Public Notices

AMREF to train 1,500 Kirinyaga Community Health Volunteers, donates sanitizers to health workers

About 1,500 Community Health Volunteers working in Kirinyaga County are set to undergo training through a partnership between Amref Health Africa and the County Government. At the same time Amref has donated 4,800 bottles of sanitizers for use by the health workers as a way of protecting them from contracting the corona virus. Speaking while handing over the donation at Kerugoya Hospital, Amref Health Africa in Kenya Project Coordinator, Eric Keringe, said that the partnership was aimed at enhancing the capacity of community health volunteers across the county. He said that the training program which is set to commence in

Governor Waiguru disburses bursaries worth Ksh. 110 million to help needy students

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Tuesday launched the distribution of bursaries worth Ksh. 110 million to needy secondary and university students in the county. During the launch event that was held at the county headquarters in Kutus, the governor said that about 40,000 students who were identified following a vetting process by the Ward Bursary Committees will benefit from the bursaries. She said that the bursary fund that will benefit about 32,000 secondary school students and about 8,000 university and tertiary institutions students is aimed at enabling students from poor backgrounds to remain in school after enrollment. The governor said

Kirinyaga County Government focuses Covid-19 prevention on schools as they reopen amid pandemic

Kirinyaga County Government is focusing its Covid-19 prevention campaigns on schools as they reopen amid the pandemic to ensure that there is no rise in spread of the virus. The County’s Department of Health has already held meetings with education officials from both national and county governments where expectations and matters regarding the reopening were discussed. The County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for health, Gladys Kimingi, has said that in order to contain the virus spread, continuous sensitization in schools as well as monitoring to ensure that the laid down guidelines are followed will be carried out. This will complement

Kirinyaga County kicks off development of Urban Economic Plan

The process of developing an Urban Economic Plan (UEP) for Kerugoya/Kutus Municipality in Kirinyaga County has kicked off. The kickoff event that was held in Kerugoya brought together stakeholders from both the private and the public sector. The process is expected to give the county its first-ever urban economic plan within the next eight months. The plan, which is being developed through a partnership between Kirinyaga County Government and UKAID funded Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) Program, will carry the vision and objectives of Kerugoya/Kutus Municipality and define its economic sector action plans, value chain development and priority infrastructure projects.

Governor Waiguru flags off christmas donation caravan to vulnerable groups

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Sunday flagged off a Christmas donation caravan carrying food, sanitizers and masks to be distributed to some of the vulnerable people in the county. The donation targeted about 3,000 people who received rice, sanitizers and mask while schoolgirls from 11 schools that are in session received sanitary pads. Some of the food donation was also taken to Kianyaga Children’s Home. A total of 30 bags of rice, 1,000 packets of sanitary pads, 400 bottles of sanitizers and 5,000 masks. While flagging off the distribution which was conducted on her behalf by the members of the

Kirinyaga County accelerates community level Covid-19 prevention campaigns

The County Government of Kirinyaga has launched an accelerated Covid-19 prevention campaign program in an effort to control the spread of coronavirus transmissions at the community level. The campaigns are spearheaded by the Department of Health and implemented in collaboration with stakeholders from other government departments as well as religious and community leaders. Governor Anne Waiguru says the accelerated program will see health workers and community health volunteers traverse villages educating the public on the need to strictly adhere to all Covid-19 prevention measures and also enforcing the prevention protocols. “We are mobilizing our teams to go around the towns,

County marks World Aids Day with calls for sustained efforts in HIV management

Kirinyaga County on Tuesday marked the World Aids Day in a function that brought together the public, officials from both the county and the national government as well as young people who have been involved in community led HIV management initiatives. The County Executive Committee Member for Health, Gladys Kimingi, who represented Governor Anne Waiguru observed that that Covid 19 has put a lot of pressure to the existing health structures but governments should nonetheless not lose focus on the targets and efforts towards other global health threats even as a lot of attention is directed to the devastating effects

Four Kirinyaga towns get facelift in bid to boost services

The Kirinyaga government has upgraded four major towns in the county with an aim of creating an environment conducive to business. The facelift given to Kagio, Kutus, Kianyaga and Keruguya mainly involve cabro-paving, installations, improved car park and drainage, modern markets and Eco toilets. Before the projects were initiated, residents used to do business under very unfavorable conditions. "We are thankful that we now have walkways. Before, we used to struggle walking on mud and it was difficult to ferry and sell our farm produce, especially on rainy season," John Bosco, a resident of Kerugoya, said. Governor Anne Waiguru said

County plans to revive ginnery as farmers adopt BT cotton farming

Kirinyaga County Government is planning to revive Mwea Cotton Ginnery with the aim of supporting cotton farmers whose number has risen after the introduction of BT cotton in the county. About 100 farmers have this season planted BT cotton on an estimated 110 acres after receiving seeds from the Fibre Crops Directorate. The cotton farmers under Kirinyaga Cotton Cooperative Society are organized in 5 clusters namely Riagiceru-Murinduko, South Ngariama, Nyangati, Tebere and Mutithi. Governor Anne Waiguru says that she has tasked the departments of agriculture and that of trade and industries to work together to ensure that there is increased

County Government steps up efforts in TB prevention and management

The County Government of Kirinyaga has stepped up efforts to prevent and manage Tuberculosis (TB) even as the disease continues to spread among the county residents. The County Department of Health records indicate that the county has a high TB burden with a case notification rate of 245/100,000 by 2018. Drug resistant cases have also increased by 50% between 2016 and 2018 which has been attributed to poor adherence to the prescribed regimen. Governor Anne Waiguru says that the Department of Health has been undertaking sensitization among health care givers and community health workers who in turn educate the masses

County trains 250 staff members through devolution support program

Kirinyaga County Government has carried out a capacity building program for 250 members of staff through the Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) in the last three years. The program that targeted officers from various cadres was aimed at enhancing their capacity to offer more efficient and effective services to the county residents. KDSP is a four year program financed by the World Bank to support capacity building and technical assistance at the county level to support devolution. Many of the staff recruited in top positions in many devolved units, such as the members of the County Executive Committee (CEC) and

Kirinyaga residents urged to embrace routine cancer screening

Residents of Kirinyaga County have been urged to embrace routine screening for cancer to enable early diagnosis and timely treatment. Speaking during a breast cancer awareness walk in Kerugoya, the County Chief Officer for Health, Dr. Muriithi Nyaga, urged residents to visit any health center in the county for county screening. He said that those found to have indications of the disease will be referred to Kerugoya County Hospital for further diagnosis such as mammogram to enable the necessary management and treatment plan. Dr. Nyaga said that cancer has become a silent killer with many people living with it unknowingly

Governor Waiguru urges youth to apply for KENHA scholarships in county’s selected TVET institutions

Kirinyaga County Governor, Anne Waiguru, has urged the youth from the county to apply for technical training scholarships offered by the Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) at selected Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutions within the county. Governor Waiguru said that as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility to the community living along the upcoming Kenol-Sagana-Marwa dual carriage way, KeNHA has selected Sagana Technical Institute and Kaitheri Youth Polytechnic as training centers for skills sponsored program that targets the youth. She said that the training will enhance their skills which increases their chance of being absorbed in the road

‘Wezesha Kirinyaga’: The county economy game changer

Kirinyaga County Government is implementing an economic stimulus program that is poised to be the game changer in the county’s economy. The ongoing inaugural phase of the program dubbed ‘Wezesha Kirinyaga’ involves 159 community groups with an impact of around 2,500 households but will later be replicated across the farming fraternity. “The program employs initiatives that make agricultural activities translate to better incomes and improved lives for all residents. It involves diversifying agricultural activities to reduce over dependence on traditional cash crops such as tea and coffee whose prices keep on fluctuating”, said Governor Waiguru when she launched the program.

Governor Waiguru holds talks with US ambassador as farmers benefit from BT cotton seeds

Kirinyaga farmers will benefit from BT cotton seeds donation from the American Government as Governor Anne Waiguru hosts the US Ambassador to Kenya, Kyle McCarter. The ambassador, who visited the governor in her office in Kutus before proceeding on a tour to the county’s mass egg production projects, said that 40 tons of BT cotton seeds will be given to farmers to plant during this rainy season. The government legalized commercial cultivation of BT cotton last year after years of trial at Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization (KALRO) center in Mwea. The ambassador said that cotton growing presents enormous

Governor Waiguru donates sanitary pads as part of empowering the girl child

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is undertaking a sanitary pads drive as part of a program to empower the girl child. At a function held at Kiamugumo Secondary School grounds on Thursday, the governor donated pads to over 500 girls from the area. This was part of the 27,000 packets of pads that will benefit about 9,000 in the current donation drive. Governor Waiguru said that the program was part of the county government’s effort to empower the girl child and save them from missing school during their menses which she said was making about 3 out of 10 girls miss

Kerugoya County Hospital CT scan center now fully operational

Kirinyaga County residents can now access Computed Tomography (CT) scan services at Kerugoya County Hospital. The state-of-the-art CT scan equipment was installed in a collaboration between County and the National Governments under the Managed Equipment Services (MES) While inspecting service delivery at the CT scan center, the County Executive Committee Member for Health Gladys Kimingi, said that the equipment has come as a relief to many patients who would previously be referred to hospitals far from the county. “We are now fully equipped to offer CT scan services and we are appealing to the county residents to make use of

Rehabilitation of Mwea Rice Irrigation Scheme roads commences

Kirinyaga County Government in collaboration with the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) has started the rehabilitation of Mwea Irrigation Scheme roads targeting to cover 120 kilometers in one month. In an event held at NIA offices in Mwea, the County Chief Officer for Roads, Transport and Public Works, John Makumi, who represented Governor Anne Waiguru said that the roads program was aimed at easing the farmers’ burden of transporting their produce to the markets. He said that the county government had handed over seven 20ton trucks, two motor graders, two rollers, two excavators and a water bowser to NIA which will

Kirinyaga rice farmers receive 13 tons of high quality rice seeds

Kirinyaga rice farmers have received 13 tons of high quality rice seeds from the government for this season’s planting. The donation that includes 10,000 kilograms of Basmati rice seeds and 3,000 kilograms of hybrid variety will be distributed among 1,000 farmers to be planted on approximately 1,000 acres of land. While speaking to Members of County Assembly and farmers representatives in Sagana, Governor Anne Waiguru thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for the seeds donation which was delivered through the State Department of Crops Development and Agriculture Research. She said that the seeds will be distributed immediately to the farmers to enable

County Government forms a multi-agency committee to accelerate road construction

Kirinyaga County Government has formed a multiagency committee to oversee infrastructure development under the in-house roads program. The committee that comprises of the County Executive technical staff, the County Assembly Leader of Majority and five elected ward representatives drawn from each sub county, was formed after a meeting between Governor Anne Waiguru and all the elected Members of the County Assembly. Speaking at a press conference, Governor Anne Waiguru who was accompanied by Members of the County Assembly, said that it was agreed that all the county trucks and roads equipment will focus on murraming six kilometers of roads per

Governor Anne Waiguru, MCAs to work together on development

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru and the County Assembly Members have agreed to put aside their political differences and focus on development. Governor Waiguru says that the decision will improve service delivery for the residents of Kirinyaga. Her sentiments were echoed by the Leader of Majority Kamau Murango who said that a good working relationship between the county assembly and the executive will bring efficient service delivery for the people. The two spoke after constituting a multi agency committee to oversee infrastructure development endorsed by the MCAs under the in-house roads program. The committee comprises of the County Executive technical staff,

Kerugoya/Kutus Municipality gets Ksh. 142 million facelift

Kerugoya Kutus Municipality in Kirinyaga County has undergone major transformation through Ksh. 142 million programs being undertaken by the County Government. The facelift program involve construction of car parks, improvement of town streets and non-motorable ways as well as improving the drainage system in the municipality. The improvement projects are being implemented under the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) which is a collaboration between the County Government and The World Bank. Governor Anne Waiguru has said that phase one of the program is already complete while phase two will be completed in six months’ time. The first phase of the

Kirinyaga health workers trained on Infection Prevention and Control

About 170 health workers from Kirinyaga County have over the last one week been trained on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) as a way of combating the corona virus. The training that targeted technical and nontechnical staff from selected health facilities was conducted by IPC experts from Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH). Governor Anne Waiguru has said that the training that came after a request by the County Government to KNH was aimed at building the capacity of the health workers to protect themselves as well as patients from getting infections while at the health facilities. She said that hospitals, being

Governor Anne Waiguru launches 1 million eggs project (Wezesha Poultry)

Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru on Wednesday launched a project that will enable farmers to produce 1 million eggs per month earning each of them Ksh. 1,000 daily. The eggs project involves 32 community groups each rearing 1,250 layers and has an impact on about 640 households. The project is one of the agricultural value chains that the County Government is implementing through ‘Wezesha Kirinyaga’ economic stimulus program aimed at increasing agricultural productivity and profitability in the county. The project was informed by the huge deficit in egg production in Kenya which for a long time has led to importation

Kirinyaga County to offer relief food to over 25,000 residents

Over 25,000 needy residents of Kirinyaga County are set to benefit from relief food aid program led by Governor Anne Waiguru. The food distribution drive is the second phase of a program that kicked off in May to shield needy and vulnerable families from the effects of Covid-19 pandemic. The first phase that was in May and June saw another 20,000 residents benefit from relief aid. The food distribution program kicked off on Tuesday and is expected to end on Friday having covered over 6,500 households across the four constituencies in the county. While commissioning the relief food distribution, to

National Government lauds Kirinyaga County on Covid 19 preparedness

The National Government Covid-19 technical assistance team has today lauded Kirinyaga County’s efforts towards preparedness for Covid-19. During a tour to various isolation centers around the county, the team led by Dr. Evanson Kamuri, CEO Kenyatta National Hospital observed that the county has already set up around 200 beds in the various facilities identified as isolation centers. The county government has set up isolation centers in Kerugoya Level Four Hospital, Kimbimbi Health Center, Baricho Health Center, Kianyaga Health Center and Sagana Sub-County Hospital. The County Executive Committee Member for Health, Gladys Kimingi also informed the team that another isolation ward

Kerugoya County Referral Hospital opens new modern kitchen

Kirinyaga County government has commissioned a new modern kitchen and a laundry unit to increase efficiency and to enhance the hygienic standards at Kerugoya County Referral Hospital. The infrastructural development at the hospital is part of the health sector reforms that the county government is undertaking to enhance health care service delivery in the county. The projects will also go a long way in enhancing cleanliness at the facility which is one of the measures to curb the spread of corona virus. The modern kitchen is part of a new building that also hosts a laundry unit. Norman Njeru, Kerugoya

Governor Waiguru calls for guaranteed coffee prices for coffee farmers

Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has called for guaranteed coffee prices for coffee farmers. The Governor who was addressing a meeting between Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya and representatives of all the 15 Coffee Cooperative Societies in Kirinyaga County, said that coffee farmers in the region have for a long time suffered in the hands of middlemen who buy coffee from farmers without any guaranteed price. Governor Waiguru called for speedy implementation of President Uhuru’s directives on coffee sector reforms which will see farmers benefit from the Cherry Advance Revolving Fund among other reforms. The Governor, who has been in

Kirinyaga County receives 550 bales of maize flour from Capwell Industries

Kirinyaga County Government on Thursday received 550 bales of maize flour from Capwell Industries Limited- the manufacturers of Soko Maize Flour among other brands. The donation was received at the county headquarters on behalf of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru by the County Secretary (CS) Joe Muriuki. The CS said that the relief food donation will go a long way in assisting the vulnerable people in the county. “There are quite a lot of needy cases within the county at this time of Covid-19 pandemic and therefore this donation will definitely go towards a worthy cause”, he added, giving assurance that

Kirinyaga county putting up 300 Covid-19 isolation beds

The Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is back to work after surviving an impeachment motion sent to the Senate by her County Assembly last week. And the health docket is the one that she is focused on saying the national government has provided Sh. 116 million for the establishment of 300 Covid-19 isolation bed capacity in Kirinyaga County. She confirmed that the county has received the funding which will go towards enhancing the county’s Covid-19 management capacity. She said the funds will go into procuring beds and equipment for the isolation wards, ICU beds, Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs). “The process of

Governor Waiguru embarks on primary healthcare improvement program

Kirinyaga County governor Anne Waiguru has embarked on a program to improve on primary healthcare in the county. Waiguru said that the county government is prioritizing improvement of Level One and Level Two health facilities in order to save residents from having to travel to higher level hospitals for minor ailments. While inspecting development projects at Karumande Ward in Gichugu Constituency, the governor said that that Kavote Dispensary which has been under construction will be completed in the next three months while Mucagara Dispensary is expected to be completed in one and a half months. Contractors of both projects are

Governor Waiguru distributes relief food to flood victims

Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has distributed relief food to families affected by floods caused by the ongoing rains. The food has benefited over 3,200 families who were affected by floods in various places around the county as well as the most vulnerable people affected by Covid-19. While distributing to residents of Kamuthanga in Ndia, Waiguru said that even though Kirinyaga County is a major food basket, many farmers have now lost their crop after being swept away by the ongoing heavy rains which may result to people facing starvation. Beneficiaries of the relief food were drawn among the most

Governor Waiguru receives sanitizers from EABL to boost fight against Covid-19

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has received 3,600 bottles of sanitizers from East African Breweries Ltd (EABL) to boost the fight against Covid-19. The consignment will be distributed to various health facilities for use by the healthcare givers who are in the frontline in the fight against corona virus. Speaking while receiving the sanitizers at the County Headquarters in Kutus, the governor thanked the company and appreciated all other stakeholders who have partnered with the county in the fight against the pandemic. The EABL Central Region Manager Kiragu Ngugi who handed over the sanitizers, said that the company is partnering with

Governor Waiguru revives dispensary projects in the wake of COVID-19

Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru has commenced the completion process of stalled dispensary projects in a bid to boost primary health care in the county. The Governor today inspected Ndaba Dispensary in Kangai Ward which has been allocated Ksh. 8 million to oversee its completion. Governor Waiguru who was accompanied by the area leaders, said that the construction of the dispensary which had remained halfway done for a long time would be completed in the next six weeks after which it shall be equipped to start benefiting the area people. The Governor said that the county will also undertake the

Kirinyaga County receive soap and masks donations

Kirinyaga County Governor on Wednesday received hand washing stations and soap from Bidco Africa boosting the county’s efforts in the fight against Covid-19. Bidco through it regional manager Warren Murimi handed its donation of 50 cartons of soap, one carton of disinfectant liquid hand wash and part of 100 handwashing stations that include 40 liter buckets with stands. At the same time the governor received 10,000 masks from the National Government. She said that 5,000 of the masks will be distributed to boda boda riders while 5,000 will be taken to the various health facilities. The masks donation complements the

Kirinyaga County begins mass production of Masks

The mask project, spearheaded by the County’s Department of Gender and Social Services aims at producing over 100,000 face masks. The masks are sewed at the County’s Kaitheri Wezesha Mama Apparel Factory situated in Kerugoya. Governor Anne Waiguru said that mask production aims at helping the people who cannot afford to buy masks for themselves and others who are exposed due to the nature of their work. She said that distribution of the reusable masks will begin this week targeting groups such as market traders, public transport and bodaboda operators and people living in informal settlements before going to other

Kirinyaga County screens 15,000 for corona virus at border checkpoints

Kirinyaga County has screened over 15,000 people crossing into the county from neighboring counties in the past one week. The county has set up road blocks at Kwa Samaki to screen travelers from Nairobi, at PI to screen those coming from Embu, at Sagana to screen those coming from Murang’a and at Kiangai to screen the people travelling from the neighboring Nyeri County. Governor Anne Waiguru has said that the screening exercise which involves checking the temperature of everyone travelling into the county was aimed at detecting anyone with fever or corona virus symptoms and refer them for medical attention

Kirinyaga County shifts focus to markets to contain spread of corona virus

As corona virus cases in the country continue to rise, Kirinyaga County has now shifted its focus to fresh markets places to avert the spread of the virus. The county hosts some of the busiest agricultural produce markets in Kenya which attract thousands of traders from all over the country and hence potential hotspots for corona virus spread. The County Covid-19 Taskforce has stepped up efforts to decongest and decontaminate the markets. To ensure that the markets are de-congested and that the social distancing rule is achieved, the county government has now extended the market space to include car parks

Kirinyaga County intensifies fumigation exercise in fight against Covid-19

Kirinyaga County Government has intensified fumigation exercise across the county as a way of protecting residents against corona virus. The exercise that is being carried out by the county public health department targets markets, bus stations and shopping centers. The fumigation is aimed at decontaminating surfaces that come into contact with various people as they transact business thus are likely to pass the virus from one person to another.  The exercise complements other preventive measures that the county has put in place which include installation of handwashing stations in public places, enforcement of social distancing and provision of masks to

Launch of the Kirinyaga County Roads Upgrade Program

Governor Waiguru has launched the county road upgrade program. The program covers 1,420 km. of roads - 220 km. murruming and 1,200 km grading. Out of this target, the county have so far covered 80 km. of murrum and 700 km of grading. Thiba-Nguka-Kiuria Road in Thiba Ward which is 10 km is one of the roads marked for immediate murruming. Cumulatively the county has in the past two years upgraded 2,286 kilometers of roads across the county. Of these, 2,000 kilometers have been graded and 286 kilometers have been murrumed. In Mwea Constituency, 16 roads have been marked for