Head Of Public Service Roots For Cooperation In Governance

The Head of Public Service, Felix Koskei, has emphasized on the need for global collaboration in tackling interconnected challenges, urging nations not to work in silos.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the International Institute of Administr…


The Head of Public Service, Felix Koskei, has emphasized on the need for global collaboration in tackling interconnected challenges, urging nations not to work in silos.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS), Kenya School of Government (KSG) 2024 conference in Mombasa, Koskei noted that collaboration is a long-term strategy to overcome common problems.

The Head of Public Service said that global problems could not be solved through fragmented efforts at the national or regional level.

‘The world is rapidly becoming interconnected and different countries, regions, and categories of the population are becoming interdependent,’ he stated.

He further underscored the value of dialogue, cooperation, and partnership for securing a sustainable future.

He also stressed the significance of institutional frameworks, communication channels, and mutual trust among stakeholders.

‘Successful collaborative initiatives require a conducive institutional envi
ronment, clear communication channels, mutual trust, and shared commitment to common goals,’ said Koskei.

He said the enhancement of skills and capabilities of public service professionals should involve various stakeholders to achieve the desired objectives.

Principal Secretary State Department for Public Service, Ministry of Public Service, Performance and Delivery Management Amos Gathecha commended IIAS for choosing Kenya as the host of the conference, signalling a significant milestone in the international discourse on governance.

He called for the revisiting of existing governance frameworks to rectify economic imbalances and inequalities among nations, setting the stage for enhanced cooperation and policy development worldwide.

The Director General of KSG Prof. Ludeki Chweya accentuated the need for inclusive development, the challenging of global norms to enhance the well-being of every segment of the society, and the creation of an enabling environment where citizens can enjoy improved livelihoods
.

‘It is important that society continuously challenges global models and standards to improve the welfare of all segments to create a barrier-free environment that enables all citizens to enjoy and benefit from improved livelihoods,’ said Prof. Chweya.

Industrialization, he added, is key to advancing the quality of life thus collaboration between countries is crucial.

The three-day conference was attended by over 130 delegates representing more than 40 countries. It facilitated a diverse exchange of insights and experiences related to international collaborative governance.

The sessions were structured to encourage participation and discourse. Various sub-themes, including collaboration, technology, decoloniality, and globalization were discussed.

Key concepts such as co-production in public service delivery, skills development for collaborative governance, adaptive leadership, and meaningful participation of officials from developing countries emerged as focal points of deliberation.

Discussions encom
passed the mobilization of global resources to address pressing issues such as climate change, poverty, inequality, and trade imbalance.

The conference participants commended IIAS and KSG for their pioneering efforts in pushing the boundaries of governance and public administration. They promised to implement lessons learned in their countries.

The conference adopted a comprehensive definition of collaborative governance, providing a common understanding for further deliberations. It emphasized the formal, consensus-oriented, and deliberative nature of governing arrangements involving public agencies and non-state stakeholders.

The outcomes of the conference are set to be published online and are expected to inform policy-making and administrative practices globally, contributing to enhanced cooperation among nations and international organizations.

Source: Kenya News Agency

CJ Koome Congratulates Newly Elected LSK Council Members

Chief Justice Martha Koome has congratulated the Law Society of Kenya President-Elect, Ms. Faith Odhiambo along with other LSK Council Members who were elected to steer the lawyers’ organisation for the next two years.

Koome said Ms. Odhiambo’s elect…


Chief Justice Martha Koome has congratulated the Law Society of Kenya President-Elect, Ms. Faith Odhiambo along with other LSK Council Members who were elected to steer the lawyers’ organisation for the next two years.

Koome said Ms. Odhiambo’s election marks a significant milestone as the second woman to hold the esteemed office of the President in the Law Society of Kenya’s history.

‘This is a remarkable step towards promoting inclusion and diversity in our professional organizations,’ remarked the CJ, noting that she was looking forward to working closely with Ms. Odhiambo and her Council members.

Koome who is also the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya, also congratulated Mr. Omwanza Ombati on his election as the Male Representative of Law Society of Kenya to the Judicial Service Commission.

In a press statement sent to newsrooms, the CJ observed that LSK and the Judiciary have historically embraced a collaborative and consultative approach in working towards their shared objective of enhancing a
ccess to justice, improving efficiency in the system of administration of justice, and advancing the rule of law in the country.

‘Continue championing these transformative objectives,’ she urged.

CJ Koome at the same time commended all candidates who participated in the elections and advocates across the country for conducting themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner during the campaign period and election day.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Climate Change Experts Call For Sensitization

Climate change experts have called for increased sensitization of communities on climate change and its effects.

The experts, led by Professor Benard Muok, said sensitization was key in addressing climate change effects, adding that the private secto…


Climate change experts have called for increased sensitization of communities on climate change and its effects.

The experts, led by Professor Benard Muok, said sensitization was key in addressing climate change effects, adding that the private sector ought to make investments that generate money to address the menace.

Professor Muok, a climate change expert, said that addressing climate change requires all stakeholders’ efforts.

The Don said that funding is also an integral part of curbing the effects of climate change, despite several proposed actions by climate change experts.

‘Often people think that addressing climate change effects is the work of the government, donors, and NGOs, but we forget the most important player; the private sector,’ he said.

Professor Muok’s sentiments were echoed by Ester Mutua, a carbon market specialist, who reiterated that experts must sensitize the public as part of the solution.

They made the remarks at Tom Mboya University during the close of the second Homa Bay Cou
nty International Investment Conference.

Ms Mutua commended Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga for working with the local communities to develop carbon sinks which she said is a step towards climate stability.

Governor Wanga affirmed that her administration has established a public participation model with climate change committees, consisting of people from villages who are trained as one of the measures of curbing climate change.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Thika: Where Bicycles Are More Popular Than Motorcycle-Boda Boda

Boda bodas are a popular means of transport across Kenya and they continue to gain popularity as they can evade traffic and access places where other traditional means of transport, such as taxis and matatus, cannot.

Official data shows that the Nati…


Boda bodas are a popular means of transport across Kenya and they continue to gain popularity as they can evade traffic and access places where other traditional means of transport, such as taxis and matatus, cannot.

Official data shows that the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) registered 285,203 motorcycles in 2021, compared to the 186,434 registered in 2017. During the review period, the highest growth was recorded when 356,603 motorcycles were registered.

Most people cannot imagine that bicycles are still being used as boda bodas in some Kenyan towns. However, in Thika, bicycles are a common means of transport. Walking through the town and its environs, you will see bicycles parked alongside motorcycles at the boda boda stages waiting for customers.

Kevin Maina, a bicycle taxi rider, told KNA that bicycles as a mode of transport are more popular than the regular motorcycle boda bodas as the bicycle transport business is a source of livelihood for a majority of rural people who do not have
the resources required to purchase motorcycles.

‘For men like me who do not have any other sources of income, this business enables us to earn our daily bread. Besides, commuters prefer our services due to our prices that are significantly lower than those of the regular motorcycle boda bodas and we offer more security in terms of safety,’ said Maina.

David Wanjau, a resident of Kisii Estate in Makongeni, Thika concurs that indeed bicycle taxis are safer compared to motorcycles.

‘Going by statistics, there are quite a lot of accidents that occur frequently caused by motorcycles, and for this reason, most people here prefer to be ferried by bicycles. This choice is reinforced by the belief that motorcycle operators are careless and love speeding,’ said Wanjau.

Additionally, Wanjau noted that accidents from bicycles are minimal when they do occur, and do not cause as much damage.

Charles Kimani, another bicycle taxi operator said there were places bicycles could access that motorcycles couldn’t. He also st
ated that the fare was dependent on the distance and luggage.

‘As Thika natives, we understand the terrain and we can very well access narrow routes that may not be possible for motorcycles. The fare is also dependent on the distance and luggage. We charge Sh20 for short distances but the price can go up to Sh200 for longer distances. I make between Sh400-800 on a good day,’ Kimani said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Calls To Embrace Insect Farming To End Food Security Crisis

The World Bank has encouraged farmers in Africa to take up insect farming to end the continued food security crisis and malnutrition wreaking havoc on the continent.

Chief Agricultural Economist for Africa, Dr. Dorte Verner said only 850 farmers in 1…


The World Bank has encouraged farmers in Africa to take up insect farming to end the continued food security crisis and malnutrition wreaking havoc on the continent.

Chief Agricultural Economist for Africa, Dr. Dorte Verner said only 850 farmers in 16 countries in the continent rear insects, a huge concern given the severity of the food crisis in the region. Kenya has only 17 such farmers.

According to World Bank estimates, insect farming will be a multi-billion-dollar market estimated at around US $8 billion by 2030. Besides, they provide food, animal feed, create jobs, diversify livelihoods, and improve nutrition.

Addressing stakeholders during an Insect for Green Economy conference at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Dr. Dorte termed the venture lucrative due to the huge demand for insect blended food saying farmers record total returns in initial capital invested in only 127 days.

She cited black soldier fly, mealworm, crickets, and desert locusts as some of the insects
whose farming has gained momentum in the region.

‘With 70 percent of the world’s arable land being used for feed farming, there is an urgency to move to insect farming which offers consistent supply throughout the year. Africa faces a huge food security crisis and thus the need to complement the food crop farming with that of insects,’ she said.

‘This creates a circular economy where the already produced household waste is fed to the insects and because of their ferocious appetite they can repurpose it to fertilizer to be used in farming and proteins, fats, and oils for human consumption,’ she added.

She at the same time added that insect farming has the potential to create 15 million jobs in Africa meeting 75 percent of the required direct and indirect jobs.

Deputy Director State Department of Agriculture Teresia Karanja encouraged local farmers to embrace this type of farming due to the dwindling sizes of arable land.

She said insect farming has the potential to help transform the country’s agriculture
agenda adding that the government will continue supporting the farmers through inputs and market linkages.

The Director called on researchers to help in coming up with new mass breeds and better ways of rearing insects to help farmers who have invested in this sector.

‘There is a need for extensive research on technologically advanced areas such as selective breeding. We also need to continuously raise awareness to investors, farmers, suppliers, and consumers on this new form of farming,’ said Karanja.

Source: Kenya News Agency

NGO Out To Link PWDs To Empowerment Opportunities

A non-governmental organization, Northern Nomadic Disabled Persons Organization (NONDO), has rolled out plans to link people with disabilities (PWDs) to empowerment opportunities in government and donor agencies to improve their livelihoods.

Through …


A non-governmental organization, Northern Nomadic Disabled Persons Organization (NONDO), has rolled out plans to link people with disabilities (PWDs) to empowerment opportunities in government and donor agencies to improve their livelihoods.

Through sensitization and awareness creation of opportunities from government agencies such as the county revolving fund, the uwezo and youth funds, the women enterprise fund and the Inua Jamii programs, the NGO is seeking to help the PWDs with information and ease the process for them to access the services.

Speaking in Garissa today during a meeting that brought together a section of these agencies and the people living with disabilities in the county, NONDOs team leader in Garissa Fatuma Mohamed said that most PWDs were hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic and that they saw a need to help them recover by connecting them to information on funding and government tenders.

Fatuma revealed that there has been a gap in disseminating information to people with disabilities th
us locking them out from applying for opportunities that could improve their lives and called for more media sensitization to reach all of them.

‘We realized that when COVID-19 hit, the most affected people were PWDs and their livelihoods were affected. So we thought that there could be government interventions and we sought to find out how the PWDs could find these opportunities,’ Fatuma said.

‘We found out there were barriers which were keeping PWDs from these opportunities and today we have brought together the government officials of the relevant agencies to better explain to the PWDs how better to access these openings and we are glad that the information is now out and the people will be well guided,’ she added.

Fatuma further asked officials to always help the PWDs seeking services with the technicalities of the forms, especially those seeking funding or tenders to boost their income.

Garissa County CECM for Gender, Culture, Youth and Sports Hawa Abdi Sahal said that the county administration in su
pport of PWDs had created a whole directorate headed by a Chief Officer for people with disability affairs which will help in empowering them.

The CECM further revealed that the PWDs in the county have been receiving wheelchairs, and business startup tools such as tailoring machines, salon and haircut kits to help them run business and generate an income.

A section of the PWDs we spoke to during the session was satisfied with the information shared and promised to form groups to access the financing through the government affirmative action programs funding.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Improve Infrastructure To Mitigate Accidents, Otuoma

Busia Governor Paul Otuoma has urged the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeHNA) to upgrade roads in the county to curb accidents that frequently occur as a result of the dilapidated state of roads that were constructed in the 1970s.

Speaking at Mu…


Busia Governor Paul Otuoma has urged the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeHNA) to upgrade roads in the county to curb accidents that frequently occur as a result of the dilapidated state of roads that were constructed in the 1970s.

Speaking at Mundika after visiting the Friday accident scene which led to the loss of two lives, Otuoma noted that the structure of the road can no longer accommodate a huge number of trucks that ply the road daily because Busia and Malaba One-Stop-Border-Points are the gateways to East and Central Africa.

‘I want to pass my condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones as a result of this fatal accident. I also wish a quick recovery to those hospitalized in various health facilities,’ Otuoma noted.

‘This should act as a wake-up call to KeNHA to upgrade the state of Busia-Kisumu and Malaba-Eldoret Highways as they bear the burden of heavy trucks transiting goods from Kenya to neighboring countries,’ the governor added.

Otouma however noted that as a county they
will sensitize residents on road safety measures in case such accidents involve fuel tankers so they don’t move close to the scene but rather give opportunity for specialized groups and police to do their work.

‘We must count ourselves lucky as the tanker was not carrying Super Petrol. It would have caused a lot of damage due to ignorance by our people on the safety measures at an accident scene. I advise Busia people not to move closer to such tankers in future,’ he added.

The Governor noted that as a county they are racing against time to ensure the trailer park in Busia and Malaba are completed this year to minimize the number of trucks on the road at a given time.

‘Sometimes scanners misbehave causing huge traffic snarl-up which is very risky to the residents, that is why as a county we are racing against time to ensure we complete the trailer parks this year,’ he noted.

A host of leaders from Busia including CS Ababu Namwamba, PS Susan Mang’eni, Busia Woman Rep Catherine Omanyo and Senator Okiya Omut
ata also send condolence messages to the affected families as they wished quick recovery to the injured in hospital.

‘My heart bleeds for the families of those whose lives have been cut short following a tragic road accident in Mundika area Busia County, involving a passenger Bus (Tahmeed) enroute to Mombasa and a fuel tanker on transit this afternoon. It’s indeed a sad day for the nation and Busia county in particular,’ wrote PS Mang’eni on her Facebook account.

Busia Woman Rep Omanyo challenged the government to dual the road from Busia OSBP to Bumala and Malaba to Kanduyi to minimize accidents.

‘It’s saddening to see Busia people lose lives due to the bad state of the roads yet Busia as a county generates over 10 billion annually to the government. It’s time for the government to do stock-taking and save lives and the economy,’ Omanyo said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Smallholder Farmers In Baringo Urged To Embrace Organic Farming

Smallholder farmers in Baringo County have been urged to embrace organic farming for healthy living and to curb diseases associated with certain foods.

Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) Kabarnet farmers’ caucus officials underscored the need for farmers t…


Smallholder farmers in Baringo County have been urged to embrace organic farming for healthy living and to curb diseases associated with certain foods.

Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) Kabarnet farmers’ caucus officials underscored the need for farmers to revisit traditional farming practices that preserve biodiversity.

Speaking when they held a sensitization procession in Kabarnet town, the officials led by Bishop William Kitilit lamented that the continued use of some harmful chemicals in spraying farms has led to high death rates from diseases like cancer and diabetes.

‘Let us value our bodies and the food we eat for the sake of our health. Life expectancy has been worryingly reduced because of the food people consume and agrochemicals they spray their crops with’, stated Bishop Kitilit.

The over 100 KPL members carrying samples of organic fruits and vegetables called on local farmers to embrace environmentally friendly agricultural practices instead of rushing to use harmful chemicals sold over the counte
r in Kenyan agrochemical outlets.

He stated that they have taken it upon themselves to go around the county teaching local farmers on the importance of growing indigenous food crops which guaranteed them good health and also to ward off certain dangerous diseases resulting from unhealthy diets.

Kitilit who cited the high treatment costs associated with lifestyle diseases, also noted that the use of the agrochemicals kills insects like ants, beetles, millipedes, earthworms, termites, and bees, which helps in pollination and aeration of soils.

Monicah Kiprotich, the chairperson of KPL Kabarnet cluster urged residents to be extra cautious with the food they consume noting the market is flooded with food with high chemical residue.

Mrs Kiprotich encouraged the general public to venture into natural and chemical-free farm products that can guarantee them a longer life.

KPL Secretary for Kabarnet cluster Gladys Cheserem said the advocacy they are doing will go a long way in preventing a scenario where exotic h
ybrid seeds are prioritized at the expense of organic farming.

Cheserem, however, lamented that their efforts to promote healthy living amongst the population have been thwarted by agribusinesses who continue to receive support from the World Trade Organization (WTO), which she claimed has allowed the importation of genetically modified Organisms (GMOs) into the country.

The official called upon legislators from both levels of government to enact laws that will safeguard the local farmers as well as preserve the country’s unique heritage and cultures.

Source: Kenya News Agency

NGAAF To Plant 2,000 Tree Seedlings

The National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) plans to grow 2,000 indigenous tree seedlings across the Busia County.

Speaking during the official launch of the exercise at Siteko Primary School, Busia County NGAAF Coordinator Dancan Musingo…


The National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF) plans to grow 2,000 indigenous tree seedlings across the Busia County.

Speaking during the official launch of the exercise at Siteko Primary School, Busia County NGAAF Coordinator Dancan Musingo said that the seedlings would be planted within two weeks.

‘Today we have planted 300 tree seedlings as we launched the exercise but the rest will be planted within the next two weeks under the guidance of the Forest Conservator,’ he said.

Busia County Forest Conservator Vitalis Osodo said that the County has a low forest cover of 7.8 percent and 0.005 percent forest cover.

Osodo noted that the local residents had not embraced tree planting but had improved in the last three years.

‘We have improved from 5.5 percent to the current 7.8 percent,’ he said, adding that the national tree cover is at 12.5 percent.

He pointed out that the Presidential directive requires that 15 billion seedlings were planted across the country.

‘In Busia, we have been given a tar
get to raise 4 million seedlings per year and by the end of the year 2032, we are expected to have planted 500,000 hectares so that we can achieve the 30 percent tree cover in Busia County alone.

The Conservator further stated that Kenya Forest Service has partnered with other stakeholders to plant trees in Busia County.

‘We have planted 300 seedlings in partnership with NGAAF in this school today,’ he said, adding that the department expects to have planted not less than 4 million seedlings within Busia County during the long rainy period.

Osodo however pointed out that obtaining resources to achieve their targets was still a challenge hence the reason why they had to engage other partners.

Busia County Commissioner Mwachaunga Chaunga on his part thanked the Woman Representative for the initiative adding that trees played an important role in the environment.

Chaunga underscored the need to engage the young generation in tree planting so that they could understand its importance.

‘We should be ready to
bring up generations who understand the importance of tree growing instead of those who only see how to exploit them,’ he said.

He further urged the local residents to plant trees in their homes and farms adding that the county is endowed with enough rainfall for their growth.

The CC warned that necessary action would be taken against those who left their animals to destroy tree seedlings planted within various public institutions.

Source: Kenya News Agency