County Government of Lamu

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.

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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

For more information contact communications office at;

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LAMU COUNTY GOVERNMENT STATEMENT ON WITHO VILLAGE ATTACK IN LAMU COUNTY

I’m outraged and heartbroken about the atrocities committed against innocent civilians of Widho Village, Mkunumbi Ward, Lamu County, yesterday night.

I sincerely condole with the families of Joseph Mwangi, Francis Kamau, John Murimi, Peter Musyoka, Maina Wanjege and Peter Maina, brutally murdered in the vile attack, as confirmed by security authorities. Equally, my heart aches, like I’m sure all of you do as well, for all those that have been wounded or lost property.

The situation on ground is still evolving and I’m constantly being updated. I call on the Security apparatus at National, Regional and County levels to get to the bottom of this issue and serve justice expeditiously. It is our continuous obligation to defend the interests of all the civilians and their right to life, at all measures.

Thank you. May God bless you all. And may God protect us and all those standing watch for Kenya.

H.E Fahim Twaha,

Governor, Lamu County Government

GOVERNOR FAHIM REASSIGNS THREE COUNTY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Lamu Governor HE Fahim Twaha has announced a mini-cabinet reshuffle on monday, moving three County Executive Committee Members to new positions.

In the new changes the Deputy Governor HE Hon. Abdulhakim Aboud Bwana has been moved from the Department of Food Security, Cooperative Development, Fisheries, Blue Economy and Water Services to Department of Public Service Management and Administration.

Hon. Fahima Araphat has been moved from the Department of Finance, Budget, Strategy and Economic Planning to the Department of Food Security, Cooperative Development, Fisheries, Blue Economy and Water Services while his counterpart Hon. Abdu Godana has been moved from the Department of Public Service Management to the Department of Finance, Budget, Strategy and Economic Planning.

Four Chief Officers have also been reassigned in the latest changes, with Dr. Abdulfatah being moved to the Department of Fisheries and Blue Economy and Mr. Mohamed Rashid Dirie being reassigned to the Department of Public Health, Environment and Sanitation.

In a memo released by the County Secretary and the Head of Public Service, Mr. John Mburu the changes are aimed at enhancing operational efficiency and institutionalizing the implementation of various ongoing reforms.

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MPEKETONI BOYS SECONDARY RECEIVES ANOTHER KSH 11 MILLION UNDER THE COUNTY’S FULL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

HE Governor Fahim Twaha at Mpeketoni Boys High School where he handed over the balance of Ksh. 11 million full scholarship cheque to students who are under the Governor’s full scholarship program. The County had earlier given the school a Ksh. 15 million cheque to the 590 students under full scholarship program.

The Governor congratulated the students under the scholarship program for attaining 300 marks and above in their KCPE and further assured them the county’s commitment in supporting them through their secondary education.

Lamu County offers full scholarship to students who attain 300 marks and above in their KCPE since 2018 and so far the county is sponsoring over 3,000 students within and outside the county.

The Governor was flanked by CECM Education Hon. Paul Thairu HSC, CECM Finance Hon. Fahima Araphat, CECM Trade Hon. Josphat Musembi, CECM PSM Hon. Abdu Godana, Hongwe MCA Hon. Janko, Lamu West DCC Mr. Yator and the County Bursary Board officials.

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Story by : Patrick Ochieng

For more information contact

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

At the Mpeketoni TVET in Bahari Ward, H.E. Governor Fahim Twaha with other top County authorities and community leaders in the first ever combined graduation ceremony for Mpeketoni and Witu TVET.

Over 290 students are graduating from a variety of technical and life skill courses, including ICT, dressmaking, beauty treatment and hairdressing, hospitality, plumbing, hina painting, electrical, building and construction, carpentry, welding, and motor vehicle mechanic.

The Lamu County Government has initiated extensive TVET reforms in order to produce the technologists and craftspeople required to help Kenya and Lamu accomplish their economic goals.

To increase accessibility, Governor Fahim’s government has opened 14 satellite polytechnics throughout the county, waived fees in all of them, and expanded curricula.

H.E. Governor Fahim Twaha, along with other top County officials and community leaders, officiating the combined graduation ceremony for Lamu and Mokowe TVETs at the Lamu TVET in Lamu Island.

The majority of Lamu TVET graduates in electrical and automotive engineering, ICT, welding, plumbing, masonry, and capentry possess the core expertise necessary in LAPSSET and other infrastructure building components.

Lamu County’s effort to boost the number of graduates with technical skills reflects the national government’s desire to close the skills gap in line with Vision 2030 development goals.

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At the Lamu TVET in Lamu Island, H.E Governor Fahim Twaha, along by other top County authorities and community leaders, officiating the joint graduation ceremony for Lamu and Mokowe TVET.

The Lamu County Government has implemented far-reaching reforms in the TVET sector in order to produce the technologists and craftsmen needed to help Kenya and Lamu achieve their economic aspirations.

Governor Fahim’s administration has so far opened 14 satellite polytechnics throughout the county to boost accessibility, waived fees in all of them, and extended curricula.

FAZA FARMERS GET CASHEW NUT PRODUCTIVITY EQUIPMENT AS THE COUNTY EXPLORES INDUSTRY TRADE AND INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Four common interest groups in Faza Ward have received cashew nut inputs for improving cashew nut production as part of the initiative by the Lamu County Government in collaboration with World Bank-funded Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture Project .

Motorized spray pumps, knapsack pumps, pruning saws, fungicides for powdery disease mildew control, insecticides for pest control in cashew, PPEs such as gumboots, overalls, gloves, and googles for personal protection when handling pesticides, and other items were distributed to the four groups.

The beneficiary common interest groups(CiGs) are in the cashew value chain and include Mbwajumwali Youth Group, Wanati wa Tchundwa S.H Group, Tchundwa Focal Area Development Committee and Siyu’s Tawfiq Development Women Group.

Lamu County is renown for its high-quality cashews, which are farmed using organic and fair-trade methods. Mpeketoni, Witu, and Faza are three of Lamu’s main cashew nut growing areas.

Speaking at the County headquarters in Mokowe, Deputy Governor Abdulhakim Aboud, said that cashew nut processing is the next phase in the recovery of Lamu’s defunct cashew nut sector.

“Lamu will benefit from this endeavor by reviving one of its most important cash crops. The cashew sector in Lamu employs alot of people both directly and indirectly . We cannot ignore the fact that it was delt a big blow following the 12-year export embargo that forbade cashew nut farmers from exporting and selling their produce to external markets in what was seen as a measure to boost indigenous industries. Our cashew farmer population fell from 10,000 to around 3,000 as a result of this,” Hon. Aboud stated.

According to CECM Industrialization and Trade, Hon. Josephat Musembi, cashew is a good crop for investment and development support despite socio-economic challenges ranging from biophysical to technical directly or indirectly tied to production all of which the county is addressing.

“We are working on a robust trade and investment policy with the goal of attracting local agro-processing companies to take use of the Lamu Port’s potential and the presence of an Export Processing Zone (EPZ). These firms will purchase the nuts directly from our farmers, eliminating the need for middlemen who have exploited farmers in the past. Simsim and coconut are two more oil crops that the County Trade Department is targeting,”Musembi said.

On behalf of the Deputy Governor, who is also the County executive member for Fisheries, Livestock, Agriculture, and Co-operative Development, the event was overseen by KCSAP County Program Coordinator, Mr. Steven Mbuvi, officials from the department of Agriculture, and community leaders.

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Story by: Adam Musa

For more information contact

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

JE, UMEPATA CHANJO YAKO DHIDI YA VIRUSI VYA CORONA?

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.

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

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