Trade, Industry, MSMES, Innovation and Co-operatives

Ministry Leadership

Rose Mawia Mutuku
CECM - Trade, Industry, MSMEs, Innovation and Co-operatives
Stephen Makau Musili
Chief Officer - Trade, Industry, MSMEs and County EIZs
Paul Ngei Monyi
Chief Officer - Co-operative and Citizen Group Economic Empowerment Initiative

Organizational Structure

Ministry of Trade, Cooperatives and Investment - Organogram

Mission Statement

Our Mission

The mission of the Ministry is “to provide an enabling business environment through appropriate incentives to

promote trade, investments and cooperatives for job and wealth creation”.

Our Vision

The vision of the Ministry is ‘‘to be a facilitator in catalyzing competitive growth of trade, investments and Cooperatives.

Our Core Values

  • Customer-driven
  • Inclusivity
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Fairness and equity
  • Efficiency and effectiveness


County Executive Committee Member (CECM) – Trade, Industry, MSMES, Innovation and Co-operatives

36. Functions of the executive committee

(1) In addition to the functions provided under Article 183 of the Constitution, a county executive committee shall—

(a) supervise the administration and delivery of services in the county and all decentralized units and agencies in the county;

(b) perform any other functions conferred on it by the Constitution or national legislation; and

(c) carry out any function incidental to any of the assigned functions.

(2) In the performance of its functions, a county executive committee shall have power to determine its own programme of activities and every member of the committee shall observe integrity and disclosure of interest in any matter before the committee.

Article 183. Functions of County Executive Committees

(1) A county executive committee shall–

  • (a) implement county legislation;
  • (b) implement, within the county, national legislation to the extent that the legislation so requires;
  • (c) manage and coordinate the functions of the county administration and its departments; and
  • (d) perform any other functions conferred on it by this Constitution or national legislation.

(2) A county executive committee may prepare proposed legislation for consideration by the county assembly.

(3) The county executive committee shall provide the county assembly with full and regular reports on matters relating to the county.

Chief Officer (s) – Trade, Industry, MSMES, Innovation and Co-operatives

Responsibilities of accounting officers designated for county government entities.

149. (1) An accounting officer is accountable to the county assembly for ensuring that the resources of the entity for which the officer is designated are used in a way that is—

(a) lawful and authorised; and

(b) effective, efficient, economical and transparent.

(2) In carrying out a responsibility imposed by subsection (1), an accounting officer shall, in respect of the entity concerned—

(a) ensure that all expenditure made by the entity complies with subsection (1);

(b) ensure that the entity keeps financial and accounting records that comply with this Act;

(c) ensure that all financial and accounting records that the entity keeps in any form including in electronic form are adequately protected and backed up;

(d) ensure that all contracts entered into by the entity are lawful and are complied with;

(e) ensure that all applicable accounting procedures are followed when acquiring or disposing of goods and services and that, in the case of goods, adequate arrangements are made for their custody, safe guarding and maintenance;

(f) bring a matter to the attention of the County Executive Committee member responsible for the entity if, in the accounting officer’s opinion a decision or policy or proposed decision or policy of the entity may result in resources being used in a way that is contrary to subsection (1);

(g) prepare a strategic plan for the entity in conformity with the medium term fiscal framework and financial objectives of the county government;

(h) prepare estimates of expenditure of the entity in conformity with the strategic plan referred to in paragraph (g);

(i) submit the estimates of an entity, which is not a county corporation, to the County Executive Committee member for finance;

(j) submit the estimates of an entity, which is a county corporation, to the executive committee member responsible for the entity who, after approving it, shall forward it to the County Executive Committee member for finance;

(k) not later than three months after the end of each financial year, prepare annual financial statements for that financial year and submit them to the Auditor-General for audit, with a copy to the County Treasury;

(l) try to resolve any issues resulting from an audit that remain outstanding;

(m) manage the assets of the entity to ensure that it receives value for money when acquiring, using or disposing of its assets;

(n) dispose of assets at the most competitive price and at the lowest possible cost ensuring that the proceeds from all asset disposals are deposited in a bank account of the entity;

(o) ensure that the respective county government entity has adequate systems and processes in place to plan for, procure, account for, maintain, store and dispose of assets, including an asset register that is current, accurate and available to the relevant County Treasury or the Auditor- General;

(p) provide the County Treasury with any information it requires to fulfil its functions under this Act;

(q) provide information on any frauds, losses, or any violations of subsection (1) and provide explanations for the actions taken to prevent similar conduct in future; and

(r) carry out such other responsibilities as may be specified in regulations by the County Executive Committee member for finance.

(3) Not later than three months after the county assembly has adopted a report by a committee of the county assembly with respect to a report submitted by the Controller of Budget under Article 228(6) of the Constitution, an accounting officer shall, for each entity for which the officer is designated—

(a) prepare a report on actions taken by the entity to implement any recommendations made in the committee’s report as adopted by the county assembly; and

(b) submit the report to the county assembly with a copy to the County Treasury.

(4) Not later than one month after receiving a report by an accounting officer under subsection (3), the County Treasury shall submit to the county assembly the accounting officer’s report and any comments on the report by the County Treasury.

(5) The report referred to in subsection (3) shall be published and publicised.


  • The implementation of the national Trade policy.
  • Promotion of investments.
  • Trade licensing and regulations.
  • Provision of business development support services.
  • Coordination and development of micro, small and medium business engaged in trade.
  • Development of wholesale and retail trade.
  • Management of credit scheme for micro and small business.
  • Collection of business information and management of county business information centres.
  • Promotion of export business and domesticating bilateral and regional agreements.
  • Advocacy for the provision of market infrastructure.
  • Promotion and facilitation of the intra, inter-county trade, and cross border trade.
  • Management of county physical markets and regulation of hawking activities.
  • Promotion of e-commerce.
  • Conduct of trade fair/exhibitions and facilitating trade mission in the county.
  • Promotion of consumer protection.

Branding & Marketing

  • Spearhead the overall county branding process , safeguard and improve the overall county corporate image
  • Develop and execute all branding and marketing initiatives for Kitui County including creation of all branding and marketing materials, lead in marketing research and customer surveys
  • In collaboration with all county ministries develop, advise, guide and take lead in all their respective branding and marketing activities
  • Actively participate and lead in all county marketing and brand enhancing activities such as Trade Fairs, Exhibitions, Sales conferences, DevCons etc
  • Design, create and maintain harmonized and consistent Kitui county brand.


  • Promotion of cooperative societies..
  • Processing of application for registration.
  • Inspection and investigations.
  • Training needs assessment for cooperative movement.
  • Market information dissemination and advisory services.
  • Banking inspections in local saving and credit cooperative societies.
  • Risk assessment in saving and credit cooperative societies.
  • Investment advisory services.
  • Coordination and monitoring of cooperative indemnity by cooperative leaders.
  • Promotion of cooperative ventures and innovations for local cooperatives.
  • Carrying out certification audits.
  • Carry out continuous and compliance audits.
  • Co-operative advisory services.
  • Pre-cooperative education.
  • Settlement of disputes(arbitration).
  • Registration of c-operative society audited accounts

Weights & Measures

  • Promotion of fair trade practices.
  • Verification of weighing and measuring instruments.
  • Inspection of weighing and measuring instruments and pre-packed goods.
  • Investigation of complaints relating to unfair trade practices and prosecution of offenses arising from unfair trade practices.

County Enterprise Development

  • Enhance the capacity of MSEs to promote the generation of incomes and employment.
  • Enhance MSEs capacity to access markets and market information.
  • Develop and improve MSEs infrastructure.
  • Coordination of policies, strategies, and programs for support of the MSEs sector.
  • Develop and implement entrepreneurship promotion programs.
  • Assist in the acquisition of land for MSEs use.
  • Link MSEs to a financial organization for credit facilitation.
  • Organize Jua-kali exhibitions and trade fairs to showcase their products and innovations.
  • Develop and implement the national and county MSEs policy.
  • County Enterprise Fund – The objective of the fund is to improve financial inclusion and deepening. This will have a great impact on the community with the target beneficiaries being visionary women and youth groups that require support. Draft bill for the fund in place awaiting approval


1. Cottage Industry Development

  • Kicotec (Kitui County Textile Center)
  • Livestock Trucks
  • Ballast crusher
  • Leather making industry
  • Abbatoir
  • Value chain addition

2. Market Infrastructure Development

  • 15 Market Sheds Constructed/ Renovated
  • 26 Market Toilets Constructed
  • 30 Market Installed with solar energy street lights
  • 36 market fenced with chain link
  • 14 livestock loading ramps constructed

3. Livestock Value Chain Programme

  • The livestock carrier programme
  • Slaughter House renovations

4. Youth and Women Empowerment

  • Empowerment fund
  • Car wash Machine distribution ( 130 youth groups benefited)

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Contacts Us

  • County Government of Kitui
    Tana Athi Water Services Board
    Building, Ground Floor
    P.O. Box 33 – 90200,
  • 0702 615 888