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.
The Narok county governor.HE Samuel Ole Tunai yesterday launch 11 ambulance to serve the entire county.
The state of the art ambulance,being managed by the Kenya Red Cross will give a huge relieve to the common mwanainchi given the fact that the services will all be free.
Present during the launch was the secretary general of Red Cross in kenya Dr Abass Gullet who assured the residents of Narok county that the ambulances will provide indisputable services.
The huge celebrations were attended by a huge delegation of county leaders and wanaichi who applauded the county government through the able leadership of HE Ole Tunai for accomplishing this great milestone in the CIDEP.
In the same gathering,the governor promised the citizens that the tenders for rehabilitation and construction health facilities in the entire county is soon commencing as contractors have already been awarded tenders and the he will soon launch the multi million projects that will change the entire health sector.
Reference is made to the advertisement for the various job opportunities. The County Government of Narok through the County Public Service Board is pleased to invite the following shortlisted candidates for oral interviews to be conducted on the dates and time indicated against their names.
The director in charge of youth affairs in the office of the governor,Joel Ole Tarakwai has organized a youth focused training on a wide range of topics touching on different challanges that the youth of Narok County go through.
The workshops that started yesterday in Duka Moja will be done in all sub counties in the county.
The topics being handled are meant to empower the youth and make the aware of the opportunities that they have in government which include uwezo fund,tenders and the youth development fund.
The Duka Moja meeting saw a multitude of young enterprising citizens throng the venue,thirsty for information.
The director of youth was accompanied by the CEO for Bursaries Mr.Keriolale who promised the youth that he will ensure that they get scholarships to get driving instructions and get licensed to drive.
UNESCO @ 50 celebrations 2014 are being held at KICC
Narok County was well represented with a colorful stand all thanks to the department of education, sports and culture.
The representation led by the chief officer Jane Psiwa, Swanya and a delegation from all over the county who have been sponsored by their government to display art and culture, way of life and all other aspects of our beloved county.
The Narok stand, which stood majestically, superior to the rest straight from its arrangement and representation, clearly standing out from the rest. This made a statement of the seamless organization.
The KNUT secretary general applauding the organisation of the stand.
The second edition of the MISS TOURISM beauty pageant happened this weekend at LOITA PLAINS hotel.
This years event was organized by the office of the first lady,Mrs Sarah Tunai, The office of the governor and the ministry of tourism through the CECm for tourism HON Allan Twala.
The spectacular event which was attended by multitudes of wanainchi of all calibers,who represented the whole county was one of a kind and full of surprises.
There were performances from a wide range of musicians from within the county and national ones.These included Wyre,Size8,Ole Sena,Maryanne Naipaso among others.
Contrary to what everybody expected,the entry fees were waived by the county government as a way of encouraging everyone to attend this very important function.
The governor,who was the chief guest graces the occasion with a bag full of goodies,which changed the whole event for a happy ending.
While the winner took home a whopping 100,000 , the other beauties also took home money from the governors goodies bag.
The 1st runners up went home with 75,000, the third runners up going home with 50,000 and the other contestants bagging 25000 shillings each.
The best represented sub county was Transmara which was awarded with a Rhino Shield.
The crowned winner was Stephanie Naserian Dikir,A 23 year old 4th year bachelor of commerce student studying at Kenyatta University .
The governor of Narok county,H.E Samuel Ole Tunai wishes all the candidates sitting this years exams success
Here is an E shot of the success card he sent to all schools in the county
The Lions Club international through the lions Thika,Chania falls club visited the county head quarters and had audience with the CEC for education,Hon Ezekiel Rono.
They later on had a chance to see the governor.
The club ,which has invested a total of Ksh.17 million to construct a modern dormitory and dinning hall in a local remote school in suswa called ilkeek aare.
The governor applauded the club for investing in Education which is key as enshrined in the CIDEP.
The governor promised to support the noble project by committing 3 million shillings.
During the same forum,he hinted on plans by his government to donate a total of 500 million to various schools in the county for projects.
Welcome to the launch of miss tourism narok 2014 launch to be held at MASAI MARA UNIVERSITY on 15th of Aug 2014 from 5 PM
This years event is dubbed "The Beauties of Masai Mara Pageant "
The Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Hon Felix Kosgey is expected to tour some regions of the county among them,Mosiro and Naroosura
He will be accompanied by an entourage of Government officials and Hosted by Our governor,Hon Samuel ole Tunai.