Return of the King!
Congratulations from Narok County are in order to our County’s pre-eminent athlete, David Rudisha.
The long legged child of Narok took back his 800m World Champion throne yesterday (August 25) at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.
Rudisha is also the reigning 800m Olympic Champion but it was not clear until yesterday whether he would successfully defend his IAAF World Championship title because of a nagging knee injury that had slowed him down since 2013. In the event, the King shrugged off the fears with an imperial performance, clocking 1 minute and 45.84 seconds.
Hail to the King!
Rongena shopping centre at the boundary of Mara and Ilmotiok wards had a day to remember on Friday as Governor Samuel Tunai presided over a fundraiser like none other. Flanked by his deputy Everlyn Arusa and 7 MCAs, the Governor led the people of the two wards in raising a record 7 million for widows from the two wards.
It was the first time a harambee has been held for widows in Narok – and possibly the first time so much money has been raised for widows anywhere in Kenya. Governor Tunai brought 2 million from the county government and an additional 1,930,000 from his friends and associates. Deputy Governor Everlyn Arusa, the unofficial patron of the moment because it was her that the two women groups had first approached for help earlier in the year, chipped in with 500,000.
Governor Tunai also brought an additional 500,000 from Deputy President William Ruto.
Later, Bomett Governor, Isaac Rutto – whose county’s border with Narok is a few kilometers from Rongena – joined the harambee and added 200,000 to the kitty.
The MCAs in attendance all enthusiastically supported the fundraiser. The host MCA, Deputy Speaker Ketuyio Otuni gave 800,000 while six of his County Assembly colleagues backed him with various contributions. Nominated MCA Monica Chebet gave 200,000 while Narok Town MCA, Benard Torome and Siana Ward MCA Siololo gave 20,000 each. Ilmotiok MCA Barusei, Nominated MCA Lucy Ololngojine, Ilkerin MCA Ezekiel Kiprono and Sogoo Ward MCA Moses Cheruyiot added 10,000 each.
The two women groups, led by Mama Elizabeth Masasa from Ilmotiok ward could not hide their joy at the hugely successful fundraiser. They recalled how they had initially approached Deputy Governor Arusa for help in raising funds in March this year and how she had linked them to the Governor who turned out to be greatly interested in their plight. The two women groups thanked the governor and his team for the support and promised to invest the funds in income generating ventures that could give a livelihood to all the women involved.
A visibly happy Governor Tunai assured the two groups – and all women and youth of Narok – of his support in line with his promise in his election manifesto to empower women and youth across the county. He promised to follow-up on the national funds for the elderly and, to cap a hugely successful day, promised to continue with his efforts to marshal investors to set up a milling plant in the area. Already, the Narok County Government is finalizing plans for a major investor summit later this year and several investors have expressed their interest in setting up milling and other major investments in the County.
Mulot Boda Boda Sacco is now on its way into the league of major local investors clubs, thanks to a fundraising conducted yesterday, July 30, by Governor Samuel Tunai. The fundraiser netted over 2 million in an event that was also graced by the Deputy Governor, Everlyne Aruasa and several MCAs. The Governor also handed over 100 driving licenses to members of the group who had successfully completed a driving training course sponsored by the County Government.
CEC Health and medical services Vivian Mpetti accompanied by the two chief officers Stephen Meriki and Faith Njoki together with doctors and nurses flagging off medicines at Narok Referral Hospital. The medicines worth 53 million this quarter will be distributed to Narok Referral hospital, Kilgoris level five hospital, Lulunga district hospital, Lolgorian subdistrict hospital and other 103 rural dispensaries. The CEC encouraged the community to register their names through public health so as to receive mosquito treated nets.
Narok County is not only jazzed up by the imminent arrival to Kenya of Barack Obama but also celebrating the return home of our very own athletics star, Kumari Ole Taki, from a heroic performance in the just concluded IAAF Junior World Championship. Kumari, a young man from iltuati village of Olokurto ward, won the 1,500m Gold Medal in a record of 3.36.38. He jetted back from Cali, Colombia, yesterday and we made sure everyone at JKIA knew a son of Narok was in town. Big Up Kumari!
Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai signing an MOU with Kenya Vision 2030 delivery secretariat Ag Director general Prof Wainaina Gituro. The purpose of the MOU is to establish a unit that will coordinate the implementation of national and county government of narok flagship projects and monitor their performance
The Narok County Government had the honor to host the All African Games and Desert wheel race qualifiers for persons with disabilities. The colorful event held at the Maasai Mara University ground was graced by a number of dignitaries led by the speaker of the Narok county assembly Hon.Nicholus Olooltisati Kamwaro who was the Chief guest. The function was also attended by a number of members of county assembly led by Hon. Soila Sikawa who represents PWDs in the county assembly. Other MCAs present were Hon. Anthony Soyiantet, Hon. Henry Siololo, Hon.Benard Torome, Hon. Mercy Keiwua. The deparment of sports and social services staffs led by the C.E.C Hon. John Marindany and the two COs and Directors also attended the function which saw five paralympics drawned from various categories of sporting activities qualify to take part in the 4th edition of Desert Wheel Race to be held in Isiolo county between the 18th-22nd August 2015
Every aspect of service delivery and urbanisation are tied to infrastructure development, and specifically road networks. Today the Deputy President His Excellency William Ruto, together with the Deputy Governor, and other key leaders joined me to launch the construction of a 38km stretch of tarmac road.
Narok County marked a milestone in its infrastructure d e v e l o p m e n t with the launch of 38 KMs of tarmac roads in Narok Town. The new roads are in 4 main sections cov...ering the CBD, Lenana Estate, Majengo, Total area, the Maasai Mara University and the prison area. Investing in roads is a priority area to us. Getting Narok County well connected through good roads will improve service delivery, give rise to new market centers and open up closed areas for business and settlement. We are taking necessary steps to open up employment opportunities for youth and women. We are putting in place what has been missing for the passed 5 decades. We are moving forward!
Farmer’s stakeholder Meeting at Royal valley Hotel led by Governor Samuel Tunai, with the CEC of agriculture Richard Birir, joined by chief officers and the chairman of co-operatives .Among the issues discussed were better farm-gate prices, introduction of cold rooms and other storage facilities.
Pursuant to the Constitution of Kenya 2010 (Articles 185 (2), 186(1) and 187(2) on distribution of functions between the National Government and the County Governments Act No. 17 of 2012; the Narok County Public Service Board invites applications from suitably qualified persons to fill the following vacant positions.