Kitui, March 23rd                   Courtesy of the Kitui Governor’s Press Service

Fat Ngesa

Participants Pose for a group Photo At The NAS Workshop held On 21st to 23rd March 2018 At the Gelian Hotel Machakos.

Kitui county officials from ICT, Roads and Communications took part in a Communications Authority Of Kenya (CA) driven workshop that sensitized four counties’ on guidelines in adopting a National Addressing System (NAS) to be implemented by all counties. Already Nairobi and Kiambu are ahead of the pack in this endeavor.

A National Addressing System (NAS) is a framework that provides for among others the naming/numbering of street and/or numbering of properties and/or buildings/parcels of land to facilitate easy identification and location of such places on the ground. It involves the development of digitized maps and urban communities. An accurate NAS is critical to the quality and cost-effective provision of innumerable services provided by governments such as emergency response and management, administration, research, publications, mapping, routing, navigation as well as  facilitation of trade and commerce, efficient delivery of goods and many other purposes.

What Are the Key Benefits of NAS?

Besides easy identification and location of places, the NAS is also expected to boost the e-commerce in the country. With this system, online retailers will be able to offer door-to-door deliveries efficiently.

Cab hailing services will be able to locate their passengers with more precision, while food deliveries and supermarket online grocery shopping will be made a lot easier.

Other benefits include increased revenue collections by both the National Government through Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and the County Governments from the expanded tax base because the system will register and identify persons, businesses, properties and their precise locations.


Participants were drawn from the NAS Steering Committee and representatives from Machakos, Kajiado, Kitui and Nairobi counties.

Kitui County was represented by Mr George Mutua(ICT) , Eng. Sebastian Yumbu(Property Valuer), Eng. Jeremiah Kisilu(Principal Engineer/Roads)  and Ms. Fatuma Ngesa(Communications Advisor).

CA Initiative

The Communications Authority of Kenya(CA) has brought together various key stakeholders from both government and private sector to form a Steering Committee on National Addressing System. This multi-stakeholder steering committee has developed draft National Addressing System (NAS) Policy, Bills (National & County), Naming and Numbering Standards, Database management framework now undergoing stakeholder consultations before adoption. The meeting was meant to sensitize the above-mentioned relevant county technical officials and incorporate their inputs on the draft NAS framework before subjecting the same to a national validation workshop in due course.

 Overall objective of the workshop

The overall objective of the workshop was to develop a common understanding among stakeholders on the need of NAS and their respective roles in its development. It was also to share the proposed NAS framework for comments/input as per the constitutional requirement.

Opening Remarks

National Addressing System Steering Committee Chairman, in his remarks acknowledged the participants present and invited them to  the workshop. He highlighted the purpose of the workshop and emphasized that NAS project was critical for the country’s development agenda for vision 2030, and aimed at meeting our national vision, aspiration and goals.

He further stated that an accurate NAS is critical to the quality and cost-effective provision of innumerable services by both national and county governments, which is key to the development of e-commerce.

He assured the audience that the National Steering Committee and Communications Authority were committed to work with all stakeholders particularly the counties as implementing Units to develop a robust Addressing System for the country.


The workshop program included:

  • Video presentations.
  • Presentation from Nairobi County on Pilot NAS Experiences.
  • Presentation on draft NAS policy and County bill.
  • Presentation on NAS Standards.
  • Presentation on NAS Financing Model.
  • Presentation on NAS Database Management.

Day 1: Introduction of NAS, Experience from Nairobi County and draft Policy presentations

The session began with presentations on:

  • Early efforts on NAS.
  • ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru and CA Director-General Francis media Wangusi interviews on NAS.

Click on Video 1, Video 2, to view the full video presentations.

Introduction of NAS

Presentation done by CA; addressed the following issues:-

  • Definition of NAS and the benefits.
  • The mandate of the CA in NAS.
  • The objective of NAS.
  • Mandate and responsibilities of counties in NAS.
  • Milestones Achieved.

This gave a clear understanding of NAS and its role in the counties and participants were able to relate and be fully involved in the discussions.

Experience from Nairobi County

Presentation done by Postal CA addressed the following issues:-

  • Importance of physical addresses.
  • Nairobi physical addressing system.
  • Challenges experienced in Nairobi NAS activities.
  • Areas covered by the project.
  • Project Funding.

Click on to Doc 2 to view the full presentation.

Draft Policy and County Model Bill

Presentation done by CA; it addressed the following issues:

  • Legal framework guiding NAS
  • Institution arrangement to the county level; functions and responsibilities of the proposed county Addressing Units (CAU)
  • NAS Compliance and Reporting
  • Challenges of establishing NAS

Click on to Doc 3 to view the full presentation

Day 2: Standards presentations and Draft NAS Database Management

The second day started with a video presentation depicting need for a centralized data management, with the key learning being data access and license should be restricted based on the usage.

NAS Standards Presentation.

 The presentation done by MOICT addressed the following issues:-

  • NAS Standard alignment to the UPU International standards.
  • Review of the current postcode system.
  • Street Naming address Standards.
  • Responsibility for street name and property number signage.
  • Responsibilities of National and County Governments.

Click on to Doc 4 for the full presentation.

Click on Video 8 to view the video presentation.

Database Management

Presentation by CA addressed the following;

 Why we should manage data.

  • Data management pitfalls.
  • Data security.

Click on to Doc 5 to view the full presentation.

The key issues highlighted by the participants were:

 There is need to be clear on ownership of database and laws on who should be responsible for changing or replacing signs used for addressing

  • Most of the counties don’t have database management systems in place and the few that have are available are in analogue format.
  • The available data will need to be re-looked and validated against the standards specified by NAS as counties don’t have the capacity and technical expertise.

Day 3:  Group Discussions & workshop recommendations Key Issues highlighted by participants in their presentations included:

On the third day the participants were split into two groups that went through the draft NAS policy & County Model bill and NAS National Bill, NAS Standards, NAS Database management and NAS Financing model.


At the end of the discussions, groups were required to present on the gaps noted in the draft documents, identify areas of improvement and provide recommendations.

  • Counties should come up with integrated ICT systems to be able to have structures, which can run concurrently.
  • Composition of proposed County Addressing Units (CAU) in all counties should be clearly defined to ensure that relevant people or departments are represented; proposal on the key members of the CAU; Surveyors, ICT, GIS officer/expert, Finance, KEBS, Postal corporation Regional office representative, County commissioner’s office, land Registry and County attorney.
  • They proposed the establishment of a County Addressing Steering committee whose functions will be
  • To offer support to the CAU on matters of public participation and generation of name bank
  • Approval of Names; the CAU in consultation with county addressing steering committee will generate names and forward them to the County Assembly, then committee in charge of physical planning shall within an agreed specified time-preferably 30 days, approve/reject with reasons the proposed names. Upon approval the names should be gazetted.


  • More information to be captured in the proposed requirements of building plans i.e. Name of developer, Plot No. Acreage, Location/street/Road, Major land mark and ID owner
  • It was proposed that the implementation time frame should be derived from the county challenges, such as availability of resources.


Click on to Doc 6 to view the draft County Model Bill and proposed amendments.


  1. Recommendations
  2. There is need for more training and sensitization of NAS to the counties especially the senior level for them to give NAS a priority and be included in the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) for funding. Counties were urged to plan for this as training curriculum on NAS has already been developed by AFRALTI situated on Waiyaki Way in Nairobi. Those planning to attend are requested to liaise with CA/COG on this matter.
  3. Given the now available national property and street naming and numbering standards, Kitui county should start preparing for the formation of its County Addressing Unit (CAU) andcommence naming and numbering all streets and property in line with the national guidelines thereby joining Nairobi and Kiambu that are already ahead. This will facilitate ecommerce (online trade) , enhance revenue collection and security among other benefits.
  • The NAS project should be included in the CIDP under spatial planning for it to be budgeted for, since the 47 counties have varied resource and infrastructural situations.

Fatuma Mueni Musau



Kitui, March 20 By Brian Peter

The Chairlady Wamama Na Uhuruto-Kitui Chapter: Hon. Esther Kalunda Ndile addresses the media in a press briefing that was held at Kiembeni Country Resort today. This group of the most vocal women leaders in Kitui County has vowed to support the Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid. Hon. Esther Ndile is an MCA Kitui County Assembly and the Vice-chairperson County Assemblies Forum (CAF)

A group of the most vocal women in Kitui County; Wamama Na Uhuruto Trust, today congratulated his Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta and Hon. Raila Odinga for reaching out to each other for the sake of the country’s unity.

Led by their chairperson Hon. Esther Kalunda Ndile, MCA Kitui County Assembly and Vice-Chairperson County Assemblies Forum (CAF), the women leaders termed the gesture of unity by NASA and Jubilee as proof that Kenya is bigger than any single individual. Speaking today in a press briefing held at the Kiembeni County Resort, Kitui Town; Hon. Ndile announced that Wamama Na Uhuruto Kitui Chapter members were in full support of the Deputy President Hon. William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.

“We promise and commit to rally our supporters behind the deputy president’s candidature for 2022,” stated the chairlady. “Wamama na Uhuruto vow to fully back Hon. William Ruto for the country’s top seat come 2022.”

The women leaders also appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Jubilee administration to ensure that Kitui County gets its fair distribution of resources. They expressed confidence in the Jubilee administration, pointing out that out of the three Ukambani counties Kitui County stood out in giving unwavering support for the reelection of the Jubilee government to office. The leaders implored Jubilee to consider more appointments into the government as a gift pack to the Kitui residents for their outstanding loyalty.

Responding to the issue of Moses Wetangula, Hon. Esther Ndile pointed out that what Kenya needs right now is unity. She expressed confidence in the mechanisms NASA has put in place for achieving that peace and unity.

“If there are elements in NASA who are against the unification of this great nation, then it is for the best that such people don’t hold positions of leadership,” Hon. Ndile said in her parting shot. “Such people are enemies of the republic of Kenya and want to keep dragging Kenyans back to the dark ages of hatred and tribal animosity.”

16-year old Boy Detained in Kitui Police Cells Since 2016!

Meet Joseph Nzomo Kitoo, a 16-year old boy from Kitavi Center Matinyani Ward, who has been wallowing in the cold dank cells of Kitui Police Station for the past two years!

The boy, who was arrested on 23rd May 2016 from his parents’ home in Matinyani at the tender age of 14, has been living in deplorable conditions; locked up in solitary cells in the Kitui Police Station to date. According to his charge sheet, Nzomo was arrested for allegations of murder two years ago, and although he has been arraigned before the Kitui High Court a number of times, he has never been moved to remand as the law states but has been living in lock up at the Kitui Police Station cells.

Nzomo denies ever murdering his cousin and best friend as alleged, and justifies that the deceased possibly committed suicide owing to the pressure from his parents. He says that it was a plot by his uncle, the deceased cousin’s father, and the local chief to frame the death on him so as to avoid societal blame for the suicide.

Efforts by the Kitui Newspaper investigative team to visit the 16-year old in the police cells were bluntly cut off, with one police officer(who requested anonymity for fear of repercussions) advising that it would be wise to stay away from the matter as, “Huyo ni Kijana wa O.C.S Masinde” (that is the O.C.S Masinde’s project). Mr Masinde is the current Deputy O.C.S at the Kitui Police Station.

But after persistence, coupled with a little deviousness of course, the Kitui Newspaper investigative team went undercover and had a brief face-to-face talk with the Joseph; alongside taking a few photos of him in custody. Later on, the Chief Editor did a phone interview with Joseph Nzomo, after one collaborative police officer on duty allowed the boy to use his mobile phone. Joseph revealed that every effort he’s made to get bail, bond or probation services has never borne fruit; with his state lawyer demanding from him a 50,000 shillings bribe before making the request in court. He also claimed that the Mr. Masinde has always frustrated his efforts to reach either the Children’s office or Probation offices.

After the Kitui Newspaper confronted the deputy O.C.S Mr. Masinde (who has been heading the station until the current O.C.S Mr. Mecha was posted in January this year) on the matter, Joseph notified us later via phone how Mr. Masinde, together with three other police officers, framed him for drug possession in the cells. Joseph claims that the Deputy O.C.S, another officer identified as P.C. Mule, and two other police officers stormed into the cells a day later, ordered all the inmates into one cell, and then proceeded to search the cells. After they were done and left, Mr. Masinde sent P.C. Mule to fetch Joseph and another inmate to his office. Joseph confidently says that he vividly saw the Deputy O.C.S pull out a plastic filled with bhang, the type commonly used by the police to seal evidence, and place it on the table before them. And that is simply how Joseph and his fellow inmate (a boy only identified as Abdio) were charged with drug possession and arraigned in court the next day. This happened in mid-January.

Nzomo insisted that he was framed by Deputy Masinde for speaking to the press. He also vehemently pleaded his innocence, tearfully swearing that he couldn’t have killed his childhood friend and best cousin.

“This is a plot by my uncle to hide the truth about the cause of death of my cousin,” Joseph said. “Now I have watched two of my birthdays pass by uncelebrated in this nightmarish police cell, and I don’t know how many more to come!”

Sniffing back tears, Joseph narrated his sad story: from the last moments with his cousin, the torment of his arrest; to the ordeals he is surfering in the cold dank cells of the Kitui Police Station. He wonders why he has never been taken to remand like the law requires, and accuses his uncle, the deceased boy’s father, of bank-rolling the deputy Mr. Masinde, who was the then O.C.S Kitui Police Station.

Joseph is appealing to well-wishers, human rights activists, and legal representation to step in and help him out of his nightmare, which has lasted for over two years of his juvenile life.

Joseph Nzomo during his happier free days. |photo courtesy of his Facebook account|

Audio recordings of the phone interviews and personal/contact details of Joseph Nzomo Kitoo can be availed upon request to the chief editor: 0725052525.

The Sad Dark Story Behind MB Salone Childhood

Little is known about the childhood of Mohamed Bailor Barrie aka MB Salone whose social media presence is creating a big buzz in Sub-Saharan Africa as well as sparking interest with his loyal fan base in the United States. An up-close interview with him revealed an inspiring story from a sad, traumatizing childhood to a successful all in one music engineer, blogger, photographer, video producer, and graphic designer/editor.

The American based Sierra Leonean music producer/audio engineer/celebrity photographer/graphic designer/editor and official blogger for the rapper 50Cent’s website; Thisis50 was born in Sierra Leone and is a grandson of Alhaji Mohamed Bailor Barrie; the famous philanthropist and diamond and gold dealer in West Africa for much of the 60s, 70s and 80s and also known for other businesses such as importation of rice, Hyundai and Daihatsu among other things.

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PACJA Pushes To Have Climate Change Integrated Into The CIDP

Kitu Friday March 9 By Brian Peter and Augustus Muteti

Stakeholders pose for a photo after the conclusion of the PSP workshop organized by Caritas Kitui and PACJA at the Parkside Villa Motel, Kitui Town on 26th 27th and 28th of February 2018. PACJA and Caritas are pushing to have climate change issues integrated into the CIDP. [photo by Brian Peter|©Kitui Newspaper 2018]

The Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has launched a campaign to have the county government integrate climate change issues into the CIDP.

Partnering with CARITAS Kitui, PACJA held a three-day stakeholders participatory Scenario Planning workshop last week, with the objective of drafting a climate change advisory for the county government. The workshop, which was held at the Parkside Villa Motel Kitui, brought together stakeholders from the county Meteorological department, the ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Livestock, CSOs, Traditional weather forecasters, and the media.

The participatory scenario planning (PSP) is aimed at documenting observations, data analysis of the past periods and future forecasts of the county weather characters. PACJA intends to collect weather and climate information about Kitui County from the people’s observations, government meteorological services records, large farming practitioners, agricultural research stations and learning institutions. Climate knowledge will then be derived from the weather/climate information collected; after it is contextualized, analyzed, and translated for practical use, it will then be applied in different situations in our county.

Several issues emerged during the conference, with the Meteorological department revealing that it is heavily understaffed. With only three government employees, the department is forced to rely almost entirely on unpaid volunteers, alongside having an unbelievable media coverage budget allocation of mere Ksh. 20,000 annually! This limits its ability to communicate timely weather and climate information through the media. There also exist just five automatic weather stations and only one synoptic station in the entire county making it a big challenge to scale down the national weather forecasts to the ward levels, and increasing the error margin for weather forecasts to over 75%.

“This is sadly a key factor to blame for the past failure of the Ndengu Project,” the County Meteorological department director Mr. Peter Ndegwa revealed during his presentation at the workshop.

Kitui County has suffered the onslaughts of climate change in the past three decades. According to a recent research in Kitui County, organized by Caritas Kitui and conducted by Savana Consultancy and Research Services Ltd; on the county ecosystem based adaptation (EBA): the frequency of droughts has increased from a circle of once every five years to a nearly annual basis. Subsequently, farmers are becoming more unable to respond to local needs, with the growing population. Climate change has caused loss of bio-diversity, reduction of tree cover, larger than normal droughts and famines, and the April rains (locally known as ‘Mbua ya Nzwa’) is no longer received at all in some areas in the county.

A technical task force committee, comprised of 23 members, has been formed to draft the proposal for the integration of the PSP into the CIDP; drawing its members from across all the major stakeholders in the climate change fight. This committee will meet on 15th March 2018 to delegate on the way forward.The members of this Climate Change Policy Steering committee are:

Agriculture Patrick Ndovoi
Ministry of environment & Minerals department & Energy Winfred Paul

Dominic Mumbu

Kenya Forestry Service Paul Kibagendi
Livestock Erick Kaindi
Water Department Titus Saidi
Wildlife Jimmy
CSOs ADS-E-Sam Mwendwa

CCNKenya-Joseph Ngondi

Meteorology Department Dr. William Ndegwa
NRM Groups/community Reps John Itute
County assembly members MCA Kavolonza, chair of Environment Committee

-Chair Agriculture committee

NDMA Job Oweya

Alfred Litunya

Academia David Musembi-SEKU University
Community Resource Persons Lazarus Kanewe
Media Brian Peter
NEMA Robin Kingori
Health sector 1 person
Education sector Joseph Nzuki
KEFRI Bernard Kigwa
ASDSP Eliud Ndemange
Social & Culture 2 persons from SEKU university

PACJA’s key objective is to have PSP as an activity incorporated into the county CIDP instead of waiting for donors to fund it. Climate change is purely anthropogenic, and it’s is the responsibility of the Kitui County Government to integrate climate change coping strategies in its CIDP; which was scheduled to be presented to the cabinet yesterday.

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Lyrics to the Controversial “Ikamba” song(English Translation)

This in-law-ship better dies
These Kamba’s have become too much
They started by betraying us
Now it’s our vehicles they are burning
[Chorus – You witches may you be codemned,
Mangoes are almost over and soon you will be eating dogs
You witches may you be condemned
Mangoes are almost over and sooner you be eating birds]
This woman has become too much supervising our goods being set ablaze
Kamba land is a starvation land
If we stop buying the charchoal you will die
Anywhere you want to see a Kamba
You will only need to see tires
Those jobs that are un- understable is theirs
It’s their jealous making them malicious


If you want to Kamba are useless
They can’t keep their word
This watermelon stood off Baba on their day of swearing in


This seating we send Waititu, Peter Munya, & Mwangi of Limuru
To tell these people we are not taken for granted/joked with like that
We get our wealth from own sweat


Kitui County Fire Tragedy: Eye Witness Account

Sunday 25 February, Kitui

By Brian Peter

The burnt shell of a building that housed five county ministries and three major offices in Kitui County. |PHOTO BY BRIAN PETER| KITUI NEWSPAPER|

Five ministries and three key offices in Kitui County have lost vital documents and property worth millions after a fire razed down their offices last night.

According to a key witness account by a night watchman in a nearby premises, the inferno broke out earlier in the night, as the huge flames appeared at around 11 pm last night.

The guard, who sought anonymity disclosed that fuses on a transormer inside the guard’s compound started sparking around 8 pm and proceeded till around 10.30 pm.

Pictures of the defunct transformer showing the blown-out fuses

He says that he got worried, switched off the main switch and tried to call for technical assistance from the establishment’s electrician; who happened to be away but advised him to keep the main switch off till he came.

“It is around 11 pm when I saw great flames leap out of the left wing of the second floor, barely 15 minutes after the transformer fuse blew out,” the watchman told our reporter in an exclusive interview.

The left wing of the former Tourist Hotel building, now leased to the County government, hosts the County Ministry Of Tourism and Natural Resources offices.

The watchman claims that the inferno awoke residents from the neighborhood, most of them county staff, who rushed to the scene. The gates were locked, and a police cruiser arrived at the scene almost immediately; but they all watched helplessly as the fire spread uncontrolled to the lower floors of the building. There was no response from county firefighters, and the police warded off any attempts by the public to access the building and fight the fire, he claims.

According to the watchman, the staff kept making frantic calls to the ministers and top county officials, but a Tana Athi water bowser only showed up at the scene in the wee hours of the morning. By then the fire had already died out, after consuming the entire three-storey building. According to his account, the fire had receaded by 1am and the disgrunted staff left back to their houses.

This incident has thrown the entire Savani and Site Estates into a black-out up to the time of going press.

The offices razed to the ground are:

County Ministries of:

1.Adminstration and Coordination of County Affairs

2.Basic Education, Training and Skills Development

3.Tourism and Natural Resources

4. Environment, Energy and Mineral Resources

5.Culture, Youth, Sports and Social Services

6. County Human Resource Manager

7. Office of the County Secretary

8. County Payroll Manager.

Neither the governor nor Deputy Governor had visited the site or issued a statement on the incident by the time of going to press. The Governor’s Press also arrived at the scene at 2 pm today to take photos and followed to post a story on the incident in whatsapp forums hours later. The office of the Governor has remained inaccessible via phone calls since the incident took place.

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