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Devolution Powering Our Transformation

Mandera County continued to register positive progress anchored on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) despite challenges and the devastating effects of climate change, which saw prolonged dry spells followed by heavy rains and flooding.Floods displaced families, washed away crops and farming infrastructure and cut off roads. The resilience of our people was put to the test afresh. Interventions by the County and National Governments helped us cope with the disasters, but our people deserve to be cushioned more.Through the will of the almighty God, we overcame the prolonged litigation period, which slowed our work and delayed the appointment of a full Cabinet and Chief Officers. Today, we have a full Cabinet and expanded roles for the accounting officers

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Recent Al-Shabab Presence in Mandera – Governor’s Comment

H.E. Governor’s Speech During Launch Of 2019/2020 Education Bursary Program

Fundraising For Takaba Jamia

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Speech BY H.E. Governor Roba During Commissioning Of Mandera Fire Brigade Station

Courtesy Call By National Assembly Members of Administration and Security Committee

BBI Rally in Mandera

Peace Building Conference Held

Launch of the Second Mandera County Nutrition Action plan

Danish Refugee Council donates items to fight Covid-19

Governor Roba’s 15th press briefing on Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 team completes one-week evaluation exercise

Governor Ali Roba’s 14th media briefing on Covid-19 pandemic

Ministry of Water officials led by CEC Mohamed Ali when they held a meeting with local NGOs officials

Official hand over of the Ministry of Trade by the acting CEC Dr Eda Mohamed to the new CEC Mr Adan Dakane: Photos

County conducts free mass Covid-19 tests

Inspection of water and sewerage projects in Mandera town by a team from the national government accompanied by county officials on October 29, 2020.  Photos:

Youths in Mandera allocated new Market

Mandera Governor Ali Ibrahim Roba’s speech during the 11th Mashujaa Day celebrations

Governor Ali Roba’s speech during the launch of support for vulnerable groups- PWDs, youth & women

Governor Ali Roba’s speech during the commissioning of Covid-19 laboratory

Mandera County launches lab for Covid-19 tests

Distribution of equipment to youths and women

Mandera County Government in partnership with Kenya Aids NGOs Consortium (KANCO) today held an advocacy and social mobilization meeting on improving immunization uptake

Elwak Municipality conducts 3 days induction for board members

Revenue departments conduct public participation on Finance Bill 2020 across the county

Elwak Municipality board members hold inaugural meeting Mandera Municipality

Ultra-modern Elwak Regional Market starts operations

Kshs81 billion Isiolo-Mandera road a game changer, FCDC chairman says

Governor Roba reshuffles chief officers

Joint communique on Yado/Yatho dispute

Fixing security in Mandera

Private health facilities ordered to refer patients to county hospitals

Governor Ali Roba’s 13th media briefing on measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus

Governor Ali Roba’s 12th circular on measures to contain the spread of Coronavirus

County heightens fight against Hepatitis B

FCDC chair appeals for shelving of revenue reduction formula

Boost for efforts to increase forest cover

Governor Roba launches second batch of relief food distribution

Governor Ali Roba’s speech during the flagging off of the second consignment of Countywide Emergency Relief Food distribution

Release funds to fight Covid-19, Governor Roba urges national govt

Governor Roba leads Mandera leaders in backing Uhuru/Raila

County gifts traders with stalls

Municipality hands over storm water and solar projects to contractors

Mandera county govt donates relief food to GK Prison

8000 families to benefit from relief supplies from county govt

Governor Ali Roba’s 11th media briefing on Covid-19 and flood situation in Mandera County

Ten thousand residents benefit from relief rations

Governor Ali Roba’s ninth media briefing on measures to combat Covid-19

Governor Ali Roba’s seventh media briefing on measures to contain Coronavirus

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Prof Adams Oloo

It is a lifetime experience. I’ve never been here before. It’s a historic visit to the frontline of the country. Governor Roba has turned around Mandera and I give him credit despite the climate challenges and security issues. I am very impressed with the great development I have witnessed and the cooperation between the county and the national government. It is completely contrary to the perception of many Kenyans who have never visited Mandera County. My appeal is to the people of Mandera to help the government in securing of our border as it takes both them and the government to establish a safer count

Building Bridges Initiative Vice-Chairman

Lawi Imathiu

When I first visited the Mandera in the mid-1960s during the Shifta War under the umbrella of the National Council of Churches Kenya (NCCK), Mandera was just a small village devoid of any development. Today, I am impressed at the level of development initiated by the county government. With its vast land, Mandera can be turned into an agricultural hub if proper measures are put in place. The country is an interesting destination toi visit

Former Methodist Church Presiding Bishop

Saitoti Torome

We appreciate the pace of development in Mandera and the progress made in the border securitization programme. Thank you Office of the Governor for your warm reception

Principal Secretary Ministry of Defence

Amb Dr Stephen Karau

I first visited Mandera in 1979 as a military doctor to pick a referral patient and ten years later, travelled back to the county to pick family members of the then dethroned Somalia president Siad Barre at Elwak. The two instances gave me a sneak peek of the county. However my recent visit as the Building Bridges Initiative CEO gave me an opportunity to interact with the residents and leaders. Contrary to belief, Mandera is secure, with vibrant wananchi and huge strides in development. My message to all Kenyans is that this is a stable and secure country

Building Bridges to Unity Taskforce CEO

Major (Rtd) John Seii

I was last in Mandera 53 years ago. Mandera town was a hamlet. All we could see then were thickets, wild animals and sparse population. For the six months that I stayed in the area we used to draw water from River Daua using donkeys, but the changes I have witnessed are tremendous,. My visit this year is a complete contrast to that of a half a century ago. The people are very friendly and what has amazed me most is the resilience of the people to develop their county despite threats posed by insecurity. Devolution has played a major role in the development of the region.

Member of Building Bridges to Unity Taskforce

Katoo ole Metito

I am very much impressed with the impact and ways devolution is transforming the lives of the people of Mandera through tangible development. I would also like to thank the Office of the Governor for the hospitality accorded the committee.

Chairman National Assembly Defence and Foreign Relations Committee

James Orengo

Our Constitution is anchored on the principles of human rights and the provision of services closer to the people at the grassroots. Well done! Devolution is working in Mandera

Siaya Senator

Maison Leshomo

We were skeptical due to security fears but I am surprised that Mandera is more peaceful and secure than Nairobi. I am very much happy in my maiden visit to this beautiful county,

Samburu Woman Representative

Adan Mohamed

Great to be home. This is the future. Great and successful devolution story. Keep the good work up. Tuko pamoja

Cabinet Secretary Industrialization

Joseph Kinyua

Governor, I appreciate your focused effort to transform Mandera. Keep it up and you can count on us in Nairobi

Head of Public Service.

H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta

In Mandera, child mortality has halved due to the County’s investment in medical facilities. We owe that success, first and foremost, to the diligence of our people; and to the leaders here, and their predecessors. I extend our warmest thanks to you all for this success so far

President, Republic Of Kenya

H.E Margaret Kenyatta

Radicalization of the youth is a legitimate and significant concern among all peace loving Kenyans. I am optimistic that radicalization, extremism and terrorism can be defeated through development, resolution of inequities and ensuring basic services and human rights for all. “As part of these efforts, I note that the Mandera County Referral Hospital has been refurbished from its formerly dilapidated state. It has emerged from the ashes into a very good hospital facility.

First Lady, Republic Of Kenya

Hon Raila Odinga

The transformation witnessed in Mandera County is a true testimony of the success of devolution. I have been very much Impressed during my tour

Former Prime Minister and ODM leader