The International Day of People with Disability was marked in Baringo at a ceremony held at Kabarnet, Museum grounds.
The observance of Disability Day aims at encouraging a better understanding of people affected by various forms of disability as well as helping members of the society to be more aware of the rights, dignity and welfare of people with disabilities.
It also raises awareness about the benefits of integrating disabled persons into every aspect of life, from economic, political, social as well as cultural.
CEC for Education, Sports, Culture and Social Services, Thomas Ole Nongonop said the County Government is keen on mainstreaming and conducting an intensive awareness in the societyespecially in rural areas on the importance of inclusivity and empowerment of PWD’s so that they can be accorded an opportunity to take part in active roles as equal citizens.
Gender based Violence (GBV) greatly attributed to gender beliefs has continuously undermined women and girls particularly in pastoralist communities and marginalized society.
Governor Stanley Kiptis on Wednesday 29th November jetted out of the country on a 10 day visit to Germany in a bid to broaden and deepen the development cooperation that has existed for many years between the European nation and Baringo.
The delegation has since arrival held discussions with among other persons, investors, urban planners, vocational trainers, academicians, German government officials, professionals and philanthropists. Key in their agenda is bringing investors whose investments in Baringo will facilitate technological transfers.
In a social media post through his official Facebook Page, the governor said “Building a better Baringo will be accomplished faster when we work with partners. For this reason, I made a decision to lead a delegation to Augsberg city in Germany to seek partnerships in the fields of education, health, disaster management, vocational training among other areas.”
In a visit to Innung Bavarian College on Friday 1st December, Kiptis noted that German vocational training institutions are the engines behind 0% unemployment rate in the country and as such his administration will work closely with them in borrowing heavily from their mid-level training models.
The Governor also met with representatives from various vocational training colleges with discussions mainly exploring ways that the Germans can help in the development of Baringo vocational training colleges and the modalities of commencing an exchange programme of both trainers and students from the county.
In the area of urban planning, the governor led members of Baringo delegation in visiting Herzlinch Wilkommen, a solid waste disposal plant in Augsburg city, Germany which has been very successful in ensuring that the city of Augsburg is waste free. In its recycling processes, it produces enough power to light up 30,000 households.
“We are keen on a technology transfer kind of partnership that will enable us learn and bypass their baby steps by adopting long term, global best practices for our growing towns on issues waste management.” Said Kiptis.
In a courtesy to the Mayor of Gestoffen Mr Michael Worle and his councillors, the governor said technical cooperation between Baringo county Assembly and Gestoffen will be useful in the areas of capacity building in resource allocation and management. Gestoffen assembly makes laws and controls revenue generated from Bavaria region.
The engagements which have been coordinated by Simmone Itgen of German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) will see Baringo County benefit from technical and material support. Previously, long standing German friendship has seen the county receive ambulances, firefighting machines and training of staff on effective disaster management.
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, Governor Stanley Kiptis has asked Baringo residents to fully resume their day to day engagements that have been earning them livelihoods.
Speaking when he addressed jubilant residents of Kabarnet who were celebrating Uhuru Kenyatta’s win, Governor Kiptis noted that the ruling effectively put closure to the season of politics and as such each one of the residents needed to go back to participating in nation building.
“Time now is for service delivery to the people. Everyone should go back to building our nation.” said Kiptis.
Governor Kiptis directed all Government workers in all departments to perform their duties as expected. He added that any form of compromise on service delivery to Baringo people will not be tolerated.
“All those serving in various capacities in various sectors, be it roads, our towns, hospitals and offices must be prepared to do their duties or be ready to pack and go!
The Governor called on residents from various communities to embrace peaceful coexistence and support each other.
“Politics and divergent political views should not divide us. We should continue to live in harmony with each other like we have always done.” said Kiptis.
Public participation is key in budget making process as a way of enhancing good governance.
When she opened a two day training for representatives of various elected ward development committees , CEC for Devolution, Public Service, Administration and eGovernment Dr. Maureen Rotich noted an increase in the number of residents turning up for public participation forums in the recent years.
Dr Rotich however said there is still need for much awareness creation among members of the public if desired levels of participatory implementation of both ongoing and future county development projects at grassroots level are to be attained.
“The role of the ward development committees is central as they are expected to mobilize the community towards effective participation on project prioritization, budget process implementation and monitoring and evaluation. I call upon you to execute this diligently and educate all our residents on the importance of public participation.” She advised.
The department chief thanked Konrad Adenauer Stiffung and Centre for Enhancing Democracy and Good Governance (CEDGG), the two partner organizations that have been helping the county government in conducting civic education.
CEDGG Programmes Manager Kamunche Masese said that civic education is a critical tool in enhancing public participation as it informs citizens of their need and right to voice major socioeconomic and political concerns.
“Civic education empowers citizens to play their specific, rightful governance roles and responsibilities.” Said Masese.
After a weeklong competitive Regional music and cultural festivals held in Nanyuki Laikipia County, Baringo County Cultural groups emerged winners in the classes that they were performing.
The County had been represented by 11 groups and several solo artists and they managed to secure the runners up position after failing to beat Uasin Gishu who for the third consecutive time became champions.
Among the teams that are set to proceed for the national festivals to be held in Kakamega County early next month are; Jua Kali dancers (805), Loropil dancers (908z and 708z), Culture Promoters (703x and 1014), Seur Nalepo women dancers (908x and 708x), County Choir (103, 620 and 621) Walter Kesses (802) and Harrison Okiri (103).
Kazibora dancers (903y), County Choir (107 and 427) and Bogoria cultural dancers (703y) took second position in their classes.
These exemplary performances were achieved courtesy of Governor Stanley Kiptis who offered immense support to the teams.
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