Ladies and Gentlemen, It is my pleasure to deliver the second State of the County Address to this August House.

This great occasion brings us together not only as a fulfillment of the requirements of Article 183 of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, and Section 30 of the County Government Act but as an opportunity to reflect on the progress we have made together in the development and the roadmap to our common future in Kisumu County.

Mr. Speaker Sir, Honourable Members,

Let me start by thanking you Mr. Speaker and Members of the County Assembly for convening and attending this Special Sitting of the Assembly. You have been good hosts so far.

Mr. Speaker, I wish to remind members of the ten (10) – point agenda that forms the basis of our development aspirations as outlined in my Manifesto. They are:

  1. Revitalizing agriculture for food security and promotion of agribusiness;

  2. Ensuring a healthy population living in a clean environment;

  3. Building modern physical infrastructure;

  4. Promoting skills development and innovation;

  5. Opening of Kisumu Lakefront for business and investment;

  6. Providing decent housing in inclusive towns, semi-urban areas, and villages;

  7. Promoting sports, culture and the arts;

  8. Promoting tourism driven by culture and heritage alongside new products;

  9. Promoting industrialization and a vibrant service sector; and

  10. Deepening the structures of devolution while improving the efficiency and productivity of the County government.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

My address to this Assembly will only highlight some of the key sectors where we have made great strides in development in the last financial year. I will not provide details of the projects. These details are in the State of the County Report, which is already published and will be made available to each one of you present here today and to other citizens of this County.

State of the County Address
Governor Nyong’o giving the State of the County Address at Tom Mboya Labor College

Mr. Speaker Sir, Honourable Members,

In agriculture and food security, our focus has been on developing the dairy sub-sector, increasing rice productivity, re-invigorating the fisheries value chain and re-introducing cotton growing to meet new demand in the textile industry, especially with the impending re-opening of KICOMI industry.

Our anchor dairy project in Muhoroni – Osiepe Milk Chilling plant – has opened great opportunities for dairy farming in Muhoroni Sub-County. To support the sustainability of the project, the government has embarked on aggressive promotion of dairy production which includes further distribution of dairy animals to the farmers in high potential areas and establishment of fodder and pasture plots. In this regard, my government procured and distributed 87 dairy cows and 66 dairy goats to farmer cooperatives in Koru/Muhoroni, North Kisumu, Ahero and South East Nyakach Wards at a cost of9.5 Million Shillings in the last financial year 2018/19.

We are strengthening dairy co-operative societies by providing them with milk coolers to enable milk cooling and storage.

To satisfy this growing demand in the dairy subsector, the county government through the departments of Agriculture and Trade are in collaboration with International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to construct a dairy multiplication centre in Ombeyi of MuhoroniSub County at a cost of 123 Million Shillings.

Honorable Members,

The rice sub-sector is a key component of our food security agenda. Yet productivity in the sub-sector remains sub-optimal due to poor varieties and poor crop husbandry.

Our farmers are exposed to exploitation from middlemen who cart away our rice across our borders for lack of value addition opportunities at home.

To address those challenges, we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and National Irrigation Board for a 175 Million Shillings five-year program to introduce modern agronomic methods and market resilient breeds in Ahero and West Kano Irrigation Schemes. In this tripartite arrangement, my government has mobilized and distributed 2940 Kilogrammes of Arize rice variety and 400 bags of fertilizer besides deploying county technical staff to the project.

Another key value addition project in the agricultural sector is rice milling in collaboration with the National Irrigation Board (NIB) and JICA. This financial year, we advance value addition projects in Tomato processing at Kochieng’ and milk processing as forward linkages for the milk chilling plants across the County.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

The impending re-opening of KICOMI and the expansion of the textile industries in the region portend new opportunities in cotton growing. Following the recent conclusions of tests on the efficacy of BT Cotton growing and subsequent approvals for production, an avenue has opened for our farmers from the cotton-growing potential areas.

BT Cotton will greatly help in mitigating the effects of pests and diseases, drought stress and other associated challenges to farmers with improved advantages of reduced production costs, improved yield and safer environment from reduced use of chemical sprayers.

BT cotton has the potential to produce 260,000 bales of cotton per hectare annually as compared to other varieties that produce between 28,000 and 30,000 bales, translating to about 572kg/hectare against a potential of 2,500kg/hectare. We encourage our people to take up the new opportunities in cotton farming

Honorable Members,

We have not lost focus on putting more land under irrigation. Horticulture farming promises a great future in addressing our food security. This is why we put in 6 Million Shillings in the last financial year to initiate irrigation at Nam Thoe in Kisumu East and Mboha Valley in SemeSub County. So far, successful stakeholder engagements to mobilize the farmers and collect requisite survey data have been completed which led to the commencement of clearing of irrigation canals.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

In line with our second commitment as contained in my manifesto, which is to ensure a healthy population living in a clean environment, the Department of Health and Sanitation has recorded great achievements in health service delivery.

In the last financial year, we have implemented a facilities-upgrading program at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) at a cost of 130Million Shillings. Under the program, the hospital has redesigned and renovated the emergency and trauma center, constructed doctors cold suites for housing the doctors on call, renovated both wards 1 and 2 and constructed a maternity theatre with a thirty-one (31) bed in-patient ward. These are aimed at improving emergency response, averting and reducing adult, maternal and perinatal mortalities as well as improving efficiency in service delivery.

In order to aid timely diagnosis and early detection of diseases and as part of this modernization program, we have acquired enhanced diagnostic equipment and an ISO certified laboratory. In addition, a 64 Slides CT Scan Machine has been installed to supplement the old ten slides CT scan machine giving the hospital a total installed capacity of seventy-four (74) CT Scans per day.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

Cancer remains one of the biggest healthcare management challenges in Kenya today. It is now the third leading cause of deaths accounting for 7% of annual deaths from non-communicable diseases translating to about 28,000 deaths per year.

Despite 60% of Cancer patients requiring radiotherapy management, the service is only available at Kenyatta National Hospital. This is why my government prioritized the construction of the Kisumu Radiotherapy Centre at JOOTRH for which I conducted the groundbreaking ceremony on the 10th of May 2019. We are set to commence construction of the first phase of this project at a cost of 350Million Shillings with completion expected at the end of two years. Already, the government has set aside 60 Million Shillings to begin construction of the bunkers and a potential donor has come forth to provide 40 million shillings. Once complete, we expect to offer comprehensive oncology services covering radiotherapy, chemotherapy and palliative care to cancer patients across the region. In addition, we have established a Sickle Cell Clinic at the facility to mainstream sickle cell management in our health provision. It is now possible to diagnose a sickle cell carrier within the first week of birth and provide effective treatment. We have done this in collaboration with Dr. Charles Otieno of the University of California, Los Angeles and the Acres of Hope.

State of the County Address
Attendees at the Kisumu State of the County Address at Tom Mboya Labor College

Honorable Members,

Kisumu was privileged to be one of the four (4) pilot counties alongside Nyeri, Machakos, and Isiolo for the national Universal Health Coverage (UHC)project.

During the pilot, we chose to focus on the community approach from the grassroots level with a view of strengthening Primary Healthcare, a key component in the attainment of UHC. I am happy to note that the pilot has been extremely successful in Kisumu with more than 85% of the total population registered to the UHC scheme translating to 843, 683 people from a target of 1.2 million. To achieve UHC, we realized we needed to invest in community health services and primary health facilities. For a very long time, Community Health Workers (Nyamrerwas) had been working as volunteers. As a government, we decided that for CHWs to perform their tasks effectively, they needed to be motivated by paying them appropriate stipends and facilitating their work. The CHWs now earn a stipend of 2,500 Shillingsand receive NHIF medical cover.

The success of UHC has led to an increase in hospital utilization to 113.5%. To mitigate the human resource needs pressures that the increased uptake has put on the facilities, my government has committed 63 Million Shillings for recruitment of additional 179 health care workers comprising Community Health Extension Workers, Radiographers, Medical Laboratory Technologists, Pharmaceutical Technologists, Registered Nurses, Clinical Officers, Nutritionists and many more.

Further benefits of UHC will only be harnessed with the strengthening of the referral system. We have since instituted a referral system that is based on the “hub and spoke” model. In this regard, we have embarked on improving our health institutions from the primary level to the referral facility.

In the just-concluded financial year 2018/2019, we installed and operationalized maternity theatres at Kombewa, Ahero and Muhoroni Sub County Hospitals. We have made provisions in the budget for 2019/2020 to set up maternity theatres in the remaining sub-county hospitals of Nyakach, Gita, and Chulaimbo at a cost of 30 Million Shillings. We have also committed to acquiring 5 digital X-Ray machines for the sub-county hospitals at a cost of 7 million shillings.

Mr. Speaker,

Ambulatory service is a key component in a strong, working referral system. To ensure easy movement of patients in dire need of emergency health services, my government has put in measures to establish a well-managed “Kisumu County Ambulatory and Emergency Services”. To this end, we budgeted to purchase eight modern ambulances with all the necessary life-saving equipment at a cost of 80 Million Shillings. This fleet will be technologically managed to offer services as and when required. They will be deployed to cover all the sub-counties. So far, we have deployed one to Gita hospital to serve Kisumu East Sub County.

I want to thank Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) for the donation of two extra ambulances to be stationed at Pap Onditi Sub County Hospital and Nyabondo Mission Hospital. KeNHA is also constructing a Trauma Centre at Nyabondo Mission Hospital.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

We highly appreciate the partnerships and support that we have received from our healthcare strategic partners. Let me take this opportunity to acknowledge our partner Novartis for their gift of a 168 Million Shillings ultra-modern pediatric research center at Kombewa Hospital which is expected to be operational by mid-2020.

Honorable Members,

In terms of roads and transport infrastructure, our road network has expanded tremendously in the last two years. Both road construction and maintenance in the last financial year amount to 360 Kilometres of works. While we continue to open new roads where they are needed, our prime focus now is road maintenance, especially in the rural areas using the Kisumu Roads Maintenance Teams (KRMTs) under the supervision of the Village Councils. The Village Councils will also take responsibility for environmental conservation, management of water-points and community health services.

In Kisumu City, most of the projects under the first phase of the Kisumu Urban Project (KUP) are completed, including roads, six primary schools, the Social Center and Lumumba Hospital. The Center for Business Incubation and Innovation at Rotary Youth Polytechnic is 40% complete. We have concluded negotiations with the partners for extension into the second phase, which will enlist the modernization of Kibuye, Otonglo and Jubilee markets. Implementation of the Kenya Urban Support Programme (KUSP) projects is well underway in the Non-Motorized Transport, Fire stations and hydrants and the innovation centre components. We are currently negotiating the second phase of KUSP with the World Bank. This financial year, we will break ground for an affordable housing project in partnership with the national government under the Housing pillar of the Big 4 Agenda. The development of urban infrastructure and housing facilities is extremely important for our preparations to host the Africities Summit 2021.

Members will recall that in my last Address, I announced that Kisumu was going to bid to host the 9th edition of the Africities Summit. As you already know, we won the bid, with the support of the national government and the Council of Governors. On behalf of the County Government and the people of Kisumu County, I want to thank His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta for giving full backing to Kisumus’ bid last year and lending support for the commencement of our preparations to host the Summit.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

My administration understands the important role played by Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) in setting the foundation for child education and development. In order to motivate our ECD teachers, on the 9th of August this year, 668 ECD teachers in Kisumu County received their three-year contract letters with clearly defined job groups that correspond to their level of certification. In addition, the teachers will also be remunerated through the IPPD System with each one of them acquiring personal numbers. According to the new job groups, teachers who previously on Job Groups (G) and earned 10,500 Shillings as their basic salary are currently earning 20,800 Shillings while those previously in Job Group (H) and earned 12, 500 Shillings are currently earning 23,780 Shillings.

Further to this, the County distributed textbooks and exercise books worth 20 Million Shillings to all ECD Centres across the County in the last financial.We also provided meals to our ECD children at a cost of 14 million shillings as a way of improving enrolment and retention at our centers. In the same financial year, we completed 27 new ECD centers across the county.

To promote Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET), my administration through the Kisumu Urban Project (KUP) is currently constructing a 350 Million Shillings Ultra-Modern Business and Incubation Centre at Rotary Vocational Training Centre in Kisumu City. This will encourage innovation and nurture business ideas from experimentation to commercialization. At the same time, enrolments in existing Technical and Vocational Education Centres have increased, with 700 new trainees enrolled in the last financial year.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

Kisumu County is set to experience a major change in terms of its physical planning from the city to the sub-counties.In my last State of the County address, I reported that the department of Lands, Housing and Urban Development had commissioned the preparation of urban physical development plans for Ahero and Maseno towns. Today, I confirm that the process is complete and we have gazetted Maseno, Katito, Kombewa, Ahero, and Muhoroni as towns. This new status will allow the towns to access urban development financing opportunities from development partners.

With regard to housing – a key component in the delivery of the National ‘Big Four Agenda’- the County through the support of the Kenya Informal Settlements Improvement Project (KISIP) and the World Bank has prepared the Housing Policy. The policy recommended the establishment of the County Housing Fund and recognition of its rural housing as the biggest component in County housing interventions. We will implement this recommendation by enacting the necessary legislation and making budgetary provisions for a concrete plan to develop housing facilities. The County Government intends to provide land as equity towards the realization of housing to partners who will provide funding in Public-Private Partnerships. Within the next five years, the County looks forward to an ambitious public housing development with a focus on achieving at least 2,000units to serve all levels of income. This financial year, we will break ground for affordable housing project in partnership with the national government under the Housing pillar of the Big 4 Agenda.

Honourable Members,

The long journey for Kisumu County to put into place a Valid Valuation Roll is at its tail end.

The draft valuation roll totalling to 120 Billion Shillings worth of properties covers all rateable lands, both lease and/or freeholds, within the County of Kisumu, particularly the City of Kisumu, Maseno Township, Ahero town, Muhoroni town, Holo market, Pap-Onditi market, Katito, Awasi market, Sondu/Atela market, Miriu, Bodi, Otonglo market, DarajaMbili market, Dago market, Koru market, Kibigori, Ombeyi, Miwani market, Kombewa, Kolweny, Korowe, and Rabuor and the satellite commercial and institutional developments within the county that fall outside the towns/urban market centres. These include petrol stations, hotels, motels, factories, guesthouses, along the main high-ways in the outlying areas within the Kisumu County.

The Kisumu County rating Bill has been prepared and is proceeding to the Assembly for discussions and adoption to enable operationalization of the valuation roll by January 2020.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

The Council of Governors and the Swedish government are jointly implementing a project dubbed ‘Symbiocity’ in seven (7) counties. Kisumu is one of the participating counties. We chose Ahero town as the project beneficiary of the 32 Million Shillings funding project. The project quick win phase involved refurbishment of drainage channels, waste receptacles, training of environment champions and general monthly clean-ups. The second phase currently underway called the ‘Change Project’ will include the refurbishment of the market structure, sanitation facilities, drainage works, recreation park and greening around the market.

Mr. Speaker,

The county government in collaboration with the state department of housing & urban development of the national government has been undertaking infrastructure and planning projects in various informal settlements in Kisumu under the Kenya Informal Settlement Programme (KISIP); a World Bank-funded project. The survey and planning component was undertaken in ShauriMoyo, ShauriYako, Swahili, and Sangoro settlements in Muhoroni and Kaloleni within the city. Through this component, the county has managed to process over 300 title deeds in the planned settlements which are ready for issuance. These title deeds will ensure property rights for the title holders.

In another component of KISIP, Bandani, Nyalenda, and Obunga have benefitted from newly paved access roads, sewer networks and high mast flood flights thereby improving access, health, security and housing conditions in these areas.

I am happy to report that we are at advanced stages of negotiations for KISIP II. The negotiations should be concluded by the end of December 2019. This second phase will be a more intensive infrastructure development project that will be implemented in 13 settlements countywide. The project will include the construction of paved roads, sewer networks, floodlights, drainages and extension of water lines to Ahero, Katito, Sondu, Kondele, Migosi, Nyawita, Manyatta, Kiboswa, Shauriyako, Shaurimoyo, Bondeni, Chemelil and Kibuye

Mr. Speaker Sir,

Land may be rightly called the original source of all material wealth. Yet the County’s management of land has not been well aligned to her economic growth.

To remedy this situation, we are building a land bank that can be used to incentivize investments and for public projects.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

Kisumu County is focused on building a vibrant service sector supported by sustainable energy source and information communication technologies. The realization of this calls for the modernization of our market infrastructure across the County. Construction is currently on-going for retail markets in Katito and Pap-Onditi in Nyakach Sub-County. We intend to establish additional retail and wholesale markets in all the sub-counties. To ensure proper use of these markets as well as enhance a 24-hour economy and provide security, the County installed 105 floodlights and 104 solar streetlights in different markets across the county. We also constructed a market shed and two-door toilets at Bodi market in South East Nyakach ward and Kondik market in North Seme to help create a clean environment for business to thrive and improve revenue.

To empower our traders, the Department of Business and Energy under the Trade Development Fund, issued loans to 180 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) amounting to Kshs. 10 million.

A separate 3 Million Shillings was also used to supply freezers to cooperative societies within the County.

The decline of major industries such as KICOMI, sugar and Fish industries has turned Kisumu into a consumer economy. The County is at an advanced stage of acquiring 2,800 acres of land Miwani, Muhoroni Sub-County for the establishment of the Special Economic Zone (SEZ). Already, the National Government through the Ministry of Trade and Industrialization has set aside funds for the establishment of the SEZ. The SEZ will see the development of an industrial park including infrastructures such as roads, water, and sewerage system and an elaborate power connectivity.

The SEZ and the Port development project, spearheaded by the national government represent the biggest initiatives for opening up Kisumu as a regional transport and industrial hub for Eastern Africa and portend further development of the Blue Economy sectors in the County. The County Government will finalize the County Strategy for Harnessing the Blue Economy this financial year.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

Environmental conservation and management of natural resources are extremely important for sustainable development.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

The Kachok dumpsite no longer exists. We will ensure no other dumpsite like Kachok ever comes up in the County, y establishing sub-county collection centers.

As a follow up to my order on the ban of washing of vehicles in our water sources that is currently being implemented, I released Executive Order Number 1 of 2019 on the “Framework For Regulating Sand, Rocks, Murram And Soil Harvesting and All Forms Of Quarrying Activities Within Kisumu County”. This directive gives a road map of the utilization and regulation of the resources found within our borders and the environment. We shall ensure utmost compliance to this order in time with all the other national and county laws.

In the concluded financial year 2018/2019, we provided 45 Million Shillings for the acquisition of land for the waste to energy project. The work will commence this financial year.

To ensure a reliable supply of water to homesteads and public facilities, we have completed several boreholes across the County. At the same time, the County Government has acquired a water bowser for emergency provision services, especially for key institutions in service delivery.

Our efforts to conserve the environment, including afforestation are well elaborated in the report.

Mr. Speaker Sir,

With regard to Tourism, Sports, Arts, and Culture, Kisumu is taking its rightful place as a destination for national and interaction conferences and meetings. And our hospitality sector is growing by the number of new hotels opening up in town, even as air transport connectivity expands. The Department of Tourism conducted the ‘I am Kisumu’ Talent Search, bringing to limelight erstwhile hidden talent among young people in the County. We have invested in the Winners of the Talent Search to advance their careers and prospects for full commercialization. In addition, the County Government continues to develop tourist sites in Kisumu County as part of the Western Tourist Circuit.

Mr. Speaker Sir, Honourable Members,

Let me close by highlighting some of our key projects this financial year. I may have mentioned some of them in earlier sections of this address, but I will go over them again in summary for emphasis.

First, we will begin the implementation of the County Roads Maintenance Teams this year, with provisions for the acquisition of equipment and payment of wages already made in the current budget.

Secondly, the village councils will be operational this financial year, taking care of community development activities in environmental conservation, road maintenance, community health services and management of water resources.

Thirdly, this year’s budget caters to our program for enhancement of health service delivery by continued upgrading of the teaching and referral hospital as well as opening up maternity and theatre service units in health facilities in the sub-counties (Chiga, Kisumu County Hospital, Katito Muhoroni, and Chulaimbo).

Fourth, we have provided additional funding for agricultural mechanization and extension services, in general, and with a specific focus on dairy and rice sub-sectors. In addition, we will set up the Integrated Model Fish Farm Unit in Kabonyo Kanyagwal and the Tomato Processing Plant in Kochieng’ this year. Horticultural production activities is also set to commence in Mboha and Nam Thoe valleys.

Fifth, in this year’s budget, we have increased allocations to bursaries for our students by 100% (double the amount in the previous years). Other than support to students in schools and colleges, we plan to give specific attention to students pursuing technical and vocational training for skills development that will generate employment for themselves and others while growing our economy.

Sixth, we have provided funding for revival of water service works in Nyakach, Kisumu West and Seme sub-counties to supplement the boreholes that we continue to build and equip across the County.

Seventh, the construction of the modern sports complex begins this financial year Kisumu City.

Eighth, this year’s budget provides funding for improvement of existing physical infrastructure in our County Assembly while at the same time starting the construction of a new County Assembly block and Speaker’s house. The construction of the Governor’s house and renovation of the Deputy Governor’s house continue this year.

Ninth, we expect to boost the land bank by further land acquisitions including purchases using financial allocations in the current budget.

Tenth, the development of institutional capacity for efficient delivery of public services is crucial. That is why we continue to strengthen our performance management and Monitoring and Evaluation functions in the County Government. In addition, we have reviewed and evaluated the performance of our current automated revenue collection system to identify systematic weakness for improvement and to boost our Own Source Revenue. We have incorporated partners in this process to ensure proper standards, efficiency and measurable outputs.

It is important to acknowledge all partners who work with us in the County government for implementation of projects, including the office of the First Lady who has championed numerous initiatives, especially in health services. We intend to strengthen those partnerships and further streamline the contribution of the office of the First Lady for development results.

Finally, Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, our preparations to host the Africities Summit in November 2021 are well on course, working closely with the national government through the Steering Committee established by His Excellency the President, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution.

Let me end here, Mr. Speaker and ask all members to read the full report. We are open to your feedback, ideas, and thoughts as we put our best foot forward in the third year of our government, for a peaceful and prosperous County.

God bless you all.

God bless Kisumu County

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