OVER 3,000 BAHARI WARD HOUSEHOLDS BENEFIT UNDER THE COUNTY FOOD DRIVE

The Lamu County Government increased food distribution efforts in Bahari Ward today, aiming to reach around 3,000 households from Central town, Jua Kali, Nairobi area, Ziwani A, Ziwani B, Lakeside A, Lakeside B, Umoja, Kilimani, FTC, Polytechnic, Naivasha, and Istanbul areas . The food distribution exercise is currently underway at FTC in Mpeketoni .

Because of the present drought and the prognosis of generally dry conditions, Governor Fahim Twaha’s government initiated a food drive in Witu on September 20, 2021, to help Lamu residents cope with the effects of the raging drought.

At least 32,000 disadvantaged households in the County’s 10 wards will benefit from the project, which will distribute an estimated 400 tonnes of food.

Drought conditions have been compounded by a lack of rain, resulting in poor to non-existent crops for Lamu’s small-holder farmers and a shortage of water and vegetation for the pastoralists.

Food insecurity is anticipated to persist from July to December 2021, according to NDMA predictions, with about 1,913,265 people in marginal agricultural and pastoral communities in need of assistance across the whole country.

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COUNTY FOOD DRIVE; OVER 840 UZIWA RESIDENTS IN MKUNUMBI WARD BENEFIT

Over 840 households in Uziwa area Mkunumbi Ward today received food for drought relief under the County initiative to cushion small holder farmers and pastoralists against the effects of the prevailing drought .

The food drive was launched in Witu ward in September and is being replicated in all the 10 wards within the county targeting over 32,000 vulnerable households in urgent need of food assistance as drought continues to take its toll.

The worsening drought conditions have manifested in poor to no harvest for Lamu’s small holder farmers, poor vegetation conditions, storage and water sources are depleting by the day, worsening livestock body conditions and reduced milk production .

Addressing Uziwa residents this afternoon, Governor Fahim Twaha assured them that his administration is committed to achieve food security for all Lamu residents .

“The county government has procured 10 new fully loaded tractors to add to the already existing nine, the intention is to open up more land for farming through our ongoing subsidized mechanization of farms program. County tractor services will still be offered at Ksh. 1000 per acre. We are also in the process of procuring high-yield certified seeds which will be distributed free of charge to our farmers to spur food production and reduce cost of production even further,” said Governor Fahim.

The food distribution exercise comes hot in the heels of relief animal feeds drive as well as ongoing water tracking services using water bowsers in villages facing acute water shortages.

According to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) drought bulletin for July 2021, Lamu is among 12 other counties on a high alert drought phase include Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River, Samburu, Kitui, Isiolo and Laikipia .

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DEPUTY GOVERNOR ABDULHAKIM ABOUD CALLS FOR SOBRIETY DURING CAMPAIGNS

Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud has called on Lamu residents to stay vigilant and shun politicians propagating divisive politics ahead of the electioneering period .

Hon Aboud was speaking when he joined hundreds of Lamu residents and other national dignitaries and guests during the inaugural Community Thanksgiving Prayer Day, held at Mpeketoni Town, Tiger grounds .

“Lamu will still be here after elections, Kenya will still remain to be Kenya even after elections, let us be wary of politicians who seek to bring divisions among the Lamu Community. Any politician who wishes to be elected in office in the next year’s General Election should lead by example by building peace and cohesion in Lamu,” said Hon Aboud who represented Governor Fahim Twaha .

The event also doubled as the homecoming ceremony for the Chairman National Police Service Commission, Eliud Kinuthia, CBS, OGW, HSC. Other Dignitaries in attendance included Eng.Dr.Karanja Kibicho,PS State Department of Interior and Citizen Services, Peter Munya Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, Nyeri County Deputy Governor Dr Caroline Karugu, Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia, Lamu West Member of Parliament Hon. Stanley Muthama among other local leaders .

The purpose of the prayer day is to set stage for a robust and comprehensive cohesion and peace-building strategies, meet engage, interact and together pray for Lamu County and our Nation Kenya .

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LAMU MAULID FESTIVAL AT MASJID RIYADHA

H.E Governor Fahim Twaha joined other Muslim faithfuls at the Riyadha Mosque and Islamic Center, Friday 5th November 2021 to mark the Maulid Celebrations .

Lamu is famous for its Maulid celebrations, which mark the birth of the Prophet Mohamed(S.A.W). The festival brings thousands of visitors and pilgrims to Lamu from far afield for recitals of praise poems, music and dances, calligraphy and art exhibits.

The festival is marked every third month of the Islamic calendar and is always held at the Riyadha mosque, which is the longest-functioning and most influential Islamic teaching institution among the Swahili in Coastal East Africa.

In attendance was Lamu leaders including MCA Mkomani ward Yahya Basode, international guests and dignitaries from Morocco, Comoro Islands, Tanzania, Uganda . Also present were local guests from Tana River, Malindi, Kilifi, Mombasa, Nairobi and Nakuru

According to the secretary-general Abubakar Mohammed Badawy, the theme for this year’s festival, is to sensitize the community and visitors on the need to embrace peace and unity as Kenya prepares to hold the 2022 General Election

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LAMU COUNTY GOVERNMENT FOOD DISTRIBUTION FOR DROUGHT RELIEF IN BAHARI WARD

Over 3,000 residents of Lake Amu, Ocean View (Witemere ya Juu), Baharini town and Tewe Chiefs office area in Bahari ward are currently receiving relief food to cushion them against the prevailing drought .

The countywide exercise that was launched last month by HE Governor Fahim Twaha aims to distribute over 400 tonnes of foodstuff to over 32,000 vulnerable households across all the ten wards within Lamu.

Speaking at Lake Amu, Governor Fahim expressed his commitment to ensure food security for all Lamu residents through his administration’s program to support small holder farmers who were dealt a big blow by the ravaging drought registering little to no harvest last season . The county has procured 10 new fully loaded tractors in addition to the existing nine to help open up more land for Agriculture through the subsidized mechanization of farms program .

Lamu, just like other 12 Arid and Semi Arid Counties did not receive adequate rainfall during the last October – November-December 2020 short rains and the March-April-May 2021 long rains. Both seasons were characterized by late onsets, below average quantities, and poor distribution both in time and space.

In the recent past the County has stepped up distribution of relief animal feeds as well as water tracking services using water bowsers in villages facing acute water shortage to ensure uninterrupted supply of water to affected residents, livestock and even wildlife watering areas .

According to the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) drought bulletin for July 2021, the other twelve (12) counties on a high alert drought phase include Marsabit, Mandera, Garissa, Wajir, Kilifi, Tana River, Lamu, Samburu, Kitui, Isiolo and Laikipia .

The Governor was accompanied by CECM Trade Hon. Josphat Musembi, CECM Education Hon. Paul Thairu HSC, CECM Public Service Management and Administration Hon. Godana Abdu, Chief of Staff Mohamed Bute among other staffs.

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A delegation of students from Kiunga ward undertaking different courses at the Lamu Technical and Vocational Education and training center paid a courtesy call to the office of the Governor at the County headquarters in Mokowe .

The youths, led by Hussein Shali (Marine Security Course ), Rashid Aboud Bwana(Vessel Repairs Course) and Ali Sadik(Maritime Transport and Logistics course); lauded Governor Fahim Twaha and the County Department of Education for the great strides in ensuring that youths in Lamu are empowered and well prepared to take up opportunities that accrue from the LAPSSET . They challenged other County youths to take advantage of the expanding Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVETs) opportunities offered by the County government of Lamu .

Governor Fahim Twaha’s administration has made far-reaching reforms in the TVET sector to churn technologists and artisans required to contribute to Kenya’s and Lamu’s industrial goals . Already , the county has opened 14 satellite polytechnics across the County, scrapped off fees in all of them and expanded the curricula. This has increased the number of trainees in local TVET’s to over 3,500 from just 447 by end of 2017.

Governor Fahim Twaha congratulated the youths for taking initiative to better their lives through education saying the TVETs opportunities will equip them with employable technological skills not only in LAPSSET but also in other associated projects .

“The LAPSSET Corridor Program has components such as the Port, Roads, Railways, Pipelines, Refineries and fishing port which requires technical expertise that is mostly imported from other Countries and Counties. The more we improve our youths technical skills, the more we will change that equation,” said Governor Fahim.

The youths assured Governor Fahim Twaha that they will take full advantage of the opportunities provided by TVETs, saying they are ready to proceed for higher education upon completion of their courses under the County’s higher education Bursary funds for college and University students .

Lamu County’s commitment to increase the number of graduates with technical expertise, mirrors the national government’s ambition to reduce a skills gap that exists in building infrastructure in line with Vision 2030 development goals.

In attendance was the LAWASCO Managing Dirrctor Mr. Paul Wainaina.

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LAMU COUNTY GOVERNMENT AND SAFARICOM FOUNDATION HOLD QUARTERLY REVIEW MEETING ON AFYA UZAZI SALAMA PROGRAM

The County Government of Lamu and Safaricom Foundation held a review meeting of their jointly run program Afya Ya Uzazi Salama. The meeting addressed achievements and challenges of the program ahead of its exit in March 2022.

Afya Uzazi Salama is a program that focuses on improving health service delivery infrastructure, building skills of health workers, enhancing community-based information and education, and health care financing.

In Lamu county, communities have benefitted from maternal, newborn and child health services, cancer screening and treatment of conditions that threaten the wellbeing of the mother and child.

Speaking on the behalf of Governor Fahim Twaha, CECM Education Hon. Paul Thairu, emphasized the government’s commitment to support Universal Health Coverage by strengthening existing health infrastructure, building and equipping hospitals as well as supporting families under NHIF cover (Kadi Ya Fahim)

“The governor is committed to ensure what has been achieved so far through the Afya Uzazi Salama program will continue and the required bills will be passed into law to sustain the program beyond March 2022,” added Hon. Thairu.

Senior Manager Safaricom Foundation, Mr Henry Kilonzo, outlined the program success and thanked the continuous support from Governor Fahim Twaha’s administration.

Among the key highlight achievements by the program include; Infrastructural improvement in various health facilities in Lamu such as construction of newborn unit in Faza Island bringing maternal care closer to the mother’s, renovation and equipping of the High Dependancy and newborn unit at King Fahd hospital and equipping the maternal and child unit at Mpeketoni hospital.

The program has also been issuing incentives such as Mama packs which is aimed at encouraging expectant mothers to deliver in health care facilities thus reducing chances of maternal death and other pregnancy related complications.

Chief Officer Health, Dr. Victor Tole noted the Health Department had set aside Sh. 4M in this years budget for Mama packs to ensure that this program continues even as Safaricom Foundation exits next year.

Also in attendance was Dr. Abubakar Baasba, County Director of Health, Mr. Abdul Fatar, Chief Officer Public Health, Environment and Natural resources Millicent Olulo, Regional Director Advocacy and Partnership, Dennis Wali, Project Head among other members.

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LAMU COUNTY GOVERNMENT SHINES AMONGST EQUALITY CHAMPIONS AT USAWA AWARDS

Lamu County Government has been feted for promoting equality and inclusion of special interest groups.

Lamu was feted alongside 80 other equality champions; individuals, institutions and counties who received certificates and commemorative plaques during the inaugural Usawa Awards ceremony by the National Gender and Equality Commission’s (NGEC) at the Kenya School of Government.

Commission’s Chairperson Dr. Joyce Mutinda said the winners from across the country had made tremendous efforts in championing gender equality and inclusion in the country and deserved commendations.

The County Government of Lamu has made great strides in promoting equality and inclusion of special interest groups including empowerment through Education for all in Lamu under the Scholarship and Bursary programs and access to safe and clean water under the ongoing transformational ‘Mai Mekoni’ project.

It is also in the process of issuing Grants to Youth, Women and People Living with Disabilities (vetting done and disbursement to commence soon) and carrying out land reforms through land ownership; Financing universal health cover to over 20,000 families; subsidized mechanization of farms to promote food security and issuance of certified seeds among others .

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Lamu Governor HE Fahim Yasin Twaha held talks with the Netherlands Ambassador to Kenya HE.Maarten Brouwer who paid him a courtesy call at Lamu County Headquarters in Mokowe.

The Governor and the Ambassador discussed several matters of mutual interest to Lamu County and Netherlands among them being exploring the viability of doing business of exporting flowers from Kenya to Netherlands using Lamu Port as the gateway.

“We have already visited Nakuru and other counties to see how better we can work on exporting flowers to Netherlands by sea, a program that will take five to ten years to be actualized,” said the Ambassador.

He further urged the government to train and support fishermen for easier transformation of the sector which has been affected by Port activities.

Governor Fahim said the visit is timely because of the good infrastructure that the government has invested in the county and enhanced security.

“With Netherlands being among the leading importers of cut flowers and buds for bouquets from Kenya, my government is willing to explore all possible areas of collaborations to ensure Lamu Port becomes the gateway of this multi million project,” said Governor Fahim.

He added that it will also contribute to the sprout of related business around the industry.

Netherlands imports from Kenya an average of flowers worth 35 million U.S. dollars a month. Kenya exports mainly horticultural produce to the European country in particularly, cut flowers. Besides flowers, Kenya’s other exports to Netherlands include tobacco, vegetables and fruits.

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INVESTORS EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES IN MAIZE AND MANGO PROCESSING IN LAMU

The visiting delegation from Coast region Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), earlier today held an emersion session with technical teams from the Trade and Agriculture departments.The meeting explored opportunities around Mango and Maize farming and processing, Special Economic Zone (SE2)/Industrial Park among other areas of investment in Lamu.

CECM Trade and Industrialization, Hon. Josephat Musembi later led the team on a field trip at Githure area in Hongwe Ward exploring possible sites for a fruit processing plant. The KAM team is on a fact finding mission to see the viability of the 9.5 acres of land at Githure area set aside by the County Government for fruit processing and other industries .

Investor roadshows are part of a larger plan by the Lamu county government to initiate partnerships with local investors to showcase business and investment opportunities in Lamu County.

The KAM team was led by Mr.Rashid Milly, Board of Directors KAM, KAM chairman Coast Chapter Mr Shafiq Ahmed Makrani and the Vice Chair Abdalla Athman, Mr. Mohamed Azeem,Milly Group 2; Mr. Abdulmajid Salim,Milly Group among others.

The County, through its Department of Trade has embarked on creation of a robust trade and investment policy that seeks to create a conducive business environment and eliminate bureaucracies and encourage local firms to take advantage of Lamu’s opportunities, including those accruing from Lamu Port operation.

Also in attendance was the MCA Hongwe Ward Hon. James Komu, Chairman Public Service Board Mr. Abdalla Fadhil, CO Trade Atwah Salim among other senior County officials.

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