County Government of Lamu

Lamu County Deputy Governor H.E Abdulhakim Mbwana is currently leading the county food distribution at Juhudi and Marafa in Mkunumbi Ward.

550 households are set to benefit from this initiative that seeks to cushion the families that were displaced during the recent attacks that led to the loss of lives and distraction of properties in Witu, Mkunumbi and Hindi wards respectively.

The Deputy Governor is accompanied by the County Secretary Mr. John Mburu, Area MCA Hon. Paul Kimani, Chief of Staff Mohamed Bute, Ward Administrators among others.


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The Department of Medical Services just wrapped up a two-day biannual performance review meeting for all county health facilities to monitor, assess, and communicate the extent to which the facilities accomplish their major objectives/goals and resolve any gaps.

The CHMT, program managers, and facility in-charges gathered to track and discuss healthcare performance, challenges, and innovations in order to improve service delivery across the county.

Director of Medical Services Dr. Abubakkar Baasba, who spoke at the conference, said the forum is important because it allows the County Government to recognize excellence, address opportunities for improvement, and set goals for the following year.

“This will provide the County Government with appropriate information about the state of all our health care facilities across the county. This information is in turn used in our health care planning to re-design the health care systems in the most effective, efficient, and equitable manner and to the satisfaction of all of those involved in this system, the wananchi, our healthcare workers and development partners ” Said Dr. Baasba

Dr. Baasba also advised the heads of health facilities to collaborate closely with their fellow healthcare workers in order to close gaps in the delivery of enhanced and high-quality health care.

“Providing excellent patient care necessitates your entire team’s focus. Your teams should work together and keep each employee’s professional accomplishments, skill gaps, and goals in mind.” Dr. Baasba added

The meeting, which took place at KEFRI in Mokowe, was part of a routine process to help the department of health services determine key priorities for health-care interventions and set goals for the coming performance period, including specific action plans to assist team members in achieving their goals.


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The County Government through the department of Fisheries and Blue Economy has moved in to extend and boost the capacity of the Kizingitini ice plant as part of the County’s blue print to spur the fisheries sector. The initiative is part of County’s post-COVID recovery efforts, to cushion over 3,500 fishermen in Lamu East Sub-County.

Speaking earlier today during an inspection tour of the Kizingitini ice plant, Chief Officer Fisheries and Blue Economy, Mr. Abdul Fatah explained that the County Government is giving a complete overhaul to the ice plant to optimize efficiency.

“This factory was only capable of producing 2 metric tonnes of flake ice per day; however, we intend to scale this up to over 8 metric tonnes per 24 hours. This would assist reduce post-harvest losses and empower fishermen to determine pricing by allowing them to keep their catch fresh for longer. This is one of Governor Fahim Twaha’s post-COVID recovery efforts in the Blue Economy sector.” Mr. Abdul Fatah stated

The expansion of the structure/building housing the ice plant is over 70% complete, and includes: -Construction of an extra storey to help elevate the flake machines for standard operation

-Construction of additional Offices -Construction of Toilets

-Two doorways

-And an additional cold room

“Because Kizingitini village is a convenient location, fishermen from nearby villages will be able to access ice without having to travel to Lamu Island or Mombasa. This reduces the distance traveled and extends the shelf life of the ice “Mr. Fatah said

The Lamu County Government, through its Fisheries Department, is also making follow up with the State Department of Fisheries to test and operationalize another 8-tonne ice flake machine in the nearby Faza Village Ice Plant. This will complement the plant’s existing 2-tonne flake ice machine.

The cold chain effort would assist over 20 fisher villages in Lamu East, including Ishakani, Kiunga, Mwambore, Rubu, Mkokoni, Chandani, Kiwayu, Ndau, Faza, Kizingitini, Mbwajumwali, Chundwa, Siyu, Pate, Mtangawanda, Myabogi, Faza, Shanga Rubu, Shanga Ishakani, Mvundeni among others .

The county administration will also soon resume distribution of fishing gear and equipment across the county.

“We have purchased a variety of fishing equipment and gears that we will shortly provide to our fishermen in order to improve fish production. Fishing lines, Gill nets, Flippers, Eco-Sounders/Fish finders, GPS, Deep freezers, and cooler boxes will be given to them. We delivered gears to over 10 BMUs last fiscal year, and we hope to cover the remaining this fiscal year,” the Chief Officer explained.

The administration of Governor Fahim Twaha is taking intentional initiatives to make the fishing sector lucrative and vibrant, including scouting for markets to enable Lamu fishermen reap maximum benefits and improve livelihoods’.

Mr Abdul Fatah was accompanied by Senior Fisheries Officers as well as Lands Department Officers.


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Lamu County Government has distributed food relief to over 1,150 households that were displaced during the recent attacks in Salama, Widho, Juhudi and Marafa areas.

Speaking on behalf of H.E Governor Fahim Twaha, the County Secretary Mr. John Mburu said the County is committed towards ensuring they cushion the displaced families who have camped at different centers in Mkunumbi and Witu wards respectively.

“The County Governor would like to assure the affected families that his administration will continue giving relief food as well as ensuring there’s steady water supply at all camps, until normalcy is restored” Said the County Secretary.

Also in attendance was Chief of Staff Mr. Mohamed Bute, Mkunumbi Ward MCA Hon. Paul Kimani, Ward Administrators among others.

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Lamu County under the stewardship of H.E Governor Fahim Twaha, has just completed connecting the Kibaoni camp that is hosting hundreds of displaced families with fresh water.

The team is now headed to Juhudi primary school for a similar task and thereafter Majembeni.

These are some of the humanitarian assistance the county has been giving to the displaced persons who fled their homes for safety, following a series of attacks witnessed in the county.

Lamu County Government remains committed in finding an amicable solution to resolve the situation.


Lamu County Government is revising its programs in order to incorporate counter-violent extremism (CVE) elements into the County Integrated Development Plan.

The Lamu County Technical Working Group, in partnership with the Malaika Foundation, is spearheading the exercise, which aims to fully embrace and implement programs that would ensure peace, harmony, and security for all Lamu residents.

This comes shortly after H.E Governor Fahim Twaha signed the Lamu County Disaster Risk Management bill into law. The bill ensures that all stakeholders in the county are involved in the mitigation and management of disasters.

The Lamu County Government, the Lamu County Engagement Forum. ( CEF) and the Lamu MF have been engaged in intensive dialogues and mutual collaboration. The initial Integration plan will be followed by a periodical evaluation of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) and Lamu County Action Plan ( LCAP) implementation, which will then inform future revisions.

The Lamu County Technical Working Group and the Malaika Foundation team, led by Programs officer Francis Mawira and Head of Monitoring and Evaluation, Joyce Wairimu, met at the Lamu County headquarters in Mokowe .


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Lamu County is forming a leadership forum to address continuing concerns that have resulted in insecurity in the county.

The inclusive forum, which will be made up of political, religious, and community leaders, will consolidate public opinion in Lamu to develop an agenda to be discussed with the National Government at a meeting to be held in Lamu.

This is according to Lamu County Governor Fahim Twaha during a meeting organized by Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata with Lamu elected leaders in Mombasa that included: Senator Anwar Oloitiptip, Women Representative Ruweida Obbo, Lamu West Member of Parliament Stanley Muthama, and Lamu West Member of Parliament Ali Shariff.

Following a series of attacks that resulted in deaths and wanton destruction of property, Governor Fahim asked the National Government to intensify its multi-agency operation currently underway to restore peace and order as soon as possible.

“This country has a functioning government that will not be intimidated by terrorists or sit down with them. These criminals and their backers must either be apprehended and prosecuted or neutralized “Governor Fahim stated.

“We expect the forum with the National Government to help address unresolved concerns with land ownership and adjudication in the county, as well as the speeding of title deed issuing, aside from quelling the insecurity situation as an immediate solution,” he added.

The Governor praised the National Government and the community for a long-standing period of calm, spanning a thousand days, adding that recent incidents of insecurity should not reverse the gains of the peaceful coexistence.


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I would like to express my sympathies to the families and security personnel who lost loved ones while on duty in the Milihoi Area. They were heroes. May the almighty creator provide you all the strength and grace you need to get through this difficult moment.

The despicable and abhorrent wayside attack, like the recurring criminal attacks on innocent civilians, should be countered with force and precision. We made this known at a meeting with Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi in Nairobi today, alongside Senator Anwar Oloitiptip, Women Representative Ruweida Obbo, and Lamu West Member of Parliament Stanley Muthama, among other security officials.

The formation of an emergency leadership caucus, comprised of elected and community leaders, to get to the root of the problems that led to the runaway insecurity attacks, was one of the issues agreed upon, ahead of a visit by the National Government to Lamu County.

The discussion also reviewed local security measures, such as activating local National Police Reservists to augment community vigilance and expediting title deeds issuance and land reforms, both of which are issues that my government has championed, as well as assisting in recovery and rebuilding efforts of the affected families, which my administration has also started.

Those who are spreading mayhem, as well as those who aim to harm Lamu County, should be aware that the county is far too vital in Kenya’s modern setup, and its growth trajectory will not be impeded by individuals motivated by political machinations, terrorism, or anarchy. We will not be divided as a people. We will build this County to its rightful stature as one people.

I’m calling on all of us to remain peaceful but not afraid, cautious but not deterred and vigilant at all times.

Governor Fahim Twaha

Lamu County Governor.

H.E. Abdulhakim Aboud, Lamu Deputy Governor today condoled with attack victims in Bobo Sonke village, Hindi Ward.

The DG, who spoke on behalf of H.E. Governor Twaha, stated that the County Government will provide food assistance to the affected families and assist them in rebuilding their lives.

He further stated that all students from impacted households will be granted a scholarship under the County Scholarship affirmative action program.

The DG also urged residents to preserve law and order in order to allow the multi-agency teams to carry out their duty.

County CECM Trade Hon. Josphat Musembi, CECM Education Hon. Paul Thairu HSC, CECM Health Dr. Ann Gathoni, Hongwe MCA James Komu Janko, accompanied the DG.


Governor H.E Fahim Twaha has today assured the public that the Ministry of Lands is in the process of issuing squatters within Lamu County with title deeds.

This follows the completion of the survey process by Lamu County Government for most land occupied by squatters, stated Governor Fahim.

He was speaking to residents of Widho sub-location, Mkunumbi Ward, after he led a delegation to condole with the affected families following a spate of attacks that have led to loss of seven lives and destruction of property.

The Governor condemned the heinous attacks and urged residents to maintain peace, order and cooperation with security agencies in sharing information on suspicious activities.

“I urge the members of the public to adhere with the dusk-to-dawn curfew for a period of Thirty (30) days effective 5th, 2022 in Witu, Mpeketoni, Mkunumbi and Hindi Divisions as instructed by the the Ministry of Interior since it will assist the security agencies to combat the polarized situation,” said Governor Fahim.

He further assured the residents that, the County Executive will this Thursday, January 6th hold an emergency sitting to reallocate a fund of KSh.1million to aid towards the families’ rebuilding and recovery process.

Governor Fahim also instructed the Department of Education to enroll four secondary school students from the area who lost their parents in the attack in the County’s full scholarship program under affirmative action. The villagers will also receive food aid under the ongoing County relief for drought program.

In attendance were: Hongwe MCA Hon. James Komu, County Executive Committee Members Hon. Paul Thairu HSC, Hon. Josphat Musembi, CS Mr. John Mburu, COS Mr. Mohamed Bute and Lamu West Acting DCC Mr. Gakuru, Security agencies among other County and national government officials.

Story by: Samuel Mkare

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