Government Agenda in the Coming Years

Our agenda as a government is informed by key development indicators in our county. The level of poverty in the county stands at 60.6 per cent which is higher than the national average of 45.2 per cent (Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), 2015). The County is ranked 38 out of the 47 counties in terms of poverty levels. The population under 35 years account for over 74% of our population that is estimated at 988,586 in 2017. This means we have a relatively young population.
To summarize what we said during our inauguration into office, we commit ourselves to:
Kutwiikany’a Silikali (Woni na Mivango ya Silikali)/Establishing the Makueni County Government
As devolution begins to flower, we commit ourselves to secure the elaborate citizen’s government that we have put in place through enabling legislation. This will fully institutionalize our participatory, responsive and people-centred government.
We are committed to the actualization of the programmes in our development blueprint, the Makueni County Vision 2025. The County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) for 2018-2022 therefore draws from Vision 2025 and our County Spatial Plan for 2017-2022 and is linked to our national Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The CIDP will be implemented through successive Annual Development Plans (ADPs).
In implementing the projects outlined in our Vision 2025, we will endeavor to increase our engagement with the national government, other county governments and development partners (both local and international) towards mutually beneficial interventions. Close cooperation and collaboration among all elected leaders in the county (the Governor and Deputy Governor, the Senator, the Woman Member of the National Assembly, the Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) will also assure the realization of holistic development for our people.
Going forward, we will review and strictly enforce County laws and regulations including the Makueni Sand Conservation and Utilization Authority Act, 2015 and regulations thereof. We call on you, the people, to participate actively in this endeavor.
It is our hope that the County Assembly will, in collaboration with the Executive, move fast to develop the required policies and laws to actualize/cover the functions as set out in Schedule Four Part 2 of the Constitution of Kenya and ensure the implementation of all functions of County governments. Key among these is a Water Bill that is set to be presented to the Assembly to address the challenges in the sustainability of water development, utilization and governance. A water resource master plan for the County and a water policy will also be developed.
We maintain our resolve to introduce an anti-corruption law in our government drawing from Chapter Six of the Constitution of Kenya and the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012.
For performance management, we commit ourselves to:
  • Strengthen our internal government processes and procedures;
  • Increase our investment in training and development of our public service towards efficient service delivery;
  • Gradual automation and decentralization of government service delivery; and
  • Institutionalization of performance management practices including performance contracting and ISO Certification to assure improvement of performance in the public service against set targets towards efficient service delivery and increased citizen satisfaction.
Kutwiikany’a Kiwu/Holistic Water Harvesting
We have committed 1 Billion Kenya Shillings in the 2017/18 financial year budget to water projects. This will ensure that all our people have access to potable and reliable water supply. We intend to construct mega dams, sand dams and boreholes complete with treatment plants, storage facilities and then expand the water distribution network to incrementally reach citizens at the household level. We will also strengthen our water and sewerage companies and promote rural water governance institutions to ensure prudent water resource governance in the county.
We plan to construct the sewerage system in Wote and Mtito Andei Towns and later Emali and Sultan Hamud in collaboration with the County Government of Kajiado. This will be backed by an elaborate urban areas solid waste management programme.
Kutwiikany’a Mbesa/Wealth Creation through Provision of Financial Services
We are in the process of operationalizing the Ene Microfinance Bank. We are confident that our efforts in strengthening our cooperatives, including the newly established boda boda Savings and Credit Cooperatives (SACCOs), we will contribute to the stability of this microfinance bank. Our efforts in implementing the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO) initiative with strict provision of 30% affirmative business to the youth, women and people with disability will also contribute to this initiative.
In the past we have exceeded the 20% procurement reservation for locally based businesses and we intend to exceed this so as to stimulate wealth creation among our people and encourage them to bank with Ene Microfinance Bank. We are certain that innovative products such as LPO Financing and bid bonds at competitive prices will encourage our business people to patronize our bank.
We will increase the Tetheka Fund that is available to groups with a one-off 3% administrative charge so that more funds are available for these among other new products: Mkopo Matunda and the Dam Liners products.
As we do this, we assure you of honest, prudent and accountable management of public finances.
Kutwiikany’a Viasala/Entrepreneurship
We commit ourselves to:
  • Establish Wote Municipality in line with the Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011;
  • Strengthen the governance structures of our market centres;
  • Develop our industrial zone of Emali and Sultan Hamud and the ICT Hub-the Konza Techno City in collaboration with the national government; and
  • Promote cottage industries in the county.
We have allocated 80 Million Kenya Shillings for urban development in the 2017/18 financial year budget. With increased urbanization, it is imperative to stimulate the sustainable development of our urban centres and to spur the development of the second economy towards wealth creation by our people.
Kutwiikany’a Uima wa Mwii/ Provision of Health Services
We commit ourselves to continue with the provision of universal health care to our people. It is our hope that the County Assembly will approve the legal framework for this important service. We will now focus on improving services in our health facilities and will invest in diagnostic equipment and technology. We will strengthen our primary health care through our community health strategy and address the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases. We also plan to complete and operationalize the Makindu Trauma Centre. We will also operationalize the 120 bed capacity Mother and Child Hospital that we have constructed here in Wote.
Kutwiikany’a Kisomo/Promotion of Education
We are committed to increasing access to quality education and training through:
  • Improvement of the quality of education in our Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) centres including the introduction of nutrition support;
  • Improvement of the quality of education in our County Technical Training Institutes (CTTIs) and the establishment of model CTTIs in each Sub County;
  • Investing in libraries in our schools and communities;
  • Establishment of a county education endowment fund; and
  • Enhancing quality assurance and governance of our ECDEs and CTTIs.
Kutwiikany’a Andu/Social Protection
Our social protection interventions will entail:
  • Integration of youth, women and people with disabilities empowerment in all County programmes;
  • Establishment of Makueni Youth Service;
  • Talent development of the youth including the completion and operationalization of the Ngakaa Model Talent Centre;
  • Support to Mau Mau veterans;
  • Support to persons living with HIV/AIDS;
  • Supplementing the national government programme that provides a monthly stipend to those aged 65 years and above;
  • Increasing child protection through support to vulnerable children; and
  • Development of a county disability mainstreaming and development policy.
Kutwiikany’a Malelu na Miendele/Development of Roads, Transport and Infrastructure
We commit ourselves to:
  • Increase transport infrastructure development;
  • Construct new county roads and maintain the existing county road network;
  • Purchase 2 fire engines and related firefighting equipment;
  • Invest in green energy generation;
  • Complete the construction of the Thwake Bridge; and
  • Rehabilitate and upgrade Makindu Airstrip in collaboration with the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA).
Kutwiikany’a Nima/Agriculture
We commit ourselves to:
  • Increase agricultural production through irrigated agriculture. We commit to put over 5,000 hectares under irrigation and develop new irrigation schemes;
  • Strengthen our dairy development programme in Mbooni and all other Sub Counties;
  • Assure better prices for our fruits through the Makueni Fruit Processing Plant and Makueni Fruit Development and Marketing Authority; and
  • Develop various value chains including for: horticulture such as avocado from Kaiti, dairy, green grams, macadamia and poultry.
Kutwiikany’a Mituo na Mikalile/Promotion of Moral and Ethical Values
We commit ourselves to domesticate and enforce the Leadership and Integrity Act, 2012 and the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act, 2003 to assure integrity and accountability in the public service.
Legislative Agenda
The First County Assembly has undertaken its legislative agenda and from this we have 26 laws. However, several of these laws passed by the First County Assembly need to be repealed or amended as some are out rightly unconstitutional and others have fundamental errors. Among the laws and regulations that we will be presenting for repeal and/or amendment are:
  • Makueni County Ward Development Fund Act;
  • Makueni County Administration Act;
  • Makueni County Project Management Act;
  • Makueni County Public Participation Act;
  • Makueni County Fruit Development and Marketing Authority Act;
  • Makueni County Alcoholic Drinks Control Act;
  • Makueni County Vetting and Public Appointment Act; and
  • Makueni County Emergency Fund Regulations.
It is the prerogative of the County Executive to develop policies, bills and budgetary provisions to drive the development agenda. In this regards, the following policies are being developed and will be introduced in the assembly for consideration:
  • Agro Processing and Agri Business Policy;
  • Conflict of Interest Policy;
  • HIV and AIDS Policy;
  • Horticulture Policy;
  • ICT Policy;
  • Internship and Attachment Policy;
  • Performance Management Policy;
  • Sexual Harassment Policy;
  • Social Protection Policy;
  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Control Policy; and
  • Gender Mainstreaming Policy.
The following bills are ready and will be introduced in the assembly for consideration:
  • Water Bill;
  • Spatial Planning Bill;
  • Plant Health Bill;
  • Disaster Management Bill;
  • Trade and Public Markets Bill;
  • Tourism Bill;
  • Solid Waste Management Bill;
  • County Abattoirs Bill;
  • Animal Disease Control Bill;
  • Environment Bill;
  • Livestock Sales Yard Bill;
  • Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) Bill;
  • Trade Licensing Bill;
  • Education Bursary Fund Bill; and
  • Animal Welfare Bill.
We are desirous of having a common/joint public participation process with the assembly on all policies and bills before the house so that we build consensus together as we listen to our people.
The Public Finance Management Act, 2012, gives the County Treasury oversight over the financial matters of both the County Executive and the County Assembly. We appreciate that the County Assembly Clerk has recently allowed the Internal Audit Directorate to audit the assembly. It is also important for the County Assembly to develop regulations on how best to exercise its oversight role.
It is hoped that the assembly and its hallowed debating chamber, including committee meetings, will be open and accessible to our people so that they follow the vibrant discourse emerging from the contestation of ideas among their representatives. The process of petitioning the County Assembly on any governance or service delivery concern must also be clearly explained and simplified for our people. This will enable the actualization of the objects of devolution as set out in Article 174 of the Constitution of Kenya (2010).
We have laid the foundation for devolution to flower, now we seek to consolidate the gains so as to deliver our people to the devolution Canaan. I am convinced that, with the new generation of representatives of the people and our public service, we will roll up our sleeves as we partner to change and transform our society and build the county of our dreams. Let us work together and move this beautiful county forward.
Kivutha Kibwana,