The Governor Elect takes oath of office


The Marsabit County Governor elect H.E Mohamud Mohamed Ali and his deputy H.E Solomon Gubo Riwe today took oath of office before Justice Francis Gikonyo at Marsabit Moi Girls High School.

The governor elect assured county residents that, politics of exclusion will have no place in his administration, adding that the county’s ethnic diversity should not be a barrier to peace and development as he takes mantle of county leadership. The county boss wholeheartedly thanked county residents for upholding peace before,during and after election, assuring them fair and just leadership. Governor Ali urged county residents to watch and embrace peace at all times, telling them that without peace nothing worthy can be achieved. The deputy governor elect Solomon Gubo who emphasised on government’s service to all,told the residents that the current reign of leadership is after development but not politics which he said is over.

The Marsabit County commissioner Magu Mutindika who thanked county residents for cherishing peace during electioneering period and after,informed the county populace that “Mashindano sio vita Bali ni Sera” and thus peace is what every leader and resident must uphold. Mutindika advised,”Let people not go overboard nor cross boarders as they celebrate their gained victory”. The Marsabit County Inter-Faith leaders led by Marsabit Catholic Bishop Peter Kiara, having shown the inauguration ceremony participants an egg,told the leaders elect that Marsabit County is like an egg that has life and aspiration,urging leaders to care of its flock as they execute their chosen role of serving the diversed communities of Marsabit.

By Boru Molmolla-the Marsabit County Communication




Today, Marsabit County Governor H.E Mohamud .M. Ali hosted five envoys from Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, UK, The Netherlands, UN resident coordinator,EU representative, the principal secretary from the ministry of devolution & planning and other development partners. The team is on a tour mission of the frontier counties of Mandera, Garrisa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Tana River ,Turkana and Lamu which have formed a regional economic block, FCDC (frontier counties development council) and is geared at leveraging the opportunities considering geographic proximities in addressing shared developmental challenges. The familiarization visit is aimed at providing FCDC counties with the opportunity to articulate key regional development priorities, establish development partner-GOK compact and to strengthen FCDC as a platform for member counties to achieve socioeconomic development.

Governor Ali acknowledged the long term generous support from the embassies and recognized with deep appreciation the continuous support from various development partners to Marsabit county as well as other FCDC counties. While regretting the level of inequality across the frontier counties, he underscored lack of various development enablers in these counties

“You must have realized the high level of inequality between frontier counties and the rest of Kenya. You must have seen that in all the frontier counties you visited, infrastructures such as roads,energy,water and other basic enablers of development are either lacking or inadequate” Said Governor Ali.

While acknowledging the enormous challenges the county is facing in exploiting its untapped natural resources, Governor Ali called for proper attention, understanding of its needs,potential and political commitment to address them. The county boss further called for utmost collaboration and cooperation with donors and other development partners in the key sectors of Education, Health,Roads, Livestock and Agriculture so as to keep FCDC counties at par with vision 2030 and the rest of the country.

The envoys lauded Governor Ali’s development track record and in particular, the healthcare sector where the county government has secured NHIF cover for 10,000 vulnerable households,free ambulance services, cost sharing of major surgeries and the radical reforms he brought at NHIF as the board chairman. World bank have also promised to partner with FCDC counties on solar energy, water and sanitation, response for displacement persons and safety net programs . Further the bank has urged Governor Ali to put in place urban/municipal board and city managers that will oversee the management of the Ksh. 750M that they will pump in 5 phases for town urbanization.

The Principal secretary, ministry of devolution Mr. Micah Powon assured the FCDC counties of continued support from national government and timely release of funds.

By Governor’s Press Service, 2018

The Launch of Public Participation for CIDP 2018-2022


The County Government of Marsabit has embarked on the development of the second generation Intergrated  Development Plan (2018-2022) as the first generation CIDP( 2013-2017 )is coming to an end.

H.E the Deputy Governor during the launch of Public Participation for the development of the CIDP 2018-2022

The Marsabit County deputy governor H. E Solomon Gubo Riwe  today while officially launching the preparation of the new document at Marsabit Jirime Resort, revealed that the process has already began at sectoral level and is  being spearheaded by the County’s department of finance and economic planning.

The deputy County boss said that the review of previous CIDP (2013-2017) will provide good baseline for the preparation of the 2018-2022 CIDP.

The DG asserted that the current CIDP preparation process will be linked to the vision 2030,Medium Term Plan III, Sustainable Development Goals, African Agenda 2063, Sendai Framework of action on Disaster Risk Reduction among others.

He further said that the preparation process will mainstream key cross cutting areas affecting the County which include; climate change, Disaster Risk Reduction, Ending drought Emergencies, Environmental Degradation, Gender, Youth, vulnerable/people with disabilities, HIV/AIDS among others.

The deputy County Chief reiterated that public participation is no longer a privilege but it’s obligation for all and the current process of preparing CIDP will be highly participatory and thus must involve communities, County and national government departments, all development partners, civil society organizations, Faith Based Organization among others.

Revealing that the County leadership has organized for public participation forums (between 25th – 31st January 2018) across all the administrative wards to get first hand priorities of ‘Wananchi’, the DG urged all Marsabit community to participate in the forums, as he called on elites to guide on priorities.

Members derived from County Government departments, the County Assembly and other stakeholders follow keenly during the launch of the Public Participation

He directed the department of Finance and Economic planing to ensure government’s manifesto and Transformative Agenda is mainstreamed in the current CIDP.

The Marsabit County Commissioner, Meru Mwangi who said that wise people think about the the end, urged the people of Marsabit and it’s leadership to ensure that the plan is in line with national goals, adding that it must be need driven and participatory as it endeavours to meet peoples’ aspirations.

The Marsabit County Secretary Malicha Boru echoed the County Commissioner that the plan must be people centred plan and thus everyone should marshal his/her effort for the realization of the desired outcome.

A consultant, Dr. Dennis Ochieng who shared an African proverb, “If you want to travel far, travel alone but if you want to travel farthest, travel with people”, said the Bottom-up (participatory) approach in the preparation of the current CIDP process is indeed vital.

Dr. Ochieng said that the County priorities need to be aligned to the current plan under preparation.

He revealed that county priorities be aligned to plans by; identifying key desirable components of the old CIDP that could be retained and built upon, identifying the sectoral priorities within the County-presented by the County and also identifying other things needed/issues that demand attention.

By Boru Molmolla– The department of Communication.



The County Government of Marsabit is in the process of preparing second generation CIDP (2018 – 2022) in line with the provisions of the constitution of Kenya Article 220 (a) and the County Government Act 2012.

In order to get views and inputs from ‘Wananchi’ on priority programmes and projects to be implemented in the next five years, the county government has organized forums in all 20 county wards from 25th – 31st January, 2018; the activity will run concurrently.

For more information please contact your Ward and Sub-county Administrator.

You can also share your views and inputs through this email:



The County Government of Marsabit, established by the constitution of Kenya 2010, article 176 intends to prepare the second generation County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP 2018-2022). The main objective of the assignment is to produce a high quality CIDP 2018-2022 with a long term perspective to guide county government of Marsabit in achievement of her social-economic development agenda while enhancing environmental sustainability. The County Government of Marsabit invites qualified interested illegible bidders to submit their expression of interest (EOI). The expected period for undertaking the expression of Interest for the preparation of CIDP in the county shall be fourteen working days ending on 28th November 2017 at 10:00am.

Those willing to participate are asked to liaise with officers on 0725 734139, 0728 808805, 0718 743171 or writing to us on our official email address of

Interested illegible bidders must submit two(2) copies clearly marking each ‘’ ORIGINAL TENDER and ‘’COPY OF TENDER’’ of the EOI with all the necessary documentations in a plain sealed envelope clearly LABELLED PREPARATION OF 2NDMARSABIT COUNTY(2018-2022) CIDP along with a covering letter duly signed by an authorizing signatory before 28th November 2017.

The document should be deposited in the tender box situated at the Governor’s Office addressed to:

The County Secretary
County Government of Marsabit
P. O. Box384-60500,


The EoI documents submitted shall be opened thereafter at the county executive offices at the headquarters in the presence of bidders or their representatives who choose to attend.

The EOI will be evaluated and qualifying firms issued with Request for Proposal (RFPs) documents thereafter.


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CIDP( 2018-2022) Preparation

The Second County Cabinet Sworn in


The Second Cabinet of Marsabit County, today took oath of office, a day after which the County governor H. E Mohamud Mohammed Ali received the vetted and approved list of the 10 nominees.

Governor Ali as he commended the Marsabit County Assembly for expediting the vetting and approving the process, termed the assembly’s work as efficiency at it’s best, adding that it gave him a lot of confidence and reassurance that he was right in his cabinet selection.

The County Chief, having said that services to the people should not wait any longer, the best support that the cabinet can give his government is to work efficiently.

Governor Ali told the new cabinet to keep in mind that they benefitted from the appointment because the people of Marsabit voted for change and this depicts that they have very limited options, and thus they must strive to the change that people wanted to see in Marsabit. He revealed that the cabinet reflect the true face of Marsabit County, not only in terms of qualifications but also the ethnicity of each member.

The governor warned the cabinet, “Your ethnicity was only important in so far as the selection and recruitment process was concerned. Now that you are in office, the ethnic card has outlived it’s usefulness. You are a CEC member for Marsabit County but not a CEC member for your clan or your ethnic group”.

He added, “You might have had a support from your tribe or clan during the selection process but do not count on their protection to remain in my government. After all, I am not intending to get support from your clan merely for appointing you to the cabinet position. I want to earn their support based on a job well done and services well delivered”.

The County CEO told the cabinet that he doesn’t ask for any favours, praises or blind support for having appointed them to the second County cabinet, but all he wants is efficient and effective service delivery to the people of Marsabit in a timely manner.

County Chief Officers list has been sent to the county public service board for interviews.

By Boru Molmolla-the department of Communication, Marsabit County

Governor met MCAs over Malaria crisis in North Horr Sub County:


Marsabit County governor H. E Mohamud Mohammed Ali, at governor’s boardroom today had a consultative meeting with the County Assembly members where they shared a lot on Malaria outbreak in North-Horr, Dukana and Illeret wards.

The meeting follows reports that Dukana ward MCA, Mr. Elema Diba shared with Assembly members and the County Governor.

Dukana ward law maker received reports from area health facilities and community leaders that there has been disease outbreak in the past one week that has claimed about 15 lives, with many others living with the problem.

According to Marsabit County director of Preventive health services, Dr. Boru Okutu, of the 186 sick patients investigated, 136 were tested Malaria positive.

The illness is said have been characterized by fever, headache, backache, jaundice, bloody diarrhoea and vomiting. Most affected areas are in villages far from static health facilities.

The governor H. E Mohamud Mohammed Ali, as he was chairing the meeting, made a quick call to the director of Malaria programme Kenya Dr. Wako Dulacha who confirmed that he has directed KEMSA to release drugs soonest possible.

The County Chief directed County Secretary Mr Isacko Galgallo to ensure that a vehicle leaves immediately for Nairobi, and consignment is expected to be in Marsabit tomorrow.

Health specialists will hit the ground immediately as they receive drugs to reinforce services offered in the affected areas

To address water crisis across the vast County of Marsabit, Governor Ali directed water director Boku Gufu that all the six water bowsers should be operational by Monday next week. Currently only one water bowser is functional.

Of the 110 boreholes within the County, five boreholes are reported to have broken down. Burgabo and Sori Athi which are reported to have collapsed, PACIDA has offered to work on them.

Bori, Kambi Nyoka and Gomare boreholes will be worked on by NDMA.

The governor will meet all the striking nurses within the Saku Sub County, tomorrow.

By Boru Molmolla-the department of Communication, Marsabit County

H.E Mohamud Ali Chairs County Steering Group meeting


The Marsabit County governor H. E Mohamud Mohammed Ali today chaired his first meeting with the County Steering Group(CSG) at Marsabit Catholic Pastoral Centre, where he shared much with the team. Having confirmed that the County has myriads of challenges due to its significant portion being Arid and Semi Arid, Governor Ali congratulated CSG team for their reputable service(s) in addressing problems within the County. The governor assured the team his administration’s full commitment to work with the team as they execute their noble service delivery to the county populace. The County Chief prioritized water and health sector during tenure, as he cited that most of the biting problems people face revolve around the two sectors hence there is urgent need to fix them properly. He reported that his government has already secured Ksh. 1.8 billion from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, 50% of which will be used to develop water infrastructure. Reminding the team an advice given by his teacher during his school time at Starehe Boys, “clean a cup of coffee as if it has never been cleaned” the governor urged the team not to postpone any intervention that they can make now to a future. The County deputy governor H. E Solomon Gubo Riwe advised the team not only to meet when there are issues but also convene such a gathering even other times. By Boru Molmolla-the department of Communication, Marsabit County

The Opening of the Second County Assembly


The Marsabit County governor H.E Mohamud Mohammed Ali, today Wednesday 13th September 2017 graced the official opening of the Second Marsabit County Assembly held at Marsabit County Assembly Chamber. Governor Ali while terming devolution as one of the most celebrated milestones of Kenyan 2010 constitution, acclaimed the rationale behind devolved system of governance as it gave power of self governance to people besides promotion of social-economic development and facilitation of the decentralized state organs. The county chief asserted that the objectives of devolution cannot be met unless the two levels of government works together in harmony and thus all leaders have to demonstrate confidence in their leadership. He added that, there must exist a mutual and symbiotic relationship between the Executive and the Assembly arm of the county government. As he made reference to the county budget for the year 2017/18 which is still at the county Assembly stage awaiting approval as last Assembly did not pass before its dissolution, the county governor urged members to expeditiously approve the budget so as to effect delivery of services to the people of Marsabit. He further informed the Assembly members the over 1billion pending bills of the past government, urging them to factor in the 2018/19 budget. To fulfil promises made during campaign period, he said his government must put in place a well organized human resource base to support efficient service delivery. In reference to human resource, the governor said that the recently established task force aims at reviewing the structure,composition and the qualification of existing work force so as to provide feasible recommendations on the required actions. He added that any restructuring or changes that might be effected will not be used to target individuals based on their ethnicity,religion or political persuasions. The county CEO informed the house that his government has secured Ksh. 144 million from European Union and he wished it to be utilized in construction of fish processing plants and refrigeration facilities both in Loiyangalani and Illeret. As he revealed that average distance to a health facility in the county as 52 Km, ten times further than national target of 5Km, the governor said that to address it, he government must ensure medical equipments and drugs are available in all hospitals and health centres besides being sufficiently staffed. To enhance health service, the governor said his government will allocate 60 million to facilitate access NHIF medical cover. “We intend to support 500 individuals from every ward to acquire NHIF cards translating to 10,000 principal members across the county” said governor Ali. To address water challenges, the county boss revealed that special emphasis will be on rain water harvesting and reliance on massive storage for both livestock and human consumption. To supplement the available resources, governor Ali revealed that his administration has secured Ksh 1.8 billion from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and development, and the governor intend to direct 50% of the fund to develop water infrastructure. The governor assured that his administration will engage the public in discussion on their development priorities. He further said that his administration places strong focus on the peace and stability for harmonious coexistence of all communities. Marsabit County Assembly speaker Hon. Mathew Loltome emphasised that members must work together to serve people of Marsabit County, adding that they must understand that the future prosperity, peace, and security of the county is firmly and safer in their hands. By Boru Molmolla- Department of Communication