On 24th April, Kericho County unveiled mass COVID-19 testing. at the KEMRI/Walter Reed laboratory in Kericho today.
We are proud of our collaboration with KEMRI which means that we can now conduct up to 2000 COVID19 tests per day. The equipment are top notch and the KEMRI lab in Kericho is one-of-its-own kind. We no longer need to send our samples to Kisumu or Nairobi for analysis.
Soon additional equipment will be activated to increase the daily testing capabilities to 6000 per day.
This service will extend to most of Western Kenya counties and will go a long way to boost the national mass testing exercise and support the fight against COVID-19
Our mass screening at all entry points is also on course. I am happy to report that so far, over 50,000 persons have been screened and none has been isolated for exhibiting the symptoms of the disease.
Stay safe everyone. Stay home. Wash your hands. Sanitize. Practice social distancing. Avoid touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth."
On 22nd April, the County Government of Kericho provided humanitarian support including foodstuff, blankets and other essential basic commodities to more than 100 households in Kunyak, Kipkelion West Sub County who were affected by a landslide which occurred in the area on Monday night.
County Executive Committee Member for Education, Culture and Social Services and Ag. CECM for Public Service Management and Administration Hon. Edna Ruto who oversaw the distribution of the support packages on behalf of Kericho Governor H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony, said the Governor was determined to do everything possible to support all those who were affected by the tragedy that claimed one life in the area.
She advised those still living in areas that have been marked as being in danger of landslides to relocate to safer areas and encouraged the locals to plant more trees to reduce incidents of landslides and mudslides in the future.
CECM Ruto thanked the Hindu Community in Kericho for donating some of the items that were distributed to the victims and called on other partners to also come on board and support the humanitarian support program. Area MCA Hon. David Rono also participated in the exercise alongside other officials of both the National and County Administrations.
Did you know that if you are in Kericho County and you know someone who arrived recently from a corona-stricken country and refuses to self quarantine you can report on Toll Free line 0800720464 for action to be taken?
Stay safe and observe all the government directives on the prevention of the Coronavirus Disease
On 17th January, 2020, Kericho County had the priviledge of receiving the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Kenya Hon. Justice David Maraga at my office. Justice Maraga was in Kericho on official duty to assess the situation at the courts and hold a meeting with members of the Bench and the Bar.
Justice Maraga discussed various issues of interest and deliberated on how the County Government of Kericho and the Judiciary can work together to promote enhanced access to justice in Kericho.
Indeed as the County Government of Kericho, we have donated land in Kipkelion for the construction of a court and we look forward to that being realized as soon as possible.
We are glad that the Chief Justice agreed with my request for the establishment of a county court for resolution of disputes arising from enforcement of County Laws.
He has also pledged to second more judicial staff to Kericho to speed up conclusion of cases pending in court, especially those involving land disputes, some of which have dragged on in the legal system for far too long.
on 30th of January, 2020, Kericho County had the honour of receiving the US Ambassador to Kenya H. E. Kyle McCarter to Kericho County. Together with the Governor of Kericho County, Prof. Paul Chepkwony, he held discussions on various areas of collaboration between Kericho and various US agencies including USAID, the Walter Reed Project (WRP) and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief (PEPFAR). We are honoured as a county to host the largest base of the WRP in the region. WRP is a bastion of medical research in the entire region working with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to discover new and more effective vaccines and drugs to combat a variety of illnesses including HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
We are glad that Ambassador McCarter agrees that devolution has transformed our county and that our partnership has benefitted the people of Kericho and the region. The work done by PEPFAR has seen the HIV Prevalence in Kericho reduce to 2.9%,which is nearly half of the national average of 4.7%. Amb. McCarter also commissioned the most mordern viral load machine which can do 5000 tests a week and will go way in monitoring treatment of HIV patients in around ten counties. Kericho County government will continue strengthening our collaboration with the US Government and all its agencies in all sectors of development. Karibu Kericho Your Excellency McCarter.
Agriculture remains a major source of livelihood in Kericho County.
On 13th February 2020, as part of my efforts to empower farmers, Kericho County disbursed funds amounting to Kshs. 57.7 Million to support 60 farmer groups from the marginalized areas of Soin, Sigowet, Kipkelion, Kamasian, Ainamoi and Kapsaos wards under the Climate Smart Agriculture Project (CSAP).
The selection of the beneficiaries was done based on the wards levels of marginalization and the most recent poverty index report.
This money will go directly to the farmers groups as well as provision of training and field extension services for the farmers.
We also took steps to ensure that marginalized groups including the Talai, Ogiek, Widows and Persons living with disabilities benefitted from the project.
The selected farmer groups engage in farming in the areas of dairy, indigenous poultry, sorghum, finger millet and banana farming which are considered to be climate smart as they can thrive even in the changing climatic conditions.
Through this program which is supported by the World Bank, we aim to increase production in these key agricultural sub-sectors so as to enhance food security and reduce poverty.
We have called upon all the 60 groups which have received the funds to use the resources prudently so as to achieve economic transformation.
We will continue rolling out more programs to support our farmers produce the highest agricultural yields possible using modern techniques.
Following the highly successful hosting of the Kenya Inter Counties Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) Games earlier this year, I am proud to announce that Kericho has yet again been selected to host the 41st Edition of the Kenya Communications Sports Organizations (KECOSO) Games scheduled for next year.
Our county was selected by the KECOSO Joint Organizing Committee after earning a score of 94.5% following a thorough evaluation exercise to assess infrastructural and accommodation facilities, beating three other counties which had expressed interest to host the event.
The games will feature 12 sporting disciplines including Athletics, Golf, Snooker, Swimming, Basketball, Football, Darts, Pool, Scrabble, Volleyball, Netball and Table Tennis.
I thank the KECOSO Organizing Committee for choosing Kericho for the games.
Our county last hosted these games in the year 1990 and I want to assure the Organizing Committee that we will do everything possible to make the event a resounding success.
I call on our business community once again to prepare adequately for enhanced business during the week the games will be held.
Kericho County receives H. E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto. H.E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony was honoured to receive our Deputy President H. E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto at the Chepngobob Methodist Church of Kenya for a church service. Karibu Kericho Your Excellency.
2019 Jamhuri Day Celebrations at Sosiot Grounds in Belgut Sub County. This was the first time that Kericho County is holding the County Celebrations in Belgut Sub County. We thank the residents of Belgut for turning up for the event in large numbers. There is so much to celebrate in freedom and we thank all the freedom fighters without whose persistence we would never have earned our freedom. Happy Jamhuri Day
Water plays a critical and central role in all aspects of life and a major factor in any form of sustainable development.
In this regard,Kericho Governor,H.E.Prof.Paul Chepkwony,today presided over the official launch of Kiptunoi Water project in Kapsoit ward,Ainamoi sub county.
Flanked by area MCA,Hon.Paul Chirchir Tarimbo and CECM in charge of Water,Hon.Geoffrey Ruto,the Governor laid a foundation stone to mark the beginning of construction works of the Ksh.37m project expected to be completed in the next six months and will serve slightly over 1000 households and several institutions in the area.
In his remarks,Governor Chepkwony reiterated his commitment in ensuring that clean drinking water becomes accessible to all residents of this county.
While appealing to those awarded tenders to strictly adhere to the projects' timelines and bill of quantities, the Governor also urged members of the public to participate in carrying out social audit of any projects being implemented in their areas as a way of ensuring quality work was delivered.
Among those who accompanied the Governor included,Ainamoi MP,Hon.Sylvanus Maritim,CECMs Dr.Patrick Mutai(Public Works,Roads and Transport), Charles Birech(Finance and Economic Planning),Dr.Shadrack Mutai(Health Services),Edna Ruto(Public Service Management) Chief Officers,Leah Chirchir(Water),George Kirer(Finance and Economic Planning),Stephen Cheruiyot(Public Service Management)and other county officials.
H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony was glad to receive the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya H. E. Hon. William Samoei Ruto who has arrived at the Kericho Green Stadium for the closing of KICOSCA games on 16th August. The KICOSCA games had its proceedings live on NTV and KASS TV/KASS FM.
On that morning before heading to the stadium for the meeting presided over by our Deputy President H. E. Hon. William Ruto, the Governor hosted Bomet Governor H. E. Dr. Hillary Barchok who paid him a courtesy call at the county Headquarters. Barchok and Chepkwony strengthened the great friendship and cooperation between our two counties for the common good of our people.
H. E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony was proud to have received s trophy from Deputy President H. E. Dr. William Ruto for his participation and proficiency in Darts during the KICOSCA Games. The Governor thank KICOSCA National Governing Council for recognizing him as the best Darts player in the games. He also had the opportunity to play a few minutes of football with Dr. Ruto who ended up scoring a goal in the penalties. Congratulations to all the KICOSCA Teams for games well played.
With the fact that Kericho is rich in mineral deposits, during the visit to Kericho by the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, H. E. Dr. William Samoei Ruto, he have called upon the National Government to support the exploration, mining and processing of minerals in Kericho including oil, limestone, bauxite and some rare earth metals which could go a long way in promoting our economics at the national and county levels.
The Governor also thanked the Jubilee Government for the development programs it has rolled out in Kericho and assured DP Ruto that Kericho remains fully committed in supporting the National Government in the implementation of the Big Four Agenda of Food Security, Universal Health Care, Manufacturing and Affordable Housing.
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Kericho county today attained yet another key milestone in the vocational training sector following the graduation of 105 students at Kiptere Youth Polytechnic in Belgut sub county who were conferred with certificates in various courses.
The colourful ceremony presided over by Deputy Governor, H.E Susan Kikwai and witnessed by parents and other stakeholders, saw the graduands get various awards in the fields of Hospitality, Security and Guarding Services and Automobile Repairs, having successfully undergone a three-months' rigorous training and a month's internship programme.
The training was made possible thanks to the strong partnership between the County Government of Kericho and CAP-Youth Empowerment Institute.
Through the partnership, CAP-YEI facilitated the training and capacity building of tutors and ensured that trainees get hands on experience and employability skills in readiness for job and wealth creation.
The DG called upon other stakeholders to chip in and partner together in assisting more youth access technical training and employment opportunities both in the formal and informal sectors of economy.
The County Executive Committee Member in charge of ICT,Youth Affairs and Sports,Hon.Hellen Chepkwony appealed to the youth to take advantage of the government's capitation programme and enrol in various technical training centres in the county.
In the just ended financial year,Kericho county got an allocation of Ksh.36m for capitation with every student getting Ksh.15,000.
Today H.E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony was privileged to host a delegation of the Forum of Chairpersons of Constitutional Commissions and holders of independent offices led by its Chairperson Madam Jane Kiringai who is also the Chairperson of the Commission on Revenue Allocation(CRA) on 17th July, 2019.
H.E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony was glad to announce that Kericho has been chosen to host this year's edition of the National
Annual Conference for constitutional commissions and independent offices which will take place on 16th and 17th of October.
This is a great honour for our county and an affirmation that we are on the right track and we are fully prepared to host this national event in which the participants will be holding discussions on the gains of devolution and how best their organizations can help boost the performance of county governments.
H.E. Prof. Paul Chepkwony also took the visiting delegation on a tour of the Kericho County Referral Hospital where they appreciated the fact that the devolved system of governance had turned around the health sector and improved access to quality and affordable healthcare.