Bomet County Assembly
- Irrigation will improve the production of maize and vegetables.
- Coffee production in Ndanai to be expanded.
- Opportunities for more tea factories exist.
- Food security to be improved through alternative crops.
- Marketing network for produce and exporting through co-ops.
- Storage of food crops, distribution centres and processing plants.
Bomet County is in the former Rift Valley Province in the southern part of Kenya, bordering Kericho, Narok and Nyamira counties.
BOMET COUNTY ASSEMBLY
Bomet County Assembly has 25 elected members, ten nominated members, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker. The Clerk of the Assembly is an authorised officer in Assembly. The County has a senator, a female representative and five members of parliament.
The County government consists of the County Executive Committee which is composed of the Governor, the Deputy Governor and ten executive committee members who were appointed by the Governor and vetted and approved by the County Assembly.
FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNTY ASSEMBLY
The County Assembly exercises power to enact laws at the county level. It also exercises oversight power over the County Executive Committee and other county executive organs. It receives and approves plans and policies for the management of the County’s resources, infrastructure and institutions.
Our vision is to empower parliamentary democracy and governance.
Our mission is to enhance the capacity of members of the County Assembly and other stakeholders for the effective and efficient execution of their mandate, role and functions in democratic governance.
Agriculture is the main economic activity with tea farming and dairy production at the top of this sector. Food crops are grown in the area with maize being the area’s staple food. Tea earns the residents of the county most of their revenue. A number of tea factories are owned by the Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd, while others are private. The dairy industry is a major player in contributing to household incomes: 79% of the earnings in the livestock sector are generated from the sale of milk.
The Governor’s objective in his agenda for Bomet County is to triple the earnings per year to Ksh.9 billion in five years and to increase the level of employment in the sector to 10,000 people, with indirect employment of over 50,000 people.
Efforts towards increased agricultural production would see the county contribute a substantial portion toward the country’s food requirements and consequently provide income for its people.
The County has one public hospital at Longisa. Tenwek Private Hospital and Kaplong Mission Hospital continue to give regional healthcare a major boost. There is a need to ensure that at least every constituency has a fully-fledged hospital.
The Governor’s vision is to increase the number of fully equipped hospitals, further equip the current medical institutions, and partner with other counties to increase the number of specialised clinics and to promote preventive measures by observing proper sanitation.
His vision concerning health also includes the establishment of a dispensary in every village with at least a clinical officer to prescribe drugs and every ward to have an ambulance to facilitate movement of casualties/patients to the health facility.
Other than early childhood development education, primary and secondary schools still fall under the national government. Counties are battling to have this level of education put under their control to enable proper administration and development.
To eliminate poverty and improve living standards, the levels of illiteracy need to be reduced through the introduction of the following centres: early childhood development, adult education, vocational training and home crafts.
Infrastructure remains an important factor for development, notably the need for adequate power supply, telephone connectivity and water and sewerage.
The Governor has underscored the need to improve roads, railways and airstrips to ensure good and efficient communication.
Several waterfalls are good for small hydropower projects such as the community-managed Iria Maina hydro power project with potential to generate 3 MW.
Trade is conducted in the urban centres of the region with a number of financial institutions offering banking and credit services to the people of the county. Micro-finance initiatives, along with government loans for the youth and women, would see an increase in trade, and in the household incomes of the people of the county.
Bomet County is a key route to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. Good opportunities for eco-tourism exist in the Mau Forest – the largest water catchment area in Kenya, with many rivers originating from the forest including the Mara River. The County welcomes investments through Public-Private Partnerships.
SPORTS AND CULTURE/CONFERENCING
Improvement of sports facilities will not only provide more revenue but will give the youth an opportunity to socialise and realise their sporting dreams. To promote culture, the proposed cultural centres and museums will generate income through tourism.
His Excellency Hon. Isaac Ruto is the Governor and Chairman of the Council of Governors. In the Governor’s manifesto the County has undertaken to alleviate poverty, eradicate illiteracy, improve health, create wealth, ensure food security, create employment for the youth and women and ensure that there is a developed infrastructure and housing plan with a chain supply of water
Daniel S. Ole Nkere, Clerk to the Assembly
Tel: +254 723 72 4030