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Whistle- blower Policy
17 Aug 2021 14:37

NWHSA’s WHISTLE BLOWER POLICY The Public Service Commission (PSC) in conjunction with the State Corporation Advisory Committee (SCAC) issued the code of Governance for State Corporations; Mwongozo Code in 2015 to guide operations of State Corporations.  The Mwongozo Code advocates for ethical leadership, best practices in Corporate Governance and prudent management of public resources. While the government has initiated various reforms to curb corruption in the country, there is need for co [ ... ]

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Anti-Corruption Policy
17 Aug 2021 13:36

Anti-Corruption Policy  The Authority is committed to ensuring zero tolerance to corruption hence we have put in place measures to curb corruption and promote integrity as enshrined in our value system. It is on this back drop that we have developed the Authority’s Anti-corruption policy whose main objective is to provide a framework to combat corruption and unethical conduct.  The policy will further lay a firm foundation that will develop a culture of accountability and transparency thro [ ... ]

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The New ISO Standard
06 May 2021 07:47

ISO 9001:2015 is an International Standard dedicated to Quality Management Systems (QMS). It outlines a framework for improving quality and set procedures through which an organization carries out its operations in a consistent manner to meet the requirements and expectations of its stakeholders effectively and efficiently. The new standards were published in 2015, giving institutions a three year transition period to upgrade their ISO 9001:2008 certification to ISO 9001:2015. In view of this, N [ ... ]

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Napuu Water Project
03 May 2021 13:02Napuu Water Project

    Napuu water project in Turkana County is now headed to the final stages of project completion. All the materials and items needed for completion of the project have now been delivered on site. These are; solar panels, pump, motor & accessories. The Authority aims to complete and hand over the project to the county government of Turkana by Mid-May 2021.  Turkana Deputy Governor H.E Hon Peter Lotethiro toured the project on Monday 26th April 2021 to assess progress and asked NWHSA to [ ... ]

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Management Team
19 Jul 2019 15:21Management Team

    NWHSA's Management team oversees the day-to-day running of the Authority and ensures the Authority’s objectives are achieved. The team is led by the Chief Executive Officer who is also a member of the Board of Directors. CS. Sharon Obonyo          Ag. Chief Executive Officer CPA Patrick O. Ataro       GM-Finance & Corporate Planning Eng. Reuben Itiko           Chief Engineer, Construction & Electro Mechanical Duncan Ondulo               Chief Surve [ ... ]

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Service Charter
18 Jul 2019 09:25Service Charter

This Service Charter sets out our commitments to our clients and stakeholders with regard to the quality of services that they expect from us. The Charter will improve awareness among our clients and stakeholders of the availability and quality of the services we offer.We are committed to continuous improvement in pursuit of client satisfaction and achievement of excellence in our operations.     To Download the Charter please click here  DOWNLOAD 2019 SERVICE CHARTER HERE

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National Values & Principles of Governance

National values are the beliefs of a nation guiding the attitudes, actions and behavior of its citizens while Principles of Governance are the normative standards that oblige the state to perform its functions in a manner that promotes the general well-being of the people.


National values and principles of governance are of key strategic importance in the Republic of Kenya. This is buttressed by the fact that they are now enshrined in the constitution of Kenya which is the supreme law of the land.


The key goal underpinning the promotion of the national values and principles of governance among Kenyan individuals, families, communities and the nation  is achievement of the necessary social, economic and political transformation.
NWHSA upholds the principles of National values and governance. There is a committee in place which is chaired by the Acting Chief Legal Officer CS. Doris Mwangi that ensures implementation of the government guidelines and directives on the same.

The key constitutional provisions addressing national values and principles are:

  • The Preamble

The Preamble of the Constitution of Kenya 2010, recognizes the aspirations of all Kenyans for a government based on the essential values of human rights, equality, freedom, democracy, social justice and the rule of law.

  • Article 4(2)

This article stipulates that the Republic of Kenya shall be a multi-party democratic State founded on the national values and principles of governance referred to in Article 10.

  • Article 10(1)

National Values and Principles of Governance bind all state organs, state officers, public officers and all persons whenever any of them:
(a)    applies or interprets the Constitution;
(b)    enacts, applies or interprets any law; or
(c)    makes or implements public policy decisions.

  • Article 10(2)

The National Values and Principles of Governance are enshrined within the Constitution under this Article. The national values and principles of governance include—
(a)    patriotism, national unity, sharing and devolution of power, the rule of law, democracy and participation of the people;
(b)    human dignity, equity, social justice, inclusiveness, equality, human rights, non-discrimination and protection of the marginalized;
(c)    good governance, integrity, transparency and accountability; and
(d)    Sustainable development.

  • Article 132(1)(c)

The Constitution provides that the President shall once every year, report in an address to the nation, on all the measures taken and the progress achieved in the realization of the national values, referred to in Article 10.
The President is further required to publish in the Kenya Gazette the details of the report.

  • The Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2013

The Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2013 on National Values and Principles of Governance identifies the formation of National Cohesion and Values Committees to facilitate mainstreaming of national values and principles of governance.
The Authority has established the Focal Point Persons for Implementation of National Values Committee in compliance with the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and Sessional Paper No. 8 of 2013.
The committees play an important role in the preparation of the annual President’s report on the measures taken and progress achieved in the realization of national values.
The key roles of the Committee are to undertake the promotion, reporting, monitoring and evaluation of the Authority’s performance and compliance with the national values and principles of governance.


These roles are unpacked as follows:
i)   Promotion
The role entails:
a)    Coordination of training and sensitization
The Committee is required to:
•    Mobilize staff for sensitization/training;
•    Identify a training venue and make other logistical arrangements for the sensitization/training; and
•    Mobilize facilitators.
b)    Creation of awareness among staff members on performance contract targets on national cohesion and national values
The Committee is required to:
•    Sensitize staff members on the commitments and the national values
•    Identify commitments relevant to their mandate
•    Allocate targets for departments to track
c)    Participation in national cohesion and values forums


The Committee is required to:
•    Represent the Authority in forums where information on national cohesion and national values & principles of governance mainstreaming is shared.
•    Participate in the validation of Annual President’s report on the measures taken and progress realized in the promotion of national values and principles of governance.


ii.    Reporting
The Committee is required to:
•    Receive reports from departments
•    Coordinate compilation of Authority’s report
•    Validate the Authority’s report
•    Forward to the Accounting Officer/CEO for signature and submission to the    Directorate of National Cohesion and Values
The Committee should ensure:
•    Strict adherence to the reporting tool.
•    Timely submission of the report.

iii.    Monitoring
The role entails tracking the status of the respective initiatives as guided by the performance contract targets on national cohesion and national values.
The Committee is required to:
•    Monitor the progress of contracted performance targets.
•    Continuously appraise top management on the status of contracted targets.
•    Continuously document the Authority’s performance.


iv.    Evaluation
The Committee to:
•    Assess the implementation of the targets as captured in the Authority’s programmes and activities performance contract.
•    Participate in the validation of the Annual President’s Report on measures taken and progress achieved in the realization of the national values and principles of governance.
It is noteworthy, that these roles and activities are of a continuous nature and the Committee is fully committed in ensuring that the Authority complies with the national cohesion and national values in line with the Constitution of Kenya, 2010 and the Presidential directives.

Written by CS. Doris Mwangi
Chairperson Focal Point Persons for Implementation of National Values Committee
1st March, 2021

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