CAS, HON. SHEBESH CONDEMNS FMG PRACTICE ON INFANTS IN TAITA TAVETA

CAS, HON. SHEBESH CONDEMNS FMG PRACTICE ON INFANTS IN TAITA TAVETA

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh has condemned Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) practice being undertaken in Taita Taveta County especially on infants as young as a day old baby.

In her address to the local administration officers in Taveta County on Tuesday 14th, Hon. Shebesh affirmed that the Law is clear and has punitive obligations on such gross practice on children and called on the administrators and stakeholders to ensure that the perpetrators of FGM are brought to book.

Taita Taveta County has an FGM prevalence rate of 22% among the 22 Hotspot counties where the vice is being practiced. Worrying has been the trend on the acts aforementioned.

“We can’t have our innocent baby girls subjected to FGM, it’s not worth discussing, the recourse is, we must arrest and prosecute the perpetrators and safe guard our girls,” said Hon. Shebesh.

Meanwhile, she directed the Anti FGM Board to come up with amendments to the law so as to include sections that will address FGM being practiced on infants. Coming to further offer support towards the drafting of a County Bill that further enhances the ANTI-FGM.

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh hand over copies of the National Policy for Eradication of FGM to stakeholders in Taita Taveta County.

The CAS wound up her working itinerary by presenting Affirmative Fund Cheques from Women Enterprise Fund and Uwezo Fund worth over Ksh 20 Million to various groups in Taita Taveta County before visiting Wundanyi Huduma Centre to assess its level of service delivery where she presented Certificates of recognition to staff members who have been on duty since Covid-19 first case was announced by the Government.

Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh presenting Affirmative Fund Cheques from Women Enterprise Fund worth worth Ksh. 7.2 million to 31 women groups in Taita Taveta County.

The CAS was accompanied by Anti-FGM board Chairperson, Agnes Pareiyo, UNFPA Country Representative Mr. Ademola Olajide, Taita Taveta Women Representative Hon. Lydia Haita and Taita DCC, Mr. David Kiprop.

CABINET SECRETARY IN LAUNCH OF HER-VENTURE APP

CABINET SECRETARY IN LAUNCH OF HER-VENTURE APP

Cabinet Secretary Prof Margaret Kobia today joined leading global entrepreneurs in the virtual launch of an application that will connect women businesses with partners across the globe. The App will act as an empowerment tool to support women in online learning, access to business skills and business partnerships. The App aims to ultimately expand business access and cushion women led businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic, and beyond.

“HerVenture”, the app, was launched jointly by leading global courier DHL and Cherie Blair Foundation. In her contribution during the launch the Cabinet Secretary noted that the pandemic had affected women globally in that it had led to loss of incomes, and increased their work load as caregivers in the homes. Socially, the pandemic had contributed to the escalation of Gender Based Violence, particularly in intimate partner abuse. 

Prof Kobia shared Kenya’s experience and actions in mitigating the effects of the pandemic noting that the country has made institutional, policy and programmatic interventions aimed at cushioning the most vulnerable and marginalized members of the community. She underscored the importance of affirmative action funds in cushioning the effects of the pandemic on women. 

She singled out creation of partnerships between government, private sector and other stakeholders as one of the most effective ways of mitigating the effects of the pandemic. The Cabinet Secretary praised the joint launch of the App by the DHL and Cherie Blaire Foundation as one of the partnership creation strategies that has proved effective in addressing other women empowerment programs.

Other speakers during the launch included the foundation founder Cherie Blaire and the CEO of DHL Worldwide John Pearson, among others.   

PS, Kimonye announces Resumption of Services in all Huduma Centres

PS, Kimonye announces Resumption of Services in all Huduma Centres

Following H.E the President’s directive on ease of movement restrictions, State Department for Public Service Principal Secretary, Mrs. Mary Kimonye on Friday 10th July called on all public servants to resume official duty with strict observance of the Ministry of Health guidelines in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs. Kimonye visited Laikipia and Meru Huduma Centres to take stock of the safety measures in place as part of the phased approach and the preparedness of the centres for resumption of normal services and officially announced resumption of all services at all our Huduma Centres countrywide.

At the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in Kenya, the Government scaled-down services in all the centres from 112 services to 2 services: collection of ID’s and Birth certificates, as part of the Government’s Strategy in curbing the spread of the Coronavirus.

However, the centers have continued to serve customers online via the Huduma contact center and social media channels and rolled out at least 25 end-to-end services online in a bid to ensure that wananchi can access services virtually during the Covid-19 period.

To allow for continuation of critical services and highly sought-after services by the citizens, Huduma centres have resumed: Application of Duplicate ID, Application of Birth Certificates, Police Abstract services, NHIF Services, Police Clearance Certificate (Certificate of Good Conduct), KRA Services and NTSA-Smart Driving License.

These services will be offered whilst adhering to all safety protocols directed by the Government, including wearing masks, providing sanitizers and installing hand washing stations for customers in the centres across the country.

The Principal Secretary applauded the Centre Managers and the Huduma Centre Staff for the excellent work done during the Covid-19 Pandemic in ensuring service delivery to the citizens is satisfactory.

Mrs. Kimonye emphasized the need to prioritize customer and staff safety. “All staff will strictly adhere to WHO and Ministry of Health guidelines as they discharge services at all times. Online services continue through the contact centre: 020 6900020 and through social media,” she said.

Principal Secretary, Mrs. Mary Kimonye interacts with customers in Meru Huduma Centre

She noted that Huduma Kenya Secretariat will be working with Agencies under the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to establish mechanisms to clear the backlog for the following services: National Identity Cards and Birth Certificates.

The PS handed over Huduma Centre Guidelines, Labels for Social Distancing in the Centres, sanitizers and received donations of 104 hand-washing basins from Silverspread Hardware, a local business in Meru that will be distributed to all 52 Huduma Centres countrywide.

During her visit, Mrs. Kimonye was accompanied by Huduma Kenya CEO, Mr. James Buyekane among other Huduma Kenya Secretariat officials.


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