County Government of Lamu

LAMU COUNTY TO START OFFERING MARITIME COURSES

Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) through Bandari College, will soon start offering maritime related courses in partnership with Lamu County Government at Lamu County Command Center Mokowe.

Speaking while hosting the K.M.A delegation,
Governor Timamy, who is also the Council of Governors’ Blue Economy Chair, lauded the country’s maritime regulator in its commitment into offering specialised training in Maritime Transport and Logistics (MTL)

“The establishment of a satellite college in Mokowe will ensure our youths from as far as Kiunga don’t travel outside the county to pursue maritime courses. My administration will also facilitate K.M.A towards establishment of an administration block next to our Mokowe command center” Governor Timamy said.

The A.N.C party leader further noted that the initiative to offer maritime courses is in tandem with the National Government and the Council of Governors’ vision to tap into the Blue Economy activities. The county will further support and facilitate fishermen towards training and achieving the pre requisite maritime certification.

Head of K.M.A delegation Chairman Mr. Khamis Mwaguya thanked Governor Timamy for his unrelenting effort towards ensuring youths have access to maritime training that will build a better maritime conscious nation and also foster in broadening their career opportunities.

Fisheries C.E.C.M Hon. Faiz Fankupi underscored that the courses will empower the youths who have been living below expectations due proper exposure to the maritime environment, lack of understanding of the maritime sector as well as limited funding of appropriate initiatives.

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

YOU HAVE MADE LAMU PROUD; TIMAMY LAUDS KCPE TOP CANDIDATE

Lamu Governor H.E. Issa Timamy E.G.H, O.G.W has this afternoon visited Lamu County 2022 top K.C.P.E candidate at their home in Bahari Ward.

The Governor personally went to congratulate Ngaruiya Peter Mburu for his exemplary performance after he emerged as the top county student with 413 marks.

Ngaruiya who sat for his K.C.P.E at Lake Kenyatta Primary School thanked the Governor for having visited them and promised to do his best once he joins secondary school. He further noted that despite coming from a less privileged family he was not deterred from achieving his goals.

The Governor promised Ngaruiya that he will be enrolled under the county full scholarship program that will see the government cater for his tuition fees for the next four years. The governor also noted that he would ensure bursary funds are available for needy students.

The governor was accompanied by Education C.E.C.M Hon. Sebastian Owanga and Bahari Ward M.C.A Hon. Francis Gakonga.

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GOVERNOR TIMAMY VISITS ATTACKED COMMUNITY IN WITU, CALLS FOR CALM

Lamu Governor H.E Issa Timamy E.G.H in company of Coast Province Regional Commissioner John Elungata and other heads of security are currently in Taa Village, near Pandanguo in Witu to access the security status and condone with the residents following a suspected Alshabab attack that left two people dead and a house torched.

The Governor has assured the residents of Witu division and Lamu West that the security agencies are already working on unraveling those behind this heinous crime. He has further appealed for calm and understanding of the people and asked the security agencies to ensure those behind the attack are made to face the full weight of the law.

R.C Mr. John Elungata, assured residents of their security saying both the military and police have put in place mechanisms to ensure the safety of those in isolated areas.

The attack is said to have been orchestrated on Sunday evening.

Also in attendance is County Commissioner Mr. Irungu Macharia, Police Commander Mr. Moses Muriithi among others.

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C.S MVURYA LAUNCHES LAMU COUNTY TREE PLANTING EXERCISE

Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime Affairs, Salim Mvurya has called on Kenyans to plant more trees as a way of mitigating the effects of climate change.

Speaking in Witu where 56,000 trees will be planted in line with the Presidential directive to plant 1.5 million trees a year and 15 million trees in 10 years, C.S Mvurya emphasized the trees being planted today will benefit future generations as they will stabilize the soil and protect the county’s biodiversity.

The C.S emphasized on environmental conservation as a key pointer in providing a healthy environment, and called on the involvement of members of the community in environmental conservation.
“With Lamu enjoying a colossal forest cover and being ranked the third county with the biggest forest cover in Kenya, today’s reforestation exercise will go a long way in mitigating the adverse effects of climate change like drought and floods in Lamu county” Stated C.S Mvurya and further urged residents to conserve the trees.

Lamu Governor H.E. Issa Timamy thanked the C.S for marking the noble day in Lamu and also urged members of the public to engage more in tree planting exercises, adding that such activities also serve to raise awareness and integrate conservation and environmental protection.
“Todays exercise on environmental conservation and the transformation focuses on the need to mitigate against climate change, with emphasis on trees and forests, which play an essential role in mitigating the impact of climate change” Governor Timamy said.
The A.N.C party leader also committed to Lamu residents that his administration would be giving farmers improved coconut and cashew-nut seedlings as part of his key pillar on empowerment of farmers and making Lamu food secure.

Towards opening up opportunities and making Lamu an economic hub, the Cabinet Secretary committed to work together with the Council of Governors Blue Economy Committee Chair, to ensure they set up a modern fish processing plant in Mokowe, operationalize all aspects LAPPSET adding that these are some of the critical economic stimulus programs for Lamu.

On his part Lamu Deputy Governor H.E. Raphael Munyua thanked the Cabinet Secretary and the Governor for launching the tree planting exercise Lamu chapter and noted that the tree planting initiative was to contribute to the conservation of the water towers and an effort to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change.

Also in attendance during the launch of the countywide tree planting program at Maisha Masha in Witu Ward were County Commissioner Mr. Irungu Macharia, Assistant County Commisoner, C.E.C.M’s Witu O.C.S, officials from K.W.S, N.Y.S, KEFRI, World Bank, Dedan Kimathi Foundation among others.

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Serekali ya kitaifa itaharakisha mchakato wa kupatikana kwa kibali cha Baraza la Usimamizi Baharini (Marine Stewardship Council – MSC Certification) kwa wavuvi wa Kamba mawe kaunti ya Lamu.

Akiwa na mazungumzo ya kina na Gavana Issa Timamy afisini mwake mapema hii leo,Waziri wa Madini, Uchumi Samawati na Shughuli za Baharini Salim Mvuriya, amesema hatua hii itatoa nafasi ya kufikia soko la Umoja wa Ulaya ambapo Kamba hao watasafirishwa.

Aidha Waziri Mvuriya amesema, kwa usaidizi kutoka kwa serekali ya kitaifa, kaunti ya Lamu itaanzisha Chuo cha mafunzo ya Baharini kwenye kituo cha kutoa maelekezo Baharini kichoko kwa sasa.

Pia wavuvi wa ndani watafanyiwa mafunzo ya ubaharia na kupewa cheti bila ya kupitia mafunzo maalum na kutengwa fedha ili kujenga kiwanda cha Kusindika Samaki Lamu.

Nao mradi wa KEMFSED utawekeza kwa boti za wastani za uvuvi wa bahari kuu ili kuwezesha kutumia rasilimali nyingi zilizoko katika bahari ya Lamu.

Wakati huo huo, waziri Mvuriya akiwa na mwenyeji wake Gavana Issa Timamy na wakuu wengine serekalini walizuru afisi ya Kamishna wa Kaunti ya Lamu Irungu Macharia kabla ya kutembelea bandari ya Lamu.

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Waziri wa Madini, Uchumi Samawati na Shughuli za Baharini Muhishimiwa Salim Mvuriya amewasili katika kaunti ya Lamu kwa ziara rasmi ya kiserekali.

Waziri Mvuriya amepokelewa na mwenyeji wake Muhishimiwa Issa Timamy ambaye pia ni mwenyekiti wa Uchumi Samawati katika baraza la magavana nchini akiwa ameongozana na wakuu mbali mbali serekalini.

Ziara yake Mvuriya itajumuisha:-

– Mpango wa kuanzisha kituo cha mafunzo ya mambo ya Baharini

– Uwasilishaji wa kuonyesha nafasi za uwekezaji zilizopo Katika kaunti ya Lamu.

– Mapendekezo ya miradi tofauti inaofaa kufanyika.

– Shughuli ya Upanzi wa miti eneo la Maisha masha ikiwa ni kutekeleza agizo la rais William Samoei Ruto.

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295 FAMILIES IN BASUBA RECEIVE RELIEF FOOD

Following the constant increase of drought in the county, the government has stepped up distribution of relief food in various wards to drought stricken families in Lamu county.

The relief food distribution program which was flagged off in Lamu County by H.E. Governor Issa Timamy E.G.H, and Lamu D.C.C Mr. Charles Kitheka is an initiative of H.E. the President, Dr. William Samoei Ruto to cushion underprivileged citizens from the ravaging drought.

Today, the office of the Governor represented by Chief of Staff Mr. Abdulnasir M. Issa handed over 295 bags of relief food for distribution in Milimani, Basuba and Mangai villages. The exercise was coordinated by the Administration Deputy Director Shee Kupi.

Speaking during the flagging off exercise that was done early this month in Bargoni, Governor Timamy said the national government was working very closely with the county government in order to reach out to the 12,000 drought strikes families. Governor Timamy further committed to Lamu residents that the current relief food was a short term mitigation exercise and that his administration was working on programs that would ensure Lamu County food secure.

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LAMU DEPUTY GOVERNOR MUNYUA OFFICIALLY OPENS THE MPEKETONI ANNUAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Lamu County Deputy Governor H.E. Raphael Munyua has urged Lamu West residents to embrace the Mpeketoni Tourism and Cultural Festival for peaceful coexistence.

The annual major cultural fest hailed by cultural enthusiasts as a shining symbol of unity in diversity which ended today gave a platform to all tribes in Lamu to showcase their most culturally rich cultures and vibrant local performances.

The cultural event that is being organized by the County Government of Lamu under the theme of Peace for Resilience seeks to create awareness about the local cultures, promote tourism and building resilience through peacebuilding efforts.

On display during inauguration were traditional dances, folklore, choirs, solo verses, band music and Taarab a tribute to the diverse communities that co-exist.

Lamu Deputy Governor H.E. Raphael Munyua graced the colorful opening ceremony that was held at Tiger grounds in Mpeketoni and underscored that cultural extravaganza is for the preservation and resuscitation of the local cultural heritage of all the communities domiciled in Lamu for peaceful coexistence.

“We are alive to the fact that culture can be used to foster peace, unity, and integration and ultimately enhance county and national development,” said the D.G, adding the devolved unit will support such ventures in the coming subsequent years.

He further stressed that the cultural extravaganza provides the much needed platform to revive interest in local cultures and in the long run promote national unity.

The Deputy Governor who was representing Governor Issa Timamy further observed the festival was a wonderful way to promote communal harmony and teamwork through the exchange of local cultures.

“Governor Timamy’s administration is committed to supporting and promoting our culture and natural talent,” said the D.G while hailing Lamu’s rich cultural heritage.

Governor Timamy who is away for official duties has said after a long pause, Lamu is witnessing cultural revival which allows locals and tourists to celebrate a new impetus to art, cultural richness and promoting peace.

Mpeketoni cultural festivals is being held after a successful Lamu Cultural festivals which was held last month in Lamu island.

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

GOVERNOR TIMAMY ATTENDS A CONSULTATIVE MEETING WITH C.S FOR AGRICULTURE & LIVESTOCK Hon. LINTURI

H.E Governor Issa Timamy E.G.H has today attended the 5th Intergovernmental forum for Agriculture that was convened by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock with the aim of enabling actors in the agricultural sector to interact, share and identify barriers against effective implementation of plans and programs at both levels of government.

The forum which was chaired by Cabinet Secretary Hon. Muthika Linturi under the theme of “Promoting Intergovernmental relations and partnerships for sustainable food systems towards 100% food & nutrition security in Kenya” provided an avenue for shaping important decisions on issues of policy, strategies and programs that are geared towards the attainment of the country’s agriculture goals.

The meeting deliberated in the spirit of collaboration and consultation between the two levels of government to ensure inclusive policy and project development to enable county’s to achieve food and nutrition security. They further agreed on how to cascade county governments to become food secure through assisting counties to move from rain fed to irrigated agriculture.

Speaking at the sidelines of the meeting Governor Timamy who is also the Council of Governors Blue Economy Chair reiterated that Agriculture is a devolved function and as such County Governments play an important role in ensuring that engagement at this level is necessary for the success of all activities under the sector, this will help secure sustainable outcomes that will benefit the famers. He further noted that his administration was keen on establishing irrigation farming at ward based levels as a way of creating employment and ensuring Lamu is good secure.

The forum brought together top leadership from the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation led by the Cabinet Secretary – Hon. Muthika Linturi, Cabinet Secretary for Mining, Blue Economy and Maritime affairs Hon. Salim Mvurya, Council of Governors Chair H.E. Ann Waiguru, 17 Governors, senior government officials from both level of governments, private sector representatives, donors and development partners.

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

C.E.C.M OWANGA TAKES OVER EDUCATION, ICT, GENDER, YOUTH AFFAIRS, SPORTS, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & SOCIAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT

C.E.C.M Sebastian Owanga yesterday assumed his new office as County Executive Committee Member for Education, ICT, Gender, Youth Affairs, Sports, Community Development and Social Services from his predecessor Hon. Paul Thairu HSC,Mst J.

To usher in a new dawn, the former C.E.C.M Hon. Thairu congratulated the incoming C.E.C.M and handed over the departmental report that captured accomplishments and challenges faced during the tenure of the former regime.

Speaking after the handover C.E.C.M Hon. Owanga thanked Governor Issa Timamy E.G.H for having given him an opportunity to serve at the helm of the department and also promised other departmental staff members that he is going to provide leadership that will protract effective service delivery to all residents of Lamu.

“I want to personally thank Governor Timamy for believing in me to head this department and I’m aware of the demanding responsibilities in the department of Education, ICT, Gender, Youth Affairs, Sports, Community Development and Social Services” said Hon. Owanga.

The long standing educationist who brings a wealth of experience in the education sector having served as a teacher and a senior officer in the Ministry of Education, committed to work in consultation with departmental officers to achieve the governors development transformation agenda in the department.

He thanked the acting Chief officer Mr. Peter Ndichu for tirelessly working and providing management support and facilitating the smooth transition in putting everything into perspective in the Department.

Incoming C.E.C.M also took time to laud his predecessor Hon. Paul Thairu for the great work they did during his tenure.

Hon. Thairu thanked all the staff he worked with and reminded them they should at all times ensure they keep the government’s brand positive at all times in their place of work in serving the people of Lamu.

On hand to receive the incoming C.E.C.M was the Acting Chief Officer, Mr. Peter Ndichu, Director Charity Mwai among other senior departmental officers.

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

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