The County Government has increased access to clean water for domestic use in Turkana, despite water shortage being the biggest challenge in the region.

This was announced by Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok when he led the marking of the World Water Day at Kakimera, Kanamkemer Ward. He added that in the four years of his administration, the percentage of residents with access to clean water had risen from 34 to 56 percent.

“Water shortage remains our biggest challenge with over half a million residents of our county with no source of clean water for use. Pastoralists are the hardest-hit with this shortage,” he said.

The Governor added that this showed that there was need to pool funds from the national and county governments to solve the shortage.

The County Government, he said, had recruited an additional 80 officers to the Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Agriculture and had procured state of the art equipment such as rigs for exploration and drilling of boreholes.

Governor Nanok used the occasion to open a fully equipped borehole at Kakemera which will serve several regions of Kanamkemer ward.

The water from the borehole, he said, was enough for domestic use and for irrigation and directed the ministry concerned to look into setting up of an irrigation scheme near the borehole.

The Governor told residents of Kanamkemer that his government had set up several projects that will benefit the ward, such as Ekalees Tobong’u Lore Centre that will also house a park and the County’s Biashara Centre, a medical store and several financial institutions, which he said will improve business.

Governor Nanok told leaders who were thinking of causing violence during the electioneering period that he will not allow such politics in Turkana. He asked politicians to ask for votes peacefully and let the people make the decision to either elect or reject them.