Lokichar, 6th April 2021 (By Governor’s Press Service)– Governor Josphat Nanok has stated that he will not allow succession politics of 2022 to derail his legacy and the County Government’s implementation of development agenda for Turkana.

The Governor insisted that commitment to service delivery and support for his development vision of Turkana, will be the only basis for contract renewal for senior County Government officers. He cautioned those working to ruin his legacy while working with the County Government, that they will be replaced by individuals from the community ready to serve residents of Turkana.

“Residents of Turkana voted for me and will hold me responsible when things don’t go well, so all those recruited to help me serve the people have to follow my leadership. If you are using your position in government to fund those attacking me and sowing divisions within government, there will be no agreement between us,” he said.

He was speaking in Lokichar today during the burial of the late Philip Sore Ombima.

Nanok advised aspirants for the gubernatorial seat to seek support from across Turkana and unite all residents of the county. He said the position was a critical position that needs a leader full of wisdom and one with a clear vision for Turkana.

Governor Nanok declared that he will be actively involved in national and county politics in 2022 and beyond, but stated that only residents of Turkana will decide his political future.

He declared support for National Government’s decision to resume security operation to mop up illegal firearms in Tiaty, following an announcement this morning by Rift Valley Regional Commissioner George Natembeya. He said the operation will finally rid the region of bandits behind attacks and livestock theft in Turkana East and other parts of North Rift.

Natembeya’s decision follows recent reports of resumption of militia attacks believed to be from Tiaty in the neighbouring Counties including Turkana East, Baringo and Laikipia.

On corona virus pandemic, the Governor stated that the third wave of infection sweeping across Kenya was deadlier, with high hospitalization rates witnessed in major cities and towns in the country. He called for adherence to measures announced by President Uhuru Kenyatta to prevent further spread of the virus in Turkana.

He announced that relief food distribution will soon resume in Turkana South, Turkana Central and Loima, after the county completed distribution in Kibish, Turkana North, Turkana East and Turkana West sub-counties.

He said Turkana was experiencing a drought emergency and insisted that a permanent solution to water challenges in Turkana South, parts of Turkana East and Loima, and for oil exploration, was to for the National Government to invest in water supply system to utilize water from Turkwel dam.

Governor Nanok faulted the Ministry of Petroleum improper handling of land acquisition on oil operations by failing to consult the County Government, which is the lawful custodian of community land.

The county boss reiterated that the County had hit its budgetary ceiling for recurrent expenditure and the recruitment of personnel had been stopped.

He said an ongoing staff audit will help streamline the county workforce to allow recruitment of more critical staff including health workers and ECDE teachers.

The Governor who was accompanied by County First Lady Margaret Nanok, eulogized the late Ombima for his long service to the Turkana community as a teacher, having worked and lived in Turkana County for over 40 years.

Leaders present included Turkana South MP James Lomenen, Lokichar MCA Raphael Loperito, William Ebenyo (Kotaruk/Lobei) and Alice Nakawa (nominated).

Senior County Government officials present include CEC Philip Aemun (Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries), Charles Lokiyoto (Trade, Gender and Youth Affairs).