TURKANA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  6/2/2015

KAINUK AND LOMELO KILLINGS

I convey my heartfelt condolence to the families of the people who were killed in Kainuk and Lomelo by the bandits from neighboring West Pokot and Baringo Counties.

I condemn the killings in the strongest terms possible and I want to ask the leaders of Pokot to talk to their people to stop the ongoing attacks.

I believe and I have a strong conviction that if the Pokot leaders took up their role of being leaders, seriously, their people will listen.

I therefore want to challenge the leaders in West Pokot and Baringo Counties to ask their communities to ceasefire so that we can now sit and dialogue for peace.

I am at pain to continue sitting to dialogue with leaders who have continued to let loose bandits from their communities to kill my people.

Our immediate resolution from the Leaders meeting in Kitale was ceasefire, but we have continued to experience attacks from Pokot and lost lives.

I want to say the Turkana leadership has played its part of restraining the community from retaliating but we continue to be victims of attacks from the Counties of Baringo and Pokot.

I therefore want to tell the national government to move in with speed to arrest the situation because we cannot sit and watch bandits maim and kill our people

Turkana County has recruited 306 health personnel drawn from all other counties to give services to the Turkana people.

Speaking at the official induction seminar for the newly recruited staff, the County Secretary, Mr. Peter Eripete said this number has never been recorded in the County.

“This is the largest recruitment we have ever done because we want to equip the recently built health centres and dispensaries with staff and other necessary supplies so that the people of Turkana get quality Health services.

Eripete said the number recruited for the Health ministry was almost half of the entire staff establishment for the county.

While congratulating the 306 gathered in a hall at the Lodwar Youth Polytechnic in Lodwar, he also reminded them of the need to dedicate their services to the people with minimal supervision.

‘’As a county we want the best health service delivery from you. Go out there and bring a difference to the people of Turkana’’ Mr. Eripete advised.

Mr. Eripete who is also the Head of County Public Service, assured the new staff of a good working environment.

‘’Turkana County will not discriminate on staff on ethnicity because for us your tribe does not matter; what matters is your service to the people of Turkana’’, Said Eripete.

Eripete however warned the newly recruited staff of absenteeism and asked them to observe high discipline at all times.

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