Monday, 28 April 2014

KENYA~Cabinet approved the Budget Estimates for Financial year 2014/2015 ahead of the 30.04.14 deadline.


Cabinet today approved the Budget Estimates for Financial year 2014/2015 ahead of the 30.04.14 deadline. This is the 2nd Governme...nt Budget comprising comprehensive priorities and transformation Agenda for Jubilee Government.
Key among the Prioritized projects include:-

Issuance of over 3 Million Title Deeds;

Digitalization of the Lands and Company Registries to improve efficiency including creation of National Digital Register and Digital migration in KBC;

Completion of Mavoko Housing and Konza projects targeting low cost housing and slum upgrading;
Robust transformation and empowerment of the National Youth Service (NYS) and creation of youth employment initiatives at estimated cost of over Kshs.10 billion;

Huduma Centres in all Counties;
Food Security strategies including fertilizer production, Restructuring of Kenya Meat Commission (KMC), Revival of pyrethrum sector, Agriculture Development Corporation (ADC) and Milk Coolers;

Energy transformation programmes in power generation, transmission, supply including drastic reduction in cost of power and new connections all estimated at Kshs. 8 billion;

Robust strategies to support Leather and Textile sectors; development of Special Economic Zones; support to new emerging industries; and reduction in cost of doing business all budgeted at over Kshs.5.5 billion;

Prioritized Roads, Airports, Ports and other Infrastructure projects and decongestion of Nairobi junctions; Lapsett and more rural access roads all estimated at over Kshs. 51 billion,
Leasing of Medical equipment/facilities, Malaria control and vector borne and other diseases, and restructuring of NHIF at approximately over Kshs.5 billion;

Innovative strategies to enhance total full Primary Education and full Secondary Education; Laptops; TIVET; employment and phased promotion of Teachers; and increased sanitary towels and improved disposal;

Increase of cash transfer to older persons to cover over 1 million persons up from 500,000 elders;
P.P.P framework to develop numerous programmes within Lapsett; new Bomas of Kenya; KICC and COMESA Grounds Complex; ASK Show, Infrastructure in all sectors (List available to investors);
Innovative and robust strategic framework to rejuvenate tourism and market Kenya as a choice destination;

Motorcycles for all Chiefs, 1200 vehicles for National Government Coordinators County Commissioners/Deputy County Commissioners/Assistant County Commissioners and Chiefs; vehicle and aircraft leasing for security officers; forensic laboratory; Command and Control Communication, support and modernization of security and defence capabilities;

Cabinet called for an immediate decisive end to incidents of insecurity that has dented image and confidence ;

Development of 5 Sports Stadia to improve, Sports Arts and talents development. A National Lottery to be operational by July, 2014 replacing all others with proceeds in support of socio-dimensional programmes;

These measures among other strategies adopted by Cabinet ultimately seek to reduce overall cost of living, improve incomes by all Kenyans, and drastically reduce poverty and unemployment, improve security and transform Kenya’s economy, competitiveness, image and standing in the Community of Nations.

Cabinet also adopted the austerity measures following its recent Retreat that have generated over Kshs.27 billion into the Development Budget.

Cabinet called for further identification and rationalization in other areas of wastage, duplication, ambiguities and inconsistencies down to the Counties.

A view of Kondele from the new fly over (still under construction)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Vivian Onano 22 Women & Girls Advocate,Youth Leader

Vivian Onano  22 , a student at Carthage College USA - hails from Kisumu  - she also writes for The Huffington Post, a leading American online news aggregator and blog .

Vivian Onano is an undergraduate junior student at Carthage College majoring in Biology and Business Administration. She is a member of the Carthage’s Biology Honors Society and Alpha Lambda Delta Freshman Honors society. Vivian has a strong commitment to women’s leadership on campus and is also a Moremi Initiative fellow, a ONE Campaign Congressional District Leader, a UNA-USA campus advocate, and a Half the Sky Movement Campus Ambassador. Her goal is to help create sustainable healthcare systems in rural parts of Africa. Vivian has participated in a number of global international development gatherings, including as a panelist at the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton Global Initiative University, and CARE International’s conference on the policy agenda to unlock the power of Girls. She was also a Youth Representative at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in 2012. Vivian hails from Kisumu, Kenya and graduated from Starehe Girls Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Her interests include volunteering, reading, and advocating on women and youth issues.


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Monday, 14 April 2014

REPORT:Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma's visit to Japan - from 24th Sept - 4th Oct 2013 -


Governor Jack Ranguma holds a meeting with Excutives from Honda Motors Coportaion Japan
The Governor of Kisumu County, Honourable Jack Ranguma visited Japan from 24th September - 4th October 2013, at the invitation of DEVEX Co. ltd in association with different institutions. The main purpose of the visit was to hold meetings with relevant Japanese investors and particularly in the Small Scale and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) sector.
During his visit, the governor had meetings with executives from key companies including Honda Motors, Shinyo Giken Kogyo.Co., Ltd- Water cleansing machines manufacturer, Libera Ferry Services, Taise Construction co. Ltd, and LIXIL Co. Ltd. The Governor also held fruitful meetings with Executives of Niigata, Kanagawa and Nagano prefectures on various areas of mutual interest in which they could collaborate with each other ranging from agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, Lake Transport amongst others.

The Governor also graced the seminar on Small and Medim scale investments opportunities in Africa as a keynote speaker during which he underscored the existing immense investment opportunities in Kenya, the East Africa region and Africa as a whole.


USAID Joins Kisumu Water Utility to Commission Nyamasaria Water System

USAID Joins Kisumu Water Utility to Commission Nyamasaria Water System

USAID supported financing allows KIWASCO to offer water service at affordable rates

April 11 - Nyamasaria – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Kenya, Karen Freeman, joined the Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company (KIWASCO) to commission a water distribution system that serves 16,000 people and seven schools in the Nyamasaria area of Kisumu.

Through its Sustainable Water and Sanitation for Africa activity, USAID helped KIWASCO develop a feasibility plan and financing proposal to K-Rep Bank, which resulted in a loan of Ksh 20.1 million to KIWASCO to construct small pipe infrastructure to the low-income settlement of Nyamasaria.  The SUWASA activity helped the local utility company access financing using the agency’s Development Credit Authority (DCA).

“This project introduces innovative payment terms that make water connections affordable for everyone, especially low-income earners.  At the same time, the payment terms provide the utility with the capital required to extend their service network to informal urban settlements,” said Freeman.

USAID/Kenya is focused on improving access to safe water, improved sanitation services, hygiene promotion; and increasing community capacity to manage and better use water resources.

USAID is the U.S. Government agency responsible for administering civilian foreign aid.

  -  US Embassy Nairobi  website

Friday, 11 April 2014

President Uhuru appoints Bruce Odhiambo to replace Gor Evans Semalang’o at the Youth Enterprise Development Fund


Page: 895
(Cap. 446)
(L.N. 63 of 2007)
IN EXERCISE of the powers conferred by section 5 (2) (a) of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund Order, 2007, I, Uhuru Kenyatta, President and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces appoint—
to be the Chairperson  of the Board of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund, for a period of three (3) years, with effect from the 1st March, 2014 and revokes the appointment of Gor Evans Semalang’o*, as the Chairman of the Board of the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.
Dated the 27th February, 2014.
*G.N. 1828/2013.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

President Paul Kagame's speech during 20th commemoration of 1994 Rwanda genocide

(Photo:Paul Kagame's facebook page)

Kigali, 7 April 2014

• Excellencies Heads of State and Government;
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• Excellency Secretary-General of the United Nations;
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• Excellency Chairperson of the African Union Commission;
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• Former Heads of State and Government;
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• Distinguished Government Officials from around the world;
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• Esteemed Guests;
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• sssMy Fellow Rwandans:

 I don’t have enough words to express my appreciation to all our friends, who have come from near and far to be with us, on a day as important as this. I also thank all of those who have stood with us in Rwanda’s incredible journey of rebuilding.

 We are gathered here to remember those who lost their lives in the Genocide and comfort those who survived.

 As we pay tribute to the victims, both the living and those who have passed, we also salute the unbreakable Rwandan spirit, to which we owe the survival and renewal of our country.

 To our parents, children, brothers, and sisters who survived — to Rwandans who defied the call to genocide and to those who give voice to their remorse — it is you who bear the burden of our history.
 We have pursued justice and reconciliation as best we could. But it does not restore what we lost.

 Time and again these past twenty years, Rwandans have given of themselves. You have stood before the community to bear witness and listened to others do the same. You have taken responsibility and you have forgiven.

 Your sacrifices are a gift to the nation. They are the seed from which the new Rwanda grows. Thank you for allowing your humanity and patriotism to prevail over your grief and loss. Thank you very much.

 Historical clarity is a duty of memory that we cannot escape. Behind the words “Never Again”, there is a story whose truth must be told in full, no matter how uncomfortable.

 The people who planned and carried out the Genocide were Rwandans, but the history and root causes go beyond this country. This is why Rwandans continue to seek the most complete explanation possible for what happened.

 We do so with humility as a nation that nearly destroyed itself. But we are nevertheless determined to recover our dignity as a people.

 Twenty years is short or long depending on where you stand but there is no justification for false moral equivalence. The passage of time should not obscure the facts, lessen responsibility, or turn victims into villains.

People cannot be bribed into changing their history. And no country is powerful enough, even when they think that they are, to change the facts. After all, les faits sont tĂȘtus.

 Therefore, when we speak out about the roles and responsibilities of external actors and institutions, it is because genocide prevention demands historical clarity of all of us, not because we wish to shift blame onto others.

 All genocides begin with an ideology — a system of ideas that says: This group of people here, they are less than human and they deserve to be exterminated.

 The most devastating legacy of European control of Rwanda was the transformation of social distinctions into so-called “races”. We were classified and dissected, and whatever differences existed were magnified according to a framework invented elsewhere.

 The purpose was neither scientific nor benign, but ideological: to justify colonial claims to rule over and “civilise” supposedly “lesser” peoples. We are not.

 This ideology was already in place in the 19th century, and was then entrenched by the French missionaries who settled here. Rwanda’s two thousand years of history were reduced to a series of caricatures based on Bible passages and on myths told to explorers.

 The colonial theory of Rwandan society claimed that hostility between something called “Hutu”, “Tutsi”, and “Twa” was permanent and necessary.

 This was the beginning of the genocide against the Tutsi, as we saw it twenty years ago.
 With the full participation of Belgian officials and Catholic institutions, this invented history was made the only basis of political organisation, as if there was no other way to govern and develop society.

 The result was a country perpetually on the verge of genocide.

 However, Africans are no longer resigned to being hostage to the world’s low expectations. We listen to and respect the views of others. But ultimately, we have got to be responsible for ourselves.
 In Rwanda, we are relying on universal human values, which include our culture and traditions, to find modern solutions to our unique challenges.

 Managing the diversity in our society should not be seen as denying the uniqueness of every Rwandan. If we succeed in forging a new, more inclusive national identity, would it be a bad thing?
 We did not need to experience genocide to become a better people. It simply should never have happened.

 No country, in Africa or anywhere else, ever needs to become “another Rwanda”. But if a people’s choices are not informed by historical clarity, the danger is ever present.

 This is why I say to Rwandans —� let’s not get diverted. Our approach is as radical and unprecedented as the situation we faced.

 The insistence on finding our own way sometimes comes with a price. Nonetheless, let’s stick to the course.

 To our friends from abroad —� I believe you value national unity in your own countries, where it exists. Where it doesn’t, you are working to build it, just as we are.
 We ask that you engage Rwanda and Africa with an open mind, accepting that our efforts are carried out in good faith for the benefit of all of us.

 We want you to know that we appreciate your contributions, precisely because we do not feel you owe us anything.

 Rwanda was supposed to be a failed state.
 Watching the news today, it is not hard to imagine how we could have ended up.
 We could have become a permanent U.N. protectorate, with little hope of ever recovering our nationhood.

 We could have allowed the country to be physically divided, with groups deemed incompatible assigned to different corners.

 We could have been engulfed in a never-ending civil war with endless streams of refugees and our children sick and uneducated.

 But we did not end up like that. What prevented these alternative scenarios was the choices of the people of Rwanda.

 After 1994, everything was a priority and our people were completely broken.
 But we made three fundamental choices that guide us to this day.

 One — we chose to stay together.

 When the refugees came home —� we were choosing to be together.

 When we released genocide suspects in anticipation of Gacaca — we were choosing to be together.
 When we passed an inclusive constitution that transcends politics based on division and entrenched the rights of women as full partners in nation-building, for the first time —� we were choosing to be together.

 When we extended comprehensive new education and health benefits to all our citizens — we were choosing to be together.

 Two — we chose to be accountable to ourselves.

 When we decentralise power and decision-making into the towns and hills across the country — we are being accountable.

 When we work with development partners to ensure that their support benefits all our citizens — we are being accountable.

 When we award scholarships and appoint public servants based on merit, without discrimination — we are being accountable.

 When we sanction an official, no matter how high-ranking, who abuses their power or engages in corruption — we are being accountable.

 As a result, our citizens expect more from government, and they deserve it.

 Three — we chose to think big.

 When Rwandans liberated our country — we were thinking big.

 When we created Rwanda’s Vision 2020 and committed to meeting our development goals — we were thinking big.

 When we decided to make Rwanda attractive for business — we were thinking big.

 When we invested in a broadband network that reaches all our 30 districts — we were thinking big.

 When we became a regular contributor to United Nations and African Union peacekeeping missions — we were thinking big.

 We may make mistakes, like every country does. We own up and learn and move forward.

 There is more hard work ahead of us than behind us. But Rwandans are ready.

 A few years ago, at a  commemoration event, I met a young man who was one of the twelve people pulled alive from under 3,000 bodies in a mass grave at Murambi.

 He still lived nearby, totally alone. When the perpetrators he recognised came home from prison, he was understandably terrified.

 When I asked him how he managed, he told me: “I could not do it unless I was convinced that these impossible choices are leading us somewhere better.”

Twenty years ago, Rwanda had no future, only a past.

 Yet as Fidel told us just now, today we have a reason to celebrate the normal moments of life that are easy for others to take for granted.

 If the Genocide reveals humanity’s shocking capacity for cruelty, Rwanda’s choices show its capacity for renewal.

 Today, half of all Rwandans are under 20. Nearly three-quarters are under 30. They are the new Rwanda. Seeing these young people carry the Flame of Remembrance, to all corners of the country over the last three months, gives us enormous hope.

 We are all here to remember what happened and to give each other strength.

 As we do so, we must also remember the future to which we have committed ourselves.

 I thank you.

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Latest news

3/5/2014 - KISUMU County Sh35M education fund:Ruth Odinga says MCAs should not run bursary

3/5/2014 -Kisumu County Governor wants Moi stadium to be up and running by May 16 for Gor vs Tusker Top 8 game
7/4/2014  -Shauri moyo -Jealous Police officer sprays lover's house with bullets in Kisumu sun night; lover escaped .He was later arrested

7/4/2014  -Kisumu Rugby Football Club has elected Fidel Odinga as their new chairman.- friday

7/4/2014  - Kenya Sugar Board & Kenya Revenue Authority to stop illegal importation of sugar into Kisumu

6/4/2014 - Rwanda will on Monday commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 1994 genocide;more than 800,000 men, women and children were slaughtered within a period of 100 days.

5/4/2014 - Funeral mass held in Kisumu on friday for 5 people killed last month in Nyakach during  inter tribal clashes.

1/4/2014 - Jambo Jet Low Cost Carrier  Begins Its Flights To  Kisumu

31/3/2014 - Hockey Kenya 2014 league title: Kisumu side Kisumu samba finished in second  position despite coming joint First Equal on points with Kenya Police but had to eventually settle for second due to goal difference criteria last weekend

Thursday, 3 April 2014

On-going Water Supply And Sanitation Projects In Kisumu

LVSWSB (Lake Victoria South Water Services Board ) 2013 Projects  Update





Kisumu Water And Sanitation Project (LTAP Package 1)
Construction of water storage reservoirs and distribution pipeline.
Kshs. 1.4Billion
Kisumu Water And Sanitation Project (LTAP Package 2)
Construction of Kajulu Intake & Treatment Plant.
Kshs. 0.5Billion
Kisumu Water And Sanitation Project (LTAP Package 3)
Construction of Nyalenda Ponds, Kisat treatment plant and sewerage systems.
Kshs. 1.5Billion.