Turkana leaders united in the fight for community interest and development of County- Governor Nanok

LODWAR, 12 Dec 2018 (Governor’s Press Service)

Turkana elected leaders have agreed to adopt a bipartisan approach to community affairs, Governor Josphat Nanok has today revealed.

Speaking when he addressed hundreds of residents during Jamhuri Day celebrations at the Moi Gardens Grounds in Lodwar town, the Governor said new found unity was aimed to address the community’s interest through a united front.

“I commend this shared belief and conviction of the Turkana leadership in general that a united and focused approach to issues that matter to the Turkana people is the only route to greater success for us all,” the Governor Nanok said.

He announced after successive takes amongst themselves, the leaders had agreed to jointly hold dialogue meetings with residents in all subcounties from next year to ensure the county speaks in one voice and are united to exploit development opportunities.

Among key issues to be addressed through the unity was the upcoming census, debate over management of oil revenue and the protection of the community’s right to natural resources such as land, mineral exploration and production of geothermal power.

The Governor addressed insecurity at the borders and reiterated his commitment to lead community engagements between Turkana and West Pokot counties as well as Baringo to end conflicts that have been witnessed this year.

On international borders, he said the county government was strengthening cooperation with the national government, regional bodies such as IGAD to invest in peace dividend projects to end strife for limited resources that has been attributed to be one of the causes of conflict.

He assured that the County Government will encourage more partnerships and investment by creating conducive environment for businesses to thrive and create employment opportunities for the youth.

Governor Nanok called on the National government to distribute relief food that is  now available to benefit residents this festive season, which will be complimented by basic food items procured by the County Government and be distributed in January.

On his part, County Commissioner Seif Matata cautioned leaders against encouraging retaliation attacks for the killing of two professionals in Turkana South warning that this would lead to war where the greatest victims would be women and children.

He commended the leaders of Turkana and West Pokot for the commitment to peace and agreeing to hold joint peace meetings.

Other leaders who spoke include Senator Malachy Ekal, MPS John Lodepe (Turkana Central), Jeremiah Lomurkai (Loima) and a host of MCAs led by Robert Lowoko of Township.