Kajiado sets precedent in utilising new technologies to curb spread of Covid-19

Caption: Governor Joseph ole Lenku at a past event. Photo | File | Kajiado Star

Governor Lenku says starting next week, Cabinet meetings will be conducted virtually

By Faith Nashipae

Kajiado County government has set a new precedent in conducting virtual prayers breakfast meeting, amid concerns of rise in cases of coronavirus disease in the country and other parts of the world.

Yesterday, Using the Zoom concept, more than a hundred county leaders and members of the clergy held a two-hour online prayer breakfast, which they took to ask for God’s intervention as the nation and the world at large faces the dreadful pandemic.

The prayer session jointly convened by the Deputy Governor Martin Moshisho and County Speaker Johnson Osoi, was graced by Governor Joseph ole Lenku and the National Assembly’s Co-chairman of the Prayer Breakfast, and Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange.

County Executives and a score of the Members of the County Assembly also participated, in the prayers presided by Bishops Gadiel Lenini of the Anglican Church of Kenya and Mohammed Kamwaro of the Deliverance Church.

Speaking at his town residence after the prayers, Governor Lenku said he is delighted that the county has managed to set the pace for virtual prayers and meetings of government through online means.

“The technology will be used to conduct County meetings including the Cabinet meeting starting next week,” he said.

Moshisho on his part, hailed the leader’s participation in the historic prayer session, noting that it is an indication that the leaders are united in the fight against the Covid-19, “And more importantly, they also shown that they have faith in God, that beyond our concerted efforts, we still depend on Him to see us through with victory and triumph.”

MP Koinange urged the Kajiado leaders to continue working together, and commended them for setting the pace for other counties.

“This is the first county that has held an online prayer meeting… We shall benchmark at the national level and conduct it in May.

He added: “This method has shown that Coronavirus cannot deny us the opportunity ‘to meet’ and turn to the Lord to pray for the strength to beat the pandemic.”

In the same breath, the County Speaker announced that the Executive and the Assembly had reached a consensus to work together and support all legislations that would enable the County Government to respond appropriately to Covid-19.

“We shall actually have a special meeting on Wednesday next week to pass the Supplementary budget that will see a re- allocation of some budgetary votes to a special kitty to combat Covid-19,” said the Speaker.

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