Governor Samuel Tunai on Thursday, May 19, led leaders and residents of Sogoo in raising 3 million for women groups. In a colorful event at Siwot Primary School, the Governor donated 2 million to the various women organizations under the Sogoo Women Networking Group and encouraged them to continue their commendable efforts in social organization and economic empowerment.
Four other groups representing the disabled - Nkaroni, Kimogoro, Tumoiyot and Sogoo Disabled Groups - received 100K each from the Governor.
The Governor was accompanied by among others, Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa, County Women MP Soipan Tuya and area MCA, Moses Cheruiyot.
While addressing the residents, the Governor also announced that a contractor has been identified to murram the Ololunga-Sogoo road during this rainy season so as to ease transportation of goods and movement of people. Governor Tunai further revealed that the construction of Sogoo market will commence soon so for area residents to have a better environment to market their goods.
The national vaccination campaign against Measles and Rubella has kicked off in Narok County. The vaccination, which is backed by both the national and county government, was launched on Monday, May 16, at DEB Nairege Enkare Primary School.
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Nicholas Muraguri, joined the primary school pupils, teachers and parents in the colorful event. Also present were Narok County Women MP Soipan Tuya and County Executive in charge of the Health Department, Vivian Sereti.
The vaccination campaign will now spread to all parts of the county and is mainly targeted at children aged between 9 months and 14 years.
The Governor urged parents in the county to take advantage of the vaccination campaign so as to protect their children from the debilitating effects of Measles and Rubella. He also took a jibe at those against the much debated Tetanus jab for women aged between 14-49 years, explaining that it is safe and does not make women infertile as has been claimed by some. The two senior women leaders at the event, CEC for Health, Vivian Sereti and MP Soipan Tuya demonstrated their confidence in the tetanus jab by action – they each took a jab, to the amusement and loud encouragement of the crowd.
Governor Tunai also announced that the Nairege Enkare Health Centre will be modernized with equipment so as to upgrade the quality of health services in the area.
Reference is made to the advertisement that was published on the Daily Nation and Star Newspaper of 19th November, 2015 and 20th November, 2015 respectively inviting applicants for the position of Members to the Narok County Policing Authority.
NB: All candidates are required to bring original academic, professional certificate and national identity card.
Interview will be held at Narok county public service board (NOORMONGI PLAZA)
The candidates are requested to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before commencement of the interview.
The Senate Committee on Information and Communication Technologies has commended the Narok County Government for its efforts in assimilating ICT in its operations.
Senators Mutahi Kagwe (Nyeri), Boy Juma Boy (Kwale), Prof Wilfred Lesan (Bomet) and nominated Senator Daisy Kanainza were in Narok today on the committee’s final leg of its latest visit to assess the state of ICT adoption in county governments.
The Committee met Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and county officials in the Finance and ICT Department led by Finance CEC Morgan Siloma.
Governor Tunai assured the Committee of his government’s commitment to adopt information technologies in its operations as well as improve citizen access to ICT across the county. He termed the adoption of information technology as no longer a choice but a necessity. He explained that since the county held an investment summit last December, ICT readiness was one of the constant inquiries being received from investors.
The Senators applauded the county’s use of ICT in revenue collection particularly in the Maasai Mara Game Reserve as well as in agricultural disease surveillance and bursary funds management. They encouraged the County to further accelerate its adoption of ICT across all revenue collections streams particularly in markets.
The County should also consider offering local businesses incentives to accelerating adoption of ICT, especially where youth will benefit from affordable access to the internet.
The Senators also advised the county government to increase its adoption of information technology in its internal operations and reiterated its recommendation to all counties to have stand-alone ICT Departments and increase budgetary allocations for ICT to at least 5% of revenue.
The dynamics of Narok town’s transport sector is set for a major change after the town’s Boda boda operators launched a Sacco on Friday.
The appropriately named United Narok Town Boda Boda Sacco is a major development not only because it is bound to place boda boda operators on an upward economic trajectory but also because it is a creative vehicle for inter-community unity. Its 300 strong membership has operators from every community in Narok town – and has a leadership structure that requires representation from all communities.
At hand to formally open the Sacco’s office in Majengo was Governor Tunai, accompanied by County Women Rep Soipan Tuya and area MCA Bernard Torome.
The Sacco, which was initiated just four months ago with the help of the Governor, the County Women Rep and area MCA, is off to charmed start. It already has the required security gear – helmets and regulation jackets – courtesy of the County Women Rep Soipan Tuya who has also committed to sponsor the driving school costs for the next 50 members to join the group. And on Friday, the Sacco received a year’s worth of office rent, courtesy of the Governor, plus Ksh 1.2 million seed funding, again courtesy of Governor Tunai.
The Governor challenged the group to raise its membership to the one thousand mark by the end of the year and committed to subsidize the driving school costs of additional members over and above the 50 covered by the County Women Rep.
To cap the day, the governor conducted an impromptu harambee for the group at Majengo grounds which turned out to be extra-fun for the crowd because the governor refused to use an umbrella in the pouring rain. An additional ksh 300,000 was raised – or possibly more since the pouring rain made it impossible to count the drenched currency notes.
Governor Tunai, who is himself a seasoned businessman, advised the group to take a comprehensive business approach, including enabling all its members to acquire their own Bodas as well as use their group income to leverage the credit market and venture into other businesses.
The event was also addressed by representatives of market traders, community policing and women table-banking.
Governor Samuel Tunai has thanked the Narok branch of Equity Bank for once again giving full scholarships to needy students from the County. This year, the bank’s Wings to Fly program has given full scholarships to 30 needy students who scored at least 350 marks in last year’s primary school examinations.
The Governor spoke when he received the children at his office in Narok yesterday. He noted that, unlike most other scholarships, Equity Bank covers all educational costs of the selected students, including tuition, transport and textbooks.
Governor Tunai congratulated the students for their starring examination results and urged them to take full advantage of the incredible opportunity that Equity Bank has given them. He asked them to give science subjects their best shot because Narok County, just like the rest of the Kenya, has a huge shortage of science and technology professionals such as engineers and doctors.
Speaking for the group, 14-year old Lucy Naserian from Loita in Narok South promised the Governor and Equity bank that they would work hard in secondary school and “never bring shame to the County.”
The 16 boys and 14 girls are drawn from all constituencies in the County, selected on the criteria of high scores and level of need. The group consists of complete orphans – children without both parents – and those whose parent’s economic situation was manifestly dire. All have been admitted to national and Extra County Schools.
The lucky students were accompanied to the governor’s office by the Narok branch manager of Equity Bank Joel Sawe, District Education Officer Kuyo Ole Sawaina and Education county Executive John Marindany.
The new batch of students takes the tally of Narok students who have benefited from Equity’s Wings to Fly program over the years to over 250.
The construction of the first ever modern milk processing plant in Narok began yesterday at Motonyi area of Mara Ward in Mulot, Narok South.
The ground breaking ceremony by Governor Samuel Tunai was the week’s big news, made bigger by the fact that it marks the first investment to hit the ground since the county held an international investment summit last December. The summit received investor commitments of over Ksh 503 billion.
The construction of the milk processing plant – to be known as Namelok Dairies – will be completed in 7 months, and will have a capacity of 200,000 liters of milk per day. The 5 Acre facility will also produce specialist milk products such as milk chocolate bars and ice creams, besides the usual dairy products of fresh packaged milk, yogurt, ghee and butter.
The first phase of the project will cost Ksh 150 million.
The advent of Namelok Dairies means that Narok, the only county among the top 5 milk producers in Kenya not to have a big dairy, has now finally come through – after 50 years of Kenya’s independence and just three years of devolved governance under Governor Tunai.
Speaking at the colorful ground breaking ceremony, Governor Tunai noted that there were at least four other investors interested in setting up dairies in the county but the County Government had given priority to local investors. Namelok is a private investment venture by Kenyan investors led by Mr. David Tanki, Mr. Josiah Ntokote and Mr. Kingston Ogongo.
The local flavor in the new company’s identity was further highlighted by an unusual offer by the company directors: they committed to annually plough back to farmers 20% of the dairy’s profits through cooperatives and farmer groups.
The Director of Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre, Mr. David Wasike Nyongesa, graced the event and promised farmers a steady supply of quality animal seed to meet the milk demand of the new dairy.
Calling on farmers in the area and across the county to embrace modern, high productivity cattle rearing, Governor Tunai announced that the County Government would subsidize the pedigree animal seeds from the Kenya Animal Genetic Resource Centre. A team of 28 inseminators has already been put in place in every ward to spearhead the campaign.
The governor assured Namelok Dairies of the county’s support in ensuring the success of the dairy – including upgrading of surrounding infrastructure and improvement animal quality – and called on the directors to ensure locals got priority in employment.
Narok has become the third county – after Nairobi and Nakuru – to host a fully-fledged dealership of the American agriculture equipment maker, John Deer. That makes it the first such investment in the South Rift region.
The new dealership is situated at TM, about 4Kms from the Narok CBD along the Narok-Bomet Road. Unlike the 13 franchise shops that sell John Deer products in Kenya, the new dealership is a state-of-the-art affair that will provide sales, back services and training to farmers in the South Rift.
The dealership was opened yesterday by Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai accompanied by John Deer Sub-Saharan Africa MD, Mr Jason Brantley and Mr. Noel Tata, the MD of Tata Africa Holdings. Tata Africa is the subsidiary of the Indian multinational by the same name – and is the sole marketer of John Deer equipment and services in Kenya.
Speaking at the event, Governor Tunai said the investment was timely, coming only months after the county held its first investment summit which raked in investment commitments worth over ksh503 billion – and just three days before a milk processing plant is scheduled to break ground.
The governor thanked the two multinationals for negotiating concessional financing for their customers which will enable farmers to get loans to buy John Deer tractors and equipment at lower-than-market interest rates.
While assuring the two multinationals of his government’s support, Governor Tunai called on them to ensure they gave Narok residents priority in employment, not least because the dealership’s customer base will be local.