MR. FRIDAY GODFREY MWAUMBA
CEC Industrialization, Energy, Research & ICT
MR. ERNEST NGURUI
AG. CCO, Industrialization, Energy, Research & ICT
The ministry is composed of four distinct departments:
- Department of industrialization
- Department of Energy
- Department of ICT
- Department of Research and Development.
The main focus is laid on value addition in general and sustainable development growth in particular. Industrialization will be realized when small enterprises will be enhanced to gradually meet medium level standards where processing centers become companies and industries. Energy will be used both as a tool to meet certain objectives in development but also as a product of the development process itself. When wind, solar and coal firing energy is harnessed, the power becomes, not just a tool but a commodity. ICT will lay base foundation for the development strategies in all spheres of the county’s development agenda. Computer literacy will not only be a prerequisite for any job function but a means to achieve laid down rules and procedures in all spheres of work, rendering paperless Government a reality in the county. The research window will be used, right from the onset, to come up with solutions and innovations to unlock the potential of various sectors in the county; be it in Agriculture, Water, Mining or infrastructure; even in daily systems where wastefulness may lead to savings or recycling and reuse may bring added benefits.
This department will initially focus on small scale enterprises found within the county with a view to enhance efficiency and productivity while at the same time researching on ways to improve the functionality of systems to the next level of growth. As an example, the weaving of baskets by traditional methods may be enhanced to generate methods for faster and better quality products. Innovations will gradually be introduced using tested ground but localizing the content.
At the same time, industrialists will be encouraged to come up with suggestions to put up businesses and enterprises where incentives like county land, subsidized taxation nationally and better operational environments will be emphasized. The onus on the County Government will be to build on good relations and emplace a good, knowledgeable and reliable human resource.
- The basket weavers will be brought together to source ways of improving the manufacturing then look for market channels and at the same time build on distribution points locally, regionally and abroad.
- A tomato paste manufacturing enterprise around Njukini to be empowered by introducing packaging and distribution/ marketing components in the manufacture level. Then advocate for systematic inputs where farmers will practice contractually to ensure deliverables of known quantities. This will soon be replicated in areas like Mwatate, Wundanyi and Bungule in Kasighau for the area communities to eke a living from the cottage industry.
- Rice in Taveta is shelled across the border in Tanzania then re-introduced at a higher price back in Kenya for sale. Two shelling machines are either lying idle or underused, leading to this situation. The projection here is to advise on optimization and mechanization for better profits and localizing the entire chain of activities revolving around rice production. Efficiency in handling will improve yield and this will have a domino effect on the economy of the county and also improve on food security.
- The Jua Kali sector is currently complaining of neglect by the authorities at all levels and the youths are up in arms against the government for reneging on its pledges. Talks will be held in conjunction with the KIE and other stake holders to find modalities of boosting working conditions in the jua kali sector in Voi, Taveta and Wundanyi initially. A budget will be proposed to give incentives for better quality of works. This will be with a view to ultimately guide manufacturing of improved implements and products in the sector. The corporate sector will be invited to offer channels for improvement and sponsor innovative ideas.
- BOT schemes will be encouraged where entrepreneurs will be invited to showcase their proposals and, within the law, come up with agreements that will see the county go industrial unlike the current situation where no single factory can be found. PPP strategies will be adopted where conditions are favorable and when clear benefits to the communities will be confirmed.
As an example, the tourism industry can undertake a feasibility study to develop a network of cable cars in taita hills, sagalla hills and kasighau.
- The manufacturing of cement, ballast and small scale fabrication from hematite and manganese ore can be encouraged locally. A lot of inquiries have been made by private companies towards this direction. Gypsum is also locally available.
This department will mainly concentrate on renewable energy sector and coal firing power. Energy can be generated from domestic and commercial waste. Countries like Norway and Sweden have perfected their research in biofuels and have gone to the extent of importing waste for biomass.
Deliberate efforts will be made towards promotion of portable biogas units and a case study be conducted at the main market for a biomass power station. On large tracks of land, Jatropha Cacus can be grown to promote fuel production like in southern Americas where diesel and kerosene is obtained from farm inputs.
Wind and solar power will be researched and production be conducted when viable. The lower zone has at least eight hours of sunlight per day most of the year. This is favorable for companies that can harness stand alone units, say in villages. Already several companies have expressed interest in this venture. A lot of wind energy in Buguta, Mgeno and other corridors in the county can be tapped and the power supplied for domestic needs. This has happened in Turkana and Kajiado and we can emulate the same.
Immediate undertakings will include;
- Conduct biomass feasibility in major institutions and towns to quantify sorted biodegradable content
- Carry out wind strength tests in promising zones county wide with partners
- Invite solar experts to propose modes of future energy farms in settled localities
- Liaise with rural electrification organ in mapping out areas of immediate demand for power connectivity
The Information and Communication Technology department is a vast sector where inter-linkage with other ministries will be envisaged. Already major government offices in the county have access to internet facilities but the theme is to provide the facility to as many citizens as possible at an optimal cost. Another function of the department is to maintain standards in ICT provision across the board to prevent proliferation of sub-standard goods and services to the county. All ICT facilities in the county departments will be audited and periodically checked for consistency and relevancy. Inventories will be held by departmental heads; who shall bear the responsibility for any drop in efficiency or loss.
Proposed undertakings will involve;
- Putting up wider wifi coverage in major sub county towns for citizens to access the net
- Introducing information centers with state of the art facilities that will offer quick service to people on self-interactive mode
- To create job centers within the information offices where any work vacancy can be digitally be openly advertised to all qualified and thus minimize on nepotism and corruption
- Create a competent human resource bank where training in all aspects of ICT will be conducted and maintained.
Taita Taveta County is home to various natural resources but very little information related to the resources is availed. There is an urgent need to create research programs to confirm, for example, quality and quantities of commercially viable minerals to attract investors to partner with the communities in exploiting the resources. Many community forests have unknown wealth and people from outside the county come to exploit the resource through dubious channels. There are paint- making clays at Wongonyi in Mbololo, Bixa in Kishushe, limestone at Mariwenyi and many other industrial products that can be viable all over the county.
To have control of these resources, the research department will;
- Recruit a human resource with a capacity to indulge in qualitative and quantitative investigations of all major industrial resources in the county
- Map out zones for particular activities that are commercially viable
- Liaise with other departments to recommend best land use practices countywide
- Create a quality analysis board and laboratory that will be mandated to maintain standards and carry out random inspections in goods and service outlets.
- Create a Fund to support research and attract donors from partner industries locally and abroad.
The following table portrays a tentative work plan for the two quarters of the financial year 2014/ 2015 and a projection of 2015/ 2016.
Download THE WORK PLAN HERE.