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“The People of Nyamira County,
Honourable Elected Leaders of Our People,
The County Commissioner Nyamira,
Fellow Compatriots,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Today, we stand to honour those who fought for our independence from the white man believing and trusting that if we took the steering wheel of leadership in our country, we could become a happy and prosperous nation. In our own country, families and entire villages were destroyed, women and children hounded into concentration camps.
Jamhuri Day represents the day we attained our independence. This is the day we honour those who fought for our freedom. We should never forget their efforts. We should never get tired from honouring our independence heroes. We come together to express our profound gratitude for the sacrifices and contributions made by those who had the courage to face up to the white man and tell him, ‘return to Europe.’
As a community, we too participated in the struggle.
Historians put it that the white man arrived in Gusiiland about 1904 and soon after our warriors carrying only spears and with the courage to protect our land faced the White Man’s guns.
Our brave warriors went on with the struggle in what historians call as the “Gusii revolts” that lasted till 1914, forcing the withdrawal of Germans troops from Gusiiland at the beginning of World War 1.Those who have visited Manga and other areas in Gusii have toured part of this great history of our country.

After the first liberation, we underwent the second liberation when brave young men and women including university students took to the streets and fought for a return to multi-party democracy. Together, they stood united against tyranny.
About six years ago, I made a difficult decision to offer myself as a candidate for the position of Governor as a way of contributing to the country’s third liberation, that of socio-economic emancipation.
Of course, by then, I didn’t know the hard challenges that lay ahead.
Together with my team, we not only inherited a system that was broken but one which was almost non-existent. The Nyamira Town Council, which we inherited as a County, was dysfunctional. We didn’t have offices. We took over six months to have the County Executive Committee in office. We basically were starting the development and transformation of our county from zero.
If you had a patient at Nyamira Hospital, you had to carry your own water for drinking and bathing, your own beddings and a sheet to cover the doors of the toilets because the hospital toilets did not have doors. Majority of our roads were impassable. In one of our major towns, Keroka, you could not access with a car the nearby Metamaywa town using any of the feeder roads. Our farmers still relied and kept the humped cows which yielded very poor milk returns because in their lifetimes no one had ever visited their homes to advice them about artificial insemination of cattle. Our little children starting to go to school, learnt under a shade of trees or in shabby mud-walled classes that were not conducive.
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am proud to say that we have greatly improved the quality of life of our people and now, I start my second term as your governor in a county that is functional.
Once again, we thank the people of Nyamira County for putting their faith, trust and hope in us. We are greatly humbled. We promise to deliver on this enormous responsibility.

I also thank the Almighty God for giving me the opportunity to be used as a vessel in the service of his people.
You can see what we have achieved as a county government.
For instance, Keroka town is slowly becoming a 24 hour economy as a result of the tireless work, time and resources that our County government has invested in the town. Our solar street lighting project in which we have installed over 400 solar lights in various towns in our county have literally changed lives in various market centres and towns, other towns such as Gesima, Kebirigo, Chebirat, Nyamira, Konate ,Miruka and Kijauri have also been lit.
Our farmers are now a happier lot. In an article on October 10, 2017, the Daily Nation recognized the fast recovery of the dairy sector in Nyamira in which the average production is approaching 70 million litres in a year.
Our mothers can now give birth in Nyamira County, educate the same child in any of our model early childhood education centres where we have employed about 2,000 teachers.
It’s now possible for a doctor in any part of the world to coordinate various complicated procedures with our doctors at the recently upgraded Nyamira County Referral Hospital courtesy of the newly-installed telemedicine facilities.
Our road network in which we managed to open and gravel over over 600km of roads is the envy of other county governments. You can now walk or drive from Isecha to Mborogo, through Nyamotentemi, across Bobembe, down to Nyabomite, a fete that was almost impossible before we came to office.
Our water projects like sinking a borehole at Marindi, has not only saved our women from walking over a kilometer to fetch water but has also improved the performance of students at Marindi secondary school where now like dozens of other schools across the county, students have access to water at the institution. Many of our schools have now been supplied with water tanks.

Such development initiatives, however, little or big they may seem, form our liberation today. That although good or ill fortune, as a county, we never lose sight of the quest and ideals which give us strength as one people. And on every Jamhuri day, we gather to celebrate how far we have come from and how far we are yet to go.
Ladies and gentlemen;
We remind ourselves of the words in the holy book of Luke 12 verse 48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”
So as to handle this enormous responsibility, together with my deputy, His Excellency Amos Nyaribo, we now have a County Executive Committee that is a blend of both old and new who in our genuine estimation exhibit traits of requisite experiences and qualifications.
To my government officers,
Whether junior or senior, the service of Nyamira County means the service of thousands who suffer from poverty, ignorance, disease and inequality of opportunities. As the First Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru said, “The ambition of the greatest man of our generation has been to wipe every tear from every eye. That may be beyond us, but as long as there are tears and suffering, so long our work will not be over.”
Today, I request you to be that minister who burns the midnight oil; to be that cleaner; who hates sleep; To be that social worker; who cares for the sick as if they are their own; To be that accountant who prudently cares for every penny as if he is taking care of his inheritance.
To the people of Nyamira, whose representatives we are,

this is no time for petty and destructive criticism. This is my last tenure as your Governor. It’s my prayer and I am optimistic that I will remain the governor of the people of Nyamira till 2022. I am re-energized to work for you.
I envisage being that leader who at the end of my tenure in 2022 will not just be remembered as the first governor of Nyamira County but as a leader who brought change to his people.
I intend to retire gifting our people a county in which when a little boy is born into the bleakest family living in a mud-thatched house with no electricity , no piped water, no food on the table , will know that he has the chance to succeed as anybody else. Because he is born in a county through which the daughters or sons of the low or privileged can rise to become whatever they imagine to be!
I want to be remembered for the dreams of young people we help to realize, through issuing bursaries to help lessen their academic financial burden and small loans and business opportunities to support their business ventures.
I want to be remembered for the added years of comfort for our aged and vulnerable groups through our social protection support services.
I want to be remembered as the leader who introduced diabetes dialyses services, CT scan services, and who significantly reduced infant maternal deaths.
I want to be remembered as the leader who helped reduce the distance that our women walked to fetch water.
I want to be remembered as the leader who embraced agribusiness as a best model for our farmers.
I want to be remembered as the leader who put a shade over the heads of boda boda riders and women in the market shielding them from direct heat from the sun and rains.

As government, we will not be resting till we redeem our pledge in full, till we make all the people of Nyamira what destiny intended them to be. We are citizens of a great county on the verge of bold advance, and we have to live up to that high standard.
Ladies and gentlemen,
the county government of Nyamira continues to invest more in the priority areas of health, agriculture and roads.
If you invest in health, you create wealth. If you invest in agriculture, you ensure food security. If you invest in roads, you better communication and open up remote areas to more opportunities.
The county government has flagged the following projects:
1. Multi-million upgrading of Nyamira County Referral Hospital. This includes completion or construction of 80-bed ward, doctors’ plaza, three operation room theatres and installation of an oxygen generating plant.
2. Purchase of a borehole drilling machine so that we are able to sink more boreholes at reduced costs, make the sinking or boreholes more expansive and faster.
3. Construction of a 40-megawatt solar generating plant at Sironga in a public private partnership. Already feasibility studies and surveys have been finalized.
4. Construction of a County Headquarter so that we can have adequate space for our staff and provide more amenities to the public.
5. Launch of satellite digital village hubs through which our youth can be able to work online. The hubs will also support Business Product Outsourcing (BPOs).
6. In order to improve our county headquarters, we will construct about three kilometres of bitumen road in Nyamira town. This project will be expanded to other towns.
7. Establishing a County Revolving Education Fund and increasing the allocation for the County Bursary Scheme so as to support the education of more learners.
8. Purchase of two fire-fighting engines to help in disaster response and management.

Ladies and gentlemen,
Our development agenda will not be achieved without hard work and sacrifice. Since we came into office about four months now, our officers have worked extra hard for the progress of our county. We appreciate your service.
I challenge all of you to go out there and seek helpful collaborations and partnerships that will help our County to prosper.
I challenge our youth to be more innovative and bring in fresh ideals that will propel our county to greatness. As a government, we will walk that journey with you. We will continue to empower you with the skills you need to work harder, learn more and reach higher.
I challenge you in the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
As I near the end of my speech,
I am proud of our County Assembly which has proved to be a key arm in the development agenda of our county.
The County government also enjoys a cordial working relationship not just with the Honorable MCAs but with the other elected leaders-Honourables Okong’o Omogeni, Joash Nyamoko, Shadrack Mose, Jerusha Momanyi, Vincent Kemosi and Ben Momanyi, -who represent us in parliament.
A County cannot succeed when we don’t work together. Nyamira thrives when all our leaders can work and offer service to the people. As leaders, we must be the source of hope to the poor, the marginalized and the sick.
As a nation, we have survived many periods of anxiety in the last 54 years. This election year has seen the country almost divide into two.

The patriots of 1963 gave us a republic, entrusting each generation to keep it safe. This is our time. We must stand strong. We must stand for Kenya.
2017 has arguably been the most difficult election year in our country’s history. Yet as a people we still have high hopes for this country. Together, we must continue to expand the horizons of our democracy. Together, we must struggle to build new roads and networks.
Together, we must take care of our vulnerable and protect the weak, disabled and underprivileged.
We have been tested by the 2017 presidential election crisis and we have proved our resilience.
We must have the courage and spirit of those who fought for independence. And like the belief they had in the ancestors and gods, also hope that that star will guide us in these trying times; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, from the great Gusii warrior Otenyo who speared the invading white man to Dedan Kimanthi and others who gave us a nation with the promise of a land free of poverty, disease and ignorance.
Let’s pray for this nation. Let’s pray for our leaders, President Uhuru Kenyatta and The Right Honorable Raila Odinga. Let God give them the wisdom to guide us out of the current political crisis.
We cannot give up.
And lastly,
I take this chance to wish all Nyamira County residents, those in diaspora and all Kenyans blessed holidays, a merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.

To other counties, we send greetings and pledge ourselves to cooperate with them in furthering peace, freedom and democracy.
And to Nyamira, our much-loved county, we pay our reverent homage and we bind ourselves afresh to her service.
I wish you all happy Jamhuri Day celebrations. God Bless Nyamira County. God Bless Kenya.”

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