On behalf of His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia, Her Excellency Deputy Governor Cecilia Mbuthia today hosted Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Hon. Rachel Shebesh, County Commissioner Mr. Boaz Cherutich, County Women Representative Hon. Faith Gitau and senior officials from the National Youth Service (NYS) at the County Government headquarters in Ol’Kalou.
Hailing the County Government for ensuring there are no localized cases of Coronavirus so far, Hon. Shebesh called for continued vigilance by all stakeholders in light of directions provided by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta this afternoon.
The leaders resolved to utilize existing National and County Government structures to ensure an enhanced uptake of affirmative action funds and training by more women across Nyandarua; set up a gender-based violence (GBV) recovery center and safe houses in the County; and prepare local youth to engage in President Kenyatta’s ongoing “Kazi Mtaani Initiative.”
According to the last national demographic survey, Nyandarua led in cases of GBV treated at County facilities.
To make the vice unacceptable, the Deputy Governor assured that Governor Kimemia is open to collaborations that will lead to location of recovery centers and safe houses in places that will serve all ends of the County.
Noting that the County Government will pick relevant lessons from the “Kazi Mtaani Initiative” in its ongoing Covid-19 interventions, the Deputy Governor also thanked Hon. Shebesh and the ministry for giving KShs. 10 million to Vision Sacco last year.
The leaders later visited the NYS’s Potato Seedlings Project in Tumaini, Ol’Kalou Sub-County, where the Deputy Governor called for an increase in production of certified seeds at the facility and co-ordinated provision of the same to Nyandarua’s farmers at affordable prices.
Nyandarua, which accounts for 33 per cent of Kenya’s potato production, is also a leader in the ongoing enforcement of the 50-kilograms potato packaging regulations, enacted during Governor Kimemia’s tenure.
In attendance were County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Hon. (Dr.) James Karitu, Chief of Staff Mr. Charles Wachira and Chief Officer for Agriculture Dr. Joseph Muchangi, among other senior National and County Government officials.