Turkana Governor’s Press
LODWAR, 20 October 2019– Governor Josphat Nanok presided over celebrations to mark the 10th Mashujaa Day, at the Ekaales Centre in Lodwar town.
Addressing Friday floods which caused destruction in parts of Lodwar town and other areas along River Turkwel, the Governor commended speedy response by a team of responders from the County Government and partners who had rescued residents whose homes had flooded and saved many lives. He however urged residents who had settled on riparian lands to move to safer areas to avoid losses as was witnessed recently.
The Governor assured that repairs on water systems on boreholes that had been broken down by the floods had begun, with four supplying water to Kanamkemer completed by today evening. He said water trucking will continue to areas where repair of borehole will take longer, including the Lodwar County and Referral Hospital (LCRH) and large sections of Nakwamekwi.
The Governor revealed that a joint disaster management team comprising County and National Government and partners was engaged in emergency response for those affected and that an ongoing rapid assessment will advise further support.
In his official speech, the Governor highlighted development progress made by the County Government in the transformation agenda For Turkana.
He announced that plans for the modernisation of Lodwar fresh produce market will be halted in the aftermath of raging floods on Friday, which caused massive destruction to the market and other shops next to the facility. He told residents that launch of market days for Lodwar, Kakuma and Lokichar Livestock Markets that was to be held on Friday had been postponed to a later date within this month.
He urged for understanding on employment opportunities within the County Government as the budget was stretched with priority given to special skills where there was shortage of personnel.
County Commissioner Wambua Muthama admitted that the floods witnessed on Friday were unprecedented and disagreed with claims that construction of gabions along the banks of River Turkwel would have prevented the flooding.
He echoed the Governor’s calls for settlement to be moved to higher grounds away from riparian lands to avoid losses witnessed when it floods. He repeated warnings that anyone attempting to cross River Kawalathe when flooded will be arrested and charged with attempted suicide.
County Assembly Speaker Erastus Lokaale said the Assembly’s passage of Punguza Mzigo Bill was in spirit of democracy provisions and promised that the house will debate and condider all other proposals in a free and fair manner.
He told residents that the floods had shown that climate change was real and asked that the County Government speed drafting of Disaster Risk Policy and Bill for passage to allow allocation of resources to help victims of natural disasters.
Turkana Central MP John Lodepe commended the Governor for the County’s response after the floods. On his part Senator Malachy Ekal urged for better preparedness from both tiers of governments to address natural disasters.
Others who spoke include Members of County Assembly James Ikeny (Kanamkemer) and Willy Nalimo (Kapedo/Napeitom).