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08 Nov
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ASSEMBLY TODAY: Highlights 8th November, 2023

ASSEMBLY TODAY: Highlights 8th November, 2023

  1. The House has today adopted a report on the Kisumu County Administration (Village Units) (Amendment) Bill, 2023 which seeks to amend the Kisumu County Administration (Village Units ) Act, 2019 and introduce a legal and institutional framework on the operations of the Village Council. The Amendment Bill also seeks to address a range of procedural issues, simplify the procedures for the recruitment of the Village Council as well as correct legal and implementation challenges arising from the Kisumu County Administration (Village Units) Act, 2019.
    The motion on adoption of the report was moved by Hon. Moses Ochele, Chairperson – Committee on the Administration of Law, Justice, Good Governance, Constitutional Affairs and Security.
  2. The Kisumu County Agricultural Facilities Improvement Financing Bill, 2023 was today read for the first time. The Bill seeks to establish financial management framework for defraying the operational expenses of Kisumu County Agricultural entities.
  3. The Kisumu County Agricultural Sector Coordination Bill, 2023 was today read for the first time. The Bill seeks to establish an administrative framework for consultation, collaboration, cooperation and coordination within the Agricultural Sector in Kisumu County.
  4. 𝐒𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 : Chemelil Tamu Ward MCA Hon.Adonijah Odari today sought a Statement from the Chairperson – Committee on Finance and ICT about the status of the cess deducted from the sugarcane farmers in Muhoroni and Nyando Sub counties. In the Statement, the Hon. Member asked the Committee to investigate the annual financial report regarding the cess funds collected from Sugar Millers and how the collected funds have been utilized to fulfill their intended purposes.

08 Nov
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ASSEMBLY TODAY -7TH NOVEMBER, 2023

ASSEMBLY TODAY -7TH NOVEMBER, 2023

  1. The House resumed its sittings today after a short recess that began on 28th October, 2023. A report on Kisumu County Administration (Village Units) Amendment Bill, 2023 by the Committee on Administration of Law, Justice Good Governance, Constitutional Affairs and Security Committee chaired by Kano -Wawidhi Ward MCA Hon. Moses Ochele was tabled during the sitting.
  2. The Committee on Medical Services, Public Health and Sanitation chaired by Hon Vincent Jagongo today held a meeting with the Executive’s line Department to review funds allocation and utilization, milestones made and challenges faced by the department. Chief Officer Dr. Ojwang’ Lusi led the team from the department.
  3. The Committee on Infrastructure, Energy and Public Works chaired by Kolwa East MCA Hon. Reuben Rakwach today held a meeting to discuss the performance of the County machine based road maintenance programme and the proposed benchmarking visit by the sister Committee from Kiambu County Assembly.
  4. The House Business Committee chaired by the Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro met early today to plan the House activities for the week.

19 Oct
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BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HOLDS MEETING WITH COUNTY TREASURY ON ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE HOLDS MEETING WITH COUNTY TREASURY ON ANNUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee today held a consultative meeting with the Executive’s Department of Finance and Economic Planning to interrogate the proposed Kisumu County Annual Development Plan FY 2024/2025.

The joint meeting was attended by the County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning Mr. George Okong’o and his senior officers on one hand and Hon. Members of the Assembly’s Budget & Appropriations Committee led by the Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro and the Committee Chairperson Hon. Joachim Oketch on the other hand.

The meeting discussed issues raised by various stakeholders during public publication as well as matters raised by various Departments during their meetings with House Sectoral Committees.

In his opening remarks, Hon. Oraro encouraged participants to carefully interrogate the document for the benefit of the people Kisumu.

“The Annual Development Plan is a crucial document that outlines our goals, strategies, and priorities for the upcoming year. It serves as a roadmap for progress and guides us in allocating resources effectively to meet the needs of our constituents,” he stated.

“This joint meeting provides us with an invaluable opportunity to foster collaboration, exchange ideas, and ensure transparency in the budgeting process. The synergy between the Budget Committee, responsible for evaluating proposals, and the Budget Directorate, entrusted with the implementation of development programs, is vital for the successful realization of our objectives,” he added.

“As representatives of the people, we bear a tremendous responsibility to ensure that the resources entrusted to us are utilized wisely, efficiently, and for the collective benefit of our constituents. It is our duty to prioritize essential services, promote inclusive growth, and address the pressing needs of our communities,” remarked Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairperson Hon. Joachim Oketch.

At the meeting, Market Milimani Ward MCA Hon. Seth Ochieng challenged the Executive to decentralize procurement services for effective service delivery.

” Centralization of procurement is negatively affecting implementation of projects in the County,” he observed.

Mr. Okong’o hailed the collaborative approach between the Department and the Committee saying it has facilitated a robust discussion and engagement on the proposed ADP.

31 Jul
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HON. ORARO ADVOCATES FOR CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE AT THE KISUMU REGIONAL A.S.K. SHOW

HON. ORARO ADVOCATES FOR CLIMATE SMART AGRICULTURE AT THE KISUMU REGIONAL A.S.K. SHOW

Kisumu County Assembly Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro was today honoured to attend the clossing ceremony of the Kisumu Regional A.S.K. Show as the Chief Guest.

He underscored the importance of climate smart agriculture as he rallied the region and the nation at large to embrace the initiative.

Below is his full speech during the event;

Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a privilege to address you today as the Chief Guest at the Closing ceremony of the Kisumu Agricultural Trade Show, under the theme of “Promoting Climate Smart Agriculture and Trade Initiative for Sustainable Economic Growth.” This theme resonates deeply with the urgent need to address climate change while fostering economic development through agriculture.

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Its impacts on agriculture, such as erratic weather patterns, water scarcity, and increased pests and diseases, pose significant threats to food production and rural livelihoods. However, in the face of these challenges, we have the opportunity to embrace climate-smart agriculture as a transformative solution.

Climate-smart agriculture is an approach that combines sustainable farming practices, innovative technologies, and resilient strategies to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change. It seeks to increase agricultural productivity, enhance the resilience of farming systems, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

By adopting climate-smart agricultural practices, we can achieve multiple objectives. Firstly, we can ensure food security by increasing productivity and improving the efficiency of resource use. Secondly, we can enhance the resilience of our agricultural systems, making them more adaptable to changing climatic conditions. Thirdly, we can contribute to climate change mitigation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and sequestering carbon in soils and vegetation.

At this trade show, we have witnessed firsthand the numerous climate-smart agricultural technologies and practices that are available to us. From conservation agriculture and agroforestry to precision irrigation and renewable energy solutions, these innovations can help us build a more sustainable and resilient agricultural sector.

However, the adoption of climate-smart agriculture requires collective efforts and collaboration among all stakeholders. It is a shared responsibility that involves farmers, researchers, policymakers, and the private sector. We must work together to create an enabling environment that promotes the adoption and scaling up of climate-smart practices. As a legislative arm, we are committed to providing policies and passing laws to support the course.

Additionally, promoting trade initiatives within the agricultural sector is vital for sustainable economic growth. Agriculture not only provides food but also presents tremendous economic opportunities, including job creation, income generation, and market expansion. By facilitating trade, we can enhance access to markets, promote value addition, and foster economic diversification.

It is crucial that we invest in infrastructure, logistics, and market linkages to strengthen the agricultural value chains. We must also promote fair trade practices, ensure market transparency, and support small-scale farmers and agripreneurs to participate effectively in local, regional, and international markets. By doing so, we can unlock the full potential of our agricultural sector and contribute to sustainable economic growth.

In conclusion, the Kisumu Agricultural Trade Show, with its focus on promoting climate-smart agriculture and trade initiatives for sustainable economic growth, has provided us with a platform to explore innovative solutions, exchange knowledge, and forge partnerships. Let us harness the momentum generated by this event and translate it into concrete actions.

Together, we can build a resilient, inclusive, and sustainable agricultural sector that not only adapts to climate change but also drives economic growth and improves the livelihoods of our farming communities.

Thank you, and may we continue our journey towards a climate-smart and prosperous future.

Elisha Jack Oraro
Speaker – County Assembly of Kisumu

11 Jul
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KISUMU COUNTY DEVELOPMENT TRUST OFFICIALS PAY COURTESY CALL; TO PARTNER WITH COUNTY ASSEMBLY TO ENHANCE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

KISUMU COUNTY DEVELOPMENT TRUST OFFICIALS PAY COURTESY CALL; TO PARTNER WITH COUNTY ASSEMBLY TO ENHANCE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Kisumu County Assembly officials this morning held a discussion with executive officials of Kisumu County Development Trust (KCDT) on a partnership aimed at enhancing public participation in policy formulation and in the county development programs and processes.

Led by the Chairperson of Board of Trustees, Mr. Peter Oduk, the KCDT officials who paid a courtesy call on Clerk of the Assembly Mr. Owen Ojuok expressed pleasure to partner with the Assembly to build a robust public participation mechanisms through improved civic education and citizen engagement.

This will ensure that residents of Kisumu County – from the village level- are part and parcel of the decisions, activities and programs of the County Assembly for effective realization of Assembly’s mandate of legislation, representation and oversight.

04 Jul
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HON. ORARO HAIL HON. RUTH ODINGA FOR STRATEGIC PLAN LAUNCH

HON. ORARO HAIL HON. RUTH ODINGA FOR STRATEGIC PLAN LAUNCH

Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro and a section of Members of the County Assembly of Kisumu today attended Strategic Plan launch by Kisumu County Woman Representative Hon. Ruth Odinga at Tom Mboya Labour College.

Hon. Oraro hailed the Woman Representative for the milestone, saying the initiative will enhance service delivery for the benefit of residents of Kisumu County.

Below is his full speech…..

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,

It is with great pleasure and honor that I stand before you today as the Speaker of the County Assembly of Kisumu, on this momentous occasion of the strategic plan launch by our esteemed Woman Representative for Kisumu County. I would like to extend a warm welcome to each one of you, as we gather here to witness and support this significant milestone in our county’s progress.

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge the presence of our distinguished Deputy Governor, Woman Representative Homabay County, the Member of Parliament for Kisumu West and her counterpart of Suba North who is the guest of honour, the Clerk of the County Assembly of Kisumu, the Chief Executive Committee Members for Education, Agriculture, Tourism, Sports; and Public Service, the Majority Leader of the County Assembly, and his deputy alongside the many MCAs in attendance. Your presence here today is a testament to the importance you place on the development and growth of Kisumu County.

Ladies and gentlemen, a strategic plan serves as a compass, guiding us towards a shared vision and providing a roadmap for success. It is a vital tool that enables us to align our efforts, resources, and aspirations towards achieving the goals we have set for our county. Today, we witness the unveiling of a strategic plan that will shape the future of Kisumu County, and we should all take pride in this collaborative effort.

The role of the Woman Representative cannot be understated. Through her dedication, advocacy, and commitment, she has championed the cause of women and youth empowerment, education, healthcare, and social welfare in our county. This strategic plan is a testament to her tireless efforts and the unwavering commitment she has shown towards uplifting the lives of our people.

As members of the County Assembly, we have a crucial role to play in the implementation of this strategic plan. It is our responsibility to ensure that the objectives outlined in this plan are translated into tangible actions that benefit our constituents. Together, we must work hand in hand, transcending political boundaries, to foster an enabling environment that supports the successful execution of the strategic initiatives.

I would like to commend Nyakamami for her commitment to inclusivity by involving key stakeholders in the planning process. The presence of the CEC members, the Majority Leader, and his deputy, as well as the members of the County Assembly, is a clear indication of the collaborative spirit that exists within our county’s leadership.

In conclusion, let us remember that the successful realization of this strategic plan requires unity, dedication, and a shared sense of purpose. As we embark on this transformative journey, let us remain steadfast in our commitment to the people of Kisumu County. Together, we can build a brighter and more prosperous future for all.

Thank you, and may this strategic plan launch mark the beginning of a new era of growth and development for Kisumu County.

Elisha Jack Oraro
Speaker – Kisumu County Assembly

30 Jun
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SPEAKER’S MESSAGE ON APPROVAL OF BUDGET

SPEAKER’S MESSAGE ON APPROVAL OF BUDGET

30 Jun
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KISUMU COUNTY ASSEMBLY APPROVES COUNTY BUDGET ESTIMATES FY 2023/2024

KISUMU COUNTY ASSEMBLY APPROVES COUNTY BUDGET ESTIMATES FY 2023/2024

Kisumu County Assembly has approved the County Budget Estimates for the Financial Year 2023/2024.

The House, during a special sitting today Friday 30th June, 2023 adopted the Budget and Appropriations Committee report on the proposed budget estimates and the Kisumu County Appropriations Bill 2023 tabled and moved by the Committee Chairperson and Kondele Ward Representative Hon. Joachim Oketch.

In the approved budget estimates, the resource envelop available for allocation among the county sectors comprises of an opening balance of Kshs. 1,200,625 819; equitable share of the national revenue amounting to KES. 8,352,556,635; Conditional Grants amounting to KES. 866,176,577 and Own Source Revenue projected at KES. 1,785,834,036.

In the Kshs. 12,338,710,363 budget, Ksh. 4,432,549,165 has been allocated for development expenditure and Ksh. 7,906,161,198 for recurrent expenditure.

Additionally, Ksh1 billion has been allocated towards pending bills.

The budget focuses on revitalization of agriculture for food security and agribusiness; ensuring a healthy population living in a clean environment; environmental conservation as well as opening the Kisumu lakefront for business opportunities among other development programmes.

It also concentrates on promoting development of local private sector and spur economic growth by prioritizing clearing the burden of the pending bills.
In agriculture, the County Government has prioritized crop, livestock and fisheries productivity and outputs and promotion of agribusiness; promotion of value addition and post- harvest handling infrastructure development.

In health, operationalization of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital Cancer Center to avail the much needed oncology services to the people of Kisumu County and expansion of Kisumu County Social Health Insurance Schemes for indigents and the vulnerable populations.

Moreover, the implementation of the County Roads Maintenance Teams is provided for in this budget as the government shifts focus to labor- intensive maintenance of roads away from the contractor- based maintenance activities.

In the department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources plans to construct waste re-cycling plant at Kasese and rehabilitation and extension of water to various areas.

Addressing the press shortly after approval of the budget estimates, Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro urged the County leadership to ensure implementation of all programmes as outlined in the Budget for the benefit of the people of Kisumu.

At the same time, he urged Hon. Members of the County Assembly through House Sectoral Committees to step up their oversight role to ensure proper accountability and enhanced service delivery.

21 Jun
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BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO TABLE REPORT ON CIDP, ADP AFTER EXTENSIVE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

BUDGET AND APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE TO TABLE REPORT ON CIDP, ADP AFTER EXTENSIVE STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT

Kisumu County Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee yesterday met to deliberate on and adopt the Committee report on the Kisumu County Integrated Development Plan (2023 -2027) and the Kisumu County Annual Development Plan (2023/2024).

This came after public participation and extensive stakeholder engagements with various groups such as Kisumu County Executive Committee Members and their senior technical officers, civil society organisations and other stakeholders on the two critical documents.

The committtee chaired by Kondele MCA Hon. Joachim Oketch has incorporated the views received during these stakeholder engagement forums as well as memoranda received from the public in the report which is set to be tabled in the House today Tuesday 20th June, 2023 at 2.30 p.m.

21 Jun
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ASSEMBLY SET TO PARTNER WITH CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION TO ENHANCE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, CIVIC EDUCATION

ASSEMBLY SET TO PARTNER WITH CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATION TO ENHANCE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION, CIVIC EDUCATION

Kisumu County Assembly is keen to work with civil society organizations to enhance public participation in policy formulation and in the county development programs and processes.

The Assembly’s Budget and Appropriations Committee yesterday held a consultative workshop with Kisumu County Development Trust (KCDT) in a bid to forge a partnership that will build a robust public participation mechanisms through improved civic education and citizen engagement.

This will ensure that residents – from the village level- are part and parcel of the decisions, activities and programs of the Assembly for effective realization of Assembly’s mandate of legislation, representation and oversight.

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