Public Notices

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

More than 200 clubs benefit from County sports kits program

Kirinyaga County Government has distributed sports kits to more than 2,000 youth in order to boost sports performance in the county. The youth who are drawn from about 200 clubs spread across the county have benefitted from balls, football boots, nets and uniforms. While issuing the kits for Inooi Ward teams over the weekend, the County Executive Committee member for Sports, Dennis Muciimi, said that the county was committed to nurturing the sport talent among the county’s youth. He said that the department’s objective is to promote talent and expose the youth to opportunities in bigger clubs and leagues. The

Big win for rice farmers as Governor Waiguru hosts President Kenyatta

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has secured immense development deals for Mwea farmers following President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the county last weekend. From now onwards, the government will buy paddy from the rice farmers at Ksh. 85 up from Ksh. 60 that brokers have been offering them. The offer comes as great relief to farmers who have for a long time suffered losses due to low prices offered by brokers as well as cheap rice imports. Governor Waiguru made her people’s wish list to the President at Wang’uru Stadium where the main focus was the rice farmer, whose mainstay is

Kirinyaga County modernizes youth polytechnics in readiness for massive enrollment

Kirinyaga County Government has modernized youth polytechnics in readiness for massive enrollment expected as demand for vocational training within the county increases. The modernization exercise includes construction of new classrooms and dormitories, refurbishment of existing structures, installation of modern furniture and equipment as well as purchase of adequate training and learning materials for polytechnics. Capacity building for trainers is also part of the process. As polytechnics open for a new term and year, the county aims to capture many students who sat for Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams last year as well as those who could have earlier

Kirinyaga County constructs chicken houses for mass egg production

Kirinyaga County Government has constructed chicken houses for farmers that are undertaking a mass egg production in the county. The poultry project will produce one million eggs per month that will translate to around Ksh. 10 million for the farmers. The chicken shelters will accommodate 40,000 layers to be reared by 32 community interest groups composed of 1,110 households. Each of the groups will rear 1,250 layers. A family is therefore expected to make around Ksh. 8,000 per month from eggs and will still have time to engage in other economic activities since chicken rearing does not take a lot

Governor Waiguru launches major bridge across River Nyamindi

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Tuesday commissioned Mahiga-ini Bridge, connecting two wards across Nyamindi River. The bridge brings relief to residents of Murinduko and Gathigiriri wards who from time immemorial have had to endure using a makeshift bridge to cross the river posing a risk to their lives and making transport an expensive affair. The bridge is expected to spur economic growth by easing transportation of agricultural produce to the market and increasing employment opportunities in the transport sector such as bodaboda. Before its construction, area residents used to travel 14 kilometers to Wang’uru Market.  This is because their nearest

Governor Waiguru distributes garbage collection skips for market clean up

Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru, on Tuesday distributed garbage collection skips to be placed in all major markets and towns for improved solid waste management. The 13 skips that were launched in Kagio market will complement the 16 which the county had distributed earlier. Governor Waiguru said that her government is committed to providing proper solid waste management to ensure that all residents and traders dwell and transact in clean and safe environment. She said that her government is always listening to the needs and residents and the skips were an answered request from market traders and that the county has

Governor Waiguru in talks to seal deal on guaranteed coffee prices

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru is spearheading consultative talks between top leadership of all the 15 coffee cooperatives from the county and an international company that has declared interest in buying the county’s premium coffee. The talks are geared towards making a deal that will see Kirinyaga coffee farmers eventually negotiate and market their coffee for better and guaranteed returns. The meeting which was also attended by senior officials from the county’s department of Trade and Cooperatives and officials from Kirinyaga Investment Development Authority (KIDA) deliberated on a proposed strategy that will ensure that Kirinyaga Farmers get consistent and the best

Governor Waiguru disburses funds to communal agricultural projects

Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru on Tuesday issued cheques worth Ksh. 55 million to fund major agricultural development activities within the county. The money will benefit a total of 159 organized community groups including 40 groups for the vulnerable and marginalized, who will be implementing four selected value chains in Poultry, Daily, Avocado and Tomato farming. The agricultural value chain program is a collaboration between the County Government and the National Agricultural and Rural Inclusive Growth Project (NARIGP). The program aims at increasing agricultural production and profitability of targeted rural communities for increased incomes to the households and the county at

World Bank applauds Kirinyaga County for urban project implementation

The World Bank has applauded Kirinyaga County Government for splendid performance in implementation of projects funded under the Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP). The county’s Kerugoya/Kutus Municipality is among the seven municipalities, out of 59 across the country, which have met the World Bank’s minimum KUSP grant conditions and qualified for a second round grant. During an implementation support mission to the county on Monday, World Bank’s Urban Specialist Davison Muchadenyika said that he was impressed by the implementation progress of the first phase projects hence the continued partnership. The first phase involved a grant of Ksh.71.3 million that went

Kirinyaga County recognized as the top tax compliant county

Kirinyaga County Government has been recognized by the Kenya Revenue Authority as the best in tax compliance. Speaking at Governor Anne Waiguru’s office in Kutus on Thursday, KRA Central Region Coordinator Dr. Tobias Konyango, commended the governor for ensuring that the county fully complied with the laid down tax regulations. He urged other counties and public entities to emulate Kirinyaga’s example adding that it was important for counties to collect and account for all the monies collected since the government depended on such taxes for building the nation. The Coordinator said that KRA was readily available to assist any entity

Kirinyaga makes major step towards Rice Husk Factory launch

Kirinyaga County has made a major step in its plan to begin the conversion of rice husks into particle boards as an alternative to timber. This follows an announcement by the County Governor Anne Waiguru on Monday after receiving the first prototype of particle boards from the National Environment Trust Fund (NETFUND) Kenya at her office in Kutus, Kirinyaga County on Monday. “We have made a major step towards our plan to set up a Rice Husk factory in Kirinyaga which will not only ensure value addition, but also create employment for the locals, offer alternative income stream for farmers

Hope for compensation for property owners on the railway land in Kirinyaga

The National Land Commission (NLC) is in the process of gazetting all buildings and properties on the prime area belonging to the Kenya Railways Corporation in Sagana town. According to the Principal Secretary for Infrastructure (PS), Mwangi Maringa, this was after the Corporation marked all buildings and structures on its land within the town for the purpose of bringing them down to allow the ongoing revival of the rail line. Maringa said once the gazzettment was completed individual owners of such properties will be accorded an opportunity to explain how they acquired them for the purpose of getting compensated. “If