A joint technical committee comprising senior County Government officials, the Kenya Defense Forces and leaders is set to carry out reconnaissance on locations of proposed military bases to be set up across Turkana.
The reconnaissance visits are expected to assess the suitability of proposed sites, socio-economic and environmental impacts of setting up the bases, human settlements and grazing areas likely to be affected among other aspects; in Turkana Central, Turkana South, Turkana East, Turkana West, Turkana North and Kibish subcounties.
The team held a planning meeting today at the County Government HQ in Lodwar, chaired by the County Secretary Peter Eripete and attended by the representatives of KDF led by Col. S.K Sane, who represented MoD team leader Major Gen. (Rtd) Oyugi.
The joint reconnaissance was decided after thev consultative meeting between Ministry of Defense, Turkana County Government and elected leaders led by Governor Josphat Nanok in Nairobi on 8th April 2019. The Governor has in the past lauded the process for land acquisition for military use in the county, which began in March 2017, as the most consultative of all land acquisition processes by a National Government entity.
CS Eripete said the joint technical team will compile a report which will advise the final decision on land acquisition by the National and County Government and elected leaders. He assured that public participation will be carried out before the land allocation.
On his part Col. Sane appreciated the goodwill shown by the County Government and local leadership and insisted that KDF will adhere to plans by the County and its leadership. He was accompanied by Col. M.S. Mwacharo representing the Kenya Army and Lt. Col. A. B Ahmed of the Kenya Navy among other officers.
The technical team included Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei, County Executive for Lands Anthony Apalia, Senior Advisor for Security, Peace and Borderlands Initiatives, Cpt. (Rtd.) Augustine Lokwang; Chief Officers Mark Ewesit (Lands), Abraham Losinyen (Administration and Disaster Management) and Joseph Ekalale (Office of the Governor); Directors were Richard Emoru (Economic Planning), Clement Nadio (Environment) and Julius Lokaale (Inspectorate) and GIS officer John Mutemi from county lands department.