Impacts of natural resources & mega development projects to people (women)

   - - > By Monica Yator
,Program Officer

A huge transport infrastructure project to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected.In Lamu, some families have been displaced by port construction work and are yet to be compensated, according to Shakila Abdalla, a Lamu Member of Parliament, who noted that there had been inadequate environmental impact assessments, and that Lamu’s infrastructure might not be able to cope with the expected influx of people. Lamu’s population is about 102,000 but could more than double by 2017, noted Ms Abdalla.

A huge transport infrastructure project to link Kenya’s coast, Juba in South Sudan, and Ethiopia by 2030 is raising questions about the potential impact on the livelihoods of pastoralists, and protection and compensation for those adversely affected.In Lamu, some families have been displaced by port construction work and are yet to be compensated, according to Shakila Abdalla, a Lamu Member of Parliament, who noted that there had been inadequate environmental impact assessments, and that Lamu’s infrastructure might not be able to cope with the expected influx of people. Lamu’s population is about 102,000 but could more than double by 2017, noted Ms Abdalla. According to Abdikadir Omar, MP for Balambala in Garissa County, eastern-central Kenya, while Lapsset will go through an area that has never been developed before, there are concerns about potential adverse effects on pastoral livelihoods with the blocking off of migratory routes. There is a need to address these problems from a host community point of view, before a camel and a bulldozer are facing each other’ the issue of land and its management is central to the Lapsset project  

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Samburu governor goes flat out for doctors and nurses

samburu governorDoctors and other health staff who apply for jobs in Samburu will be paid handsomely. According to Governor Moses Lenolkulal, the county needs to fill 209 vacancies in its 57 health facilities. The governor was speaking on Saturday at the Samburu County Referral Hospital when he launched two new mobile clinic trucks and three ambulances worth Sh70 million to enhance service delivery in remote areas.

“We have an acute shortage of qualified personnel, leading to avoidable infant and maternal deaths. We will ensure that the vacancies are filled,” said Mr Lenolkulal. The mobile clinic units would be based at Baragoi and Wambaa towns to serve the residents of Samburu North and Samburu East sub-counties.

A mobile clinic truck that was donated by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta in her Beyond Zero Campaign last August will now only serve Samburu Central Sub-County. Mr Lenolkulal said his government was holding consultations with medical schools in a bid to attract qualified personnel. “The people of Samburu have suffered for a long time. We have the capacity to hire the best medical staff to improve the lives of our people,” he said.

Finance Executive Jonathan Lesein said his office had initiated talks with local banks to ease mortgage terms to attract medical workers, who would enjoy low interest mortgages guaranteed by the county government. Samburu West MP Lati Lelelit praised devolution, saying the funds the region had received in the past two years for development were the highest the county had ever received since independence. The governor directed the county Public Service Board to implement all pending promotions for intern doctors, who have served for more than a year.

Mr Lenolkulal equally directed the county’s Finance department to ensure the salaries for health personnel and other staff were paid in full with all deductions and contributions for Saccos remitted promptly. He said the budget for development projects would be reduced to employ more nurses. The governor said his government is an equal opportunity employer. Governor Lenolkulal said Maralal Hospital needed expansion to cope with the increasing number maternity services.

Courtersy of Daily Nation

Traders: Tender plan will drive us out of business

kraBusiness people are not ready for procurement changes introduced recently by the national government. The more than 200 traders yesterday expressed fears that they could lose out to business people in other counties on tenders and contracts. The new system requires automation of all procurement processes. Their fears were expressed during an e-procurement workshop intended to equip them with basic knowledge on the system.

The National Treasury has been sensitising and training traders across the county in e-procurement. The forum was held at Catholic Hall. Led by Marsabit Chamber of Commerce Chairman Jack Elisha, the business people said they were ready to embrace the new technology but must be trained adequately. Mr Elisha said the national government should allow public participation and repeat the training in Marsabit.

“The training only took an hour. To make matters worse, some of our members were not involved. I appeal to the National Treasury to consider repeating the sensitisation and involve everybody,” Mr Elisha told journalists. Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) department officer Charles Kichwele pleaded with the business people to accept changes.

He said doing away with the old system would limit underhand deals that had become a norm as far as procurement was concerned. Mr Abdulahi Suleiman, a Moyale businessman said most of the traders were not computer literate and poor Internet network in Marsabit would greatly interfere with e-procurement. He added that the technicalities involved in the new system called for a comprehensive mastery of computer skills and fast Internet services. He cited iTax, introduced by the Kenya Revenue Authority.

“Most of us are not techno-savvy. I wonder how we will do business with this technology when we’re already struggling to access the services of (the) Kenya Revenue Authority iTax system, where taxpayers file their returns electronically,” Mr Suleiman said. Marsabit Chief Financial Officer Shallu Ibrahim asked the business people to get Ifmis registration numbers at the county treasury.

Courtersy of Daily Nation

Isiolo governor blames lack of extension services for poor farm yields

Isiolo Governor Godana Doyo has attributed food insecurity in many parts of northern Kenya to inadequate agricultural extension services. Mr Doyo said there is lack of proper research and poor farming methods used by farmers, which in turn lead to lower yields. “Farmers have failed to diversify their livelihood through venturing into drought resistant crops as a copping mechanism for the drought in the region,” Mr Doyo said.Isiolo governor

He was speaking on Monday after chairing a cabinet meeting where he directed the departments of agriculture and water to come up with plans to mitigate the effects of droughts in the area. The governor said research institutions should also advise farmers in drought-prone areas on how to use better farming methods in order to improve on food security.

WITHSTAND DROUGHT

The Isiolo county boss advised the pastoral communities to diversify to planting crops that could withstand drought. The crops, he said, include sorghum, green grams and cassava. Mr Doyo regretted that the communities had lost several herds of cattle to drought in the past due to failure to adhere to early warning systems issued by the government.

The county government is also planning to come up with measures that will see the communities venture into large-scale farming in Merti and Garba-Tulla sub-counties this financial year. Mr Doyo further said the deployment of agricultural extension officers and more tractors at ward levels would encourage herders to venture into farming in order to reduce their dependency on relief food.

Courtersy of Daily Nation

Marsabit holds free medical camp

Residents of Marsabit received specialised healthcare over the weekend during a free medical camp at Marsabit hospital. The camp, which was organised by the county government in collaboration with doctors, attracted large numbers of locals. It involved various medical specialists including physicians, surgeons, gynaecologists and paediatricians, among others. Speaking during the exercise, Governor Ukur Yattani praised the doctors for their work and asked them to visit other areas in the county to offer the same services. marsabit free medical camp

“My county government appreciates your giving back to society and we promise to consider your flight transport if you agree to visit Moyale, Kalacha and Laisamis to provide them with the same service,” he said. Mr Yattani added that the health sector was at the “heart” of his administration as they allocated 30 per cent of the county budget to the sector. The governor asserted that the health sector in the county had greatly improved, attributing it to the responsive county leadership.

“The county is in the process of building an ultra-modern health facility at a cost of about Sh150 million,” he announced, adding that the facility would ease efficiency in the provision of health services. Marsabit deputy director of medical services Manasseh Ndakalu said the team, comprised of 17 specialists, attended to the locals for two days. “The team includes eight general medical officers, three general surgeons, two gynaecologists, two paediatricians and one Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) surgeon,” said Dr Ndakalu.

Courtersy of Daily Nation

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We are an advocacy NGO established under a Trust deed number 791 DI 4453128 in 2003. The network is a conglomeration of 60 pastoralists’ individuals, NGOs and CBOs and non-pastoralist institutions and individuals supporting pastoralists’ development process in Kenya. It draws its membership from North Rift, South Rift, North Eastern and Upper Eastern regions of Kenya representing 14 pastoralist Counties. Its mission is to lobby for the inclusion of the pastoralist agenda in mainstream development with the vision of a prosperous pastoralist society.

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