UNHCR Special Envoy Mohammed Abdi Affey this morning paid a courtesy call on Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro in his office, and held discussions on the implementation of the integration programme of refugees and the local community.
Mr. Affey who was accompanied by head of UNHCR Kakuma sub-office Tayyar Sukru Cansizoglu, is on a tour Kakuma to familiarize himself with the organization’s operation in Turkana and understand challenges faced.
The DG assured the envoy of the County Government’s commitment to strengthen collaboration with UNHCR and other partners for the successful implementation of the Kalobeyei Integrated Social-Economic Development Program (KISEDP).
He added that joint investment in social services to benefit both the refugees and local community will cement peaceful coexistence and enhance acceptance of refugees.
On major projects planned, the DG called for speedy implementation and highlighted the Tarach dam project as central to solving the water shortage problem in Turkana West.
He termed Kalobeyei Integrated Settlement as a historic idea that would set an example globally on refugee support; as a model that catered for the welfare of the local community.
Ambassador Affey agreed that local community satisfaction on support offered was important for social integration to be achieved.
He commended the Turkana community for “showing immense generosity” and peaceful coexistence with refugees for 27 years, a situation he said had earned Turkana respect across the world.
In the meeting were Senior County Government officials including County Secretary Peter Eripete, Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei.
County Executives Charles Lokiyoto (Public Service and Disaster Management) and Emathe Namuar (Water Services);
Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor, Ekuwom Lynus Nakiporo.