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As a county, we value our development partners and as such consultative engagements and meetings are prioritized when it comes to them.

DAN Church AID and Anglican Development Services(ADS) team held a consultative meeting with various department heads in order to map out specific areas for implemention of development projects .

The meeting coordinated by the Directorate of Resource Mobilization and Donor Coordination led by Director Elizabeth Gichuki saw current and upcoming projects in the county discussed where projects including Ajira POA targeting 2000 youth for skills development- Ksh.47M, STRAPEL project targeting food security for 3,200 households - Ksh 12M and a project for pyrethrum farming and its market system circles -Ksh. 5.475B are set to be implemented in the county on a four years program.

County government officials led by the county Secretary Eng. John Karamunya applauded the donors continous support terming it a blessing that can never be measured. 'We will continue to work together to develop West Pokot County' he said.


In attendance were Joel Arumonyang-CECM for tourism,culture,sports and social services, Patrick Kibuku- Head of programs, (DAN Church Aid), Peter Nyorsok -Executive Director(ADS-North Rift) among other county officials and donor teams.

Three West Pokot Athletes have won their places in the Kenyan team that will represent the country in the African Cross Country Championships which will be held in Lome Togo next Month.

Charles Rotich, a form 1 student at St. Peter's secondary school Kapkecha, Fredrick Domong'ole who hails from Cheparten and Felix Korir a form four student at Chewoyet high school, gave a spirited track fight to finish in rewarding positions at the Cross Country National Championships held at the Ngong Race Course in Nairobi.

The trio helped the North Rift team to lift a total of 6 trophies, having held the first positions in both boys under 20 8km race and the under 18 boys 6km race. Their female counterparts took the 2nd positions in similar disciplines.

In the senior men 10km race, the North Rift team which comprises West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet, Samburu, Turkana and Uasin Gishu counties contented with the second positions as the senior women came in third.

Mixed relays became an uphill task for the North Rift team, having finished in the eighth position out of 10 teams which participated.

The team will now join a troop of 40 Athletes who will fly the Kenyan flag in the March 6th and 7th 2021 African Cross Country Championships.

A strong delegation that accompanied this year's team could have acted as a morale booster for the youthful runners.
Tourism Chief Administrative Secretary Joseph Boinnet who was also to be the chief guest in the event and renowned marathoner Amb. Tegla Loroupe led a high powered delegation that made matters merrier for the north Rift team.

The two cautioned the team against the temptation of using banned substances that might ruin their reputation and careers in the future. Amb. Loroupe encouraged the Athletes most of whom are still in school to balance their sporting careers with education for brighter days ahead.

West Pokot Sports CEC Joel Arumonyang who was flanked by his Chief Officer Elijah Lopuke assured the athletes of the county government support even as they plan to travel to Togo for the regional event.

Mr. Arumonyang said the county government of west pokot endeavors to continue exploiting the hidden talents in the county of hidden treasures in a bid to make the county a talent hub.

A strong team of athletes from West Pokot, Elgeyo- Marakwet, Trans-Nzoia and Turkana will represent North Rift region in the Nation cross country championship to be held at Ngong Racecourse, Nairobi.


Michael Kibet, National 5,000m champion, led his fellow junior male athletes from West Pokot in clinching position 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8 to finish the 10km junior men cross country race. Vicoty Chepng’eno clinched the 10km junior women race held at Kishaunet showground.


Kibet said he is ready to bring home the Olympic Games 5,000m title last won by a Kenyan in 1988 through retired John Ngugi, but said he is currently eyeing the African Cross country championships to be held May 2021, in Togo.
The County Secretary who flagged off the event, John Karamunya said that county is keen on supporting local talents by providing them with good facilities to enhance the various sporting activities across the county.
His sentiments were echoed by CEC Joel Arumonyang, whose department hosted the event, saying The Sports Department will endeavour to support talents from the grassroots level. He further said sporting activities have played a critical role in nurturing peace between the three neighbouring counties.


CEC Anita Kimwatan in charge of Sports in Elegeyo- Marakwet, CEC Joel Angolesia in charge of Roads & Transport in West Pokot, Chief Officer Alex Lokimoi, North Rift Region Athletics Chairman Jackson Kabila and former 5,000m World Record Holder Daniel Komen were among officials who graced the event.

 

Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo and CAS Rachel Shebesh joined the rest of the world in marking International Day of Zero tolerance for FGM in an event that was held at Alale Primary School, West Pokot.


Governor Lonyangapuo said that retrogressive practices have negatively impacted the livelihoods of residents in rural areas, citing FGM
He said that his administration is keen on ensuring girls get education, which will be critical in the fight against FGM. He further urgent all stakeholders to fully support the fight to end FGM.
“Doing so will have a positive ripple effect on the health, education and economic advancement of girls and women” said the Governor.


The event culminated in a landmark signing of a declaration to end FGM among Pokot communities living in Uganda and Kenya by representatives from the two countries.
CAS Shebesh noted that there is still much to be done to end the vice. She said her department will continue with the fight, while strengthening existing efforts.
Earlier on, Governor Lonyangapuo hosted CAS Rachel Shebesh- Ministry of Public Service and Gender CAS Maureen Mbaka- ICT, Innovation and Youth, Anti-FGM Board Chair Agnes Pareyio and UNFPA Representative ahead of the commemoration of International Day of Zero tolerance for FGM.
Globally, it is estimated that at least 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone some form of FGM.
If current trends continue, 15 million additional girls between ages 15 and 19 be subjected to it by 2030.


In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution that calls on all countries and civil society to observe the international day of zero tolerance for FGM annually on 6 February. Observance of the day is part of UN efforts to meet one of its Sustainable Development Goals and fully eliminate FGM by 2030.

 

Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo has said that the county government is keen on opening up roads and constructing new ones across the county.


Speaking in Makutano town as he officiated the upgrading of major town’s roads to bitumen standard, Governor Lonyangapuo said that good infrastructure will, not only, beautify towns and other areas, but will most importantly attract investors and ultimately boost the economy.
He further said that all infrastructural projects will be done in phases due to insufficient funds.


“I want to assure you that the improvement our livelihoods is our top priority and we shall see that it gets done as soon as possible. This is part of our big agenda.” He said.
CEC Monges said that 350m Paves-Sebit Plaza-Mawingo Road, 250m Jua Kali-Open air market-Santon Supermarket-Backstreet Road will be upgraded to bitumen and paving and roofing of market stalls in Makutano, Kapenguria Municipality.
The governor was accompanied by CEC Augustine Monges- Lands and Physical planning, Chief Officer Wlison Ngoroko, engineers among other county officials.


Residents who had encroached into road reserves were asked to move out to give way to these important projects.