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  • 26, Apr 2016

    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.

  • 09, Feb 2016

    The fight against Female Genital Mutilation in the South Rift region continues to received support from influential women in the region. On Saturday, Narok County First Lady, Sarah Tunai, once again lent her voice to the cause, calling on communities across the region to remain steadfast in the struggle against the FGM menace.
    The First Lady was in Eselenkei Primary School , where commemoration of this year's International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM took place.

     
     
  • 04, Feb 2016

    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.

  • 02, Feb 2016

    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.

  • 02, Feb 2016

    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.

  • 29, Jan 2016

    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.

  • 26, Jan 2016

    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.

  • 20, Jan 2016

    Narok County Governor today welcomed Safaricom’s new expansion plan for Narok County. Speaking at the official opening of an ultramodern Safaricom shop in Narok town, the Governor thanked Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore for the renewed faith in the county and called for an expansion of Safaricom's network to cover all parts of the county.
    Currently, some parts of Narok such as Mosiro and Loita have patchy mobile network reception.
    In his remarks, Safaricom CEO revealed that the new Narok shop is part of Safaricom’s new regionalization strategy that includes setting up of regional head offices and expansion of the 3G network. In Narok, the company has already installed an additional twelve cell sites over the last few months and intends to add two more. Meanwhile, the current 73% national coverage of the 3G network will be raised to 80% by the close of the year.
    Governor Tunai later held discussions with Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore at the County offices where the two agreed to pursue a closer partnership. In particular, the Governor called for a more robust corporate responsibility presence by Safaricom in Narok in sectors such as school bursaries, flood mitigation and borehole construction. 
    The governor also called for the Maasai Mara anti-poaching project of upgrading mobile phone reception in the park – which is being undertaken jointly by Safaricom and the National Government – to be expanded to cover all parts of the county.

  • 05, Jan 2016

    Only days after calm settled in the troubled Olpusimoru area, Narok Leaders led by Governor Tunai have began the difficult task of rebuilding the shattered lives and livelihoods of the affected families.

    Yesterday, Governor Tunai led a team of leaders from Narok County in presenting building materials to the affected families. Among the leaders accompanying the Governor were MP Soipan Kudate and Nominated Senator Liza Chelule.

    As he has done since the outbreak of the destructive skirmishes on Christmas day, the Governor spoke strongly against ethnic prejudice and disregard for the law that was experienced in the area. He assured area residents of his administration’s support and called on leaders and the affected families to remain calm and embrace reconciliation.

     

    Olposimoru is now calm as elders from both communities, backed by the County and National Governments, proceed with reconciliation efforts.  The donation of building materials is part of the County Government’s initiative to enable those whose houses were destroyed to rebuild their homes and foster peace. 

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