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Vihiga Governor Supports Constitutional Amendments

Vihiga Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo has praised the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) saying that it will be able to amend the constitution hence allowing more funds to flow into counties and for counties to have their own IFMIS system.

He also reiterated that his administration has been able to come up with a new County Government Structure and also undertaking human audit to mitigate the bloated wage bill being experienced in the county and inadequate technical staff challenges. 'I am hopeful that Kenyans will support the amendment of the constitution for a better Kenya,' said Ottichilo.

Dr. Ottichilo has also promised health workers that salary delays will soon be a thing of the past as their promotions are being worked on by his administration in the next financial year and urged them to continue with the good job they are doing since the deadly virus is yet to be contained in the country. He has also expressed his sincere gratitude to the fore front health workers in the county for their exemplary efforts in helping residents prepare for the for the novel corona virus despite the challenges they are facing.

'We shall forever be indebted for your kindness, hard work and resilience', said Ottichilo.

Since the deadly virus is here with us and will be for a long time, Dr. Ottichilo has urged Vihiga residents to accept several changes that that have been put in place by the Ministry of Health and those that will occur with time including our culture in order to save humanity.

Despite the changes the county has also trained health workers in all five sub-county health facilities including community health volunteers, established screening points along our entry border points, launched fumigation exercises that is ongoing in all our major markets, set up command centre that receives call of any suspected cases and monitors covid 19 emergencies, purchased thermo guns, oxygen concentrators and personal protective equipment and set up three isolation wards to manage any corona case.

In the spirit of Madaraka Day and the devolved system of governance at the county level, the county has also made major strides in all departments. Governor Ottichilo cited that his administration has implemented development projects across all wards not forgetting flagship projects as captured in the 2018-2020 County Integrated Development Plan.

Dr. Ottichilo also took the opportunity to eulogize veteran zilizopendwa musician John Nzeze Amutabi who passed on 30th May 2020 terming him a legend.

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Let Schools Open After COVID-19, Vihiga DG Urges Government

Vihiga Deputy Governor Dr. Patrick Saisi has urged the Ministry of Education not to open schools during this period when corona virus cases are still rampant.

According to Dr. Saisi, students resuming school at such a time is very risky considering their different places of origin. 'Our children come from different places and if we open schools at this time, we might be endangering their lives by encouraging the spread of this deadly pandemic,' the former Moi University don stated.

Dr. Saisi, who also doubles up as Youth, Sports, Culture and Social Services CECM was speaking today during the commissioning of the Tiriki Cultural Centre at Chemusieni in Shiru Ward, Hamisi Sub County.

He also noted that through the department of culture, the government is committed to preserve culture and cultural practices through the construction of cultural centers in the respective regions.

The department has already commenced the construction of the Muloogoli cultural centre at Mungoma ward, Vihiga sub county, with Abanyore and Terik centres set to begin in due course.

The centres will be custodian of cultural information and artifacts where tourist will learn more about the origin and culture of the four dominant tribes in Vihiga.

Culture Chief Officer Dominic Luvavo on his part requested residents to support the project for it to be successful and benefit them.

Also present were Shiru ward MCA Nickson Butiya, department of Culture officers among other area leaders.

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KESSHA Vihiga Chapter Donates to the COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Vihiga County Covid-19 Emergency Response Committee under the leadership of Governor Dr. Wilber Ottichilo today received an assortment of equipment and foodstuffs towards combating Covid19 pandemic in the County from the Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) Vihiga Chapter. The consignment was handed to the Governor by KESSHA Vihiga Chapter Chairman Albert Masiolo.

In his address, the Governor was grateful to the teaching fraternity for the noble gesture. The donation included 127 bags of maize, 13 and a half bags of beans, 150Kg of rice, 50Kg of Sugar, 20 litres of hand washing soap, handwashing plastic tanks, sanitizers, 200 pieces of bar soaps, 1000 pieces of masks just to mention a few. KESSHA National Chairman Mr. Kahi Indimuli sent a personal donation of 3 bales of maize flour, 6 bags of 25kg rice and 48 bottles of hand sanitizers.

The County boss said the donation will go a long way in addressing the challenges the pandemic has posed to the world.

Vihiga County KESSHA chairman Albert Masiolo said the donation given cost approximately 900,000 shillings.

The Governor also received a donation of 45 thermo guns worth one million shillings from the People's Republic of Korea. An initiative of Dr. Jacob Odipo, a paedetrician at the Vihiga County Referral Hospital.

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