Foundation Donates 100 Wheelchairs To PWDs In Kisumu


It was a sigh of relief for People with Disabilities in Kisumu County, after the Walkabout Foundation donated 100 wheelchairs to support their mobility and improve their lives.

Kisumu Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathews Owili, speaking during the handover ceremony hailed the initiative saying the donation would enhance the independence and quality of life for the recipients, allowing them greater access to education, employment and community engagement.

‘We are deeply honoured and excited by your presence and generosity to donate these assistive devices that will significantly impact lives of people with disability in the region,’ said Owili.

Carol Mureithi, a wheelchair technician and service provider with Walkabout Foundation, revealed that the foundation was established in 2014, but gained significant momentum in 2018, when they began employing locals who are disabled.

The foundation not only provides mobility solution, but also creates employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Mureithi added th
at the foundation also provides support in case of mechanical hitches, noting that the wheelchairs have their contacts through which the beneficiaries can reach them for assistance.

She stated that the foundation also provided washable sanitary towels and diapers.

In addition, Mureithi announced that the foundation would return to Kisumu in September with more wheelchairs and variety of them depending on the needs of the person’s disability.

Phanice Aloyce, a mother of a disabled child, expressed profound gratitude to the Foundation for providing a wheelchair to her child.

‘I am thankful to the Walkabout Foundation for the wheelchair, before this my child faced severe mobility issues and spent most of the time at home, accessing medical services was a burden for us, this wheelchair will change our lives, giving my child freedom to walk and move around,’ she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Foundation Donates 100 Wheelchairs To PWDs In Kisumu


It was a sigh of relief for People with Disabilities in Kisumu County, after the Walkabout Foundation donated 100 wheelchairs to support their mobility and improve their lives.

Kisumu Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathews Owili, speaking during the handover ceremony hailed the initiative saying the donation would enhance the independence and quality of life for the recipients, allowing them greater access to education, employment and community engagement.

‘We are deeply honoured and excited by your presence and generosity to donate these assistive devices that will significantly impact lives of people with disability in the region,’ said Owili.

Carol Mureithi, a wheelchair technician and service provider with Walkabout Foundation, revealed that the foundation was established in 2014, but gained significant momentum in 2018, when they began employing locals who are disabled.

The foundation not only provides mobility solution, but also creates employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Mureithi added th
at the foundation also provides support in case of mechanical hitches, noting that the wheelchairs have their contacts through which the beneficiaries can reach them for assistance.

She stated that the foundation also provided washable sanitary towels and diapers.

In addition, Mureithi announced that the foundation would return to Kisumu in September with more wheelchairs and variety of them depending on the needs of the person’s disability.

Phanice Aloyce, a mother of a disabled child, expressed profound gratitude to the Foundation for providing a wheelchair to her child.

‘I am thankful to the Walkabout Foundation for the wheelchair, before this my child faced severe mobility issues and spent most of the time at home, accessing medical services was a burden for us, this wheelchair will change our lives, giving my child freedom to walk and move around,’ she said.

Source: Kenya News Agency

ICRISAT Unveils New Technologies To Improve Crop Production In Dryland Areas


The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has introduced new farming technologies geared towards promoting smallholder famers in Semi-Arid areas to be more resilient.

Among the smart farming technologies introduced include conservation agriculture, mulching, minimum soil disturbance and zai pits and using certified seed besides planting as per advisories from the government.

The Revelations were made by ICRISAT Senior Plant Breeder for sorghum and millet Dr. Henry Ojulong during a show casing of the technologies in farmers’ farms in Ngukuni Village in Makindu Subcounty yesterday.

‘We are show casing technologies which are good for dryland areas especially taking in mind the climate change which is coming,’ said Dr. Ojulong, while taking journalists in some farmers’ farms in Makindu.

‘The farmer works with Accelerating the Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) to provide access and enable use of enhanced climate information services and validated technol
ogies and practices for climate -smart agriculture which make farmers more resilient,’ he added.

The Plant Breeder further said that the technologies they have introduced, conserve water, while saying that they are committed to elevating crop productivity, resilience and sustainability essential to dryland communities for their prosperity.

Besides providing certified seeds, Dr. Ojulong also disclosed that his organization has introduced drought resistant and tolerant crops that take a short period to mature hence making farmers to plant during minimal rainfall.

Some of the seed introduced that are drought resistant include that of crops like sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet and green grams among others.

‘One of the attributes of the varieties is that they take a short duration to mature with minimum rainfall. Take 2 to 3 months to mature and have high yields. This can help farmers to escape the negative impacts of drought,’ Ojulong posed.

He also said that it is good practice for farmers to do interc
ropping, besides having crop rotation to maximize yields from the farms.

Ojulong said that the crops have high nutrients which is good for our bodies.

A farmer, Fibi Mwangangi said that since she started using the technologies, farm yields have increased unlike before when she harvested very little, especially during depressed rainfall period.

‘When we had challenges of drought, yields dropped drastically. In an acre of maize, I would harvest one or two debes.

But when I changed farming technologies and planted pigeon peas, green grams, sorghum and finger millet, yields have increased greatly,’ said Mwangangi at her farm in Ngukuni Village.

‘From one acre of sorghum, I harvest 8 bags in using new technologies or innovations of conserving water,’ she posed.

At the same time, Mwangangi revealed that they apply very little fertilizer, while saying they have received good training through agricultural extension officers, besides getting advisories from meteorological officers when it is the right time to pl
ant.

‘We have been educated on how to prepare the land, the right certified seed to plant and when to plant,’ she said.

‘You don’t plant because you see it is good to plant. But we get advisories from officers at the department of Metrological in the County,’ the farmer added.

Further, Mwangangi noted there are many benefits that they have saying there is enough food for the family noting that farming is a business like another, as they have ready market for their farm produce.

Mwangangi is leading five Women Groups, who are farming using the new technologies, which has seen them add value to their crops.

While urging more women and youth to do farming, she disclosed that they can make cakes from sorghum and millet, which has helped them generate an income.

Source: Kenya News Agency

ICRISAT Unveils New Technologies To Improve Crop Production In Dryland Areas


The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) has introduced new farming technologies geared towards promoting smallholder famers in Semi-Arid areas to be more resilient.

Among the smart farming technologies introduced include conservation agriculture, mulching, minimum soil disturbance and zai pits and using certified seed besides planting as per advisories from the government.

The Revelations were made by ICRISAT Senior Plant Breeder for sorghum and millet Dr. Henry Ojulong during a show casing of the technologies in farmers’ farms in Ngukuni Village in Makindu Subcounty yesterday.

‘We are show casing technologies which are good for dryland areas especially taking in mind the climate change which is coming,’ said Dr. Ojulong, while taking journalists in some farmers’ farms in Makindu.

‘The farmer works with Accelerating the Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (AICCRA) to provide access and enable use of enhanced climate information services and validated technol
ogies and practices for climate -smart agriculture which make farmers more resilient,’ he added.

The Plant Breeder further said that the technologies they have introduced, conserve water, while saying that they are committed to elevating crop productivity, resilience and sustainability essential to dryland communities for their prosperity.

Besides providing certified seeds, Dr. Ojulong also disclosed that his organization has introduced drought resistant and tolerant crops that take a short period to mature hence making farmers to plant during minimal rainfall.

Some of the seed introduced that are drought resistant include that of crops like sorghum, finger millet, pearl millet and green grams among others.

‘One of the attributes of the varieties is that they take a short duration to mature with minimum rainfall. Take 2 to 3 months to mature and have high yields. This can help farmers to escape the negative impacts of drought,’ Ojulong posed.

He also said that it is good practice for farmers to do interc
ropping, besides having crop rotation to maximize yields from the farms.

Ojulong said that the crops have high nutrients which is good for our bodies.

A farmer, Fibi Mwangangi said that since she started using the technologies, farm yields have increased unlike before when she harvested very little, especially during depressed rainfall period.

‘When we had challenges of drought, yields dropped drastically. In an acre of maize, I would harvest one or two debes.

But when I changed farming technologies and planted pigeon peas, green grams, sorghum and finger millet, yields have increased greatly,’ said Mwangangi at her farm in Ngukuni Village.

‘From one acre of sorghum, I harvest 8 bags in using new technologies or innovations of conserving water,’ she posed.

At the same time, Mwangangi revealed that they apply very little fertilizer, while saying they have received good training through agricultural extension officers, besides getting advisories from meteorological officers when it is the right time to pl
ant.

‘We have been educated on how to prepare the land, the right certified seed to plant and when to plant,’ she said.

‘You don’t plant because you see it is good to plant. But we get advisories from officers at the department of Metrological in the County,’ the farmer added.

Further, Mwangangi noted there are many benefits that they have saying there is enough food for the family noting that farming is a business like another, as they have ready market for their farm produce.

Mwangangi is leading five Women Groups, who are farming using the new technologies, which has seen them add value to their crops.

While urging more women and youth to do farming, she disclosed that they can make cakes from sorghum and millet, which has helped them generate an income.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Government Committed To Streamlining Mining Licensing At The Coast


Artisanal miners from Kwale and Kilifi Counties have received appointment letters as official members of the Artisanal Miners Committees (AMCs).

Speaking during the launch of the committee at the Bandari Maritime Academy, Mombasa County, Principal Secretary (PS) for Mining, Elijah Mwangi noted that the mandate of AMCs is to assist the director of mines in the various regions to grant or revoke mining permits for artisanals in the country.

‘Each County shall have an artisanal mining committee. Currently we have 28 artisanal committees that have been gazetted and today we came to launch and issue appointment letters to members of the committee from the two Coastal Counties,’ said Mwangi.

The PS said the department’s expectation is that the committee will hasten the process of issuing mining permits to marketing cooperatives, who have been formalized and registered operate in the country.

He added the country has artisanal miners totaling to at least 1 million, hence the need to streamline the lucrative sect
or.

Additionally, the PS urged miners to visit the Ministry offices and collect their over 300 trading and dealership licenses that have not been collected.

He said the Ministry has received more than 526 applications for processing, hence miners should follow up and if rejected to reapply with all due requisite documentation and if qualified to visit the nearest regional offices to find out the status of their application.

Furthermore, the PS said the ministry has established a mineral testing laboratory at the Mombasa port in an effort to speed up testing and authentication processes.

A team from the Ministry had earlier visited Base Titanium in Kwale County to tackle post mine abuse cases organized by a committee in charge.

‘The purpose of the visit was to sensitise the community around mining grounds to prepare themselves and make a memorandum that will outline the issues on how assets and land currently used by the company can be economically and socially utilized to benefit them, once they finish m
ining operations later this year,’ he added.

Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Mvita Sub-County Ronald Mwiwawi said the commissioning of the AMCs was timely given the potential the sector has to employ youth from the grassroots.

‘The Ministry has embarked on a noble course that will see thousands of youths gain meaningful sources of livelihood as artisans in the lucrative mining sector,’ said Mwiwawi.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Government Committed To Streamlining Mining Licensing At The Coast


Artisanal miners from Kwale and Kilifi Counties have received appointment letters as official members of the Artisanal Miners Committees (AMCs).

Speaking during the launch of the committee at the Bandari Maritime Academy, Mombasa County, Principal Secretary (PS) for Mining, Elijah Mwangi noted that the mandate of AMCs is to assist the director of mines in the various regions to grant or revoke mining permits for artisanals in the country.

‘Each County shall have an artisanal mining committee. Currently we have 28 artisanal committees that have been gazetted and today we came to launch and issue appointment letters to members of the committee from the two Coastal Counties,’ said Mwangi.

The PS said the department’s expectation is that the committee will hasten the process of issuing mining permits to marketing cooperatives, who have been formalized and registered operate in the country.

He added the country has artisanal miners totaling to at least 1 million, hence the need to streamline the lucrative sect
or.

Additionally, the PS urged miners to visit the Ministry offices and collect their over 300 trading and dealership licenses that have not been collected.

He said the Ministry has received more than 526 applications for processing, hence miners should follow up and if rejected to reapply with all due requisite documentation and if qualified to visit the nearest regional offices to find out the status of their application.

Furthermore, the PS said the ministry has established a mineral testing laboratory at the Mombasa port in an effort to speed up testing and authentication processes.

A team from the Ministry had earlier visited Base Titanium in Kwale County to tackle post mine abuse cases organized by a committee in charge.

‘The purpose of the visit was to sensitise the community around mining grounds to prepare themselves and make a memorandum that will outline the issues on how assets and land currently used by the company can be economically and socially utilized to benefit them, once they finish m
ining operations later this year,’ he added.

Deputy County Commissioner (DCC) Mvita Sub-County Ronald Mwiwawi said the commissioning of the AMCs was timely given the potential the sector has to employ youth from the grassroots.

‘The Ministry has embarked on a noble course that will see thousands of youths gain meaningful sources of livelihood as artisans in the lucrative mining sector,’ said Mwiwawi.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Increase NGAAF Funds, Government Asked


Kirinyaga Women Rep Njeri Maina has asked the Government to increase funds allocated to National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF), under patronage of County Woman Representatives.

Njeri said the Sh9 million that each Woman Rep was getting was not enough to support their programs including improving livelihoods of vulnerable women, youth and PWDs, Children and elderly.

She said it does not make any sense for a Women Rep to receive a low budget to serve the whole County, whereas National Assembly Legislators were getting in excess of Sh150 million per year from the same NG-CDF kitty.

‘We serve a larger population and it should only be fair that we get sufficient funding,’ she said, citing the critical role the funds play to grassroots development especially for the vulnerable groups.

She was speaking in Embu when she joined her Embu counterpart Pamela Njoki during issuance of scholarship and bursary cheques as well as assistive devices to PWDs and equipment for economic empowerment to youths and w
omen groups.

Her sentiments were echoed by Embu Deputy Governor Kinyua Mugo who said the funds should be commensurate to the population that Women Reps serve.

‘There is no fairness in the current sharing formula and it is our wish that the Government considers boosting the kitty to benefit many more marginalized groups.

On her part, Njoki said the bursaries issued totaling over Sh7 million targeted the most vulnerable students, who will be able to carry on with their studies smoothly.

She added that her office was also assisting young girls who have dropped out of school as a result of teen pregnancy go back and realize their education and life goals though an initiative dubbed, ‘Restored Hope Program.’

During the event, over 150 youth and women groups were given assorted equipment including car water tanks, car washing machines, catering wares, tents and chicken to enable them earn a living.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Increase NGAAF Funds, Government Asked


Kirinyaga Women Rep Njeri Maina has asked the Government to increase funds allocated to National Government Affirmative Action Fund (NGAAF), under patronage of County Woman Representatives.

Njeri said the Sh9 million that each Woman Rep was getting was not enough to support their programs including improving livelihoods of vulnerable women, youth and PWDs, Children and elderly.

She said it does not make any sense for a Women Rep to receive a low budget to serve the whole County, whereas National Assembly Legislators were getting in excess of Sh150 million per year from the same NG-CDF kitty.

‘We serve a larger population and it should only be fair that we get sufficient funding,’ she said, citing the critical role the funds play to grassroots development especially for the vulnerable groups.

She was speaking in Embu when she joined her Embu counterpart Pamela Njoki during issuance of scholarship and bursary cheques as well as assistive devices to PWDs and equipment for economic empowerment to youths and w
omen groups.

Her sentiments were echoed by Embu Deputy Governor Kinyua Mugo who said the funds should be commensurate to the population that Women Reps serve.

‘There is no fairness in the current sharing formula and it is our wish that the Government considers boosting the kitty to benefit many more marginalized groups.

On her part, Njoki said the bursaries issued totaling over Sh7 million targeted the most vulnerable students, who will be able to carry on with their studies smoothly.

She added that her office was also assisting young girls who have dropped out of school as a result of teen pregnancy go back and realize their education and life goals though an initiative dubbed, ‘Restored Hope Program.’

During the event, over 150 youth and women groups were given assorted equipment including car water tanks, car washing machines, catering wares, tents and chicken to enable them earn a living.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Government Steps Up Efforts To Use Power Lines To Distribute Internet


Information, Communications and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owalo has reiterated the government’s resolve to use power transmission lines to distribute high speed internet in the country.

Owalo said the government had already contracted the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to start laying fibre optic cables alongside power transmission lines up to every transformer and ultimately to every meter in the country.

The CS spoke at the Weru Technical and Vocational College (TVC) in Malindi Constituency, Kilifi County, where he launched a Jitume Digital Hub.

The hub, which is the 205th to be launched in the country, is equipped with 50 computers donated by the Konza Metropolis Development Authority and is connected with high-speed internet.

‘We have been digging trenches to lay fibre optic cables, but we have now changed the strategy. We shall be using power transmission lines to ensure that fibre optic cables reach every electricity transformer in the country and eventually to every
house that has a meter,’ he said.

‘We have given the contract to Kenya Power Company, which has already started the work, and very soon the problems we have been having concerning internet will be solved.’

The CS also said the government would connect all wholesale and retail markets across the country with internet to enable traders to do their businesses online.

‘We also have a plan to connect all markets in the country to internet so that our women can do their businesses online,’ he said.

On the digital laboratories, the CS said his ministry would work with Members of the National Assembly to build digital laboratories in all the 1450 wards in the country.

The MPs will use their NG-CDF kitties to construct the labs while the ministry, through its relevant organs will equip them, he said.

‘We started this programme in technical and vocational education training centres (TVTEs) and since we are through with the TVETs, we want to go to the grassroots, where we intend to have digital hubs in every ward
so that our youths can get online jobs,’ he said.

Owalo said since the programme started, 460,000 youths had been trained on internet use with 189,000 linked to jobs.

Jitume is an initiative aimed at providing the youth with access to digital services, digital skills, and opportunities to enable them take advantage of technology for job creation, with a view to reducing the rate of unemployment in Kenya.

At the same time, Owalo said the government was committed to ensuring that all government services are offered though the e-citizen platform in order to minimize corruption and the cost travelling to seek such services.

‘When the Kenya Kwanza government took over about one and a half years ago, there were only 350 government services on the e-citizen platform. Now, we have put 17,020 services to the platform,’ he said.

He said it would no longer be necessary for government to force wananchi to seek its services in offices, which encouraged corruption as some officers put a lot of roadblocks in order to g
et bribes.

‘Under the e-citizen portal, we shall eliminate corruption and brokerage and ensure that Kenyans get services without having to give bribes,’ he said.

Malindi Member of Parliament Amina Mnyazi welcomed the opening of the digital laboratory at the Weru TVET College, and urged the youth to make use of the facility to empower themselves intellectually and economically.

Source: Kenya News Agency

Government Steps Up Efforts To Use Power Lines To Distribute Internet


Information, Communications and the Digital Economy Cabinet Secretary (CS) Eliud Owalo has reiterated the government’s resolve to use power transmission lines to distribute high speed internet in the country.

Owalo said the government had already contracted the Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) to start laying fibre optic cables alongside power transmission lines up to every transformer and ultimately to every meter in the country.

The CS spoke at the Weru Technical and Vocational College (TVC) in Malindi Constituency, Kilifi County, where he launched a Jitume Digital Hub.

The hub, which is the 205th to be launched in the country, is equipped with 50 computers donated by the Konza Metropolis Development Authority and is connected with high-speed internet.

‘We have been digging trenches to lay fibre optic cables, but we have now changed the strategy. We shall be using power transmission lines to ensure that fibre optic cables reach every electricity transformer in the country and eventually to every
house that has a meter,’ he said.

‘We have given the contract to Kenya Power Company, which has already started the work, and very soon the problems we have been having concerning internet will be solved.’

The CS also said the government would connect all wholesale and retail markets across the country with internet to enable traders to do their businesses online.

‘We also have a plan to connect all markets in the country to internet so that our women can do their businesses online,’ he said.

On the digital laboratories, the CS said his ministry would work with Members of the National Assembly to build digital laboratories in all the 1450 wards in the country.

The MPs will use their NG-CDF kitties to construct the labs while the ministry, through its relevant organs will equip them, he said.

‘We started this programme in technical and vocational education training centres (TVTEs) and since we are through with the TVETs, we want to go to the grassroots, where we intend to have digital hubs in every ward
so that our youths can get online jobs,’ he said.

Owalo said since the programme started, 460,000 youths had been trained on internet use with 189,000 linked to jobs.

Jitume is an initiative aimed at providing the youth with access to digital services, digital skills, and opportunities to enable them take advantage of technology for job creation, with a view to reducing the rate of unemployment in Kenya.

At the same time, Owalo said the government was committed to ensuring that all government services are offered though the e-citizen platform in order to minimize corruption and the cost travelling to seek such services.

‘When the Kenya Kwanza government took over about one and a half years ago, there were only 350 government services on the e-citizen platform. Now, we have put 17,020 services to the platform,’ he said.

He said it would no longer be necessary for government to force wananchi to seek its services in offices, which encouraged corruption as some officers put a lot of roadblocks in order to g
et bribes.

‘Under the e-citizen portal, we shall eliminate corruption and brokerage and ensure that Kenyans get services without having to give bribes,’ he said.

Malindi Member of Parliament Amina Mnyazi welcomed the opening of the digital laboratory at the Weru TVET College, and urged the youth to make use of the facility to empower themselves intellectually and economically.

Source: Kenya News Agency