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USIU launches communication course for County Government officials

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Prof. Freida Brown (centre) the USIU Vice Chancellor is joined by Josephat Nanok (right) the Governor of Turkana County and Philip Melly (left) the County Minister, Uasin Gishu County in a chat during a media cocktail at Sankara Hotel.
Prof. Freida Brown (centre) the USIU Vice Chancellor is joined by Josephat Nanok (right) the Governor of Turkana County and Philip Melly (left) the County Minister, Uasin Gishu County in a chat during a media cocktail at Sankara Hotel.

The United States International University has launched short courses aimed at equipping members of the press and communication officers in the county governments on effective reporting on devolution. By providing reliable information and understanding to journalists working and reporting at the county level on all issues including education, health, employment, issues of peace and security in the county, and better equipping them to understand and treat these complex issues will help Kenyans understand how devolution will affect them.
Speaking at a media cocktail held at Sankara Hotel, the USIU Vice Chancellor, Professor Freida Brown urged the media to aggressively report on devolution matters but to also celebrate successes and achievements at the county levels for key leanings.
The short courses are scheduled to commence in January 2014 and will be carried out through workshops across the country. The training will include building capacity on how to query state reforms, domestic and foreign policies, treaties, conventions and bi-lateral and mutli-lateral agreements with the international community.
The launch of the courses comes at a time when devolution of government continues to be a highly discussed matter in the country with CORD claiming that the Jubilee government is not supportive of the process.
“With decentralization of government, the press must play its part in ensuring that tribalism and corruption do not hinder devolution. Kenyans must understand that unity is vital to Kenya’s economic, social and political process,” Prof. Brown said.
Also present at the event were His Excellency Josphat Nanok, the Governor of Turkana County and Honorable Philip Melly, the County Minister, Uasin Gishu.

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