The Amaya Triangle Initiative partnership with the KCB Foundation

 

ONGOING: The Amaya Triangle Initiative partnership with the KCB Foundation at Fairview Hotel, Nairobi.
The Amaya Triangle Initiative brings together leaders from Laikipia, Baringo, Isiolo and Samburu Counties to address the root causes of conflict that causes death, destruction and despair in these 4 regions. They include invasion of private land, forceful evictions and inter-ethnic clashes during drought.
This initiative aims to bring positive transformations in these regions

Cooperative Leaders Meeting

HE the Governor Ndiritu Muriithi CEC Agriculture Dr. Lucy Murugi and CEC Biwott Nicholas last weekend held a Cooperative leaders meeting for Laikipia east and north
The county government will strengthen the societies so that they be part of our projects implementation arm such as contract farming, NHIF registration on universal health care, improvement on education among other programmes.
Leaders meeting for Laikpia west will be held in a short while.

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Laikipia county government is set to rehabilitate 150km of roads across the County

County Government of Laikipia has set out to rehabilitate 150km of roads across the county, 10km in each of the 15 wards. The exercise that entails grading, gravelling and culvert installation shall take 8 weeks.

H.E the Deputy Governor honourable John Mwaniki joined the CECM Roads and Infrastructure Joseph Shuel, Umande ward MCA Daniel Mugweru in commissioning the rehabilitation of Mathagiro – Karchi road. The exercise will go on in all the wards.

Modernization of the County Public Service Begins with Staff Performance Appraisals

The county government under the leadership of HE Governor Ndiritu Muriithi has embarked on an ambitious and far reaching modernization of the public service in Laikipia.

The aim is to ensure a high performance and professional public service. This exercise has several elements among them quarterly spot awards for exemplary performance and staff performance appraisals.

The governor has declared that every personnel action such as appointment, promotion and reassignment must be accompanied performance targets.

For the first time ever, all public servants will undergo performance appraisal for the period between June-December 2017. The exercise will be completed by Monday January 15, 2018. Those who will not have completed their appraisal will be struck out of payroll.

The exercise is aimed at creating a merit-based structure for staff promotions and weed out any ghost worker.

“An organizational performance is the sum total of individual performance.

I want a motivated, self-directing workforce. I want people with fire in the belly…individuals who are eager to create positive change and build the greatest county with the best quality of life,” the governor said.

This is the first time that the county government is carrying staff performance appraisals which is an exercise that is synonymous with the private sector.

Laikipia could be the first county to move in the direction to enable employee know what their work is and chart their destiny.

“There has not been a clearly defined parameters structure of promoting employees in the county government and the appraisals will henceforth inform such decisions,” the governor said on January 11, 2018 during a meeting with staff of Laikipia West sub-county at a Rumuruti hotel.

It has emerged that some county workers do not know who their supervisors are while some supervisors do not also know their staff which raises the possibility of existence of ghost workers.

Last December, the county government gave cash awards to workers who had put up a superior performance in the past three months.

During the spot awards workers complained of favoritism and unclear procedures in conferring promotions.

Laikipia West Technical Institute, Kabage

H.E the Governor Ndiritu Muriithi together with Laikipia west MP , MCAs and other leaders, visited Laikipi West Technical Institute at Kabage to assess the institution infrastructure development . In attendance were project contractor, ministry and county officials, Kiirwa TTI (sponsoring TTI from Meru) among others. They resolved that the institution must be completed by May this year.
Later they held a public rally in Rumuruti where education development in the county was emphasized.

Laikipia, Baringo, Isiolo and Samburu counties launch joint economic initiative

Laikipia, Baringo, Isiolo and Samburu Counties are set to launch a joint economic initiative that will end resource-based conflicts.

The initiative is on modernizing pastoralism through establishing feedlots and fodder preservation and synchronization of the development of water sources.

It also involves improving roads and learning institutions, among other projects across the counties.

“There is already a big donor and national government interest in the initiative after the counties showed their seriousness by incorporating their county integrated development plans into the initiative,” Laikipia governor NdirituMuriithi said on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Muriithi will host Governors Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu) and Mohamed Kuti (Isiolo) in Nanyuki town where they will meet the technical team which has been working on the structures of the initiative.

The technical team with membership drawn from each of the counties has been identifying areas of common interest in their county integrated development plan and manifestos.

“The technical team has already identified the shared areas of interest in the manifestos of respective governors who are expected to commit themselves into developing them,” said Githuku Mwangi, Muriithi’s economic and political advisor.

The Wednesday meeting is a culmination of several consultations by the county bosses on ways of ending constant conflicts triggered by the search for pasture, water and cattle rustling and moving the region forward economically.

They first met on the sidelines of the Governors’ retreat at Diani together with some development partners where they agreed on setting up of the technical team to work out the structures of the initiative.

The four governors believe that as a team, they can easily lobby for more funds from the national government and development partners to achieve the goal.

The initiative has also attracted the interest of development partners such as World Bank, DfiD, Commission for Revenue Allocation, UNDP, FAO and the national government.

According to the advisor, there is a consensus among the planning team members on the need to commercialize pastoralism by raising the value of livestock sector by embracing modern technology such as the establishment of feedlots and fodder reserves as well as investing in the entire value chain.

“We cannot continue keeping livestock the way we have been doing it for ages. With the degraded pasture, our only survival is to modernize and commercialize it,” Mwangi noted.

Under the initiative dubbed the Amaya Triangle Initiative, each of the governors is expected to commit his county to conserve and grow enough fodder as a drought mitigation measure which should end movement of livestock in search of elusive pasture.

Laikipia county government in partnership with National Drought Management Authority and IlNgw’esi Group community ranch are already piloting on 100 acres of grass at Nandung’uro area in Laikipia North sub-county.

Also on the table is a plan to introduce joint Artificial Insemination to improve the cattle breeds and beef quality to allow the member counties venture into joint livestock or beef marketing.

In the offing also is the development of some economic centres on the common borders like Mugie Corner, Louniek, Oldonyiro as well establishment of joint feedlots and water dams.

Conservation of the Amaya and UasoNyiro basins are also in the proposal as part of addressing root causes of conflicts in the long term.

CECM Boniface Murungi Unveils A New County Revenue Board

  A new County Revenue Board has been unveiled with a promise to invest in technology to streamline revenue collection across the county.

County Executive for Finance and Economic Planning Murungi Ndai said the county will invest in the training and recruitment of competitive staff and retention of good talent in revenue collection.

“We are scouting for good technology and we will liaise with like-minded individuals and organisations to get the most efficient and affordable ICT platforms to improve revenue collection,” Mr Ndai said adding that he and Governor Ndiritu Muriithi are in communication with firms that developed ecitizen and KRA portals to achieve that.

The board has the support of both the executive and the legislature to execute its mandate of revenue collection for the county.

Mr Murungi said the governor has very high expectations for the board but expressed optimism it will deliver since it now has necessary good and focused leadership.

More importantly the board must have the acceptance of stakeholders a goal that it will achieve since Ms Wachira is the vice-chairman of the Kenya chamber of commerce and industry in Laikipia.

The dynamic strategic planning process which is halfway will be completed.

Here is the Board:

 Ms Anne Wangari Wachira; Chairperson

She is currently the vice-chair of the Kenya Chamber of Commerce and Industry Laikipia chapter, Vice-chair Laikipia Tourism Association and a director in several companies among them Lion’s Court Hotel and Kiangima Distributors. She comes from Nanyuki ward

Mr Francis Mathenge- Member

He is a retired Banker and currently a director of Brickwood Schools and chairman of Nanyuki Sports Club. He comes from Nanyuki ward

Ms Alice Kimemia- an educationist currently a lecturer at Laikipia University, teaching human resource and business studies. Ms kimemia is very well versed in HR structuring. She is also in business. She hails from Igwamiti ward.

Mr Peter Mumo- form Githiga ward is an agriculturist he has a Masters degree in Peace and Justice. He has been involved in project planning for many years and has experience in peace building in Kenya and South Sudan. Mr Mumo is also a farmer and dealer in agricultural inputs. He will be instrumental in building peace and co-existence in the county

Ms Stella Nasieku– A specialist in wildlife and natural resources, a rancher in Laikipia North. She is currently the MD of Lentile Investments. She hails from Segera.

Ms Jennifer Koinante– has a background in education and one time served as an inspector of schools and a partner of United Nations.

Flagging off a group of youths Participating in Cleaning Towns in Laikipia County

H.E the Deputy Governor Honorable John Mwaniki yesterday Flagged off a group of youths participating in cleaning of Nanyuki town , Mia moja and Thingithu in a bid to achieve the goal of ensuring smart towns in the County and also to ensure our towns are clean during this festive season. 

The exercise brought together 180 youths from the areas where the cleaning will be conducted.
Today, cleaning shall be conducted in Rumuruti, Kinamba and Nyahururu and on Friday at Muwalak, Juakali and Kimanju. We look forward to conducting more of them to ensure many youths get an opportunity to participate and take part in positively impacting this County