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Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the inaugurated Governing Council and the KEWI staff members

Prof. Judi Wakhungu addressing the inaugurated Governing Council and the KEWI staff members

Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) has a new Governing Council. The 10 member council was inaugurated today the, 6th of May 2015 by the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment Water and Natural Resources Prof. Judi Wakhungu.

Prof. Wakhungu appointed Amb. Dr. Mary Mbiro Khimulu, M.B.S. as  Chair, Dr. Christopher Munyao Nyamai, MS. Lilian Janice Plapan, Prof. Wilson Mwaniki Ngecu, MS. Catherine Akinyi Mwango, Mr. David Amenem’alaine, ENG. Lawrence Simitu, the Principal Secretary-National Treasury, the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, and the Director, Kenya Water Institute- who will serve for a period of three years.

 Prof. Wakhungu said , KEWI has not had a governing council for almost one and a half years and during this period her Ministry, through the Principal Secretary, had consistently supported KEWI management to ensure that the institution is managed soundly, and that its programmes do not stagnate.

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu , the inaugurated Governing Council members and KEWI staff

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu , the inaugurated Governing Council members and KEWI staff

As you are aware, Prof. Wakhungu said the sector is faced with number of challenges. These challenges include extreme climate conditions that lead to water scarcity, surface water and ground water resources, especially ground water resources. Other challenges are; limited appropriate water technologies, inadequate data and information for informed policy decisions and improved service delivery, inadequate skilled technicians who can cope with dynamic environment, as well as inadequate operation and maintenance of existing water infrastructure which may contribute to high levels of non- revenue water. Consequently, my ministry has identified access to clean, safe water and sanitation services, research development and technology as key strategic focus area, she added.

Prof. Wakhungu said her Ministry has developed the water bill 2015, which is currently undergoing discussion in parliament, in which she has made  the necessary input on the role of KEWI in the sector. In the same spirit, KEWI should review her policies.

 The KEWIS governing Council key responsibilities will be to:

  1. Formulating, with the approval from the ministry, policies pertaining to KEWI management, and implementation of the objectives of the KEWI mandate;
  2. Administering the property and funds of the institute in such manner and for such purposes as shall best promote the interests of the institute;
  3. Receiving on behalf of the institute, donations, endorsements, gifts, grants or other monies, and to make legitimate disbursements there from;
  4. Borrowing, generating and raising funds for the purposes of the institute;
  5. Appointing suitable staff for the institute upon such terms and conditions as you may determine;
  6. Receiving reports from the director or any officer of the institute in respect of financial and other circumstances of the institute and directing any action to be taken by the director or any officer of the institute; and
  7. Doing or performing anything or any other act beneficial to the institute as provided for in the KEWI act.

“I recently presided over the ground breaking ceremony for the Kewi water resource centre and i am aware that this is one of the initiatives that will broaden KEWI’S   revenue base not only in Kenya but the entire Eastern African Region as well, the CS said.

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and the inaugurated Governing Council, in a group photo

The CS, Prof. Judi Wakhungu and the inaugurated Governing Council, in a group photo

Wakhungu urged the governing council to uphold the national values as stipulated in the article 10 of the constitution- alongside the principles in chapter six of the constitution on leadership, ethics and integrity.

KEWI started in the 1960s as a small unit for training water supply operators. She has grown since then to be the Kenya Water Institute you see today. The instrument that created the institute is entrenched in the laws of Kenya as KEWI act 2001, which spells out her mandate. Other than having a distinct act of parliament, it is also unique in the sense that it is the only middle level institution in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kenya, and the East African Region, fully dedicated to training water technicians. Technicians are responsible for the day to day management of our water utilities and schemes. In addition, the institution also undertakes applied water research, consultancy and outreach services, aimed at improving water resources management and development, and providing water and sanitation services for the socio-economic development of the country.

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