Hon Raila Odinga presents a trophy to Governor Ongwae during the closing ceremony of the 6th Kenya Inter-County sports at the Gusii Stadium
KICOSCA closing ceremony

Governor Ongwae, accompanied by the Deputy Governor, receive a consignment of essential drugs and equipment worth KShs. 100M at KTRH procured from the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA).

Essential drugs and equipment worth 100M

President Uhuru scores past Governor Ongwae during the launch of the 6th Kenya Inter-County sports at the Gusii Stadium

President Uhuru launches KICOSCA

Boost for Maternal and Child Health as Aga Khan Foundation launches kshs.117 million project in Kisii

Maternal and Child Health project

Governor Ongwae taking oath of office for a second term at Gusii Stadium on August 21st 2017

Governor Ongwae's swearing in ceremony

Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu Joins Governors under the umbrella Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) during a Health Conference Held at Kisii University Grounds on 29th and 30th March, 2017

Lake Region Economic Block (LREB) Health Conference

Governor Ongwae receives Olympian Hellen Onsando Obiri, the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics Silver medalist

Homecoming of Hellen Obiri

Governor Ongwae addresses county stakeholders during the county ICT consumer forum, Kikao Kikuu, organised by the CAK and Kisii County Government at the Gusii Stadium

ICT Consumer Forum

Governor James Ongwae leads residents of Kisii County in marking the 53rd Madaraka Day Celebrations at the Gusii Stadium

53rd Madaraka day celebrations

Cord leader Raila Odinga (centre) receives a figurine of a giraffe made from soapstone from Kisii Governor James Ongwae and Senator Chris Obure during the launch of the Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit (KES) 2016

KES Launch at Kisii university grounds

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae, Senator Chris Obure and Deputy Governor James Maangi during the launch of Kisii Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

KES Launch at Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

Governor James Ongwae joins over 300 doctors drawn from Kisii and Nyamira counties under the umbrella organization Inka medics association (IMA) for dinner

Governor joins Inka Medics Association for dinner

Governor Ongwae scoops gender and disability mainstreaming award

Gender and Disability awards

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

H.E Governor James Ongwae woos investors in Perth, Australia

Kisii University Vice Chanchellor Prof. Akama speaks during an e-waste management workshop in a Kisii Hotel

E-waste management workshop

Governor Ongwae commits to development projects initiated in first term

Kisii County Governor James Ongwae has vowed to use his last term in office in completing development projects initiated in the first term.

Governor Ongwae and his Deputy Joash Maangi were sworn in for a second term during a colourful ceremony at the Gusii Stadium.

Speaking when he took the oath of office, Governor Ongwae said his development agenda for the second term will be anchored on a nine-point agenda with focus on: on water reticulation, road and infrastructure, health care services, agriculture, market development, education and social protection.

He told residents that he will immediately embark on constituting the County Executive Committee where all positions will be advertised and filled based on meritocracy. He also announced plans to reorganize government and purge lazy and corrupt staff.

Ongwae said the county government will procure drilling equipment to sink boreholes throughout the county in bid to address water shortage.

"I will complete on- going water projects including Birongo, Riokindo, Chitangi, Nyaura, Mokenene and thereafter embark on reticulation to reduce the distance covered to water points, " said Ongwae.

The Governor said he will work closely with Lake Victoria South Water Services Board to speed up implementation of the on-going KShs.1.5billion water and sanitation project.

The programme includes the construction of 35km of new pipeline that will supply water to Nyamataro, Nyangena, Gesonso, Jogoo, Botori and improve the supply to Kisii Town CBD, Nyanchwa, Milimani, Menyinkwa, among other areas.

Ongwae said in his last tem he shall construct additional roads and work with development partners to tarmac some key roads in the county adding that in the last four and half years the County government managed to open new roads and gravel over 1,800km of roads throughout the County.

On health, Governor Ongwae disclosed that his administration will focus on primary health care and operationalize those health facilities built through Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and other agencies by sending staff, equipment and drugs.

"When I assumed office in 2013, I realised that the Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) lacked specialists in some key areas including neurosurgery, orthopaedic, paediatric, and cardiothoracic services forcing us to refer our patients to Nairobi and other places. Of the ten doctors we sent for specialised training, two who specialized in orthopaedics and paediatric dentistry are back while the remainder are soon completing their training. Before the end of the year, we will expect to have all these services offered here at KTRH," he said.

Another key project in the health sector is the KShs.2billion cancer diagnostic and treatment centre to be built in Kisii.

"This cancer centre project is funded by BADEA and Saudi Fund for Development (SFD). I am happy to report that a few weeks ago, SFD signed the loan agreement paving way for commencement of the project. In the next two weeks, we shall be advertising for the Project Engineer to come on site," added the Governor.

He disclosed that the centre will be fully equipped with theatres, four examination rooms, mammograms, observation ward, waiting rooms, lecture rooms, control room, 2 shielded rooms for X ray, a CT Scanner, changing rooms for doctors and staff, an ICU with 12 beds and patient wards with 40 beds.

The ceremony was attended by the County Senator elect Prof. Sam Ongeri, County Member of Parliament Janet Ongera.

Members of Parliament present Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South), Innocent Obiri (Bobasi) Oroo Oyioka (Bonchari) Ezekiel Machogu (Nyaribari Masaba) Sylvanus Osoro (South Mugirango), Alfah Miruka (Bomachoge Chache), Zadok Ogutu (Bomachoge Borabu) vowed to put aside their political differences and work with the Governor and his deputy for the benefit of the county residents.

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