Governor Joseph Lenku has appointed a task force chaired by county eminent female scholars, Dr. Naomi Kipuri, to fast rack research on Maasai culture.
Lenku, in a statement issued yesterday, said Kipuri has also been tasked with establishing and equipping of a cultural museum on Maasai culture.
“I have set aside funds in the next financial year to document and articulate the specific ways in which the Maasai culture can contribute to sustainable development and our national pride,” said Lenku.
He said culture ensures unity in diversity, influences identity, debate and dialogue among the people of Kajiado.
“Culture is the fountain of our progress and creativity and must be carefully nurtured to grow and develop. I hold the Maa culture close to my heart. I have therefore set aside funds in the next financial year to document and articulate the specific ways in which the Maasai culture can contribute to sustainable development and our national pride”.
These funds will also go towards the establishment and equipping of a cultural museum, said the governor, adding that; “This will be an apt opportunity for the Maasai people to tell their own cultural story”.
The governor also said his government has also developed strategic interventions towards women through trade with the aim of improving their lives, which in turn cascade to positive benefits to households.
“This has been done through the engagement of women through groups commonly known as “Chamas” and providing them with incentives and opportunity to offer unskilled labor services to the county government in an attempt to realize the 30 per cent procurement rule in favour of women, youth, and people living with disability.
He further said in his statement that economic growth is essential in order to reduce poverty and to improve people’s living standards.
Lenku said trade and investment play an increasing role in the economic growth of the county.
“My government with the support of World Bank has embarked on construction of a market in Ngong and fastening pace for completion of various other markets across the county,” said the governor.
The Ngong Market will provide shops and spaces to over 1,200 traders.
He said the improvement of the market infrastructure will provide opportunities for the exchange of goods and services by producers and consumers and will also provide an important means of generating a diversity of retail outlets by supplying low cost space for street vendors who use stalls or carts and do not therefore require buildings.
He said beginning July 1, 2018, all financial systems will be automated.
“The IFMIS, the E-citizen government digital payments platform, E-procurement, and the digitization of registries at the department of Lands will restore efficiency and credibility to all county government departments,” said Lenku in his statement.
Lenku said in addition, his government will roll out a performance management system that will commit everyone in government to account for results and delivery on the government plans and programs target set.