“Governor Sonko Should be Included in Coming volunteers’ Ceremony,” – UN body asks Council of Governors.


In the letter was also copied to the Council of Governor’s Chief Executive officer Jacqueline Mogeni.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has taken issue with the Council of Governors’ failure to include Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (pictured) in the flagging off ceremony of volunteer health workers in Kajiado County slated for July 1, 2020.

UNDP has implored CoG to reconsider the move.

Governor Mike Sonko is the United Nation’s Volunteer champion for the year 2019. He was bestowed with the title after being recognised for his outstanding contribution towards the achievement of sustainable development goals at local, national and international levels through volunteerism.

UNDP on Monday wrote a protest letter to the Council of Governors chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya, urging him to invite Governor Sonko to the flagging off ceremony that will see 50 United Nations Volunteer (UNV) health experts deployed to 14 target counties for a period of six months. 

“We refer to our letter of 12 June 2020 regarding the flagging off ceremony for the County United Nations Volunteers health experts to be held in Kajiado on July 1, 2020…

UNDP would like to request you in your capacity as the chair, the council of Governors to please invite Hon. Mike Mbuvi Sonko Governor Nairobi County on behalf of UNDP,” read the letter in part.

The flag off ceremony will be the culmination of a partnership between the UNDP and other donors which has come up with a Covid-19 Response support initiate for counties, aimed at assisting the national and county governments to effectively respond to the pandemic.

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UNDP has invested approximately Sh56 million (558,800 USD) towards the UNV support programme.

Part of the support is directed towards the deployment of the 50 UNV health experts to the counties of Busia, Garissa, Kajiado, Nairobi, Kakamega, Kiambu, Kilifi, Kisumu, Machakos, Mandera, Migori, Taita Taveta, Uasin Gishu and Wajir.

These counties were initially identified by the Ministry of Health as the most vulnerable to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The recruitment of the health experts is being undertaken in close collaboration with the County Public Service Boards of the 14 target counties respectively.

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