Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro has said that communities living in the Northrift region stand to cement peaceful coexistence through sport activities.
Speaking today at Ekales centre when he officially flagged off the Northrift regional Cross-Country Championship race, DG Lotethiro said that regular sporting events would reduce banditry and conflicts that have in the past been bedridden the area economically.
DG Lotethiro assured participants of County government commitment to nurture talents through construction of a modern stadium and athletic villages that would be used for training camps ,and hosting of different games.
Deputy Governor challenged senior and international athletics to guide the upcoming ones and asked the sports department to organize similar events at the sub-counties ,so that hidden talents at the rural areas can be identified, and supported to national and international level.
Turkana East Member of Parliament Ali Lokiru echoed deputy governor’s sentiments noting of the need by Mp’s to emulate the County and organize such events at the constituencies to support talents .
On his part,County executive for education and sports Patrick Lokaimoe said that sports was an economic aspect of life that can become as a source of employment to those participating in it. He thanked the Athletics body for allowing Turkana host the cross-country that he said was a start of many great events they plan to organize in future.
County government officials present included Chief officers Jacob Lolelea(Sports) and Gladys Arika(Public service);host of directors, among other officers from different departments.
Elgeyo Marakwet County dominated the event winning both the 10km senior women and 8km junior men races. Elgeyo Marakwet County swept away the 8km junior men race taking the first seven positions .
Athletic Kenya Northrift branch officials led by its chairperson Mr.Wilson Musto are overseeing the one day event.