Laikipia and Nyadarwa County Assemblies members (MCAs) have this week benchmarked in Kakamega County on key development projects and programs.
The two delegations of county reps also shared knowledge and ideas with their host counterparts on how to carry out effective oversight on county executives to ensure that public resources meant for development are utilized well to transform livelihoods at grassroots.
They also shared their success stories, challenges and the way forward on their legislation mandate.
On Tuesday, the Laikipia County Assembly Health committee chaired by Hon. Veronica Ikuywa benchmarked in the health sector and visited several health facilities including the Kakamega Teaching and Referral Hospital (KTRH) whose phase one construction is almost completion.
The KTRH is the County’s biggest health institution with the 750-bed capacity.
We have seen good projects in this county. Our role is to go back and through our committee we shall enhance our mandate to ensure that our health sector also delivers,” Hon. Ikuywa said while her counterpart, Hon. Lucas Radoli said his committee is keen on delivering on its mandate, making the county executive perform better.
The MCAs were also taken through how the Kakamega County is implementing universal health coverage program, sustainability of Oparanyacare, a program that that supports expectant vulnerable mothers and their newborns following enactment of the county law to operationalize the program.
On Friday, Nyandarwa County Assembly committee on Youth, Sports and Arts also benchmarked in Kakamega to learn how the County is performing well in initiating sporting facilities, implementing social protection and youth programs.
The committee led by its chairperson, Samwel Rimui visited Shelter improvement program beneficiaries in Shinyalu and Lurambi sub-counties, Youth Service and Women Empowerment programs, Nabongo Cultural Centre in Matungu sub-county and Bukhungu stadium which is being upgraded to international standards.
Kakamega County Government targets to construct 360 houses for vulnerable and poor families across the county every financial year, a program that was rolled out two year ago, said the CEC for Social Services, Labour and Sports, Mr. Robert Makhanu.
Members have come to learn how the Kakamega County is doing well in development cycles so that when we go back we are able to share the knowledge and experience and help our county to emulate so that our people continue to enjoy better fruits of devolution,” Hon. Rimui said.