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President Presides over Passing out Parade of 9,039 NYS Recruits

9,039 recruits graduated today at a passing out parade at the National Youth Service College in Gilgil. This was the second pass out parade to be conducted after the re branding of the programme.

The occasion was presided over by President Uhuru Kenyatta who congratulated the service men and women for successfully completing the highly demanding programme.

The graduands consisted of young men and women among them orphans and those living with disability. They will proceed to their national duty across the country where they will engage in various activities that include: dam and road construction; vector control; slum civil works, Huduma kitchens and agribusiness integrated enterprises.

The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Sicily Kariuki said that under the youth re-socialization program, the graduands will be expected to mentor their brothers and sisters in our communities. So far, NYS has mentored 76,000 community youth. They will replace service men and women who passed out a year ago who will join vocational training institutions.

She noted that the youth empowerment programme was established to expand the opportunities available for the youth so that they can participate effectively in our country’s socio-economic space through a policy of transformation.

She observed that measures had been put in place to fulfil the high national expectation by the youth. Among the changes put in place include: review of all the National Youth Service training programs to cater for emerging challenges that affect our youth; restructuring and rationalization of all the programs and resources to improve service delivery; strengthening systems in financial, procurement and inventory management; and more importantly biometric registration of 76,000 youth engaged in community programs in order to safeguard and prudently account for public resources.

She was confident that these measures have put the NYS in a strengthened position to address some of the emergent challenges and it is expected to grow into a premier institution that has the confidence and trust of young people and the general public.

Present were Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries, Joe Mucheru, Judi Wakhungu, Principal Secretary for Public Service and Youth, Lilian Mbogo - Omolo, NYS Director-General Richard Ndubai, Nakuru County Governor Kinuthia Mbugua, among other senior government officials.

Gender PS tours SGBV Center at KNH

The PS, Gender Affairs Zeinab Hussein toured Kenyatta National Hospital, Gender Based Violence Centre (GBV) to familiarize herself with what the institution was doing to provide integrated support to victims of gender based violence.

The PS was received by KNH CEO, Lilly Koros who took her round the wards that deal with gender related cases as well as the SGBV centre where survivors get emergency treatment and psychosocial support.

The PS listened to the harrowing experiences of survivors and what the centre does to restore their health and offer support after treatment.
She expressed satisfaction with the work done at the centre and noted that this model ought to be replicated in all counties to treat survivors and offer them support and aftercare services.

The KNH SGBV centre was launched two months ago by the First Lady Mrs. Margaret Kenyatta to alleviate the suffering of survivors of gender based violence. It is among the few response centres in the country. Other centres include Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, Coast General Hospital and JaramogiOgingaOdinga Teaching and Referral Hospital.

PAC Members visit Huduma Centre in Nairobi

Parliamentary Accounts Committe members on Monday made an extensive familiarisation tour of Huduma Centre at GPO and expressed satisfaction with the high quality of services being rendered to the public.

The chairman of the committe, Nicholas Gumbo said the tour was necessitated by procurement concerns raised in the Auditor General’s Report for 2013/2014 financial year with regard to the costs of setting up Huduma Centres.
“We are satisfied with the high level of services but we also have to ensure that there is value for money in the process of setting up the Huduma Centres,” Mr Gumbo said.

Mr Gumbo said his team will look at the contract and procurement documents with a view to verifying whether taxpayers got value for their money. They will also look at how specifications were arrived at and whether there was fair competition in the award of tenders
Addressing the media after the tour, Gumbo said that this is common procedure for PAC before writing a report and tabling the findings to parliament. He added that his commitee will also visit other Huduma centres coutrywide on a similar mission to consolidate all the facts before writing a report.
He was accompanied by PAC committe members Kanini Kega and Andrew Mwadime, Public Service and Youth Principal Secretary Mrs Lillian Mbogo-Omollo and Huduma CEO, Dennis Mutuku.
Huduma centres were established in 2013 as a one stop shop that allows wananchi to access government services under one roof in an efficient and courteous environment. Currently,there are 28 huduma centres across the country offering over 30 different services.
According to the GPO Huduma centre manager, Florence Shabati, the centre serves between 5000-9000 persons every day. Some of the most sought after services include Identity cards and registration of businesses.

Kitui County receives affirmative funds

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115 youth and women groups of Kitui County have received cheques worth Kshs.12,582,000/= today from Uwezo Fund, Youth Enterprise Fund and Women Enterprise Fund.

The cheques were issued by Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki during a cheques issuance sensitization ceremony held in Mwingi Central, Kitui County.

“These funds are aimed at poverty eradication and enhancement of livelihoods of the youth, women and people living with disability.” Mrs. Kariuki said.

Speaking at the event, the CS said it was the intention of government through the funds to provide business capital to the groups towards implementing their business ideas.

The 2014/2015 financial year Kitui County received Kshs.158,924,668 while Mwingi Central received Kshs.20,939,487/=.

While recognizing the efforts and progress made by the fund administrators and their support teams, she urged them to continue ensuring effective efficient, timely and prudent management of these funds.

The CS advised the beneficiaries to repay promptly to ensure more Kenyans access the funds.

The Principal Secretary, Public Service and Youth Mrs. Lillian Mbogo Omollo

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Ms. Lillian Mbogo Omollo-CBS,OGW, was appointed the Principal Secretary in the newly established State Department of Public Service and Youth Development in the newly created Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs. Her responsibilities include overseeing the operation of the Directorate of Public Service Management, the Directorate of Youth Affairs and the National Youth Service. She will also be in charge of the youth empowerment programmes in the Ministry.

Mrs. Omollo was the immediate former Chief Executive Officer for NEPAD Kenya Secretariat. Before this stint at the NEPAD Kenya Secretariat, Lillian worked at the UNDP- Kenya where she managed the Public Sector Reform Programme. She also played a key role in the mobilization and coordination of donor resources through UNDP for support to the taskforce on devolution in 2011.

Mrs. Omollo is a graduate of the 2001 Joint Kenyatta University/University of Illinois Entrepreneurship Masters degree programme, She has extensive experience in building partnerships, Stakeholder engagement and Resource Mobilization and Building of partnerships acquired in over ten years of working with international Agencies.

Ms. Mbogo also served as a core team member in the establishment of the Brand Kenya Board a state corporation under the ministry of Information and Communication.

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