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President Uhuru Kenyatta: What I have done for Kisumu and the Region

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State House defended the Jubilee Government’s development track record in Nyanza region. The Government said the region has been getting the same attention as other parts of the country and local counties have been allocated their rightful shares of devolution funding.

State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu, who addressed the press at the Kisumu State Lodge, said the National Government has directly funded projects in the region, funded social inclusion projects and has funded devolved systems.

Today, President Kenyatta will be presiding over the 58th Kenya National Drama Festivals State Gala here at Kisumu State Lodge.

Culture and the Arts is an integral part of this Administration’s priority areas, and an integral part on Kenya’s economic asset. The Kenya Film School has been established, which provides the youth to develop film production skills and consequently, promote the local film industry. The intake of the first batch from the Kenya Film School was in June 2016, who graduated in December of the same year.

In another initiative, Studio Mashinani is taking shape. This is a project under the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) to build and operate independent audio music recording and creative production studios for recording quality audio music, commercials and jingle pieces. This is premised on the slogan that ‘Talent ni Kazi’.

Five studios have been set up in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa in Phase One of the project: 3 studios are in Nairobi and one each in Mombasa and Kisumu).

 Studio Mashinani project is based on the fact that Kenya’s music industry provides the highest growth path for the youth in engagements such as music writing, singing, dancing, recording, Disc Jockeying, Emceeing, distribution and promotion, among other music-related livelihoods.

Despite the vast opportunities provided by the music industry, a lot of youth with talent remain unable to finance the production and publicity of their own songs.

So, these studios will enable youth who find it hard and expensive to advance their careers in music to tap into their natural creative talents and curiosity.

Delivery of Projects in the Nyanza Counties

NYS cohorts are involved in the cleaning up of hyacinth from the Lake Victoria area. Registration has been completed in Bondo (500 youth), Ugenya (500 youth) and Rarieda (700 youth). Additionally, these youths will form SACCOs to which a part of their wages are remitted.

SACCOs are an important element of sustainability of the youth empowerment project. In Kisumu for instance, remittances to these SACCOs currently stands at KSHS 90,870,441 and the youth can draw from these funds to start and grow their own businesses.

Kisumu County

In terms of devolved funds, the amount of money transferred to Kisumu County since 2013 is KShs 17.89 Billion whereas the CDF allocation in the same period stands at KShs 2.63 Billion, implying that a large chunk of cash has been available to help grow the county — and hopefully the Governor and MPs from here invested the money well in projects that lift the lives of the residents.

In relation to the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), Kisumu County has received 21,792 tablets in 402 primary schools.

On the Free Maternity Services Programme, there were a total number of deliveries of 77,452 since June 2013.

In regards to social inclusion, there have been a total of 36,256 beneficiaries of the Women Enterprise Fund, at a cost of KShs 216,350,000. In regards to Youth Enterprise Development Fund, a total of 11,391 people have benefitted from the fund, at a cost of KShs 119,369,284, whereas in relation to the Uwezo Fund, 33,347 people have benefited, this at a cost of KShs 128,105,228.

Monies given in reference to social inclusion improves the livelihood and welfare of these families, guarantees they lead a diplomatic life and promote the growth of SMEs.

Homabay County

In Homabay County, the amount of money transferred to Homa Bay County since 2013 is KShs 17.74 Billion whereas the CDF allocation since President Kenyatta’s Administration came to power is KShs 3.05 Billion.

In relation to the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), Homabay County has received 20,414 tablets in 474 primary schools.

On the Free Maternity Services Programme, there were a total number of deliveries of 85,806 since June 2013.

In regards to social inclusion, there have been a total of 39,815 beneficiaries of the Women Enterprise Fund, at a cost of Kshs 268,483,200. In regards to Youth Enterprise Development Fund, a total of 9,797 people have benefited from the fund, at a cost of KShs 113,616,562, whereas in relation to the Uwezo Fund, 25,559 people have benefited, this at a cost of KShs 145,207,281.

Siaya County

In Siaya County, the amount of money transferred to Siaya County since 2013 is 15.30 Billion whereas the CDF allocation since President Kenyatta’s Administration came to power is 2.26 Billion.

In relation to the Digital Literacy Programme (DLP), Siaya County has received 21, 666 tablets in 393 primary schools.

On the Free Maternity Services Programme, there were a total number of deliveries of 77,513 since June 2013.

In regards to social inclusion, there have been a total of 23,093 beneficiaries of the Women Enterprise Fund, at a cost of KShs 113,912,900. In regards to Youth Enterprise Development Fund, a total of 7,828 people have benefitted from the fund, at a cost of KShs 108,727,065, whereas in relation to the Uwezo Fund, 22,825 people have benefited, this at a cost of KShs 110,901,354.

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