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Vihiga County whose headquarters is in Mbale is Located in the Western Region of Kenya. It boarders Nandi to the East, Kisumu County to the South, Siaya County to the West and KAKAMEGA County to the North. It is one of the four Counties in the former Western Province. Vihiga County has five Constituencies; Luanda, Emuhaya, Hamisi, Sabatia and Vihiga. The County’s population stands at 612,000. With an annual population growth rate of 2.51%, the population is projected to be 688,778 by the year 2017. It has an annual fertility rate of 5.1% which explains the high population rise. However, the age distribution is given as 0-14 years (45%), 15-64 years (49%), 65 years and above (6%) with the youth representing 25% of the population.

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Vihiga Teams Receive Kshs. 15 Million From County Government

Vihiga United is among 10 teams in Vihiga that have received funding from the county government through the County's Sports Fund, the first to be established in the Country. The team has received seven million shillings, while their counterparts Vihiga Queens received two Million shillings, amount expected to boost its operations and other gaming activities.

Speaking on Friday at the County headquarters after issuing cheques to the teams, Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo said that they will continue supporting county teams which have always carried the flag of the county high refuting claims that the county had stopped funding Vihiga United.

"Don't believe in lies that we have stopped funding our clubs. Vihiga United and Vihiga Queens are among our teams that are doing well and we shall continue supporting them." Averred Ottichilo.

The county boss added that proper legal framework disrupted county’s support to Vihiga United and Vihiga Queens, creating audit queries from auditor general. This prompted the county to establish a Sports Management Committee, which would be an avenue for the county to fund sporting activities through the Sports Fund.

The Chief Executive Officer for Vihiga United and Vihiga Queens Michael Senelwa appreciated the County Government for their financial support to the teams, hoping for future budget increase to the Sports Fund.

In his statement, Deputy Governor Dr. Patrick Saisi thanked both the County Department of Sports and County Assembly for the efforts they put in place to make it a success. He advised the teams to spend wisely for transparency and proper accountability.

According to the Committee Chairperson Albert Masiolo, a total of 14 teams applied for funding and only 10 teams qualified for funding within the regulations.

Among other criterion, applying teams were required to present a certificate of registration, Six months bank statement, KRA certificate, list of known officials with Chapter Six clearance and be participating in Football Kenya Federation Premier League, National Super League and Division One leagues for football teams.

Others that received funds are; Vihiga Bullets (500,000), Volleyball, (1,000,000), Luanda Villa (300,000), Boxing (300,000), Paravolley ( 700,000), Netball (300,000), Bunyore Starlets 300,000) and Tong il Moo-Doo (100,000)

Also present were Sports CECM Felistas Okumu Barasa, Chief Of Staff in the Office of the Governor James Otari, Vihiga County Assembly Sports Committee Chairman Edwin Kutai and other officers from the Department of Sports.

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Dr. Ottichilo Accounts for His Term

Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo has called on the national treasury to fast track the disbursement of funds to counties for devolution to be successful.

Speaking at Kidundu stadium during the state of the County address, Dr. Ottichilo gave an account of what his administration has achieved despite the challenges. Some of the highlights of his speech included the steps taken by his government to improve the healthcare sector. Installation of CT scan machines, equipping of dental units across sub county hospitals, inauguration of mother and child healthcare popularly known as "Ottichilocare" and equipping of the maternity unit are some of the milestones achieved in the health sector.

The Governor said against all odds his administration has endeavored to provide quality services to wananchi. The agriculture has seen growth in crop and animal production through improved extension services, partnerships and construction of the first ever fish farm and hatchery training centre; Mwitoko Fish Hatchery and Training Centre. The centre produces over 1.2 million fingerlings to farmers annually.

Since taking over in 2017, the Dr. Wilber Ottichilo administration has realized surmountable progress in the education sector. This has been enabled through the construction of over 200 Early Childhood Development Education Centre (ECDE) classrooms, equipping Vocational Training Centres (VTCs) with modern equipment. This has seen a rise in enrolment for both ECDE and VTCs.

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka who was the Chief Guest urged Vihiga County Assembly to work in unison with the executive for better service delivery to the people. He congratulated the Vihiga County Assembly Speaker Hasna Mudeizi on the launch of Bunge Mashinani initiative which seeks to strengthen public participation and civic education to the people.

Among those who attended were; County Commissioner Ochillo Oyugi, Deputy Governors Dr. Patrick Saisi(Vihiga), Dr. Mathews Owilli (Kisumu), Prof. Charles Ngome (Bungoma), Dr. Stanley Tarus (Trans Nzoia), Vihiga Woman Rep Beatrice Adagala, Vihiga MP Ernest Ogesi, Nyandarua County Assembly Speaker and chairperson of the County Assemblies Forum Ndegwa Wahome and a host of MCAs.

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More Efforts to Combat Corona Virus in Vihiga County

Efforts to fight the Second Wave of The Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) in Vihiga County are key as cases of the disease are on the rise claiming lives of many Kenyans.

This morning Governor Ottichilo received a donation of 35,000 surgical masks and 500 pieces of NK95 masks from delegates of The High Level Summit 1 (HLS1) led by Dr. Joseph Amunga.

"Am greatful to HLS1 for this donation and as a county we are always willing to work with them. Covid-19 is at our doorstep and we should take it as a great enemy. Always adhere to the government's directive on fighting and prevention of the disease." Said Governor Ottichilo.

In his remarks the HLS National cordinator Dr. Amunga emphasized on the need for adhering to health protocols to combat COVID19.

"In as far as development is a key agenda in matters of devolution, at this time we cannot ignore mentioning issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is our duty to observe the set guidelines to protect ourselves." Averred Dr. Amunga.

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