panda Nguo,Soroko and Rehema(kona mbaya) before proceeding to the other wards.

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

CONTROLLER OF BUDGET IN LAMU.

Dr. Margaret Nyakang’o, Controller of Budget, met with Lamu County officials led by Finance CECM Hon. Fahima Arafat, as well as the respective County Chief Officers and Unit Heads.

The visit is in line with the COB’s annual monitoring and evaluation of County projects across the Country . This year the office is visiting 16 Counties among them Lamu.

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

VOLUNTEERS CLEAN KIWAYU BEACH TO MARK INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY.

Tourism stakeholders, volunteers and influencers sponsored by the Lamu County Government, Jambojet, Kenya Tourism Board(KTB), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and Lamu Tourism Association (LTA) marked the International Coastal Cleanup Day in Kiunga Marine National Reserve at Mkokoni.

The International Coastal Cleanup Day is traditionally held on the third Saturday of September every year and engages people to remove trash from beaches across the world and waterways.

2021 theme of International Coastal Clean-Up Day was : “Keep trash in the bin and not in the ocean”.

Speaking during the cleanup exercise, Lamu Tourism Association Deputy Chair, Ms Fridah Njeri said awareness creation remains key to having and maintaining cleaner beaches .

“As a stake holder in tourism I am proud to be part of this global movement . I would like to encourage more people to join in and help keep the environment clean even beyond the international Coast cleanup day . We all have a big role to play to ensure that the environment in which we live is free from any form of pollution,” said Ms Frida Njeri.

CECM Tourism and Trade Hon. Josephat Musembi underlined the importance of having a cleaner environment saying it requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders.

“Anyone of any age or ability should volunteer to take part in beach clean-up exercises which should be made routine, a clean environment will not only make our beaches more attractive to tourists but also sustainably support livelihoods through fisheries” he said. Hon. Musembi was speaking on the sidelines of a sensitization forum for County Assembly members on the County sponsored Tourism and conservation bills in anticipation for the operationalization of the Dodori and Kiunga Marine Reserves.

Coastal Cleanup Day was established 35 years ago by the Ocean Conservancy, an organization that works to increase public awareness about the accumulation and negative impacts of litter in oceans, on coastlines and on beaches.

Story by : Patrick Ochieng

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

WITU FARMERS RECEIVE AN ASSORTMENT OF BEE KEEPING SUPPLIES.

Six small holder farmers’ groups in Witu ward have today received an assortment of bee keeping equipment including; 151 beehives, 91 Langstroth, 60 Kenya top bear hives ,18 honey harvesting kits, 20 chainlinks, bee-proof overalls, gumboots, gloves, smoker, honey buckets among others tools under the Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project (KCSAP), in collaboration with Lamu County Government.

Addressing the Group members at Witu social hall, Lamu County youth fund Chairman Bwanamkuu Fumo Bwanamkuu encouraged the group members to co-operate and seek assistance from County technical field officers on bee keeping.

Mr. Fumo who represented Governor Fahim Twaha asked group members to embrace unity and take advantage of the equipment as an alternative source of income in the face of the current global pandemic and unpredictable weather patterns.

The beneficiary groups include;

-Paradiso

-Witu Youth Organization

-Tawfiq Self Help Group

-Songa Mbele Self Help Group

-Chalaluma Woljareen

-Moa acommunity Organization

Also in attendance was Lamu KCSAP coordinator Steven Mbuvi among other county staff and community elders .

Story by ; Abdalla Simba and Adam Musa.

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

13 NEW CHIEF OFFICERS TAKE OFFICE.

13 County Chief Officers, some who have been serving in the same capacity in the County Government of Lamu, were today officially appointed into their respective offices, following the recently concluded interviews by the County Public Service Board and their subsequent vetting by the County Assembly of Lamu; in a ceremony presided over by H.E Governor Fahim Twaha at the County Headquarters in Mokowe.

Speaking during the ceremony, Governor Fahim Twaha underlined that; only qualified and experienced nominees were rigorously and procedurally recruited and nominated as per the guidelines of the County Government Act 2012 . He advised the officials to take to their duties with zest, reminding them that, the offices they hold are not a previlege but rather a call to service .

“With great responsibility comes great expectations. Your authority is delegated, you are not elected, my administration will not tolerate corrupt officials or any action that will undermine the integrity of the offices you hold and the County Government as a whole. We have high expectations that you will deliver services and will be responsible in utilization of public resources.” Said Governor Fahim.

He further warned that “As Accounting Officers, you are professionally and personally accountable for fiscal discipline in your departments, you must observe the highest levels of integrity and accountability in managing public resources. The funds under your care is tax payers money . I don’t need to remind you how valuable this money is to them, they have payed dearly through both direct and indirect taxation. It is your duty to make sure Lamu residents get services with transparency.

”He encouraged the COs to hit the ground running to sustain the development tempo which his government administration was focused towards, reminding them that they are on probation and their performance is subject to review in three months time.

Those who received appointment letters are;

1. Ms. Malika Ali Omarb( Publis Service Management and Administration and ICT)

2. Dr. Victor mwakio tole ( Medical Services)

3.Ms. Salma Omar Ahmed ( Budget Strategy and Economic Planning)

4. Mr. Alex Katana Jimbi (Lamu Municipality )

5. Mr. Abdulfatan Hasan Ali (Public Health, Environment and Sanitation)

6. Eng. Joshua Mutua Ndovoi (Roads Transport,Infrastructure, Public Works and Energy)

7. Mr. Joseph Kareko Gikony (Water Services)

8.Mr. Said Mohammed Bwanamkuu ( Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Development)

9. Dr. Joseph Ng’anga Kuria (Gender, Youth Affairs, Sports and Social Services)

10. Dr Charles Gichohi Mathenge (Food Security and Co-operative Development)

11. Mr. Mohammed Rashid Dirie ( Fisheries and Blue Economy)

12. Mr. Fadhil Maamun Ali (Finance )

13. Mr. Abdalla Ahmed Ali ( Education Technology and Vocational Training)

In attendance were County Executive Committee Members, County Secretary, Chief Officers, County Public Service Board Members among others.

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

CS BALALA COMMITS TO HELP LAMU REVIVE IT’S TOURISM SECTOR

Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Hon. Najib Balala (EGH) has committed to fully support the recovery and growth of the Lamu Tourism industry in the face of the global pandemic.

Speaking at the Manda airport during a ceremony to commemorate the return of Jambojet direct flights to Lamu, Hon. Balala, promised to initiate training for Lamu youths on different hospitality courses as well as special programs for hoteliers at the Kenya Utalii College . This followed an appeal by Governor Fahim Twaha seeking to partner with Utalii College to improve skills of local youths and hoteliers in the hospitality sector to help give the county a competitive edge as a world class tourist destination .

Hon Balala termed Lamu as an important tourist destination in Kenya, not only for local, but also international tourism.

“Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a paradise with some of Kenya’s best marine ecosystems, terrestrial wildlife and scenic beaches. The relaunching of Jambojet flights back to Lamu is a show of confidence that Lamu is a safe tourist destination and has the capacity to host both local and international tourists, no need for travel advisories”Said Hon. Balala

Governor Fahim Twaha welcomed the return of the Jambojet direct flights to Lamu saying that it does not only signify Jambojet’s homecoming, but also the start of a recovery of the economy following the pandemic. He called on more development partners to invest in Lamu

” Indeed, our economy will benefit from the reintroduction of Jambo Jet’s operations to Lamu. The government has remained vigilant and proactive, investing heavily on security to ensure everyone’s safety . We also want the private sector to feel free to operate in Lamu. It’s part of the county’s progressive business reforms aimed at attracting investment. We’re also interested in hearing about anything we can do to make your operations run more smoothly ” Said Governor Fahim

Governor Fahim encouraged foreign and local travellers seeking a tri-play of ocean, wild, and cultural tourism to take advantage of the ease of travel to visit Lamu saying it has the best of both worlds

“We have some of Kenya’s best beach hotel experiences, and it’s a well-kept secret. Lamu also contains some of the largest elephant herds, lions, and other wildlife in Kenya. As a result, we are working to establish a National Reserve in Dodori and Kiunga in partnership with the national government and Kenya Wildlife Service” added Governor Fahim

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife has partnered with Jambo jet through Magical Kenya to launch and promote destinations for both local and international tourism.

In attendance was Hon. Safina Kwekwe (CBS)PS, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife, Brig. (Rtd) John Waweru, Director-General, Kenya Wildlife Service, Dr Betty Radier, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Tourism Board; Hon. Solomon Kitungu (CBS)PS, Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing & Urban Development; Mr Irungu Macharia, Lamu County Commissioner; Mr Vincent Rague, Chairman, Jambojet Board of Directors; Mr Alex Gitari, CEO, Jambojet and senior County officials led by County executive Committee Members .

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Story by: Governor’s Press Service

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Lamu County Communications Office at; info@lamu.go.ke

LAMU TO SPONSOR CONSERVATION BILLS FOR ECOTOURISM AND SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL.

In anticipation for the operationalization of the Dodori and Kiunga Marine Reserves, the Lamu County Executive is preparing to introduce two crucial tourism and conservation bills.

The Lamu County Wildlife Conservation and Management Bill and the Lamu County Tourism Bill, will be tabled in the Lamu County Assembly within two weeks, and will help build the County Conservancies and provide opportunities for tourism investment.

The bills will allow Lamu County to oversee the Dodori and Kiunga Marine National Reserves, as per the provisions of the Wildlife Conservation and Management Act 2013 sections 36 to 38.

The County Government is doing everything in its power to accelerate the creation of the Kiunga-Boni-Dodori reserves so that locals and the rest of Kenya can benefit from the reserve’s tourist and investment potential,” Governor Fahim remarked.

The Kiunga-Boni-Dodori Reserve has been identified as Kenya’s next wildlife destination, and institutional building plans are currently underway in both Dodori and Kiunga Marine, including roads, rangers barracks , and equipment.

“The County is working with a KWS joint committee to recruit 100 locals to train as wildlife community rangers to aid in the conservation of the impending reserve, which is a great step toward wildlife protection, community prosperity, and job creation,” Governor Fahim stated.

The rangers will be trained in law enforcement, community relations, human rights, intelligence and investigative skills, and wildlife conflict resolution before being deployed to protect the reserve.

Lamu has a rich but untapped tourist economy, with some of Kenya’s best marine ecosystems, terrestrial wildlife, scenic beaches, and one of Kenya’s oldest cultural heritages, dating back to the 14th century and recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

In attendance was the CECM Finace, Budget, Strategy and Economic Planning,Hon. Fahima Araphat, CECM Education Hon. Paul Thairu, CECM Tourism and Trade Hon. Josephat Musembi, CEM PSM Hon.Abdu Godana and the County Secretary Mr John Mburu

.Hon. Warden Ali Shebwana Bwana, Senior Warden Mathias Mwavita, Principal Research Scientist Dr. Mohamed Omar, and KMNR and Dodori Warden Willy Osore represented the KWS team.

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Story by: Governor’s Press Service

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Lamu County Government Communications Office at info@lamu.go.ke

LAMU COUNTY RESIDENTS URGED TO GO FOR COVID-19 JAB

The County Government of Lamu through the department of Health Services is calling on residents to take up vaccination as a key mitigation measure against the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at her office at the County Headquarters, CECM Health, Dr Anne Gathoni underlined that, the vaccine provides an extra layer of protection encouraging more residents to get the jab .

“The vaccine is being administered free of charge to everyone who is 18 years and above . Please note that, full protection is only attained after one receives the recommended number of doses, that is two doses of the vaccine. Therefore, it is important that we all adhere to the schedule” said Dr Gathoni.

The vaccination is offered on Tuesday and Thursday. So far, over 3200 residents have received at least one dose.

The vaccination centres in Lamu County include;

-Lamu County Hospital(King Fahd)

– Mpeketoni Sub-County Hospital

-Faza Sub-County Hospital

-Witu Health Centre

-Mokowe Health Centre

– Hindi Magogoni Dispensary.

To make the process faster, those who can, are advised to pre-register on the vaccination portal; http//portal.health.go.ke

On August 23rd, the county initiated public education campaigns on fundamental COVID-19 protocols through the Department of Health increasing community engagement and participatory approaches to help control spread of the virus.

This was following an analysis of socio-behavioural data by the County department of health which indicated unprecedented need to elevate awareness, at a time when pandemic fatigue is increasing, people becoming more complacent, and risk perceptions lowering across the country.

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#StopTheSpread

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Story by Lamu Governors Press

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

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