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US Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Kyle McCarter pays a courtesy call to Governor H.E. John Nyagarama.

US envoy pledges support to key sectors in Nyamira, lauds devolved unit. The US will work closely with heads of devolved units in Kenya to spur meaningful growth and development, Ambassador Kyle McCarter has said. Speaking in Nyamira on Thursday, President Donald Trump's envoy to Kenya said 'US believes in Devolution and it must work in all devolved units'.

 

Devolution, McCarter argued, is more responsive than traditional centralised systems. "We advocate for governments which are close to people because they are more responsive," he said  after doing a courtesy call meeting with Nyamira Governor H.E Hon.John Nyagarama. While noting that Nyamira is endowed with a lot of opportunities, McCarter said the county is yet to tap economic resources to capacity as expected.

 

The US, he added, will work with Governor Nyagarama leadership by supporting agriculture, health, clean energy among other sectors. "We shall support farmers to get value of their inputs. US will support agriculture, health, clean energy among others," he said. To realise the full potential of the agricultural county, the envoy revealed, the US will help in drilling of boreholes across the county.

 

McCarter replaced Robert Godec  this year. It was his first trip to the former Nyanza province since taking over. With America also keen on fostering education in Africa, McCarter said, "We will continue funding education for both bright and needy students." Host Governor *H. E John Nyagarama* lauded America's continued friendship with Kenya, calling for more developmental partnership between Washington DC and Nyamira.

 

*Governor Nyagarama* asked the US to help in training and capacity building, hiring of health human resource and exchange programme which will help officers to upgrade their management skills on devolved units. Also, Nyagarama said, "We need more help in agriculture, infrastructure, street lightening and expansion of our local schools."

 

The two leaders also discussed the ailing tea sector, in which McCarter asked the Kenyan government to deal with 'unscrupulous brokers' adding that the US policy on such matters is clear. H.E Nyagarama is keen to accomplish his Big Four Agenda, which include better infrastructure, improved health services and agricultural productivity.

 

The trip by the US envoy will greatly boost the county's ongoing expansion of international networks and mutual relations. Early this week, a delegation from health department headed by Health Executive Douglas Oseko Bosire represented Governor Nyagarama in Eastern Europe where they secured a number of high profile deals in Czech Republic and Slovakia.

 

Worthy noting, the Polish government is currently supporting infrastructural development in health department, massive milestone for the young devolved unit. Present during the function were Nyamira County Commissioner Amos Mariba, Roads CEC John Omanwa, Public Service Management Executive Benard Osumo, Environment CEC Samwel Maiko and directors Alex Migika, David Munyi all from the Agriculture Department mong other government officials.