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Ladies and gentlemen,

Today we are gathered to commemorate the day Kenya became an independent country. Through the efforts of the country’s gallant sons and daughters, we broke free from colonial rule and became a country that could run its affairs without allegiance to any external masters.

You might be aware that there was an element of devolved government that was envisaged back then as Kenya started its journey as a free country. That would be neutralized as time went by, and as such we take great pride in the 2010 constitution that ushered in devolution.

Because of it, Kenyans are now witnessing development in ways never seen before. You will agree with me that Tana River has changed tremendously over the past few years and especially under the leadership of His Excellency the Governor, Dr Dhadho Godhana.

Before I say much, allow me to pass the warm greetings of His Excellency the governor, who is attending an important engagement in Madrid, Spain, that is likely to lead into great interventions for the flooding problem that has been affecting some areas of our county for several decades now.

The administration of the governor and I have gone all out to ensure you reap all the fruits of devolution, and you can bear me witness that there are better services in our hospitals, bigger investment in our farmers, water available with more ease, more paved roads than ever before, a major relook into how the fishing industry can be assisted, among other improvements.

Due to those leaps, I stand before you a proud man; proud that through the mandate you gave to our administration two years ago, we have pushed forward the spirit of Jamhuri. We envision a Tana River that will be a model for other counties and I am glad we are on course towards that.

I am sure the 11 freedom fighters who died within our county during the famous Hola Massacre would be glad to note the progress made in devolution so far.

They will certainly feel that their steadfastness was for a worthy cause.

Even the legendary composers of the song that gave rhythm to our national anthem, who came from within our great county, will be proud that Tana River not only gave Kenya its uttermost symbol of independence but also that they are descendants of a visionary people who are using the resources availed to them to create a prosperous future.

Ladies and gentlemen,

In a few weeks, we will be bidding farewell to 2019. It has been a year of highs and lows.

You remember the incidents at Kalalani that were an unfortunate chapter in the history of inter-county relations. But our administration acted fast to involve top officials in the national government towards seeking a lasting solution to the unwarranted intrusion into the county. We promise that never again shall our people be treated like squatters in their own land.

You remember the action we took when saltwater from the Indian Ocean started creeping into River Tana in the Tana Delta sub-county. With our interventions into rehabilitating water brookes, the drying up of plants due to saltwater will be a thing of the past.

You remember the first cultural festival that we brought to the county, and how it provided an example of how we as Tana River residents can harness our rich cultures to boost tourism and to uphold the time-tested traditions of our people.

You remember the opening of the maternity wing of the Hola Referral Hospital by none other than First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. It was one of the many steps we have made towards improving the healthcare situation of our people.

I would go on and on about the highs and lows of the year, but I will stop there for today with gratitude to the Almighty God for allowing us weather through all storms, political and real; and who has granted us the life to be here.

Though we faced challenges, we somehow managed to surmount them.

The year 2020, which is a few weeks away, will provide another clean slate that we can build on. As the county government leaders, our pledge is that we will be more steadfast in delivering services to our people.

We pledge more localized responses to the problems facing mwananchi, more involvement of stakeholders to finance various projects, more water to the arid areas of our county and lesser water trouble to the flood-prone regions.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Let me conclude by sharing with you what I think an independent person is. An independent person is one who, when the time comes to make a decision, first forms an idea at the back of his mind.

Then before he communicates that idea to others, he subjects it to analysis, first in his mind then through consultations with close aides. And when he finally pronounces himself, he firmly believes in his word because he has thought through it.

The Jamhuri spirit encourages us to be independent people. Let us believe in our ideas, provided they are well informed. With that confidence, all the sectors of our economy will be vibrant. The farmer will carry out his farming without seeing himself as an inferior person who failed to get formal employment.

With that confidence, the young boys and girls in schools will know that they are the best brains Kenya has ever produced, and all they need is nurture that creativity in them and sharpen their brains with confidence and they will surely compete with others across the country.

With that independent spirit, we will have more whistleblowers drawing attention to issues of corruption in the county and as such, we will deal with the pilferage of public resources.
Let us all surge forward with an independent mind and match with the confidence that Kenya’s freedom fighters had as they fought for the Jamhuri called Kenya.

Finally, ladies and gentlemen here is to wishing you a merry Christmas and a happy new year 2020.

May God’s blessings descend upon all of us.

25th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

H.E MAJOR (RTD.) Dr. Dhadho Gaddae Godhana is in Madrid, Spain attending the 25th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Delegations from nearly 200 countries are in Madrid, Spain, this week to attend the 25th Conference of Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The forum comprises 48 countries among the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change.

H.E will have an opportunity to present his concept note on the village cluster program in Tana River county before the delegates.
The idea has already attracted interest from a number of developed countries present.

The governor is seeking donor support in implementing the projects which will mitigate the perennial loss of lives and property due to flooding.

The village cluster program is already underway in Handampia.


The County of Tana River has on Monday 02.09.2019 officially launched its Geographic Information System Laboratory (GIS).

The one of a kind lab was launched by H.E the Governor Maj. (RTD) DR. Dhadho Gaddae Godhana.

Also present were partners from UN-FAO and the National Lands Commission.

The security of land tenure (freehold and or leasehold) is one of the key aspects to be addressed by the use of the GIS Lab and toolkits. Community Land registration is enhanced by the use of GIS data, private and public ownership of land will also be informed by the GIS facility.

With the ability of GIS to monitor and manage County natural resources utilization, wildlife & pastoral corridors can be reserved from human activity; mining of earth elements like gypsum and sand can be quantified and environmental impacts controlled; land use planning of the county’s land as a major development resource can also be adequately informed.

The spatial analysis and monitoring of the various existing and proposed land uses in the county can be used for accountability in revenue collection and even distribution. For example the ability to monitor county parking lots and the revenue generated. This will also go a long way in ensuring clear system of land based revenue.

On the aspect of urbanization, a G.I.S based spatial framework will create a proper basis for management of eco-villages as we address the organized settlement and housing agenda.





The Kenya Off-Grid Solar Access Project (KOSAP) is a flagship project of the Ministry of Energy, financed by the World Bank aimed at providing electricity and clean cooking solutions in the remote, low density, and traditionally underserved areas of the country. The Project is part of the government’s commitment to provide universal access to electricity in Kenya by 2022, universal access to modern energy services for cooking by 2030, as well as the impetus for growth in achieving Vision 2030. The Project is implemented jointly by the Ministry of Energy, Kenya Power and Lighting (KPLC) as well as Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC).




The Project targets to reach approximately. 277,000 households (1.3 million people),  community facilities: schools; health facilities and administrative offices as well as  380 community boreholes in the 14 Counties of West Pokot, Turkana, Marsabit, Samburu, Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir, Garrisa, Tana River, Lamu, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Narok.


It will also facilitate the installation of 250,000 solar home systems in the 14 Counties and selling of 150,000 clean cooking stoves in 8 Counties of West Pokot, Turkana, Isiolo, Samburu and Marsabit, Kwale, Taita Taveta and Kilifi.


Duration and Funding

The Six year Project was launched in July 2017 and will complete by June 2023. It is funded to the tune of $USD 150 Million (approximately KSh 15 Billion) by the World Bank.



Scope of the Project


 Component 1 Mini-grids   for Households and Public Facilities

As the target counties are not served by the national grid, mini-grids will be constructed to be the main source of energy. A total of 151 mini-grids will be constructed throughout I2 of the 14 Counties. The mini-grids will then be used to provide electricity to community facilities, enterprises and households. The mini-grids will be constructed in areas that have a minimum population of 100 households and sufficient existing or potential business and institutional loads.





List of Mini-grid Sites Under the Kenya  Off-Grid Solar Access Project KOSAP-  Tana River County
1. Kitere
2. Mnazini
3. Munguvuenikinyadu
4. Charindede
5. Mbalambala
6. Nanighi


Component 2 on Stand Alone Solar Home Systems

The vast majority of off-grid population in the 14 counties is dispersed and requires individual system solutions (Solar Home Systems- SHS).Under this component the Project aims to establish sustainable supply chains for marketing and sales of solar home systems in KOSAP Counties. While the Private Sector Actors have penetrated the solar market in other parts of the country they have not made the same in-roads in the 14 Counties. The Project has established a Results Based Financing and Debt Facility (RBF) which will provide incentives to solar businesses to extend and expand their reach in the 14 Counties.

Under this component the project aims to deliver 250,000 Stand-alone Solar home Systems and 150,000 high tier clean cooking solutions. SNV Netherlands Development Organisation in partnership with SunFunder are the Facilities Manager.

Types of Support under the RBF and Debt Facilities

There are three Facilities available for access by private companies:

  1. Results-Based Financing (SSP RBF) Facility (KES 1.2 billion) for Solar Service Providers
  2. Debt Facility (KES 3 billion) for Solar Service Providers
  3. Challenge Fund and Results-Based Financing (RBF) Facility (KES 0.5 billion) for Clean Cooking Solutions Service Providers (CCS SPs)

For further information on these Facilities and application process, please visit



Component 3A Stand Alone Home Systems for Public Facilities

Under this, community facilities developed by the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Interior will be supplied with power for optimum performance.

To achieve this, a private sector contractor will be procured by KPLC for each service territory to supply, install and maintain stand-alone solar systems in community facilities.

  • List of Public Facilities to be Electrified Under KOSAP in Tana River County


Public Facilities To Be Electrified Under the Kenya  Off-Grid Solar Access Project KOSAP- Tana River County
  Facility Name Facility Type
 1 Boka dispensary medical
 2 Bangale Chiefs office public
 3 Sabukia dispensary medical
 4 Wayu Dispensary medical
 5 Wayu Boru Dispensary medical
 6 AIC Titila Dispensary medical
 7 Mororo mixed day  secondary school school
 8 Buwa Dispensary medical
9 Waldena ACC public
 10 Waldena Dispensary medical
 11 Ozi Dispensary medical
12 Kau Dispensary medical
13 Mwina Dispensary medical
 14 Sera dispensary medical
 15 Mnazini dispensary medical
 16 Haroresa Dispensary medical
 17 Huruma mixed day secondary School school
 18 Semikaro Dispensary medical
 19 Sombo Dispensary medical
 20 Bangali Dispensary medical
 21 Assa dispensary medical
 22 Mandingo Dispensary medical
 23 Majengo secondary school
 24 Meti Dispensary medical
 25 Chewele dispensary medical
 26 Bilbil dispensary medical
 27 Asa Kone Dispensary medical
 28 Chifiri Dispensary medical
 29 Galili Dispensary medical
 30 Mulanjo dispensary medical
31. AIC Daba Dispensary medical
32. Bangali Nomadic medical



Component 3B Solar Water Pumps for Community Facilities


About 380 boreholes associated with community facilities in the 14 Counties will benefit from the installation of solar powered water pumps. This will increase sustainable access to water supply by equipping new boreholes and retrofitting existing diesel –powered boreholes.


The Rural Electrification Agency and Renewable Energy (REREC) which is in charge of implementing this aspect of the project will hire private sector contactor to supply, install and maintain stand alone solar systems for the community facilities. This will enhance the sustainability of these facilities as operational cost associated with diesel based systems will be avoided.



Component 4 A: Capacity Building for Counties


Trainings under KOSAP is aimed at enhancing the capacity of the targeted county governments. The County government’s role in the energy sector is defined under the Constitution as “county planning and development, including-electricity and gas reticulation and energy regulation.” Given that the County Governments have been in existence for less than six years, there is need to enhance their Capacity in order to undertake this function effectively.

Trainings for the County Government are focused on Energy Management, Renewable Energy and Sustainable Resource Management, Tariff Rates and Cost Recovery Requirements, Environmental and Social Management, among others.


 List of Trainees from Tana River County


Course Trainees
Environmental and Social Management 4



Tana River gets huge health lift

Tana River County received a major boost to its health care system after first Lady Margret Kenyatta unveiled multi-million shilling medical facilities.
The facilities that will ensure residents get access to quality services include a 60 bed maternity wing with a neonatal unit, CT- scan machine and a Ksh 40 million consignment of medical supplies and equipment.

Addressing Wananchi at the hospital grounds after commissioning the facilities, the first Lady said that as the Country moves towards the attainment of universal health coverage, there is need to provide efficient health systems.

‘’It is therefore my hope that we can build many more partnerships that help us sustain these systems. I will continue my pledge to work with you to protect the lives of women and children of this county”, she said.

H.E the Governor Major (Rtd) Dhado Godhana commended the First Lady for Championing access to quality health, saying her efforts had greatly helped in reducing maternal and child maternity in the country.



15th July 2019 will go down in history as the day Hola County referral hospital conducted it’s first dialysis. Said Maro, 47-year-old father of seven could not hide his joy when he was contacted and asked to be the first patient to benefit from the newly opened renal unit services. H.E the Governor Major (Rtd) Dhadho Godhana Gaddae accompanied by the County Commissioner Mr. Oning’oi Sossio officiated the operationalization of the renal unit. Residents of Tana River suffering from kidney failure and who have been forced to incur heavy financial costs travelling to neighboring counties to access dialysis have every reason to smile. The unit was renovated and equipped through the Managed equipment services (MES) in which counties are deducted an amount at source but purchase and implementation is done by national government.