By Governor’s Press Service
Turkana leaders have demanded for action on heads of police in Lokichoggio for laxity in their response to last week’s gun attack at Lokichoggio Secondary School, as victims of the attack were laid to rest today.
Led by Governor Josphat Nanok the leaders called for a review of the security situation in the region and called on UNHCR and the police to investigate the refugee camp in Kakuma for illicit arms and undocumented refugees.
Debate over devolving security function at county level was reignited with Governor Nanok promising to push for this in his capacity as CoG Chairman.
“In my first time as Governor we saw the gap in the security sector and allocated money to pay the NPRs for three consecutive financial years but were never allowed to carry on. I hope this incident revives this issue,” he said.
The victims being laid to rest were students Joseph Epas Emoni, Emmanuel Ekai Lokwakai, Ipua Halloran Emuron and Peter Lojiem a security guard shot dead in the school.
Another victim Paterson Naweet was buried in Letea.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro said the County Government had deployed four ambulances to help ferry those injured during the attack to hospital and thanked Red Cross and IRC for coming to the aid of the injured students.
Senator Malachy Ekal demanded that UNHCR compensates families of those killed in the attack and called for better management of refugees.
On his part Turkana West MP Epuyo Nanok said that corruption within the police force allowed illicit arms to be shipped across the county and wondered how the lead gunman in the school attack travelled from Lokichoggio to Kakuma with a gun without detection by police in several roadblocks on the way.
His counterpart from Turkana Central John Lodepe called on counties where insecurity was rife to jointly push for devolution of security function.
Turkana South MP James Lomenen also spoke and discouraged the admission of refugees into local schools and said they should be limited to schools within refugee camps.
Governor Nanok promised said he agreed on calls by the MPs for unity among elected leaders and promised to call for a meeting to discuss important county issues.