The ongoing debate on the various proposals to ammend the Kenyan Constitution should be centered on its benefit to wananchi at the grassroots level and not stifle devolution, Governor Nanok has said.
Speaking in Kapedo during the burial of Mwalimu Nicodemus Aruoto, a former teacher at Silale Primary School, Governor Nanok challenged Members of County Assembly to put the interest of Turkana people first by considering which proposals if passed, will increase budgetary allocation to spur development in the county.
He urged MCAs to set aside political partisan politics and to interrogate what benefit the people of Turkana will get from the any proposed change to the constitution, and insisted that a referendum will not be a political contest between coalitions.
He said the Council of Governors supported the Ugatuzi proposals which advocates for the retainment of the existing counties with an additional budgetary allocation among other constitutional changes that would further strengthen performance of the devolved units.
To decentralize government services to the village level, Governor Nanok said that the new members of thr Turkana County board that were sworn recently will soon start recruitment process of village administrators who will support delivery of government services to the lowest administrative units of the County Government.
While outlining County Government plans to accelerate development, the County Boss revealed plans to establish 40 acres each of farming land in Kasarani and Lomelo as well as 2 acres of drip irrigation land in Kapedo that will mainly be utilised for horticultural farming.
On Roads connectivity, said there was a challenge on construction of feeder roads and called on other leaders to push the National government to set aside funds for the construction of Kapedo -Lokichar road and the one connecting Makutano and Kibish that he said were c
under Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA).
To curb insecurity in Turkana East and other conflict corridors, Governor Nanok said that he will work closely with the national government to end insecurity banditry attacks being witnessed.
He expressed hope that the newly trained National Police Reservists that are drawn from Turkana and neighbouring communities would help scale down the conflict.
On development of Silale Geothermal Energy, Governor Nanok informed residents that he had made it clear that the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) follows the law which protected the local community’s share of benefits from exploration of resources on their land. He promised that the County Government and leaders from the area will ensure all concerns from the community would be addressed.
Leaders present were Turkana East MP Ali Lokiru, MCAs Willy Nalimo (Kapedo/Napeitom), David Erukudi (Lobokat) and Peter Edung’ (Kalapata).
Senior County Government officials accompanying the Governor included County Executives Chris Aletia (Agriculture,Pastoral Economy and Fisheries), Esther Lokwei (Public Service and Disaster Management),Roads and Transport Chief Officer Ariko Namoit and Chief of Staff Ekuwam Nakiporo.