OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
GOVERNOR’S PRESS SERVICE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 8TH MARCH, 2016
KALOBEYEI TO BE A MODEL CAMP IN AFRICA
Turkana County Governor, Josphat Nanok has urged the development partners in Kakuma Refugee Camp to establish the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement as a model camp in Kenya and Africa as a whole.
“Let the new Kalobeyei Camp becomes a Refugee Settlement contrary to the initial Kakuma Camp where both refugees and host communities will benefit mutually.”
He was meeting the United States Congressmen led by World Vision who visited Kakuma Refugee Camp to assess the World Vision funded programs.
Nanok says, Kakuma and Kalobeyei Camps have a huge potential for food production. The land is fertile and has more water as can be utilized for irrigation instead of World Food Programme (WFP) to buy tonnes of relief supplies from outside the Turkana County while this can be produced locally.
He reiterated the water situation in Turkana County as wanting. Among the four acquifers, Governor said, discovered in the County, only Napuu in Lodwar Town has fresh water and the rest are saline therefore any support by development partners to supplement the government’s effortst in ensuring water accessibility will be noteworthy.
The new Kalobeyei Settlement should provide equal opportunities to both the refugee and the host communities.
The United States Congress team is in country to assess the projects by World Vision Kenya for refugees in Kakuma and host community.
They are also to find out how County Government has been working with WVK in US Funded programs aimed at assisting refugees and the host in the sectors of health and food security. From Kakuma-Turkana, they will be visiting Siaya and Taita Taveta Counties for the same mission.
The visiting team comprised of World Vision US, US Embassy, USAID, UNHCR, and WFP
The Kakuma Refugee Camp was established in 1992. It was objectively to accommodate the 125,000 refugees who have run from the civil strife from their countries to seek refuge in Kenya.
The Kakuma Camp is now housing 187,000 refugees, out of which there was need for more space hence the new Kalobeyei Settlement.