Background and Brief Overview
The Department of Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Services comprises of two sections: Culture, Gender, Social Services and Youth and Sports and Creation. Each of these two section is headed by a County Chief Officer.
Four directorates are housed under the auspices of these two sections, each headed by a County Director. They include Culture and Gender; Social Services; Sports then Youth. The first two directorates are under the section of Culture, Gender and Social Services, while the former two belong to Youth and Sports. The overall head of the department is the County Executive Committee Member.
The Department of Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Services is mandated to: foster socio-economic development through the promotion of socio-cultural diversity; gender mainstreaming in the county government governance process; responsible betting and gaming; management and development of sports, recreation and sports facilities; youth empowerment through capacity building as well as fostering dignified care of orphans and vulnerable children and the elderly in the county.
An all-inclusive and empowered society.
To enhance service delivery through responsive policies that ensure equal opportunity, building capacity, nurturing talent and embracing diversity.
- Culture and Gender
This Directorate comprises of three units: Culture and Arts; Gender and Women Empowerment and Betting, Control Services. Functions of the Directorate are drawn from legal policy documents, Acts and the Constitution of Kenya 2010.
Link to the Directorate’s Service Charter
- Social Services
The key mandate of this Directorate is to provide social protection and advocate care and support for the needs of special interest groups; provide community empowerment and manage infrastructure and facilities.
Link to the Directorate’s Service Charter
- Sports and Recreation
The main mandate of the Sports and Recreation Directorate is to develop and nurture talents among residents of Nakuru County.
Link to the Directorates Service Charter
The Directorate of youth affairs came into force after the reorganization of the department. There was an executive order from the governor that necessitated this formation. The directorate is in the process of laying down its structures, it currently headed by an acting Director. The mandate of the Directorate of youth affairs is to empower the youth, youth mainstreaming in county development, coordination of youth issues and spearheading protection of youths from harmful cultural practices and exploitation
Eng. Lucy Wanjiku Kariuki – The CECM for Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Services. Eng. Lucy Kariuki is a holder of a Master of Science (MSc) in Environmental and Energy Management from the Universiteit Twente, Netherlands. She also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc), Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Honors from the University of Nairobi. Eng. Lucy has worked with Kenya Pipeline as Senior Engineer in charge of Health, Safety, and Environment – Western Region. A professional Engineer, registered by the Engineers Registration Board with a work experience of over 18 years. Before being appointed to the current position as the CECM for Youth, Gender, Culture, Sports and Social Services; Eng. Lucy Kariuki previously worked as the CECM for Lands, Housing, Physical Planning and Urban Development; and subsequently Roads, Transport, Public Works and Disaster Management.
Dr. William Githua Migwe – The Chief Officer Youth and Sports holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Resource Development (JKUAT); Masters in Counselling Psychology (Egerton University) and Bachelor of Education (Mathematics and Geography)- Egerton University. He has previously served as the County Director – Youth Affairs (Laikipia, Kajiado and Nakuru Counties), Ag. County Coordinator – NGAAF (Laikipia County), District Youth Development Officer (Kwale and Nakuru Districts), Lecturer, Narok TTC, and Teacher- Njenga Karume Secondary School- Molo.
Director Culture and Gender – Alice Moraa Gekonde. She is a holder of MA – Sports with a vast experience as a Socio-Cultural Community Liaison Specialist. She is a member of Sports Administrator’s Association and the Patron – Dandora Dumpsite Rehabilitation Group (DADREG).
Director Social Services – Josphat Kimemia. A holder of a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Government from the University of Nairobi. He has worked with International Labour organization and as a Program’s Coordinator with NCCK. Kimemia is the founder of DRIC, Lake Naivasha Half Marathon and Career Development Centre Kongoni. He has received a presidential recognition as national shunjaa for his outstanding contribution on disability work in Kenya.
Director Sports and Recreation – Wesley Kipng’ok. He is a Social Planner & Community Development expert. A holder of a Master’s of Arts degree in Sociology (Community Development and Project Management) from Egerton University. Has a work experience of over 25 years in the public service including promotion of sports activities among various groups.
Ag. Director Youth – Clare Obora. She is a Sociologist by training and holds a Master Degree in Project Management. She has a vast experience dealing with youth issues, having previously worked as a youth development coordinator in the civil society organizations.