The Communications Authority of Kenya now appeals for closer cooperation with West Pokot County Government in the implementation of connectivity projects that is funded by its Universal Service Fund (USF)

During a consultative meeting with West Pokot Public Service Management and ICT department at the CAK headquarters Nairobi, the Authority expressed its interest in faster completion of the remaining phase 1 projects to pave way for the commencement of the second phase of the numerous projects being undertaken.

















In the first phase, CAK through USF connected 7 public secondary schools in West Pokot, namely: St. Elizabeth Girls-Morpus, St. Theresa’s Girls-Tartar, Kapenguria Boys, St. Cecilia Chepareria, St. Comboni Amakuriat, Nasokol Girls and Holy Cross Boys-Kacheliba.

Other Public Secondary Schools also have an opportunity to be connected with internet, but the overriding requirement is they must have a computer lab fitted with computers, and must have computer studies as an examinable subject in KCSE.

















Out of 14 projects obligated to Safaricom and Telkom Kenya to erect network masts in West Pokot, 7 have been completed, one is progress, while 6 are yet to be started. Safaricom and Telkom have until 2023 to complete the first phase projects but with cooperation with County Government of West Pokot. CAK endeavors to complete the projects sooner.

The incomplete projects include Kiwawa which is ongoing, Chelopoi, Chepkopegh,Kamketo,Kauriong, Orolwo and Sostin.

24 new masts mainly in Pokot North and Riwo have been lined up for construction in the second phase, which will ensure that the county is fully covered by mobile network. PSM and ICT Chief Officer Timothy Lomulen who led the West Pokot delegation invited the CAK to the county for further deliberations on how to expedite the ongoing projects, and create deeper cooperation between the county government and the CAK in the implementation of the phase 2 projects.


The West Pokot delegation to the CAK comprised of Chief Officer PSM and ICT Timothy Lomulen, Deputy Director ICT Alphas Kakuko, Chief Public Communications Officer Obadiah Kendagor and Communication and ICT officers, Irine Misiko, Emmanuel Lotam and John Lopuriang.

HE Governor Prof John Krop Lonyangapuo on Friday attended the 8th National and County Government chaired by HE President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. The Summit brought together the two levels of Government to deliberate on ways of enhancing service delivery to Kenyans. Also present were Deputy President William Ruto and Cabinet Secretaries.















The Head of State, during the discussion on disaster preparedness, lauded counties for their leading role in response to floods, land and mudslides that affected the country late last year. West Pokot was hardly hit by landslides and am glad we have made tremendous progress in the resettlement exercise of people whose livelihoods were destroyed.
He pointed out that the ‘Disaster Risk Management and Digital Platform for Relief Assistance’ framework being developed will help streamline disaster response in the country.



















“There is no doubt that these initiatives will not only in future minimize suffering of our people during floods and other disasters, but also provide resource-savings for other social programmes and projects’’, President Uhuru said.
The President further expressed satisfaction with the ongoing roll out of Big Four Agenda programmes on Universal Health Coverage, affordable housing, manufacturing and food security and thanked county governments for their partnership.
Despite remarkable progress achieved, it was noted that some challenges continue to hamper devolution from working to its optimum. The thorny issue of pending bills and the ballooning public wage bill took centre stage.
















The summit meets annually and is established as a consultation platform for the national and county governments.

Education is a critical pillar for any nation's development. Guided by this belief, the County Government of West Pokot, through the Department of Education, embarked on yearly disbursement of bursaries in 2018 for all students in secondary schools, tertiary colleges and universities.
7N1A9602On Thursday, 13th February, 2020, HE Governor Prof John Krop Lonyangapuo unveiled Sh400 million Bursary kitty for all students in West Pokot for 2020. Students from needy and vulnerable backgrounds will each get Sh25, 000, boarders Sh15, 000 each and Sh7, 000 each for day schoolers.
Furthermore, students from households affected by landslides in 2019 will be considered for an additional amount. Ortum Boys Secondary School which has the highest number of students from West Pokot received Sh13. 93 million.
“My quest to see West Pokot reduce high levels of illiteracy, which stood at 68% when I took over power in 2017, is on course. My administration has set aside funds for the bursary kitty to ensure no child drops out of school because of lack of fees”, said Governor Lonyangapuo.
Since the bursary programme was commissioned three years ago, school enrollment has increased sharply with over 27, 237 students documented in Form Two to Four in 2020 and data for Form One is projected to hit 15, 000. This translates to over 40, 000 in secondary schools up from 23, 000 in 2017.
School retention and transition rates have improved significantly too. Form Ones will receive their bursaries in Second Term to enable them settle in school and also for an accurate data to be captured during April holiday.
Governor Lonyangapuo appreciated the Bursary committees at location levels who have been instrumental in capturing, verifying and documenting students' data.
He added that his government has put emphasis on matters education to help reduce Illiteracy levels and empower the people of West Pokot.
County Executive Committee Member For Education (CECM) Madam Ruth Kisabit urged students to work hard is school as county government has invested in them heavily.
7N1A9550“I urge all the students to work hard in school and embrace discipline so that they can excel in their education. The county government has invested heavily on education and every student must maximize this opportunity, Madam Kisabit said.
The county also has an active Adult Education program. It has attracted several learners who are taught reading, writing and basic arithmetic. This has enabled them transact various businesses unaided which include mobile money transfer.

Information and Communications Technology Authority (ICTA) has now engaged in an upgrade of the current fibre optic cable running from Eldoret to Ndapal on the Kenya- South Sudan Border to enhance connectivity in rural and unserved areas including West Pokot County. The County stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of the programme that will have its, schools, hospitals and other public institutions along the fibre cable line connected to the internet.












In the ambitious program, which aims at putting an additional strong fibre network along Kacheliba road through Nasal in West Pokot, Loima and to Lodwar in Turkana County which connects to the main fibre all the way to Nadapal. With this in place, ICTA aims at availing access to connectivity in the most neglected corridors. Under a program dubbed last mile connectivity, schools, hospitals and business enterprises can tap the network line to serve the offline installations.












During a consultative meeting with the department of Public Service Management, IT and Communications at the ICTA headquarters in Nairobi, ICTA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Katherine Gitau said she would be keen to ensure that the remotest areas are well covered to enhance both educational, economic and administrative development.











The West Pokot team led by Chief Officer Public Service Management and ICT Mr. Timothy Lomelen , Director ICT Alphas Kakuko, Head of Public Communications Obadiah Kendagor while appreciating the initiative, called on the ICTA to fully partner with the county in bankrolling digital programs in the county including the digital literacy program(DLP) to primary schools.

HE Governor Prof John Krop Lonyang’apuo has been elected as the chairperson of 29 counties under Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) caucus at the Council of Governors.

Governor Lonyangapuo termed it an honour and said he will use the platform to voice the needs of ASAL counties and ensure they are prioritized in the development agenda.
I strive to represent the interests of the 29 ASAL counties to ensure their priority needs are acted upon for sustainable development”, said Governor Lonyangapuo.

The ASAL committee deals with matters relating to the development of these areas by offering a platform for consultation on key issues such as contingency planning for drought and other associated risks. The mandate encompasses sharing of best practices, review of policy and legal proposals on issues of food security and drought management in ASALs.

The committee offers opportunities and platform for interventions in key areas such as direct investments in water to improve production and livelihoods. It also identifies existing gaps and opportunities for strengthening the capacity of counties to prepare for and respond to the impacts of weather-related shocks, with a particular focus on chronically vulnerable counties.