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Kenya: Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative

Posted by African Press International on June 17, 2013

  • By MAURICE ALAL, API,Kenya

Kisumu County Government has launched an anti-litter monthly clean up initiative targeting a 75% reduction in litter in all the seven constituencies.

The clean up initiative dubbed “don’t trash Kisumu” aims to improve collection, public awareness and enforcement of environmental by laws.

According to Governor Jack Ranguma, the effort is not only for aesthetics but also to reduce trash flowing into the drainage system, thus decreasing repair costs.

He said every first Saturday of the month will be a clean up day, within the County and the inaugural exercise will be launched on the 6th July.

The program focuses on education and behavioral change and involves sustainable programs for business, educators and the community.

The County, Ranguma said will also impose heavy fines for illegal dumping, and told everyone to be responsible in managing their liter within the surrounding environment they live.

“We will review environmental by laws to help us enforce these anti-litter efforts and make our county one of the cleanest in East Africa,” said Ranguma.

“If people don’t see me and my deputy or the City Council picking up trash, they are going to think it’s not an issue. We must lead them,” the Governor said

Deputy Governor Ruth Odinga said they will work closely with line environmental organizations, Universities, Churches, business Community to undertake cleaning.

“We will get that graffiti cleaned up. If there’s one person that hates graffiti,” Odinga said, pausing for emphasis, then“it is me.”

The Program will involve an annual litter audits and measurement of collected litter as a way to evaluate the progress toward achieving the 75% reduction goal.

Ranguma and Odinga asked employees from various county departments, workers in private offices, and business elites to join in the effort to clean up Kisumu on the 6th July.

Yesterday, a meeting held at Odinga’s office chaired by the Executive member for Environment Ms Rhoda Ahono resolved to mobilize residents to join the don’t trash Kisumu Campaign.

The County Director of Environment John Sunday said they had an anti-litter strategy designed to raise awareness of litter. Ahono set up a clean up committee.

The clean up initiative Committee vowed to reduce litter through education, maintenance and enforcement and is collecting statistics to measure its progress.

The team includes, officers drawn from various County Departments and will be charged with the task of driving the campaigns.

Additionally, the County also will maintain contact with the business community, Universities, churches and with land owners to help keep the areas clean.

So far, more than 45 business communities and real estate owners have jumped onboard, and pledged to join the Don’t trash Kisumu initiative.

Sunday said the exercise will revitalize community pride and create litter awareness.

The program was developed to include individuals, businesses, organizations, schools and City departments among others.

County secretary Humphrey Nakitare said he will be in charge of monthly audits of the clean up exercise.

“We want to ensure that Kisumu County emerges as the role  model in cleanliness,’’ he said.

 

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Kenya :Fish Production has reduced drastically due to excess fishing pressure

Posted by African Press International on June 10, 2013

  • BY MAURICE ALAL,API Kenya

Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Felix Koskei yesterday said fish production has reduced drastically due to excess fishing pressure in the country.

Koskei said the production has reduced from 220,000 in the year 2000 to 130,000 metric tons in 2012.

He stated that Lake Victoria has been a major contributor of fisheries resource in Kenya, accounting for 85 percent of the fish production in the country.

According to Koskei the current fish demands cannot be achieved as the lake can no longer support any more fishing pressure.

This, he said called for immediate action and asked for cooperation from all stakeholders to observe the Dagaa (“Omena”) closed season to enable fish to mature.

www.africanpress.me/ Fish harvesting demonstration in Kolwa Sub-location, Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

http://www.africanpress.me/ Fish harvesting demonstration in Kolwa Sub-location, Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

“The demand for “Omena” for animal feed industry poses challenge in as far as availability of fish for human consumption is concerned,” he said adding that anyone found breaching the ban will face full force of the law.

Koskei further urged stakeholders to make concerted efforts to ensure sustainable utilization of fisheries resources to reduce post harvest loses and increase production from aquaculture to meet the increasing fish demand.

In a speech read on his behalf by Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntiba during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County, he called small scale fish farmers to take advantage of Trilateral Tilapia Cooperation and do fish farming as a business.

The Trilateral Cooperation is funded by Kenya, German and Israel governments at a tune of Ksh 262.2M. The project is to enhance suitable ways of protecting the Lake Victoria environment by creating alternative livelihood for the community living along the lake.

Through the program a total of 132 extension officers out of the targeted 130 and 58 farmers out of 300 fish farmers have been trained.

Currently the government has already invested a lot in aquaculture sector by financing the establishment of a bout 40,000 fish ponds across the country through Economic Stimulus Program.

However, the German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and her Israel counterpart Gil Haskelat said the program is to reduce excess fishing pressure adding that the projected started in June 2012 and will end by June 2014.

www.africanpress.me/  Left,Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntima with German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and Israel Ambassador Gil Haskelat during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County.

http://www.africanpress.me/ Left,Permanent Secretary Prof Micheni Ntima with German Ambassador Margit Hellwing-Boette and Israel Ambassador Gil Haskelat during fish farming projects tour in Kisumu County. (photo by Mr Alal)

They also said fish project is to improve tilapia aquaculture in Western and Nyanza regions saying Kenya contributed Ksh. 7.98M, German Ksh. 159.6M and Israel 2.3M.

 

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Kenya: Kisumu County Assembly approves Executive Nominees for appointment

Posted by African Press International on June 3, 2013

Members of Kisumu County Assembly have approved 10 executive cabinet nominees for the appointment by the Governor Jack Ranguma.

The members adopted the vetting report table before the assembly by the Leader of Majority Samuel Ong’ou after the Speaker Mrs. Anne Adul revoked Standing Order No. 60 following a stand-off among the members.

www.africanpress.me/ - Kisumu County Assembly in Kenya

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Kisumu County Assembly in Kenya

This was after members could not come to the agreement over the standing order for adopting the report tabled.

The cabinet nominees who underwent vetting by the county vetting committee chaired by the speaker of the County Assembly had earlier found two nominees unsuitable to hold the dockets.

Mohammed Hannif Rana and George Okoth who were nominated for industrialization, Enterprise and Transport and Information, Communication and Planning Development were found unsuitable by the vetting panel over their capability.

However the two have the members of the assembly to thank for after they went for voting through division method.

Despite section of the members raised concern over regional balance and exclusion of people living with disability the nominees report was overwhelming passed 100 percent. The County Assembly has 35 ward representatives exclusion of 9 nominated members whose fate still lies in the court.

According to report tabled before the house gender balance was not well observed as per the vetting committee.

The cabinet nominees approved for appointment in various dockets include Joseph Okal (Treasury), Dr. Barack Abonyo (Water, Energy and Natural Resources) Dr. Rose Omondi Kisia (Commerce, Tourism and Heritage, Roda Aonobadha (Environment Management), Elizabeth Ogaja (Health Services) Dr Stephene Orot ( Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries).

Other nominees are Jenifer Okere (Education, Youth, Culture and Social Services), Eng Vincet Kodera physical planning roads and public works, George Okoth Communication Planning and Development), and Hanif Rana ( Industrialization, Enterprise and Transport Development).

Margrate Mbuya was also approved to be appointed to County Assembly Service Board.

However, the speaker directed the vetting panel to submit the adoption report of nominees to the Governor appropriately and immediately for appointment.

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Kenya: Kisumu Court Upheld the Petition challenging the election of Kisumu West MP

Posted by African Press International on May 30, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

Kisumu Law Court has upheld the petition challenging the election of Kisumu West Member of Parliament Olago Aluoch following his prayer for the dismissal of the case citing delays of bond payment by the petitioner.

Justice Hillary Chemitei dismissed the request on the ground that the petitioner Rosa Buyu made the payment within the stipulated time.

The Judge said April 19, 2013 being the last day to remit payment the petitioner did not breach the law as claimed by the respondent.

Olago had earlier argued that the petitioner Buyu represented by lawyers Stephene Mwanesi and Millicent Ogutu deposited the checks late.

Because April 19, 2013 fall on Friday he argued that technically the cheque will take three days to mature.

Buyu presented 2 bankers cheque of Ksh. 250,000 as the security for case challenging the election of Olago. An affidavit by Buyu through her lawyer Millicent Ogutu states that the deposit was made on April 19, 2013 in line with Election Act.

The Act states that payment for the bond should be made within ten days this therefore Justice Chemitei find it necessary for the case to proceed.

However, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) lawyer Jude Ragot seek for judge’s permission for application in the Court of Appeal to challenge the ruling on payment of the bond by the petitioner. The application was also requested by Olago.

Chemitei allowed the request by the respondents saying the petition has to proceed citing that the cases has to be concluded within 6 months as by the Election Act.

Buyu through her lawyer Mwanesi supported the prayer by respondents saying the case will proceed until the Court of Appeal will issue an order to stop the case.

 

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Kenya: Executive Cabinet Nominees represent the face of Kisumu County, says Elders

Posted by African Press International on May 24, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

Kisumu County Elders Forum has back the executive cabinet nominees saying the nomination have invariably reflected and represented the faces of the entire County.

The Forum Chairman Walter Adel Kitoto said the nominated candidates have the academic qualifications and technical skills required to implement the county’s development agenda.

“The nominees have wide, long and solid working experiences and commitment in their respective dockets,” said Kitoto.

The elders also added that nomination has gender parity and professionalism as required by the constitution.

The elders called upon the Nyando MP to toe the County’s development dream and further urged the County Ward Representatives to vet and approve the County executive nominees to enable the Governor Ranguma to spur development with speed and accuracy.

However they challenged the nominees to desist from politics and drive the county’s economy forward saying the residents wants service delivery.

“We are tired of politics that keeps on driving our economy backward. It is high time that we should shun our self-interest for the benefit of our county government,” they said.

This comes barely a week after Nyando MP Fred Outa criticized the County Cabinet nominees of being unrealistic and lacking constructive quality for rapid development and political unity.

Governor Jack Ranguma last week unveils his 10 member executive cabinets from Nyando, Muhoroni, Seme, Kisumu Central, Kisumu Town East, Nyakach and Kisumu West constituencies.

He also nominated two special directors to drive the renewable energy and land issues in the county.

 

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Kenya rice farmers suffer huge loses

Posted by African Press International on April 13, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya
Farmers continue incurring losses estimated to run into millions of shillings as last season’s rice crop kept in poor conditions at Ahero National Irrigation Board (NIB) rots away in Nyando District of Kisumu County .
www.africanpress.me/ - A grain dryer

http://www.africanpress.me/ – A grain dryer

www.africanpress.me/ -Extreme state of negligence

http://www.africanpress.me/ -Extreme state of negligence

www.africanpress.me/ - Who will save the rice farmers?

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Who will save the rice farmers?

www.africanpress.me/ - Torn sacks pours rice on the dirty floor

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Torn sacks pours rice on the dirty floor

www.africanpress.me/ - Cooperative officials (Walter Angura (Vice Chairman), Emmanuel Nudi (Chairman) and Francis Nyamache alongside Ben Opolo and Oguma Kibondo at the facility

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Cooperative officials (Walter Angura (Vice Chairman), Emmanuel Nudi (Chairman) and Francis Nyamache alongside Ben Opolo and Oguma Kibondo at the facility

www.africanpress.me/ - Clearing the blocked drainage

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Clearing the blocked drainage

www.africanpress.me/ - Removing grass

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Removing grass

www.africanpress.me/ Serious state of negligence witnessed when API toured the facility

http://www.africanpress.me/ Serious state of negligence witnessed when API toured the facility

www.africanpress.me/ - Rice germinating due to the poor storage at the facility as one of the officials displays

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Rice germinating due to the poor storage at the facility as one of the officials displays

www.africanpress.me/ - Proper drying of rice should be as seen in this picture.

http://www.africanpress.me/ – Proper drying of rice should be as seen in this picture.

A survey by African Press International (API) established that the neglect at the rice drying and storage facility was not only attributable to failure by the local NIB top brass but also persistent wrangles threatening to balloon into a full-scale conflict.

It emerged that elections held on April 3, 2013 at the facility presided over by Muhoroni District Cooperative Officer (DCO), E. L. Tolo elected Moses Wayumba as the new Chairman, Sylvanus Munga (Vice Chairman), Clakson Abiero (Secretary), Ben Odhiambo (Treasurer).

Others members to the executive include; Ben Orimba, Camlus Onyango, John Odola, M/s Syprose Ojwang and Apollo Ayoo.

The cooperates also mandated the supervisory team to be headed by; Emmanuel Nudi (Chairman), Walter Angura (Vice Chairman) and Francis Nyamache with Ben Opolo and Oguma Kibondo as the support.

However, the former office bearers were only two people; Laban Akeyo (Chairman) and Mathews Ogallo Dodo (Secretary) who sidelined everyone else and took up all the responsibilities allegedly for narrow, selfish interests thus perpetuated corruption.

Ahero NIB storage facility has a storage capacity of approximately 80, 000 bags but in he last harvest season this was over-stretched prompting some farmers to sell their produce at a throw-away-prices for lack of storage space to curb losses.

The titanic battle for supremacy has seen the former officials lock out the new team by neither showing up at the agreed venue (facility) nor sending an apology explaining why they didn’t turn up for the meeting.

Ahero NIB is now over-grown with grass with the plastic sacs containing the rice yet to be milled torn, pouring most of the content on the dirty floor without any hope of anyone moving in to clear the mess.

Attempts by the writer to seek audience with Ahero NIB Manager, P. N. Langat proved futile as he was said to be away on official duty outside Kenya.

The whereabouts of the Engineer in whose hands Langat was said to have entrusted the management of Ahero NIB while away could not be traced, even though some of his apprehensive colleagues insisted that he was out for lunch with his jacket on the chair.

Inside sources confided to API that Ahero NIB drying and storage facility receives annual allocation of Kshs.1.5million for maintenance but the funds usually goes to line the pockets of a few corrupt people.

Nyando District Agricultural Officer (DAO), Tabitha Ajwang referred the writer to her Muhoroni counterpart, J. T. Kagunza but his phone went uanswere several times thus making it difficult to get the official position.

Muhoroni District Commissioner, Solomon Abwaku promised to take up the matter with the DAO (Kagunza) and DCO to chart the way forward on how best to navigate the rice farmers out of the poverty cycle attributed to poor management.

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Photos By: Maurice Alal -API Kenya

 

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Kenya: Water Shortage Hit Kisumu City

Posted by African Press International on April 12, 2013

  • By Maurice Alal, API Kenya

Fears have engulfed the resident of Kisumu and its environs following reports that there may be an outbreak of waterborne diseases in the City.

This is due to use of raw water after Lake Victoria South Water Services Board (LVWSB) disconnected water supply to Kisumu Water and Sewerage Services Company (KIWASCO) for failing to pay water bills.

The city have experience acute shortage of water for the last one week forcing the residents to draw water from the lake and even buy from vendors.

The Chief Executive Officer, LVWSB, Eng.Moses Agumba said they were forced to cut down the plant intake after the water supplier refused to pay the debt.

Eng. Agumba said the board shut down the intake plant last weekend demanding Ksh.4.5 million.

However, KIWASCO Cooperate Officer, Georgory Okello said the motive was ill –advise saying they had made an agreement to settle the bills as required by the LVWSB.

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