The new Head of Kakuma UNHCR Sub Office Ignazio Matteini today paid a visit to Governor Josphat Nanok at the County Government Headquarters and held talks on the continued partnership in the implementation of the integration programme of refugees and host community.

Speaking in the meeting, the Governor emphasized on the need to for partners involved in the implementation of the Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic Development Programme (KISEDP) to develop an implementation strategy ahead of next year’s review of the first phase of the implementation.

He welcomed the HSO to Turkana County and expressed hope that the cordial working relationship between UNHCR and the County Government will continue on KISEDP and other partnerships geared towards improving livelihoods of host community and refugees.

“I am glad that we continue to partner on KISEDP which is a major homegrown initiative on refugee support with a focus on empowering the host community. Here we work as a team and we hope that you too are a team player,” he said.

The Governor assured Mr. Ignazio that County Departments had been delagated the authority to collaborate with UNHCR and other partner organisations in their respective areas of specialisation to ensure fast response and easier decision making on issues affecting the community. He reiterated the County Government’s willingness to work jointly in projects implementation and find solutions to challenges which arise.

On his part the HSO expressed his commitment to work with the County Government and other partners for the realization of the objectives of KISEDP and acknowledged that he was aware of the efforts the Governor had put in the initiave. He assured of his support in the coordinating the push for funding to KISEDP and balance with his responsibility as head of the sub-office.

Part of areas to further coordination, the HSO said, was in solving conflicts between host and refugees like witnessed last July to prevent negative international image of the refugee operation in Turkana West. He assured the Governor of his support for other development programmes of the county and willingness to work with all government institutions.

Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro asked the HSO to intervene and eradicate reported cases of child labour within the camp, involving children from the host community. County Secretary Peter Eripete pushed for inclusion of County Government representatives at the Sub-County level in programme implementation.

Other senior County Government officials in attendance were County Executives Emathe Namuar (Water Services, Environment and Mineral Resources), Robert Lotelengo (Finance and Economic Planning), Chief Officers Dr. Lolelea Natade (Education, Sports and Social Protection), Abraham Losinyen (Agriculture and Land Reclamation), Dr. Robert Abok (Health and Sanitation), Gladys Arika (Administration and Disaster Management), Chief of Staff Ekuwom Nakiporo, Directors James Lokwale (Trade)and Charles Ekai (Resource Mobilisation).

The HSO was accompanied by Associate Field Officer Akaran Napakiro.