Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai toured the Narok referral hospital to check the state of the hospital and its operations. On his visit, he promised to engage the relevant departments in his government to procure more facilities to improve service delivery.
This is in an effort to fulfill his promise to the wanainchi of world class health care, affordable to all.
Whilst in the tour that was viewed by many as a success, he went on to give a stern warning to employees of the county in the health department to pull up their socks and serve the citizens.
He applauded the selfless effort of the medical personnel
On 8th April 2015, Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai together with the health CS James Macharia signed a memorandum of understanding with the national government on leasing of medical equipment and other related services launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier in the year.
Narok County Transformation - After Friday 13th reshuffle and new appointments, all County Executives and Chief Officers attended performance management training by Deloitte.On 26th March 2015, Narok county executives signed performance contracts. The performance contract will be measured on a quarterly basis with a reward and a sanction scheme.
The governor of Narok county Samuel ole Tunai speaking at Mulot area during the burial of Jessica Cherono Langat who was killed during a terrorist attack on Garissa University College. She was a 2nd year student persuing a bachelor of business management administration. She left behind 5 siblings. The county government has offered full sponsorship to two of her siblings. Governor Tunai said he will settle all hospital bills incurred by students from Narok county who were injured in the attack and are admitted in various hospitals in Nairobi. The county government will also pay their fees in the various universities where they will be readmitted. Governor Tunai condemned attack and said the national government should involve the devolved government in matters concerning security.
Samuel,the disabled table tennis champion,from Narok County has represented the county and the country in extension in several international tournaments.
The county has been very supportive and in December 2014,he was fully sponsored to visit Germany where he acted as an ambassador of good will.
He managed to collect a lot of materials and equipment used by the disabled.
He has also attended a couple of international tournaments and now stands as one of the best table tennis players in his category.
Ole Lemurt intends to empower all the disabled through his organization, Osiligi Active Disabled Network,which is fully registered by the department of social services.
Through well wishers,he has been able to empower fellow people who are physically challenged by donating crutches,wheel chairs and walking sticks to them.
More of this assistive devices are on being shipped through his organization.
He is determined to elevate the status of his fellow physically challenged so that they can fend for themselves and provide for their families
He is a champion of human rights,through motivational talks in universities and other institutions.
PRESIDENTIAL DIGITAL TALENT PROGRAM
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Through this initiative the Government through the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (MoIC) is looking for young talented Kenyans with passion for ICT and public service to participate in this 12 month programme as management trainees.
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Hon Soipan Kudate,the women representative for Narok County in the National Assembly has this morning visited women TOTs from Narok county who have been on a one week training on income generating activities in Kabete,Kiambu county
She was be received by the the chief officer for gender,youth and social services,Jane Psiwa who has been with the women all through their training.
She encouraged women to organize themselves into groups and self help groups for them to realize meaningful development and have access to loans,like uwezo,and women enterprise funds
She also promised to woo development partners who will work closely with the women to set up income generating projects in a bid to empower women of Narok county.
She assured the women that she is working closely with county departments in ensuring that the women agenda is addressed.
Jane Psiwa also promised to closely work with the women in actualizing projects learnt for a sustainable economy
She has promised to closely work with partners and financing institutions such as uwezo and women enterprise fund to make it easy for the women of Narok access funds to set up farms that conform to modern farming methods.
She assured the women that HE the governor is backing up this gigantic project meant to alleviate the women of Narok County from poverty and make them enterprising.
Marley Sianto Sikawa has made Narok county,and in extension the whole country proud by winning MISS TOURISM AFRICA in the global competetion held in Venezuela.
She beat all the other African contestants and stood uniquely tall,beautiful and elegant in the finals that happened on 10th Dec 2014.
With the ailing Tourism sector caused by the current insecurity in the country,Sianto has broadcasted to the whole world that Narok County,and Kenya as a whole is one of the best tourist destinations in the whole world.
Many development agencies are increasing their emphasis on assisting women to secure income through their own efforts. Such approaches are often categorized as `income-generating activities' and cover initiatives as diverse as small business promotion, cooperative undertakings, job creation schemes, agriculture,credit and savings groups and youth training programmes.
`income-generating activities' is considered as those initiatives that affect the economic aspects of people's lives through the use of economic tools such as farming .Other types of support affecting women's production are considered complementary to income-generating activities. For example, these might include child care or basic services provision and labour-saving technologies.
Women TOTs representing all the wards in the county were ferried to kabete for a 6 day training on Income Generating Activities.
The intensive training touches many topics,including dairy farming,bee keeping,biogas production,tree nursery establishment,poultry farming and fish farming
This represents the first phase of 85 women nominated from various wards in Narok county who will be trained and given elaborate examples to enable the train other women in their respective wards.
After the training,the women will tour different farms to experience the actual farming.
The second and last phase will be trained as from next week.
This noble project ,fully sponsored by the county government of Narok through the department of youth and social services headed by its able chief officer Mrs.Jane Psiwa.
The entourage of county officers included mr. Lemein,Selina,Esther Malaso,Njapit among others.
this training was facilitated by prestige management solutions limited, a contracted consulting company that will take the woment through upto implementation of the projects they intend to establish.
DEVELOPMENT COMES THROUGH COOPERATION AND UNITY, NOT THROUGH DIVISION AND INTIMIDATION
Statement by H.E. Governor Samuel K. Ole Tunai.
As the governor of Narok County, the Constitution of Kenya together with vital relevant laws impose on me the mandate and opportunity to exercise my duties and responsibilities in the greater interest of this county, in pursuit of the desirable aspirations, dreams and desires of the people.
Like every other county, Narok has its trials and the undercurrents of the political terrain, and the difference is how these challenges are traversed to give development a chance through equitable distribution of resources hinged on participatory planning and outlines of accountability.
The success or failure of devolution in Kenya will progressively and entirely depend on our collective political goodwill and full implementation of the constitution. In all these margins I continue to lead by example and by precept, knowing full well that no person from whichever party or whichever clan or whichever religion can act alone and succeed.
The evidence of this effort is in public domain, commencing from my first public address during my inauguration, to all public commitments I have made, and every executive order I have issued. Forging partnerships is a key aspect of our day to day operations. But these partnerships must not be driven by private interests for private gain.
I am aware of the planned public demonstration dubbed “maandamano” inspired by a section of leaders in this county, some who held office before, and some who hold office now. The Constitution of Kenya guarantees the right of citizens to demonstrate, to picket and so following. I am aware of the people involved in the planning and organizing of the said “maandamano”, I am aware of their schemes, affiliations and interests, and I am aware of the grand agenda to mislead public focus.
I think it is improper for such right to be taken advantage of by some people whose only interest is to cause tension, chaos, anxiety, fear and doubt in the mind of the many who believe in change, who trust in the canons of progress and who trust as I do that under God, each person has a right to become better.
As the governor, I continue to firmly, authoritatively and prudently exercise my duties in accordance to the law, and this includes among others;
a) County legislation in accordance with Article 185 of the Constitution
b) Exercise executive functions in accordance with Article 183 of the Constitution
c) Any other functions that may be transferred to county governments from national government under Article 187 of the Constitution.
d) Establishment and staffing of the county public service as contemplated under Article 235 of the Constitution
In exercise of these duties, I decisively and fervently continue to stand against domination of any kind, against partisanship of every kind, and I continue to put public interest first.
Bestowed upon us now is the solemn duty of developing our county through devolution, and this historical duty is not easy. There are roads to be constructed, bridges to be built, health facilities to be improved, tracks of land to be tilled, industries to establish, and employment to create.
These are urgent tasks that will lift the lives of the people of Narok County – these tasks are huge – they require the energy, imagination and partnership of all of us, young and old, Maasai or Kalenjin or Kikuyu, or Kamba or Luo.
OUR MILESTONES AS A COUNTY FOR THE ONE AND A HALF YEARS SINCE 2013 ELECTION
The county government inherited unimaginably poor state of affairs, poor road networks, inefficient state of revenue collection, poor drainage system of the town, very high levels of unemployment among other harrowing circumstances.
Narok County now has its County Integrated Development Plan in place, and in determination to achieve the development agenda mapped out in the development plan, which stretch to every Ward and every village, the past one year has seen development initiatives rolled out.
We have put in place a thorough revenue collection mechanism that has improved by far the revenue collected from the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve. We had inherited a corrupt system that was not open to accountability and occasioned the loss of millions of shillings.
From the progress so far, we have even passed a county legislation that will see 19% of the revenue collected from the Mara go directly to communities around the Mara, with the aim of collaborating with local communities in the conservation of the Mara. This is a very unprecedented initiative.
On the Mara front still, we have rehabilitated the roads in the game reserve, and rehabilitated all the air-strips in the Mara.
We have also brought together stakeholders to work jointly toward progressive environmental conservation, and the furthering the conservation efforts for the Lake Basin and the Mara River.
On the important matter of the drainage of the Narok Business District, a contractor has been awarded the contract to re-work the drainage system.
On the infrastructural development initiatives, it is evident to all that roads across the county are now being constructed, and additionally, a 38 kilometre road in Narok town is also set for tarmacking and that construction will begin very soon. Most roads have been awarded to contractors, and within specified timelines, work will begin and be completed.
On the health front, it is unmistakable and undeniable that there is focused improvement on our health facilities, and all health facilities have been stocked with necessary medicine purchased from KEMSA. It is further on record that we recently recruited 240 health practitioners, all in the strategic effort to lift the quality of services in the health sector. We now have ambulances in place to attend to the urgencies of sickness, and these ambulances are on call across the county.
When you look at the education sector, it is in my interest and that of my administration to support the education of needy students and pupils across the county, we have awarded millions of shillings in bursary and educational support; we have hired ECD teachers and put in place ECD facilities in the interest of moulding and strengthening the foundations of education for our children.
These are only part of the initiatives that we are presently steering. There is far much we are undertaking.
What the pessimists and our detractors don’t know is that the county is moving forward, that the lives of people are changing for the better, and that the best days are ahead. Our approach to development is crisp, and our focus is on improving every part of our county, every sub-county, every ward and every village.
Some of the people who are keen to cause public anxiety and unrest are the same people who have fought this administration since the period after elections.
LET US CHOOSE TO WORK TOGETHER, NOT TO BE DIVIDED
Let us remember that the most important partnership we can establish are partnerships that create peace and hope, partnerships that inspire and bring unity, not partnerships that create fear and separation, not in name calling or disorder, but in knowing that we need to work together in common bond, so that we can be remembered eternally not for what we destroyed but for what we made better.
The wisdom of public participation and consultation cannot be glorified and explored through planned disruptions or divisive sentiments.
The course of history is full of compelling examples of exemplary cooperation, just as much antagonism, sabotage and partisanship. After the planned demonstration on 24th November 2014, Narok County will have to move forward. Narok County needs to succeed through innovation and sharp determination, and if this has been the testament of this young century, then prime of this century will witness a growth so tremendous and splendour so rare.
Youth have the energy, curiosity and honesty to get involved and influence governance at all levels, at all times, in every sub-county and every ward of Narok County. Let no one give himself or herself to be exploited for partisan gain, let none be given to skewed demonstrations that seek to drive us apart instead of bringing us together.
Let us recall that the history of the people of this County is a profile in cultural diversity, courage, will-power and an appetite for development.
I have put have in place my administration that puts the public interest first. In my administration -We Listen. We take charge. We Define Issues. We believe in public participation. We frame Discussions. We set the agenda for development. We put public interest first!
Let us each search our hearts, interrogate ourselves and see how to find meaning in collective responsibility, year in year out, and ask ourselves: when our time is done and tales are told about our contribution in society, will it be said of us that we made things better or made things worse?
People of Narok County, politics in this county should not be about Governor Tunai or the pleasures of disgruntled few; neither should it be about where each of us comes from. All our energy should be directed to where we want to go to as a people.
As the governor, I have the best interests of the entire county first, and with the benefit of the County Integrated Development Plan in place, our best days are ahead.