Saturday, 27 April 2019

…of TOUTS, POLITICIANS and GODLY LEADERS (Galatians 5:22-23)

DP William Ruto in a tout-like maroon
jacket. PHOTO/File
…of TOUTS, POLITICIANS and GODLY LEADERS (Galatians 5:22-23)

A
 few weeks ago, I wrote a scathing article for an international newsletter and guess what; it touched raw nerves in the systems of some of the most powerful men in the world today, or so I am told. In that piece of literary work, I espoused the similarity between two professions, of which practitioners in both have habitually become either desperately poor or unimaginably wealthy, within a span of very little time; to the delight or consternation of their respective fans or haters.

The first group of ‘professionals’ - the touts - is comprised of these mostly not very stylishly groomed fellows, who will be found around any bus stop or station in Kenya. Their self-appointed job is to call out to commuters and getting busy pointing out to them the right matatu  (Public Service Vehicle – PSV) to board. They are most operational around those bus stops frequented by several competing matatus at a go, and masses of commuters at any given time. The most annoying thing with this clique is that they seem to take all people for fools, for they will coerce you to board a certain vehicle, only for it to dilly dally around for minutes on end while other vehicles come by and go while you watch. All the time you had perhaps identified the most suitable vehicle to board but got influenced by their pressure, and did their bidding, if only to have some peace of mind
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A tout at work, in his maroon uniform. PHOTO/Archives
Unfortunately, once you are tricked into getting aboard, it will be very hard to alight and get into any other matatu that could possibly be making earlier departure. If you do that, they will mark you and ensure that you don’t get into another vehicle easily, so you end up wasting even more time, getting more impatient and angry. The most disgusting thing is that these guys will urge you “twende na hii! ya mbele!  ya mbele!” (Let’s board this one! car number one! car number one!), like they would be travelling with you, yet they don’t board. They remain behind and vouch for the next ‘well paying’ vehicle. After all the ado, they do earn coins and sometimes notes from the matatus’ ‘staff’, for fooling commuters into filling up the matatus at the expense of the passengers’ time. After getting aboard, any attempt by the passengers to complain of delay is met with rude statements like, “Kama uko na haraka sana, ungekuja jana” (If you were in such a hurry, you would have come yesterday). And guess what, some of these fellows have through persistence, consistency and mostly force, raised through the ranks to become matatu owners themselves. So does it work with politics and politicians in Kenya today; only that matatus in this case are political movements such as ‘Tangatanga’ and ‘Kieleweke’. In this respect, when you hear some of our political leaders refer to themselves as ‘hustlers’, do not be surprised, for some have risen from such lowly ‘professions’ to big offices in our political systems through such shenanigans.

President Kenyatta (left shakes hands with Governor Wambora
in a past photo (during campaign time). the two leaders share
common vision. PHOTO/File
Still, we have those among our political leaders who have come to hold enviable positions in the nation’s leadership through their long-suffering, faithfulness and goodness. This latter caliber of politicians comprises of those leaders who will currently be found to be focusing on delivering on their manifestos to their respective electorates. Among them is the president of the republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and the other one is the governor of Embu County, Nyaga Wambora. These leaders are concentrating on making life more pleasant for the common man, as opposed to 2022 succession politics. The two men are doing this through their Big 4 and Big 6 Agendas respectively. One common agenda in these two leaders’ vision is Universal Healthcare. Having determined that a healthy people is a wealthy nation, the two leaders continue to exhibit gentleness, peace and self-control in their leadership, thereby giving forth fruits of the Holy Spirit for their people (Galatians 5:22-23).

Thursday, 21 March 2019

Capitalizing on Human Resources




Bridging the Gap to Create Employment



O
ne wise man once said, “The worth of a man would rightfully be quantified by how much BEYOND DUTY he does to make the life of another person better”. To this end, Raslimali Embu takes on the onus of propagating job creation and enhancing human resource capacity for the prosperity of posterity. Having identified a gap between job seekers (Employees) and job creators (Employers), we hereby provide a link to a website through which each could benefit. Visiting the link provided is win-win strategy for both parties; employers can post vacancies in their organizations while job seekers can apply for the advertised positions in real time. Get an experience of effective communication.

This is our way of giving back to the community, which is our social responsibility. Simply click or tap this link to benefit from this opportunity: https://www.myjobmag.co.ke/





Raslimali Embu is a channel for opportunities in the 'Land of Opportunities'

Saturday, 2 March 2019

For Embu County, a Time to Shine is Now (STORY WITH PHOTOS)

Governor Wambora (left) when he received CS, Interior, Dr. Fred Matiang'i (in checkered shirt), C.S Health, Sicily Kariuki (right) PS Interior, Karanja Kibicho and PS ICT Joe Mucheru (2nd left) in his office, before proceeding to inspect various Agenda 4-related projects and ending the day at the Inaugural Embu County Youth in Agribusiness Summit and Expo at Kenya School of Government on 28th February, 2019. Standing in red ties are, from left, Embu County Secretary Mr. Jason Nyaga, Speaker of the County Assembly Hon. Josiah Thiriku and Deputy Governor Mr. David Kariuki. PHOTO/James Metumi
Embu County Set to Shine in the 6th Annual Devolution Conference



T
he 6th Annual Devolution Conference will be held in Kirinyaga County this year. All the 47 counties will converge at Kirinyaga University from 4th to 8th March, 2019 to showcase their respective fruits of devolution, in terms of milestones achieved since the last such event. Embu County Government is well prepared to exhibit its achievements and opportunities for trade, investment and tourism using State-of-the-Art media technology, such as running screens as well as one on one interaction with leaders and business executives from different walks of life. Here below are some of the sectors which the government looks forward to showcase:

HEALTH

On health, the leadership of Embu County government recognizes that health is wealth. In this regard, the Department of Health distributed medicine worth ksh.31million to 94 health facilities across the county from 8th to 10th October 2018. The Department of health together with a number of partners proceeded with a medical outreach program with free medical camps at Dallas, Grogon and Shauri slums before holding a mega Medical Camp at Embu Stadium. Some of the organizations that were recognized for their contribution in this noble endeavor included Imara MediPlus Hospital, Winas Sacco Ltd., Githunguri Diaries, Embu Children’s Hospital (TENRI), Wimwaro FM, Kenya Medical Supplies Authority, Caritas Kenya, MSF – Belgium, Cuban Doctors, NSSF, Kenya Red Cross, St. John Ambulance, NHIF, County Medical Center, Consolata Hospital Kyeni, Daima Sacco, Collo Rescue Team, Medical Training College (MTC) – Embu and the University of Embu.

Embu Health Minister, Dr. Jamleck Muturi
attends to a child during the free medical camp 
held from 8th to 10th October 2018
The free medical outreach program, flagged off by the Minister for Health Dr. Jamleck Muturi accompanied by other executives and officers in the Health Department was carried out by 180 Doctors; some from the country and specialists from Belgium and Cuba. Out of the targeted 3000 patients, 2000 were seen including over 500 children aged below five years. The Free Medical Camp program had kicked off in April 2018 and the combined effort saw a total of 20,160 patients get free medical care. The feat was aimed at improving healthcare coverage by reaching out to those segments of society which may have failed to access medical care before.


On 7 November 2018, together with representatives from Medical Supply Chain MEDS and the Department of Health, Governor Wambora had flagged off Phase 2 of free medicine for level 4 Hospitals all through the county. Later on, he inspected the newly constructed Badea Complex at embu Level 5 Hospital. The building is a 120 bed capacity complex for inpatient treatment, and an Oncology Unit. Cancer patients undergoing Chemotherapy as well as Cancer Screening will all be done at Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital. It can be confirmed that Chemotherapy Chairs, Hood Machines, trained staff to handle patients and other equipment are already in place.

Medical practitioners attend to patients at Embu Stadium during the free medical camp. PHOTO/ James Metumi
In the same stance, Governor Martin Wambora has spearheaded the construction of a Renal Dialysis Unit with 10 dialysis machines with the aim of saving patients and their families from having to travel all the way to Nairobi or abroad in search of similar medical services. Patients suffering from ailments that require internal organ scans have also been rescued from having to spend much time and money, with the installation of an X-Ray unit fitted with a top of the range CT-Scan machine, now operational at Embu Level 5 Hospital. Two state-of-the-art laboratories with Histopathology and Biochemistry units have also been completed. In addition, renovation has been carried out on a labour ward, female surgical ward, male surgical ward and 2 amenity wards.

Governor Wambora with medical officers
outside Badea complex after inspecting 
the new super structure 7/11/2018
This effort was in one way rewarded with national recognition when on 23 November 2018; the governor hosted the Cabinet Secretary, Health, Ms. Sicily Kariuki. It was on the event that marked the launch of Kenya Aids Response Progress Report 2018. Later, the governor received a motor vehicle, a motor cycle and 44 refrigeration units for Kenya Expanded Programme on Immunization (KEPI), to help vaccinate children under 5 years from Embu County and its neighbors. The exercise was carried out in concerted efforts to achieve the president’s Agenda 4 on Universal Health.


EDUCATION

Embu Education Chief Officer Mr. Mbogo
Muchungu (left) receives the books from 
Mr. Ochola Arawo, the countrywide 
Market Development Officer, KLB. 
PHOTO/James Metumi
In the last 1 year, the government employed 65 additional instructors for vocational training institutions on permanent and pensionable basis. This was a worthy investment in the future of the society, as the technical skills imparted to the learners will go a long way into making them professional artisans, able to steer prosperity for posterity. The Department of Education also partnered with Kenya Literature Bureau to distribute close to 10,000 new curriculum PP1 and PP2 books to 396 ECDE centers across the county between 25th and 28th February, 2019. Embu was the first county to roll out such a program, whereby 572 teachers and 16,135 pupils received 11 sets of books each, valued at ksh.6,700 per center.

TRADE, INVESTMENT AND TOURISM

On 21 November 2018, Governor Wambora officially opened the Annual Regional Business Development Services (BDS) Conference. The theme of the Conference was: “The Role of Innovative BDS for Inclusive Market Transformation”. Speaking during the event, Hon. Wambora urged the BDS practitioners to constantly innovate so as to spur agribusiness and agro-processing in East Africa. He put it in the following words: “I am sure with continuous innovation; we can generate more polished goods for the markets, thereby creating jobs and generating wealth. I am impressed by Micro Enterprises Support Programme Trust (MESPT), European Union (EU) Department for International Development (DFID) Global Communities among other BDS Donor Coordination Group (BDCG) members for the complimentary work they are doing in counties especially in empowering and promoting Kenyan farmers, with Embu being one of the key beneficiaries”

Tourism


Country View Hotel, in the outskirts of
Embu town will certainly provide 
excellent boarding facilities 
to the delegates
Kirinyaga University, the venue for this year’s Annual Devolution Conference, is just a few kilometers from Embu town. Seeing that close to 10,000 guests from all over Kenya and abroad are expected to be there for 5 days, accommodation can be expected to be a challenge. As such, Embu County will become very handy in easing the burden of congestion off her neighbor county. In Embu, there are quite a number of good hotels where guests can lodge for the period. These include The Panesic, Prime Hotel, Highway Court Hotel, Sunrise Hotel, The Kryptonyte and Maina Highway Hotel, all located within the town’s CBD.  In the outskirts, there is Slopes Villa, Izaac Walton Hotel, Minni Inn, Mountain Breeze, Silver Springs, Whispering Hills and Country View Hotel among others. All these will provide ample and secure parking, most hospitable services and excellent cuisines. Having dined, wined and rested, the guests will hardly resist the urge to tour the many tourist attractions spread across the county.

A variety of wild animals can be viewed
in Mwea National Park in Embu, 
just a few kilometers from Kirinyaga University
Such sites would include Mwea National Park, the 7 Forks Dams, Karue and Kirimiri hills. They will also discover that Embu is the entry point into Mt. Kenya forest/mountain climbing as well as Meru and Isiolo National Parks, just to mention a few. Embu people are a friendly society who will readily receive the guests even to their homes in the most hospitable manner. Embu County Government has through the Department, headed by former Principal of Alliance Boys as the CECM Mr. David Kariuki, taken great steps in promoting tourism in the region and has been receiving tourists from across the globe regularly, especially for the last one year. This will promote not only domestic tourism but also trade and investment opportunities and generate more revenue for Embu County and higher GDP for the country. Those who will take this opportunity will find out that Embu is known as the land of opportunities for a reason! 

GENDER, CULTURE, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL SERVICES

Gender
A capacity building programme on entrepreneurship was rolled out during the year whereby over 3000 persons benefited with skills necessary to start and run small and medium enterprises. More than 4,400 students were reached with messages on Gender-Based Violence (GBV), life skills and health related matters. Sensitization on gender mainstreaming and developments for Government officials and community leaders was carried out with advocacy for GBV victims to get justice. Linkage of women groups to financial institutions for funding and sensitization of women and youth on Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) was also done through establishment of gender-working groups in all the Wards. Another achievement by this sector was the support for gender-related national and international events such as Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through 16 days of activism and the provision of sanitary towels to poor young girls among other activities.

Children Sector

School going girls in Embu display free
sanitary towels issued by the county government 
in a bid to keep them in school
This sector, though dogged by lots of negativity from those who choose to politicize everything, has achieved much in the last one year. For one, the distribution of sanitary towels and inner wears to school children from needy communities was a notable endeavor. Secondly, the government did support children to attend national and international events such as ‘The Day of the African Child’ and Children Assembly as well as children programs such as Christmas parties. Thirdly, in collaboration with the national government, the Children’s Department carried out supervision of children homes in Embu County and established a Children Rescue Unit to rescue abused children and take them to safety. Last but not least, support in form of foodstuff, beddings and consumables have been offered for 8 children homes every year.

Social Services
President Uhuru Kenyatta when he visited
Embu Children Home
Efforts put by Embu County Government in this sector through the Department have seen to the construction of 9 social halls in different centers across various Wards: Gategi, Makutano, Gatituri, Kibugu, Mufu, Karurumo, Kigumo, Makima and Dallas. Renovation has also been done to 2 social Halls at Kathanjuri and Kiambere. The construction of public toilets at Gategi, Makutano and Kiambere is also another accomplishment worth noting. Persons living with disability (PWDs) have not been left out either. 


Capacity building programs on entrepreneurship and sensitization on Access to Government Procument Opportunities (AGPO) for such persons has been done as well. This was in addition to the purchase and distribution of wheel chairs to PWDs and promotion of community barrazas in their support. Another noble feat that has been achieved is the support of this group of people that basically comprises of cripples, the deaf, and the blind etcetera, to attend national and international events such as the United Nations Day for Persons with Disability. Support has again been given to PWDs to enable them carry out social-economic projects through registration in Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Self Help Groups to boost their income generating activities. Such support includes distribution of public address systems, tents and chairs which they have been hiring out and making a living out of the proceeds. Dialogue and sensitization of 1,300 persons hooked to narcotic drugs, alcoholism and substance abuse is another plus for this sector and the society as a whole. What’s more, the government is set to undertake the payment of NHIF for elderly persons.

Culture Sector
The construction of a cultural restaurant to promote cultural/traditional foods is one other achievement by this department that shall be feted at the Devolution Conference. As such, a well preserved botanical garden with herbal/medicinal trees for research purposes has been established and a traditional Embu homestead model established, complete with artifacts. A Cultural Museum/Gender Resource Centre has been constructed at the Embu Cultural Centre, where annual music and cultural festivals are conducted; these activities have also been taking place in the Sub Counties. The purpose of these facilities is to support teams to participate in the Kenya National Music and Cultural Festivals thereby preserving the culture and heritage of Embu people. These amenities have enabled many a people participate in the Kenya National Commission (KNATCOM) for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) National Cultural Celebrations. The sector has therefore been in the forefront in the promotion of local art by organizing art and craft exhibitions in the 4 Sub Counties, whereby 8 local artists have been supported to go bench mark on refined art and craft activities with the best.

A fashion and beauty pageant by the University of Embu takes place at the Cultural Center
Since Embu has got a rich cultural heritage, guests at the Conference can be sure not to be disappointed when they visit ‘the land of opportunities’. There shall be traditional dancers, drummers, weavers, carvers, potters as well as cooks and brewers among many other craftsmen. All these are expected to showcase their wares and skills at the conference so that even as the government puts on the table what it has achieved since the last Devolution Conference, the socio-cultural factor shall not be overshadowed. Some of the groups that have always thrilled guests on national and county events will be present at Kirinyaga to do what they do best; entertaining. These will certainly include Mufu Drummers and a number of traditional singers and dancers from Mbeere.

AGRICULTURE, COOPERATIVE DEVELOPMENT, LIVESTOCK AND FISHERIES

Agriculture is by right the bread basket sector of Kenya. As it is, Embu is a land of fertile soil and plentiful of rains where almost everything grows in its due season. Following continuous efforts by the government to actualize the desired paradigm shift from subsistence to commercial farming, those who will visit Embu County’s booths, stands and tents can expect to gain much on cooperative movement and development,as did the beneficiaries of the projects mentioned in the excerpt below:

The level of accomplishments achieved by the government through this Department hit an unprecedented high with the recent Inaugural Embu County Youth in Agribusiness Summit and Exposition. The mega event, held at the Kenya School of Government on 28th February, 2019 saw the highest number of Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries and Chief Administrative Secretaries converge in Embu for the sake of the youth and agripreneurship. Apart from the Cabinet members, led by C.S. Interior and Coordination of National Security, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, several other national and international dignitaries graced the occasion where hundreds of exhibitors showcased what they do best as far as actualization of the president’s Agenda 4 is concerned. The youth got a golden chance to interact with high profile individuals, learn new technologies and know about opportunities for financial support, in their quest to take on agriculture as a business. The expo, which also marked the launch of the Youth in Agribusiness Strategy (2019-2023) provided an interactive forum between the youth and members of the Directorate of Youth Affairs who extensively answered questions fielded to them. In his address, Dr. Matiang’i foretold of a bright future for all the young men and women in agribusiness or willing to take the opportunity seriously.  







Monday, 28 January 2019

Watch out! Ruling on Petition Will Be a Test for Supreme Court Judges’ Integrity


Petitioner Lenny Kivuti (left) shakes hands with the
incumbent Embu Governor, Hon. Martin Wambora

The outcome of the Embu County 
gubernatorial election petition, whose ruling is expected on Wednesday 30 January, 2019 at the Supreme Court, will have more than political implications. For one, it has provided yet another supremacy battlefront for the two senior counsels; Ahmednasir Abdullahi for Governor Martin Wambora and Prof. Tom Ojienda for former senator Lenny Kivuti. As much as the two leaders have of late shown some high level of harmony and mutual respect, the ruling is expected to mark either the beginning of a peaceful reign for Governor Wambora or some kind of cold war between the politicians' supporters. 

There is More Than Meets the Eye in the Embu Gubernatorial Petition 

Senior counsels Ahmednasir Abdullahi (with fingers crossed) and Prof. Tom Ojienda
Though the two courtroom brawlers have much in common, their thinly veiled sense of competition is well known in both political and judicial circles. First, let us examine what they share in common:

First of all, both Mr Abdullahi and Prof Ojienda run two of the 
biggest law firms in Kenya. That is Ahmednasir, Abdikadir & Company Advocates and Prof. Tom Ojienda & Associates Advocates, respectively. Secondly, they are known to love taking on high profile cases, of which the aforementioned petition is no exception. Thirdly, both graduated from the University of Nairobi’s Law school and got admitted to the Roll of Advocates in the same year, 1993, after completing their Kenya School of Law diplomas. Again, both are senior counsels who have earned the title for their service to the legal fraternity, having served as former chairmen of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK).

The two have a long history in Kenya’s legal circles where Prof Ojienda has twice succeeded Mr Abdullahi, and this seems to have gone a long way in cementing their contention. In 2014, the two clashed in a vote by lawyers to elect their representative to the powerful Judicial Service Commission (JSC) – the body that, among other duties, is charged with recruiting judges and magistrates as well as disciplining them. It is this role that Mr. Abdullahi seems not to have let go, even after his ouster, which in turn poses possible danger to Governor Wambora’s defence. 
Some of the Supreme Court of Kenya judges, headed by Chief Justice David Maraga (center)
The man may have watered down his chances of an unbiased outcome when in December 2018 he appeared before the Supreme Court judges and made a scathing attack against them. When asked by the judges, led by Chief Justice David Maraga to withdraw the submissions they deemed ‘offensive’, he said, “I am not withdrawing. Let my submissions go the way they are” (2018, December 16), Daily Nation. Now the question is: Would the Supreme Court Judges use this petition to teach the Grand Mullah a lesson and show him that he is not as smart as he thinks?

Saturday, 26 January 2019

NEW SERIES - #3: DEPUTY PRESIDENT WILLIAM RUTO Can Attest to the Development Record of Embu County

Embu governor Hon. Martin Wambora (second right) when he received Deputy President Hon. William Ruto in Embu on 25 October, 2018

A Glorious Past Points to a Bright Future in the Land of Opportunities

Though it has been argued that it is not advisable to keep on recalling things that happened in the past, some things are just too noble to let go without revisiting.  It is therefore with nostalgia that Raslimali Embu reminds you of some of the work that has been done in the last one year; some of which may have escaped the attention of many. In previous publications on this online newsletter, we highlighted some of the achievements accomplished by the current county government in the month of December 2018 (New Series #1) and November of the same year (New Series #2). Going forward, we hereby point out some of the major steps taken in the right direction by Embu County government in the month of October, 2018.

On 25 October 2018, Embu governor, Hon. Martin Wambora hosted Deputy President H.E Hon. William Ruto, whereby he was joined by the entire county leadership, renowned academicians and other dignitaries in launching of an Endowment Fund to cater for needy students at the University of Embu. The occasion, during which the Deputy President laid a plaque commemorating the official opening of the Prof George Magoha library, was an indication of the esteem in which the government holds education as a key driver of future prosperity.

Later in the day, agriculture, trade and industry were recognized when the DP commissioned PrivamNuts EPZ Kenya Limited, a model macadamia value addition factory in Embu County. On 22 October, the government distributed certified green grams seeds (N26 Variety) a process that was carried out in 8 wards in Mbeere North and Mbeere South sub-counties. On this matter, governor Wambora said that his government was set to distribute the seeds to over 2500 households, to boost food production in line with the national government's big 4 Agenda on food security.

The flagging off of the free medical camp in which drugs worth ksh31 million were distributed 


On health, the government recognizes that health is wealth. In this regard, the Department of Health distributed medicine worth 31million to 94 health facilities across the county on 8 October. The Department of health together with a number of partners proceeded with a medical outreach program with free medical camps at Dallas, Shauri and Grogon before holding a mega Medical Camp at Embu Stadium.

These are just but a few among many other notable accomplishments by the county government, that clearly indicate that the people of Embu can look forward to better times in future.

Friday, 18 January 2019

NEW SERIES - #2: POLITICAL CHAOS WERE AIMED at Fooling the Common ‘Mwananchi’

Embu governor, Hon. Martin Wambora (right) when he hosted the Cabinet Secretary, Health, Ms. Sicily Kariuki in Embu on 23 November, 2018.

Regardless of All the Ado, There is Much to be Celebrated

Looking at the subtopic to our previous article in this series; Harmonious Relationship between the Executive and the County Assembly’, one would be tempted to think that the author was being intentionally satirical. What with the events that followed barely a week later, in the so called land of opportunities? Were it not for the unfortunate incident at 14 Riverside Drive in Nairobi during the week (news about the attack obliterated everything else), the County Assembly of Embu would probably have made it to the headlines; for the wrong reasons again – rising against the Executive!
 
The demonstration by some Embu MCAs as covered by Reuben Githinji
No sooner had the cooperation between the two arms of the government lauded, than some enemies of development fabricated tales that saw a number of MCAs take to the streets in protest against governor Wambora (see story above). The war has not been directed to the governor alone but also to some members of both the Executive and the Assembly who are known to work closely with him. Sources close to the ‘masterminds’ behind the sabotage have revealed that the reason why they keep fighting governor Wambora is that he will not steal, and he will not let them steal either. They have likened him to one who stands at the doorway; he won’t get in, neither will he let others get in. ‘Getting in’ in this case means engaging in corruption. As such, there have been rumors of an impending impeachment motion against the governor, but judging by the man’s past triumphs; such a move would only culminate to efforts at futility.

Even so, let it not escape your attention that the government of the day is as stable as never before. Considering some of the major milestones reached in the just concluded year, it goes without saying that serious work is being done. As much as some crooked politicians want to paint quite a bad picture of this government for their own selfish gains, any enlightened person would not fail to take note of the following:

Governor Wambora (center) addresses the press when he flagged
off Phase 2 of free medical supplies to Level 4 Hospitals in 
Embu County. With him is Deputy Governor David Kariuki (left), 
Health CEC, Dr. Jamleck Muturi (right) and representatives from 
Medical Supply Chain MEDS, among other practitioners in the 
medical profession. He also inspected the magnificent newly 
constructed Badea Complex at Embu Level 5 Hospital, 
shown in the photo below:   
On 7 November 2018, together with representatives from Medical Supply Chain MEDS and the Department of Health, Governor Wambora flagged off Phase 2 of free medicine for level 4 Hospitals all through the county. Later on, he inspected the newly constructed Badea Complex at embu Level 5 Hospital. The building is a 120 bed capacity complex for inpatient treatment, and an Oncology Unit. Cancer patients undergoing Chemotherapy as well as Cancer Screening will all be done at Embu Teaching and Referral Hospital. It can be confirmed that Chemotherapy Chairs, Hood Machines, trained staff to handle patients and other equipment are already in place.

Governor Wambora (in suit) in a group photo with Executives and senior staff members outside the magnificent Badea Complex at Embu Level 5 Teaching and Referral Hospital on 7 November, 2018.


This effort was in one way rewarded with national recognition when on 23 November 2018; Governor Wambora hosted the Cabinet Secretary, Health, Ms. Sicily Kariuki. It was on the event that marked the launch of Kenya Aids Response Progress Report 2018. Later, the governor received a motor vehicle, a motor cycle and 44 refrigeration units for Kenya Expanded Programme on Immunization (KEPI), to help vaccinate children under 5 years from Embu County and its neighbors. The exercise was carried out in concerted efforts to achieve the president’s Agenda 4 on Universal Health.

On 21 November the same year, the governor had officially opened the Annual Regional Business Development Services Conference. The theme of the Conference was: “The Role of Innovative BDS for Inclusive Market Transformation”. Speaking during the event, Hon. Wambora urged the BDS practitioners to constantly innovate so as to spur agribusiness and agro-processing in East Africa. In his own words;

Governor Wambora addresses Annual Regional
Business Development Services Conference 
on 21 November, 2018.
“I am sure with continuous innovation, we can generate more polished goods for the markets, thereby creating jobs and generating wealth. I am impressed by Micro Enterprises Support Programme (MESPT), European Union (EU) Department for International Development (DFID) Global Communities among other BDS Donor Coordination Group (BDCG) members for the complimentary work they are doing in counties especially in empowering and promoting Kenyan farmers, with Embu being one of the key beneficiaries”.

The above are only three out of several development projects that the county government has undertaken under Governor Wambora’s leadership. It is also good to note that all this happened in the month of November 2018 only. Subsequent articles on this series will highlight many other achievements accomplished by the government earlier – since Governor Wambora took the helm for a second time.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

PRESIDENT KENYATTA AIDS IN THE FORMATION OF GOVERNORS’ LEGACY(Photos & Story)

Governors Nanok, Waiguru, Wambora and Joho, of Turkana, Kirinyaga, Embu and Mombasa respectively

As you would probably agree with me, good news have a tendency to vanish in to oblivion much faster than bad news. It is therefore only prudent to briefly speak about the recent presidential awards to outstanding Kenyan leaders. As you may well know, the highest of presidential awards conferred to select individuals among the high and mighty in the country is the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya. The coveted awards are normally given in recognition of exceptional service to the nation by the recipients. Senior most in this Order is the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya 
(C.G.H), which belongs to the president.

The Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (E.G.H) comes next with recipients being the Deputy President, Speakers of Parliament, Cabinet Secretaries, the First Lady, the wife of the Deputy President, Head of Public Service and the Kenya Defense Forces' (KDF) Chief of Staff among others. In 2018, the recipients included a number of County Governors of which Embu County Governor Hon. Martin Wambora was one. Other governors among the eleven recipients of the award were Chairman of the Council of Governors and Turkana governor Hon. Josphat Nanok, Hon. Anne Waiguru of Kirinyaga County, Hon. Hassan Joho of Mombasa, Hon. Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu, Hon. Dr. Alfred Mutua of Machakos, Hon. Joyce Laboso of Bomet and Hon. Cornel Rasanga of Siaya County.
Governors Rasanga, Mutua, Laboso and Mandago, of Siaya, Machakos, Bomet and Uasin Gishu respectively
As per the National Honours Act, those who merit the decoration include persons who have exhibited exemplary qualities, or achievements of heroism, patriotism or leadership and those who have made exemplary contributions to the country in the fields of economics, science, academics, sports, journalism, business and security among others. In an article authored by President Uhuru Kenyatta himself and published in the digital Daily Nation on 12th December 2018, the head of state expressed his honor for the recipients in these honorable words:

“In recognition of distinguished and outstanding services rendered to the nation in various capacities and responsibilities, I, Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Commander-in-Chief of the Kenya Defense Forces, confer awards and honors to the following persons”, and went ahead to name them.


So what does this mean to the people whose leaders were honored? That they are indeed blessed to have such people at the helm of their societies. Since it is not every day that one gets publicly recognized by the president, these awards will go a long way in forming these leaders’ legacy. Isn’t that good news in deed?!

Well, so many others were honored with various awards, of which will be discussed in details in the sequel to this article.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Leading Organizations Recognized for their Support in Healthcare Provision

BRIDGING THE GAP IN HEALTHCARE PROVISION


Embu County Government, through its Department of Health - headed by Health Minister Dr. Jamleck Muturi - has since the month of April 2018, held five free medical camps covering the four sub counties. This noble endeavor was executed in collaboration with the undersigned stakeholders. It is with much gratitude that the organizations below are recognized:

(Here below are the websites of some of the esteemed Organizations, courtesy of 'Raslimali Embu', an Online Marketing Newsletter. Through the links provided alongside each corporation, thousands of people will learn more about the respective services offered by each and possibly get into contact. Through this platform, the online visibility of your brand is enhanced, leading to more awareness hence wider markets)
 

Imara MediPlus Hospital

Website: https://imaramed.org/





WINAS SACCO Limited









Githunguri Diaries




Embu Children Hospital (TENRI)



Wimwaro FM

To listen to the radio channel online, you can use this link: https://www.liveonlineradio.net/kenya/wimwaro-fm.htm


Kenya Medical Supplies Authority

 

 Caritas Kenya


MSF - Belgium

Website (Kenya): https://www.msf.org/kenya


Other organizations whose contribution is of equal importance are: 

Cuban Doctors
NSSF
Kenya Red Cross
St. John Ambulance
NHIF
County Medical Hospital
Consolata Hospital Kyeni
Daima Sacco
Collo Rescue Team
Medical Training College (MTC) – Embu
University of Embu
 

The combined effort saw a total of 20,160 patients get free medical care. The feat was aimed at improving healthcare coverage by reaching out to those segments of society which may have failed to access medical care hitherto.

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