These are formal addresses delivered by H.E. the governor of Turkana County to different audiences.

World Refugees Day Speech 2015 Final

THE SPEECH BY H.E JOSPHAT KOLI NANOK

THE GOVERNOR OF TURKANA COUNTY ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY CELEBRATIONS ON 20TH JUNE 2015 IN KAKUMA

 

THE UNHCR COUNTRY REPRESENTATIVE,

EXCELLENCIES AMBASSADORS PRESENT HERE TODAY,

REPRESENTATIVES OF VARIOUS EMBASSIES,

HIGHLY DISTINGUISHED HEADS OF MISSIONS

UN AGENCIES REPRESENTATIVES

HEADS OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMENT:

T odaywe are gathered here to mark the 14th anniversary of the World Refugee Day celebrations following the unanimous resolution of the UN General Assembly of December 4, 2000 to have the international refugee day coincide with the African Refugee Day on 20th June.

We celebrate the integration of the more than 20 nationalities and hundreds of rich and diverse cultures represented right here in Kakuma; this being the largest refugee camp in Kenya with over 185, 000 refugees from East, West, North and central Africa and as far as Yemen and Afghanistan.

Since 1990, Turkana County and Kakuma Sub- County in particular has remained home to our brothers and sisters who had fled their home countries for various reasons, foremost being war and violent conflicts. In the spirit of humanity and that Turkana truly remains the home of all man- kind as proven by science; we want all of you to feel at home.

As we mark this day, it is important to reflect on our Country and county’s security status. Although security largely remains a national function according to the constitution, the recent events of terror attacks in Garissa, Tana River and the mass murder of innocent civilians and officers in Kapedo have made us to rethink of the safety of our Country and its people. Peace is a prerequisite for development; without which it is inevitable to both internally displaced persons and communities to enjoy the resources available.

Given our county’s strategic geographical location, my government has continued to value peaceful coexistence and has been in the forefront of addressing resource-based tensions that would otherwise spiral into full conflict. Our efforts in South Sudan, Lower Omo zone in Ethiopia and Northern Uganda in Karamoja region have been fruitful in encouraging sharing of cross border resources, health services and in strengthening cross border trade. Two weeks ago, together with other leaders, we were hosted by the First Lady of Uganda Janet Museveni, who is also the Minister of State Affairs for Karamoja region. In her address she challenged the leadership from the pastoral counties in Kenya to embrace peace, dialogue and togetherness.

Our motivation has been the spirit of East Africa, to ensure there is free movement of our people. To encourage access to economic opportunities, and enterprise development so as to improve the living conditions of our people. The meeting had been preceded by a tripartite peace meeting held in Lokichoggio where the three countries of Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan had agreed to enhance peace and development in the region.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

I want to thank the host community for unconditionally accepting to accommodate the refugees and undertake to support them to integrate into a new environment- away from home. The hospitality and warmth of our people continues to be the sustaining factor for the peaceful coexistence being experienced in Kakuma and the larger Turkana West Sub-County.

Yesterday, I officially handed over land in Kalobeyei ward for the Construction of the Second refugee camp. This came after a number of discussions and consultations with the local community who agreed gracious to host the refugees. Again, I want to extend my gratitude to the community and the local leadership for being part and parcel of this process.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:     

In 2013, Kenya went through a radical change in its governance structure following the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010. In effect, the County governments came in existence alongside the National government. Turkana is one of the 47 counties legally recognized and constituted under the constitution.

With devolution, we have begun the process of writing a new narrative for Turkana and its development agenda. Since 2013, the County Government embarked on its development journey that culminated in the development of the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP 2013-2017), followed by its official launch in Eliye Springs at the shores of Lake Turkana, where most of us here were present.

The plan pays keen emphasis on addressing both the structural and institutional bottlenecks that undermine the development of the county. Despite the usual challenges associated with implementing the new structure, Our County has done considerably well and we have already started to see results especially in our critical social sectors.

My government is pursuing an integrated and holistic development agenda that focusses on primary sectors of the County while seeking enhanced partnership with all development partners.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

My government wishes to recognise the UN family for the unique opportunity it has given to Turkana to be its model County for the delivery as one programme under the United Nations Delivery as One Framework (UNDAF). This is not only an opportunity to demonstrate the UN’s commitment to the development agenda of the County but as an example to the rest of the development partners to align their programmes and plans with the County’s master plan. Through this arrangement both the UN and the County would immensely benefit from economies of scale, resource augmentation and efficiency in programme execution.

My government is ready and open to partnerships and in the implementation of programmes that support both the refugees and the host community. There is need to encourage sharing and interaction of the refugees and the Host communities in order to create a strong bond that shall serve to remove suspicion build trust and encourage peaceful coexistence for development.

I’m aware of the UNHCR partnership with the Qatar foundation which is focussed on constructing a model learning facility to be shared by the refugees and the host community. I personally support this initiative and during my last visit to Qatar in November last year on Her Highness invitation, I did indeed request the queen to increase the funding for the program due to its expected catchment growth besides considering initiating a sponsorship exchange programmes between Qatar and Turkana.

My government will continue to invest in our social sectors of Health, Education, Water, Agriculture, pastoral economy, human development, and social safety net programmes while also support the infrastructural and service sectors of transport, energy, land and tourism to facilitate our industrial take off. The programmes, my government is working on cuts across the entire county and service delivery is to all the people without discrimination.

As part of the integrated development planning, our government has embarked on a first phase of spatial planning meant to enable our towns grow sustainably and support in our socio-economic development. That process has begun in earnest. Two weeks ago, senior officers from my Government were here and did hold consultative meetings with the residents on how best to demarcate and zone our towns. It is imperative that we plan our growing towns in order to allow for decent and systematic growth in line with our rapid socio-economic development outlook. Ultimately, the spatial plan to be developed will integrate the various development aspects focusing both on our present needs as well as future prospects for expansion.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

In conclusion, No one, none of us deserves to live in a refugee camp, we have been forced by circumstances. I want to laud the efforts of the international community for the role they continue to play to bring peace and development in countries that have suffered destruction and turmoil owing to war. It is indeed the responsibility of the community of nations to provide avenues to the many challenges facing the world today to avoid displacements and destruction experienced and the pain women and children go through every day.

We will continue to work with the Department of Refugee Affairs (DRA) and the UNHCR to support refugee programmes and also ensure the host community equally access services.

Thank you very much and God bless you all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS FINAL COPY 2015

THE SPEECH BY H.E JOSPHAT KOLI NANOK

THE GOVERNOR OF TURKANA COUNTY ON MADARAKA DAY CELEBRATIONS ON 1st JUNE 2015 IN LODWAR

 The County Commissioner,

Officials from my government

Honourable Members of the County Assembly,

Honourable Members of the National Assembly

The Sovereign people of Turkana County

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Today, we mark yet another important day in our Nation and County. It is today, 1st June, that we celebrate the internal self-rule we got through the sacrifice of our fellow Kenyans who shed blood to set free this Country.

This is a day when all our struggles culminated to freedom and  a day all of us regardless of our ethnicity, boundaries and other differences come together to celebrate our independence and more so to renew our commitment to join hands and pull in the same direction to make Turkana County a better place for this generation and the generations to come.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

It’s now two years into devolution and if we look back as a County, we have every reason to celebrate and hope for a much brighter and promising future.

For 50 years since independence, our story was different –the story of painful struggle, neglect and marginalization. Two years on, the story of Turkana has changed, hope that was long gone has been rekindled, we have recaptured our original space and we continue to restore our dignity as a sovereign people of this county and nation. We are now enjoying the fruits of our Constitution, a Constitution that not only brought devolution but continues to ensure that we are on the right path and that our fundamental rights are respected regardless of our geographical positioning.

We are truly making good progress and keeping our steps in the right direction as a county.

The successes realized in the last two years are remarkable; this is a collective effort by all of us. Hence we need to continue working as a team to bridge the 50 years of under development.

In the coming financial year 2015/2016, we hope to continue with finalizing some of the activities we began this year. In addition, key flagship projects outlined in the county integrated development plan will feature in the budget. A much enhanced focus on quality performance will be core of programme delivery.

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

In the last two years, my government has managed to turn things round with allocations from the national government and the   local revenue we collect.

While we have tasted the fruits of devolution in the last two years, it’s not yet time to celebrate – we have a lot more work to do, than several other counties.

In this regard, my government has put priority in improving both the standards of Health service delivery and access to healthcare.

Health and Sanitation Sector had the highest budget allocation of 16 percent for this financial year. Through this allocation, commendable progress has been noted across monitored health indicators. The County referral hospital renovations works are 80 percent complete.

Our county immunization coverage has seen a 21 percent increase from 58 percent last year. Emergency health preparedness and response has improved from 50 per cent to 80 per cent.

While the 30 Health centres completed last year are yet to be equipped, service delivery is ongoing – drugs have been supplied and medical staff are discharging their duties.

I am glad that the health centres have relieved pressure from the Referral Hospital and now people are treated within their localities. The initial distance our people had to travel to access health services has drastically reduced from 55kms to 35 Kms. This is a distance which I believe will further reduce when the 60 dispensaries with staff housing will be completed very soon.

In Lokori the health centre is complete with a theatre table and soon the anesthetist will be deployed. This will help with minor surgeries that don’t necessarily need to be brought to the Referral hospital in Lodwar. The renovations for Kapedo sub-county hospital have begun.

In collaboration with Red Cross my government has begun the construction of a minor theatre in Lokitaung while other renovations for the hospital are also ongoing.

In Kaikor women no longer have to suffer, my government has built a maternity wing at the health centre. We will continue to assess other facilities to see the need for more maternity wings. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that no woman dies while giving birth.

The Lorugum health centre is complete ,the staff has been deployed and we shall soon commission it. I am glad that the hospital staff housing scheme for Turkwel has also begun and the people will get services without hindrance.

A staff has also been deployed to Juluk dispensary and the residents should now continue to draw services as usual.

The Lodwar County Referral Hospital now has acquired oxygen plant for the county referral hospital. Patients in critical conditions and the children’s ward will now have oxygen supply by their bedsides. This will reduce deaths brought about by breathing complications and lack of oxygen for other critical medical procedures.

Our county was recently profiled being number 3 with the highest budget allocation for purchase of drugs. So far, we have spent 106 million shillings on drugs for the first and Second quarter. Cumulatively we expect to spend close to 250 million shillings to adequately stock our dispensaries and health facilities to provide optimal care to our growing population.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Human Capital development remains a priority of my government. A pillar that fundamentally supports the development and enhancement of other sectors.

In actualizing this priority, my government has created bursaries and scholarships.

The bursary allocation for wards has increased from the 150 Million to 342 Million raising the figure of wards allocations from 5M to 7.7M. These bursaries have benefitted over 12,000 students in 2013/2014 and 15,000 in this financial year. The beneficiaries are High school, polytechnic, college and university students. These are poor and needy students who are out of school due to school fees challenges.

The new feeding programme for the 30 completed ECDs has begun and this is meant to ensure children are retained in schools. This year another 60 ECDs are under construction- two per ward and this will allow for more school enrolment.

From 2013, through 2014 to 2015 the enrolment rate has steadily increased at an average of 79,000 children per year.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

My government takes seriously the issues of women and the Youth. I am glad that the regulation to aid in distribution of the 220 Million shillings for this group is complete. The management committees have been constituted and we are only waiting for patrons to be identified for the process of disbursing the funds to start. Through these loans, thousands of our youths and women will be empowered and become actively engaged in meaningful economic opportunities, wealth creation and in the development of our County.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

We are right on course with the constitutional requirements on the two third gender rule. As it is, from the 1533 staff establishment, 1068 accounting for 70 per cent are male employees and 465 accounting for 30 per cent are female employees of which 71 per cent accounts for locals and 29 percent is for other Kenyans. On the entire establishment, more than half, accounting for 50 per cent are youth drawn from the age bracket of below 35 years.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Food security remains a key priority of my government. An integrated approach to tackling the hunger has informed my government’s initiative to put more land under irrigated agriculture. This year we want to focus on Nangitony, Kalemegur and Napuu irrigation schemes as we continue to expand acreage of other existing schemes. My government purchased seeds worth 31 million shillings which have since been distributed to farmers across our seven sub counties.

My government is now subdividing the Kakwanyang irrigation scheme amongst 600 households so that these farms are given special attention for quality production.

These farms are meant for production of high value crops that will feed our towns and populations and also create surplus for sale.

My government is focusing on restructuring the former Turkana Rehabilitation Project (TRP) which currently implements most of our land reclamation activities for it to be the County’s irrigation driver. Through the bill that is currently under development by the ministry, we want to empower TRP and expand its mandate so as to accelerate achievement of our food production target.

My government continues to be responsive to emergency needs of the people and livestock. The County emergency response initiative has so far managed to reach slightly above 800,000 people with assorted food stuffs of over 4,000 tonnes. This response continues to cushion the most vulnerable populations even as we work on long term food security plan for our county.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Water is a precious and necessary commodity for all of us. Following recent water shortages and drought stress, my government has in the last 10 months trucked more than 57 million cubic litres of water across our seven sub counties reaching more than 300,000 people and tens of thousands of livestock.

Across the county, we have sunk 57 boreholes this year alone and this serves a population of about 57,000 people if one borehole is estimated to serve 1000 people.

Water pans have also been constructed along the dry areas where livestock are concentrated. This will help reduce walking for herders and their livestock.

I am glad that we finally managed to strike fresh water in Kalokol- an area that had for many years suffered from acute water shortage. To better enable the residents of Kalokol enjoy water access, my government is in the process of enhancing water connectivity and distribution.

Despite striking water at Makutano in Nakalale ward, the borehole yield was however low contrary to what hydrological survey had indicated. Nevertheless, we have embarked to drill another borehole which we believe has more water to serve the Nakalale populations.

The layout and designs to connect the Napuu water aquifer to the main Lodwar water supply is in the process. The plan is also to equip and connect the Nabulon borehole which has a yield capacity of 75,000 cubic litres to the Kanamkemer supply line.

Most of the recent killings and attacks by the Pokot bandits were directed mostly to those going to fetch water from the river in Lorogon and its environs, my government has now drilled a borehole in Lorogon and just awaiting quality results for the water so that pumps can be fixed and the residents get water.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Insecurity continues to be a challenge in our county. It is continuously slowing our development and violating our fundamental human rights. I want to condole with families across our county that have lost their loved ones due to the escalated insecurity at our borders.

As a County, we will continue doing all that is possible within the law to protect and secure our people and their livelihoods. Through the peace-building funds, we have been able to facilitate numerous peace meetings and missions both within and across our neighbours in Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia.

In the last two weeks, leaders from the four counties of Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu and Turkana, traversed all the counties speaking to our people to embrace peace. I can only speak on our commitment – all of us know we want peace and it’s my belief that the efforts put in the last two weeks with all the leaders will bear fruit. I have no doubt my government will continue to engage with those that  support peace efforts.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Pastoralism remains the backbone of our County’s Economy and the main source of livelihood for our people. In ensuring good health for our livestock, my government dewormed more than 700,000 livestock and a further 600,000 animals were vaccinated against livestock diseases. This will be a routine exercise by my government.

To spur and strengthen trade for our people, my government recently commissioned two large livestock sale yards. One in Kalemnyang’ in Loima and Kang’atotha in Turkana Central. These are strategic sale yards that serve a wide livestock market especially traders from the larger Lokiriama-Loreng’kipi, Kotaruk  and the lower Kerio belt all the way to Kalokol.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

More than 300,000 of our people drive their daily livelihood from fishing. This is a big population considering the value addition that the industry adds to our local economy.

My government is focusing on improving security, resource sharing and surveillance along Lake Turkana.

Through the Ministry of Pastoral Economy and Fisheries, my government  acquired two modern rescue boats equipped with floaters, life savers and first aid kits for beach management units in Kalokol and Kataboi.

In the quest to improve the fishing industry, my government has also bought 12,661 modern quality fishing nets and they will be distributed to fishermen in due course.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Infrastructure be it roads, telephony, Public information, ICT and Energy remain a priority for my government. It is the fulcrum where all aspects of development find balance.

As a core driver of the County’s socio-economic development, the Lodwar International Airport is a key focus of my government. To date, several consultations have been done with KAA, Kenya Civil Aviation, and National Ministry of Transport. A feasibility survey has jointly been done and potential site for the airport has been identified.

My government will continue to focus on opening up the County’s remote areas through extended grading and gravelling of county classified roads. An additional 6 Kilometres road under the Lodwar CBD is presently at the stage of bitumen placement. Already more than 200 Kilometres of our strategic remote roads are at an advanced stage of improvement while an additional 1639 kilometres of roads tender is at an award stage. At least 40% of the 5000kms county roads has been done besides the ongoing maintenance of previously graded ones.

In the energy sub sector, my government is working with 82 rural public institutions in a solar lighting project. To date 49 schools have  been lit.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

I am glad that the discussions we begun during the donor round table last year in September have begun to bear fruits. Safaricom has installed additional communication masks in Eliye, Kibish, Kaikor and Kapeddo which are presently operational. We encourage other service-providers to also join and open up Turkana for communication and business.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

This financial year, the budget was 12.9 billion shillings  of which 8.3 billion being the share from the national government and  3.6 billion  being a carry forward of the last financial year budget. The carry forward comprised of projects in Health, Education and Public Service that had not been completed by the end of financial year of 2013/2014.

Currently our local revenue collection is 120 million, a slight improvement from the former local authorities’ margin – this is however way below our County Integrated Development Plan target of 500 million shillings.

For our county therefore to sustain development in the long run, strengthening our local revenue collection is very critical. To this end, it’s my belief the recent recruitment of ward revenue officers and clerks is expected to improve management and administration of revenue collection.

The budget process is in its final stages and the budget appropriation committee is out since last week getting your views. Please participate in this process so that your views are captured before the report is tabled at the County Assembly

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

My government has strategies to attract investors and mobilize resources to support the realization of our flagship projects. Through the Public Private Partnership engagements, my government is working with several private investors who have shown interest to invest in our county’s green energy. Four Seasons Energy company is such an investor who hopes to invest 6 million Euros equivalent to 650 Million shillings over the next three years in producing 1500MW of energy through solar and wind.

Through KfW grant, our County is set to benefit from 2.5 million Euro grant – approximately 275million shillings locally for setting up a hybrid power generation plant in Kalokol. The MoU has been signed between KfW and the national treasury. Feasibility study been done and the works will be commencing pretty soon.

The United Nations family has committed to work with us under the “Delivering as One” framework that will see the UN invest 182 million US Dollars in Turkana over the next three years. This is the first of such agreement signed in the Country. The UN coordinator has now reported and he will be based here in Turkana at the joint Secretariat to oversee the implementation of the programme.

My government also recognizes the important role the private sector plays in the economic growth and development. To this end, we have been able to map out critical investment opportunities as profiled in the CIDP and further gone ahead to meet both individual and corporate investors. Through Dr. Richard Leakey of Turkana Basin Institute of archaeology, in partnership with my government, the Turkana Boy Monument at Nariokotome has been erected and only awaiting President Uhuru Kenyatta to come and unveil it.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

We have also entered formal engagements with national government institutions like KICC and Kenya Investment Authority. Through this partnership our County aims to benefit immensely from their experience and unique expertise in event management. They will also help in promoting and marketing our County not only for conferences tourism but also a destination of choice for investors and tourists. As a government, we have now embarked on the infrastructure to match the generated demand for our unique products across the Globe following recent successful marketing efforts in Berlin and the United Kingdom.

This August 27th to 30th, the second edition for Tobong’u Lore will be held. This is a day we will all come together to celebrate our culture and heritage as a people. This event will see all our brothers in the Ateker from the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan come to join us. We also expect people of various nationalities.

Tobong’u Lore 2015 will be celebrating the Ateker diversity for peace and development.

Let’s all prepare adequately because this is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy, make business and interact.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

In the next financial 2015/ 2016 Fiscal Year, my government’s priorities will be to invest more in the Health care and in the provision of quality referral services. We need a healthy working population to support in our development agenda.

We will focus on water infrastructural development and technology transfer to enable us speed up the attainment of our CIDP food security target. The ministry will focus on enhancing utilization of our abundant water resources to bring more land under food production while increasing household water access.

My government will further improve graded roads and drainage works besides continued tarmacking of our urban roads.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

On my own behalf and that of my entire government, I want to reiterate our commitment and dedication to service delivery to the sovereign people of Turkana. Personally, I pledge to continue working tirelessly for the people I adore, and the County I love most.

 

God Bless Kenya, God Bless Turkana County

Thank you, Asante Sana!

 

 

 

 

Madaraka Day Speech 2015 Final – Health

THE SPEECH BY H.E JOSPHAT KOLI NANOK

THE GOVERNOR OF TURKANA COUNTY ON MADARAKA DAY CELEBRATIONS ON 1st JUNE 2015 IN LODWAR

 

 

The County Commissioner,

Officials from my government

Honourable Members of the County Assembly,

Honourable Members of the National Assembly

The Sovereign people of Turkana County

 

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Today, we mark yet another important day in our Nation and County. It is today, 1st June, that we celebrate the internal self-rule we got through the sacrifice of our fellow Kenyans who shed blood to set free this Country.

This is a day when all our struggles culminated to freedom and  a day all of us regardless of our ethnicity, boundaries and other differences come together to celebrate our independence and more so to renew our commitment to join hands and pull in the same direction to make Turkana County a better place for this generation and the generations to come.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

It’s now two years into devolution and if we look back as a County, we have every reason to celebrate and hope for a much brighter and promising future.

For 50 years since independence, our story was different –the story of painful struggle, neglect and marginalization. Two years on, the story of Turkana has changed, hope that was long gone has been rekindled, we have recaptured our original space and we continue to restore our dignity as a sovereign people of this county and nation. We are now enjoying the fruits of our Constitution, a Constitution that not only brought devolution but continues to ensure that we are on the right path and that our fundamental rights are respected regardless of our geographical positioning.

We are truly making good progress and keeping our steps in the right direction as a county.

The successes realized in the last two years are remarkable; this is a collective effort by all of us. Hence we need to continue working as a team to bridge the 50 years of under development.

In the coming financial year 2015/2016, we hope to continue with finalizing some of the activities we began this year. In addition, key flagship projects outlined in the county integrated development plan will feature in the budget. A much enhanced focus on quality performance will be core of programme delivery.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

In the last two years, my government has managed to turn things round with allocations from the national government and the   local revenue we collect.

While we have tasted the fruits of devolution in the last two years, it’s not yet time to celebrate – we have a lot more work to do, than several other counties.

In this regard, my government has put priority in improving both the standards of Health service delivery and access to healthcare.

Health and Sanitation Sector had the highest budget allocation of 16 percent for this financial year. Through this allocation, commendable progress has been noted across monitored health indicators. The County referral hospital renovations works are 80 percent complete.

Our county immunization coverage has seen a 21 percent increase from 58 percent last year. Emergency health preparedness and response has improved from 50 per cent to 80 per cent.

While the 30 Health centres completed last year are yet to be equipped, service delivery is ongoing – drugs have been supplied and medical staff are discharging their duties.

I am glad that the health centres have relieved pressure from the Referral Hospital and now people are treated within their localities. The initial distance our people had to travel to access health services has drastically reduced from 55kms to 35 Kms. This is a distance which I believe will further reduce when the 60 dispensaries with staff housing will be completed very soon.

In Lokori the health centre is complete with a theatre table and soon the anesthetist will be deployed. This will help with minor surgeries that don’t necessarily need to be brought to the Referral hospital in Lodwar. The renovations for Kapedo sub-county hospital have begun.

In collaboration with Red Cross my government has begun the construction of a minor theatre in Lokitaung while other renovations for the hospital are also ongoing.

In Kaikor women no longer have to suffer, my government has built a maternity wing at the health centre. We will continue to assess other facilities to see the need for more maternity wings. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that no woman dies while giving birth.

The Lorugum health centre is complete ,the staff has been deployed and we shall soon commission it. I am glad that the hospital staff housing scheme for Turkwel has also begun and the people will get services without hindrance.

A staff has also been deployed to Juluk dispensary and the residents should now continue to draw services as usual.

The Lodwar County Referral Hospital now has acquired oxygen plant for the county referral hospital. Patients in critical conditions and the children’s ward will now have oxygen supply by their bedsides. This will reduce deaths brought about by breathing complications and lack of oxygen for other critical medical procedures.

Our county was recently profiled being number 3 with the highest budget allocation for purchase of drugs. So far, we have spent 106 million shillings on drugs for the first and Second quarter. Cumulatively we expect to spend close to 250 million shillings to adequately stock our dispensaries and health facilities to provide optimal care to our growing population.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Human Capital development remains a priority of my government. A pillar that fundamentally supports the development and enhancement of other sectors.

In actualizing this priority, my government has created bursaries and scholarships.

The bursary allocation for wards has increased from the 150 Million to 342 Million raising the figure of wards allocations from 5M to 7.7M. These bursaries have benefited over 12,000 students in 2013/2014 and 15,000 in this financial year. The beneficiaries are High school, polytechnic, college and university students. These are poor and needy students who are out of school due to school fees challenges.

The new feeding programme for the 30 completed ECDs has begun and this is meant to ensure children are retained in schools. This year another 60 ECDs are under construction- two per ward and this will allow for more school enrollment.

From 2013, through 2014 to 2015 the enrollment rate has steadily increased at an average of 79,000 children per year.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

My government takes seriously the issues of women and the Youth. I am glad that the regulation to aid in distribution of the 220 Million shillings for this group is complete. The management committees have been constituted and we are only waiting for patrons to be identified for the process of disbursing the funds to start. Through these loans, thousands of our youths and women will be empowered and become actively engaged in meaningful economic opportunities, wealth creation and in the development of our County.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

We are right on course with the constitutional requirements on the two third gender rule. As it is, from the 1533 staff establishment, 1068 accounting for 70 per cent are male employees and 465 accounting for 30 per cent are female employees of which 71 per cent accounts for locals and 29 percent is for other Kenyans. On the entire establishment, more than half, accounting for 50 per cent are youth drawn from the age bracket of below 35 years.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN: 

Food security remains a key priority of my government. An integrated approach to tackling the hunger has informed my government’s initiative to put more land under irrigated agriculture. This year we want to focus on Nangitony, Kalemegur and Napuu irrigation schemes as we continue to expand acreage of other existing schemes. My government purchased seeds worth 31 million shillings which have since been distributed to farmers across our seven sub counties.

My government is now subdividing the Kakwanyang irrigation scheme amongst 600 households so that these farms are given special attention for quality production.

These farms are meant for production of high value crops that will feed our towns and populations and also create surplus for sale.

My government is focusing on restructuring the former Turkana Rehabilitation Project (TRP) which currently implements most of our land reclamation activities for it to be the County’s irrigation driver. Through the bill that is currently under development by the ministry, we want to empower TRP and expand its mandate so as to accelerate achievement of our food production target.

My government continues to be responsive to emergency needs of the people and livestock. The County emergency response initiative has so far managed to reach slightly above 800,000 people with assorted food stuffs of over 4,000 tonnes. This response continues to cushion the most vulnerable populations even as we work on long term food security plan for our county.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Water is a precious and necessary commodity for all of us. Following recent water shortages and drought stress, my government has in the last 10 months trucked more than 57 million cubic litres of water across our seven sub counties reaching more than 300,000 people and tens of thousands of livestock.

Across the county, we have sunk 57 boreholes this year alone and this serves a population of about 57,000 people if one borehole is estimated to serve 1000 people.

Water pans have also been constructed along the dry areas where livestock are concentrated. This will help reduce walking for herders and their livestock.

I am glad that we finally managed to strike fresh water in Kalokol- an area that had for many years suffered from acute water shortage. To better enable the residents of Kalokol enjoy water access, my government is in the process of enhancing water connectivity and distribution.

Despite striking water at Makutano in Nakalale ward, the borehole yield was however low contrary to what hydrological survey had indicated. Nevertheless, we have embarked to drill another borehole which we believe has more water to serve the Nakalale populations.

The layout and designs to connect the Napuu water aquifer to the main Lodwar water supply is in the process. The plan is also to equip and connect the Nabulon borehole which has a yield capacity of 75,000 cubic litres to the Kanamkemer supply line.

Most of the recent killings and attacks by the Pokot bandits were directed mostly to those going to fetch water from the river in Lorogon and its environs, my government has now drilled a borehole in Lorogon and just awaiting quality results for the water so that pumps can be fixed and the residents get water.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Insecurity continues to be a challenge in our county. It is continuously slowing our development and violating our fundamental human rights. I want to condole with families across our county that have lost their loved ones due to the escalated insecurity at our borders.

As a County, we will continue doing all that is possible within the law to protect and secure our people and their livelihoods. Through the peace-building funds, we have been able to facilitate numerous peace meetings and missions both within and across our neighbours in Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia.

In the last two weeks, leaders from the four counties of Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu and Turkana, traversed all the counties speaking to our people to embrace peace. I can only speak on our commitment – all of us know we want peace and it’s my belief that the efforts put in the last two weeks with all the leaders will bear fruit. I have no doubt my government will continue to engage with those that  support peace efforts.

 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Pastoralism remains the backbone of our County’s Economy and the main source of livelihood for our people. In ensuring good health for our livestock, my government dewormed more than 700,000 livestock and a further 600,000 animals were vaccinated against livestock diseases. This will be a routine exercise by my government.

To spur and strengthen trade for our people, my government recently commissioned two large livestock sale yards. One in Kalemnyang’ in Loima and Kang’atotha in Turkana Central. These are strategic sale yards that serve a wide livestock market especially traders from the larger Lokiriama-Loreng’kipi, Kotaruk  and the lower Kerio belt all the way to Kalokol.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

More than 300,000 of our people drive their daily livelihood from fishing. This is a big population considering the value addition that the industry adds to our local economy.

My government is focusing on improving security, resource sharing and surveillance along Lake Turkana.

Through the Ministry of Pastoral Economy and Fisheries, my government  acquired two modern rescue boats equipped with floaters, life savers and first aid kits for beach management units in Kalokol and Kataboi.

In the quest to improve the fishing industry, my government has also bought 12,661 modern quality fishing nets and they will be distributed to fishermen in due course.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

Infrastructure be it roads, telephony, Public information, ICT and Energy remain a priority for my government. It is the fulcrum where all aspects of development find balance.

As a core driver of the County’s socio-economic development, the Lodwar International Airport is a key focus of my government. To date, several consultations have been done with KAA, Kenya Civil Aviation, and National Ministry of Transport. A feasibility survey has jointly been done and potential site for the airport has been identified.

My government will continue to focus on opening up the County’s remote areas through extended grading and gravelling of county classified roads. An additional 6 Kilometres road under the Lodwar CBD is presently at the stage of bitumen placement. Already more than 200 Kilometres of our strategic remote roads are at an advanced stage of improvement while an additional 1639 kilometres of roads tender is at an award stage. At least 40% of the 5000kms county roads has been done besides the ongoing maintenance of previously graded ones.

In the energy sub sector, my government is working with 82 rural public institutions in a solar lighting project. To date 49 schools have  been lit.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

I am glad that the discussions we begun during the donor round table last year in September have begun to bear fruits. Safaricom has installed additional communication masks in Eliye, Kibish, Kaikor and Kapeddo which are presently operational. We encourage other service-providers to also join and open up Turkana for communication and business.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

This financial year, the budget was 12.9 billion shillings  of which 8.3 billion being the share from the national government and  3.6 billion  being a carry forward of the last financial year budget. The carry forward comprised of projects in Health, Education and Public Service that had not been completed by the end of financial year of 2013/2014.

Currently our local revenue collection is 120 million, a slight improvement from the former local authorities’ margin – this is however way below our County Integrated Development Plan target of 500 million shillings.

For our county therefore to sustain development in the long run, strengthening our local revenue collection is very critical. To this end, it’s my belief the recent recruitment of ward revenue officers and clerks is expected to improve management and administration of revenue collection.

The budget process is in its final stages and the budget appropriation committee is out since last week getting your views. Please participate in this process so that your views are captured before the report is tabled at the County Assembly

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

My government has strategies to attract investors and mobilize resources to support the realization of our flagship projects. Through the Public Private Partnership engagements, my government is working with several private investors who have shown interest to invest in our county’s green energy. Four Seasons Energy company is such an investor who hopes to invest 6 million Euros equivalent to 650 Million shillings over the next three years in producing 1500MW of energy through solar and wind.

Through KfW grant, our County is set to benefit from 2.5 million Euro grant – approximately 275million shillings locally for setting up a hybrid power generation plant in Kalokol. The MoU has been signed between KfW and the national treasury. Feasibility study been done and the works will be commencing pretty soon.

The United Nations family has committed to work with us under the “Delivering as One” framework that will see the UN invest 182 million US Dollars in Turkana over the next three years. This is the first of such agreement signed in the Country. The UN coordinator has now reported and he will be based here in Turkana at the joint Secretariat to oversee the implementation of the programme.

My government also recognizes the important role the private sector plays in the economic growth and development. To this end, we have been able to map out critical investment opportunities as profiled in the CIDP and further gone ahead to meet both individual and corporate investors. Through Dr. Richard Leakey of Turkana Basin Institute of archaeology, in partnership with my government, the Turkana Boy Monument at Nariokotome has been erected and only awaiting President Uhuru Kenyatta to come and unveil it.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

We have also entered formal engagements with national government institutions like KICC and Kenya Investment Authority. Through this partnership our County aims to benefit immensely from their experience and unique expertise in event management. They will also help in promoting and marketing our County not only for conferences tourism but also a destination of choice for investors and tourists. As a government, we have now embarked on the infrastructure to match the generated demand for our unique products across the Globe following recent successful marketing efforts in Berlin and the United Kingdom.

This August 27th to 30th, the second edition for Tobong’u Lore will be held. This is a day we will all come together to celebrate our culture and heritage as a people. This event will see all our brothers in the Ateker from the neighbouring countries of Ethiopia, Uganda and Sudan come to join us. We also expect people of various nationalities.

Tobong’u Lore 2015 will be celebrating the Ateker diversity for peace and development.

Let’s all prepare adequately because this is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy, make business and interact.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

In the next financial 2015/ 2016 Fiscal Year, my government’s priorities will be to invest more in the Health care and in the provision of quality referral services. We need a healthy working population to support in our development agenda.

We will focus on water infrastructural development and technology transfer to enable us speed up the attainment of our CIDP food security target. The ministry will focus on enhancing utilization of our abundant water resources to bring more land under food production while increasing household water access.

My government will further improve graded roads and drainage works besides continued tarmacking of our urban roads.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN:

On my own behalf and that of my entire government, I want to reiterate our commitment and dedication to service delivery to the sovereign people of Turkana. Personally, I pledge to continue working tirelessly for the people I adore, and the County I love most.

 

God Bless Kenya, God Bless Turkana County

 

Thank you, Asante Sana!

 

 

 

 

Hotuba ya Siku Kuu ya Jamhuri 2014 Final

SERIKALI YA KAUNTI YA TURKANA

HOTUBA YA MHESHIMIWA JOSPHAT KOLI NANOK

GAVANA WA KAUNTI YA TURKANA WAKATI WA SHEREHE ZA SIKU KUU YA JAMHURI TAREHE 12 DISEMBA 2014, MJINI LODWAR.

 

Naibu wa Gavana,

Mhemishimiwa Senator,

Kamishina wa Kaunti,

Mheshimiwa Spika   wa Bunge la Kaunti,

Maafisa Wakuu wa Serikali ya Kaunti ,

Waheshimiwa Wabunge la Kaunti ,

Waheshimiwa Wabunge la Kitaifa ,

Wananchi watukufu wa kaunti ya Turkana,

 

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Nawasalimu nyote na kuwakaribisha kwa siku kuu hii ya Jamhuri .

Kwa mara nyingine leo hii, tunaadhimisha na kusherehekea siku muhimu ya  miaka 51 ya uhuru wetu kutoka kwa Wakoloni.  Ni siku ya kutoa heshima na kuwaenzi waanzilishi wa taifa hili kwa moyo wao mkuu, ushupavu na azima kwa maono- maono ambayo hatimaye yalisaidia kupatikana kwa uhuru  wa nchi na makao ya mashujaa.

Bila shaka tunaadhimisha siku kuu ambayo ina baraka maradufu kwetu Wakenya.  Hii ni siku ambayo tulipata uhuru wetu kutoka kwa Waingereza mwaka wa 1963 na mwaka mmoja baadaye 1964 Kenya ikasajiliwa kama mwanachama wa Jumuiya ya Madola na vile vile katika Umoja wa Mataifa kama  taifa linalojitawala.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Siku kuu ya Jamhuri sio tu siku ya kutafakari; ni siku ya kutoa heshima na  kuonyesha shukrani zetu kwa uhuru wetu tulio nao hadi wakati huu. Ni siku ya kutazamia nyakati zijazo zenye nafasi tele zinazostahili kutumiwa na kuafikiwa.

Kwetu sisi katika  Kaunti hii, ni siku ya kushikana mikono na kuungana kuifanya  Kaunti hii kuwa bora zaidi kwa kizazi hiki na vizazi vingi vijavyo.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Hadithi  ya Turkana imebadilika, hatutaendelea kurudia wimbo wa kupuuzwa na kutengwa ambako tulipitia kwani sasa hayo ni ya kale.  Tumejikwamua na kuamua mwelekeo wa maendeleo yetu.

Ni karibu miaka miwili sasa tangu mnipe jukumu la uongozi kama Gavana wenu na wale wanaofahamu wanaweza kushuhudia yale ambayo serikali  imeafulu kutimiza katika muda usiozidi miaka miwili. Ni ombi langu kwamba kila mwaka, utakuwa mwaka wa mafanikio kwa kaunti ya Turkana.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Hali ya ukosefu wa usalama:

Kaunti yetu inaendesha vita hatua kwa hatua na kwa umakinifu dhidi ya viwango vya juu vya umaskini, ukame, kutokuwepo kwa usalama na kutojua kusoma na kuandika. Moyo wetu wa kijamii, ufungamano na  matarajio ya pamoja ni thabiti na unaweza kukabiliana na  changamoto zinazotukumba wakati huu za kijamii, kiuchumi na kisiasa.

Hali mbaya ya usalama imeendelea kuwa changamoto kali kwetu katika kaunti hii. Eneo la mpaka kati ya Kaunti ya Turkana na Pokot Magharibi limeendelea kukumbwa na matatizo mengi.

Tumepoteza watu wengi kutokana na  majambazi kutoka Kaunti hizi mbili. Hali hii lazima ikome. Hii ndio sababu tunaiambia serikali ya kitaifa ishirikishe kaunti katika jukumu la usalama. Iwapo itahitajika kurekebisha katiba ili kuruhusu kaunti kushirikishwa katika masuala ya usalama basi na iwe hivyo. Na iwapo serikali ya kitaifa imegundua haitaweza kushughulikia usalama wa ndani bila kushirikisha serikali za kaunti na raia wake basi tutaunga mkono msimamo huo.

Ikiwa serikali ya kitaifa imefaulu kuwaafikia jirani zetu Sudan Kusini na kutumia majeshi kuleta amani nchini Somalia, je itakuwaje eti imeshindwa kukabiliana na majambazi  na wezi walioko nchini? Hii ni kile ninachosema kuwa upungufu katika mfumo wa utaratibu wa vikosi vyetu vya usalama. Marekebisho katika mfumo wa usalama sharti yapewe kipau-mbele katika kaunti yetu na pia katika sehemu zote za nchi yetu.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Huku mjadala kuhusu usalama ukiendelea, serikali yangu itaendelea kufanya kila iwezalo kuhakikisha watu katika maeneo ambayo si salama wanapata usalama wanaposafiri. Mojawapo wa juhudi hizi ni kutengwa kwa shilingi milioni 100 kwa ujenzi wa daraja la  Kaputir ambalo litarahisisha kuchukuliwa kwa hatua ya haraka kuwashughulikia watu walioko ukingo wa magharibi.

Serikali yangu pia imetenga fedha kuwalipa maafisa wa polisi wa akiba

(KPR) ambao wakati huu wanatambulika kama Maafisa wa polisi wa  Kitaifa wa  akiba  (NPR) kuchangia kazi ya maafisa wa usalama wa kitaifa katika kaunti.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Kandarasi za Utendaji kazi:

Nilipochukua hatamu za uongozi, niliahidi  kutoa huduma kwa watu wa Turkana; serikali yangu itaendelea kujitolea kwa kazi hii, Majuma mawili yalioyopita, Wakuu wote wa Kaunti walitia saini Kandarasi za Utendaji Kazi, kuonyesha kujitolea kwao kwa kazi na  kushinikizwa na  hatua hiyo katika utoaji huduma kwa watu wa Turkana.

Hii ni hatua bora iliyochukuliwa na serikali sio tu kwa kuhakikisha utoaji huduma bora bali pia kufuatilia utendaji kazi katika idara zote za Kaunti na wafanyakazi wote.

Kandarasi za kazi zilizotiwa saini na maafisa wakuu pia zitasambazwa chini kwa kila mfanyakazi wa serikali ya kaunti kama ishara ya nia ya kibinafsi  ya kutoa huduma.

Hatua hii inambana kila mmoja na kumfanya kuwajibika mwisho wa kila kipindi cha  mwaka wa matumizi ya pesa za serikali kwa kile walichofanya na kile walichoshindwa kutimiza, na umma  utakuwa hapo kuwakadiria.

Mabibi na Mabwana: 

Huduma za Afya:

Usajili wa hivi majuzi wa wahudumu wa afya, tuliajiri wafanyakazi wa afya 306 ambao watapelekwa katika vituo vya afya vilivyokamilika na ambavyo vimejengwa na serikali. Serikali yangu inakusudia kuwa na  zahanati mbili katika kila wadi ili kupunguza dhiki.

Katika wahudumu hao wa afya 306, tulikuwa na wanawake 158 na wanaume 148, hivyo basi hatua hii inakuonyesha kwamba serikali yangu inamakinika kuwapa nafasi wanawake.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Muundo Msingi:

Malengo yangu ni kuhakikisha kuna barabara nzuri  zinazounganisha sehemu zote katika kaunti hii kwani hatua hiyo itarahisisha usafiri wa kila mmoja na kupunguza masaa ya kusafiri na vile vile kuongeza ustaraabu kwa watu wetu.

Mwaka huu tunakusudia kutengeneza barabara nne, ambapo kazi tayari imeanza katika baadhi ya sehemu za kaunti hii. Ujenzi wa kilomita sita tuliozindua unaendelea, vile vile kazi ya ujenzi wa mitaro ya kuondoa maji taka na kuwekwa kwa taa za barabarani kunaendeshwa kwa njia nzuri.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Maji

Serikali yangu inatengeneza mswaada kuhusu maji unaokusudiwa kuimarisha huduma za maji katika Kaunti. Huduma za maji zitafadhiliwa na kusimamiwa na serikali ya kaunti.

Mswaada huu utaiwezesha kaunti kutoa bili za maji kupitia mitambo ya tarakilishi ili kuzuia wizi wa maji na vile vile itasaidia kupunguza gharama za huduma za maji.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Elimu:

Serikali yangu inathamini elimu kwa watoto wetu. Nilipochukua hatamu za uongozi nilitangaza vita dhidi ya kutokujua kusoma na kuandika. Hivyo basi, nimeongeza kiwango cha fedha zinazotumiwa kwa hazina ya misaada ya masomo kutoka kiwango cha wakati huu cha  shilingi milioni 150 hadi shilingi milioni 342 .

Hivyo basi, nawahimiza wazazi wote wawapeleke watoto wao shule ili wanufaike na mpango huo.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Kujitosheleza kwa  Chakula:

Hata ingawa serikali yangu inachukua mwelekeo wa kilimo cha unyunyizaji maji mashamba, mpango  wa dharura pia ni muhimu, hivyo basi, serikali yangu inapanga majira ya kutoa misaada ya chakula cha dharura kwa zaidi ya watu 500,000. Vile vile, tunapanga kuanzisha mpango wa kusambaza shilingi milioni 150 katika mpango utakaowanufaisha watu 18,900.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Biashara:

Serikali yangu imetenga  milioni 60 kwa hazina za biashara ndogo-ndogo na za kadri. Hazina hii inakusudiwa kuwawezesha na kuwahimiza watu wa sehemu za wadi kuomba mikopo  kwa masharti nafuu ili kuimarisha biashara zao. Vile vile, nimetenga shilingi milioni 30 kwa vyama vya ushirika.  Tutaanzisha mpango huo mara tu miswaada  miwili ambayo iko tayari  itakapopitishwa katika utaratibu unaohitajika na kuidhinishwa na Bunge la Kaunti.

Serikali yangu pia inazindua mpango wa ujenzi wa soko la kisasa katika kila wadi.  Tayari ujenzi wa masoko mawili kama hayo unaendelea huko Lokori na Nakurio.

Ukarabati wa soko la Lodwar sasa umekamilika na soko hilo litakabidhiwa wafanyabiashara hivi karibuni. Ninatambua kwamba huenda soko moja halitoshi na hivyo kutajengwa soko lingine la pili la kisasa hapa Lodwar.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Utalii

Serikali yangu imeanzisha utaratibu wa kupiga rajamu na kutangaza Kaunti hii kama kivutio cha kitalii. Rajamu au alama yetu kubwa ni ufahamu wa kisayansi wa chanzo cha Mwanadamu. Turkana ni mahali mwanadamu alianzia,  hii ndiyo alama yetu. Ili Kuunga mkono ukweli huu ambao   bila shaka umethibitishwa kisayansi, serikali yangu ikishirikiana na Richard Leakey, Taasisi ya Ziwa Turkana zinashauriana kwa kina kujenga makavadhi kubwa zaidi mjini Lodwar ambayo yatakuwa makavadhi kubwa mno ulimwenguni.

Hivyo basi, Serikali yangu pia imeanzisha ujenzi wa nyumba mbili za utalii wa viumbe na mazingira huko  Kainuk na Kataboi kila mojawapo ikiwa na uwezo wa kuhudumia watalii 40 wa kulala. Serikali yangu inashirikiana na  Chuo cha Utalii kuimarisha uwezo wa wahudumu wa hoteli na kuboresha viwango vya huduma katika sekta hiyo. Tayari watu 72 kutoka kwa kaunti hii wamenufaika na mpango wa mafunzo haya. Mpango wetu mwishowe ni kwamba tuwe na nafasi zinazotengwa katika chuo cha Utalii kwa wale wanaokusudia kujiunga na  sekta ya ukarimu na wako tayari kurejea na kuekeza hapa nyumbani.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Mkutano wa wafadhili na washirika tuliofanya katika ufuo wa Ziwa Turkana umeanza kuzaa matunda. Waekezaji wameonyesha nia kubwa ya kuunga mkono miradi hapa Turkana. Umoja wa Mataifa umetangaza  msaada wake  katika  kuafikia mpango wetu wa Ushirikishi wa Maendeleo ya Kaunti

Vile vile, tumepata msaada kutoka  kwa shirika la maendeleo ya kimataifa la Uingereza-DFID kuhamasisha umma kuhusu masuala ya mafuta na gesi. Hii ni muhimu kwa ushirikishi wa umma tunapoingia awamu ya  uchimbaji mafuta katika kaunti.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Fedha:

Hii ndio kaunti ya  pekee nchini ambayo imetenga aslimia kubwa ya mapato yake kwa maendeleo. Kwa wakati huu matumizi yetu ya aslimia 30 yanaelekezwa kwa shughuli za kila siku ilihali aslimia 70 imetengwa kwa maendeleo. Huu ni mwelekeo unaofaa.

Fedha tulizotenga kwa maendeleo katika kipindi cha mwaka huu cha matumizi ya pesa za serikali ni  shilingi bilioni 9.1 ikiongezwa na  shilingi bilioni 3.8 zilizowasilishwa kutoka mwaka uliopita wa matumizi ya pesa za serikali. Hatua hii inatupatia  shilingi bilioni 12.9 ambapo shilingi bilioni  3.5 tayari zimetumika na kiasi kingine cha shilingi bilioni tatu kutengwa kwa miradi ambayo kandarazi yao imeshapeanwa.

Tunachopaswa kujua ni kwamba kiasi kikubwa cha bajeti yetu kinatumika kwa maendeleo na kila wakati pesa zinapochelewa kutolewa na hazina kuu, kiwango cha matumizi pia kinaathirika, hii haimaniishi eti kwamba pesa zilizosalia  zinarudishwa.

Hatuna la kuficha kama serikali; utaratibu wa bajeti ni wa wananchi. Tutaendelea kuwa wazi na kuwajibikia watu wa Turkana. Uwazi na hadhi ndio kanuni zinazozingatiwa na serikali yangu.

Mabibi na Mabwana:

Tunajenga  kaunti yetu kuanzia muundo msingi na kwa niaba ya serikali ya kaunti; tujajitolea kuhudumia kaunti hii tukufu. Ni heshima yangu kuthibitisha kwamba haijalishi changamoto zinazotukumba, tupo katika njia sawa kuufikia ukuu. Ajenda yetu ya maendeleo, ambayo ni sehemu ya maono yetu makuu ya  kuifanya kaunti ya Turkana kuwa   eneo kuu yanaleta matokeo bora na ya kutia moyo.

Nachukua fursa hii kumtakia kila mmoja Krismasi njema na Mwaka mpya wa Furaha na Mafanikio wa 2015.

 

Tujivunie Kaunti yetu na Urithi wetu kama jamii.

 

Siku kuu njema ya Jamhuri !!

 

 

Governor’s Speech for Water Summit 1

SPEECH BY H.E JOSPHAT KOLI NANOK, THE GOVERNOR OF TURKANA COUNTY DURING THE NATIONAL WATER SUMMIT HELD ON 9TH – 10TH OCTOBER, 2014 AT ELIYE SPRINGS ON THE SHORES OF LAKE TURKANA, TURKANA COUNTY 

THE CHIEF GUEST, H.E THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF KENYA, HON. MWAI KIBAKI

 CABINET SECRETARY FOR WATER, PROF. JUDDY WAKHUNGU,

 MEMBERS OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORP PRESENT,

 REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR UNESCO,

 SENIOR OFFICERS FROM BOTH THE NATIONAL AND COUNTY GOVERNMENT,

HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT,

 HONOURABLE MEMBERS OF COUNTY ASSEMBLY,

 EXPERTS IN THE WATER SECTOR,

 THE ORGANIZERS OF THIS SUMMIT,

 

Ladies and Gentlemen…

 I am pleased to host this water summit in Turkana County and at the shores of the largest desert lake in the world. Indeed it was a well thought idea discussing water issues next to the lake which is a great resource to the people of Turkana and the neighbouring county of Marsabit.

I want to welcome you all back home – where archeology has uncovered that man first lived- thus the first home of mankind before they dispersed to populate the earth.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

 In our county our theme for this year is: ”Water for Socio- Economic Development.

Water is not only just a basic need but a fundamental human right that is supposed to be in the right quality, of right quantity and in the right place.

While safe clean water is a fundamental right, here in Turkana County, it has remained elusive even despite the recently discovered huge underground water aquifers. At the moment, its only 40% of a population of about 1.2 Million people who can access water in Turkana.

Since the announcement of the water aquifers by the national government, expectations of the people in this county have gone up. The community and most Kenyans who have been reading in the papers and watching on televisions are not able to reconcile the huge aquifers and the acute shortages of water in Turkana.

I am glad today that we are all here to put our heads together and come up with solutions to water problems experienced not only in this county but across the nation.


Ladies and Gentlemen…

 Access to safe clean water is a flagship project Turkana County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) has identified. The plan targets to increase water access from the current 40% to 74% in the next four years in line with Vision 2030 and the Millennium Development Goals.

You will appreciate that the efforts to almost double this coverage will not be achieved by government alone but by concerted efforts from all partners and investors in the water sector.

Water provision services in this county are provided through Lodwar Water and Sanitation Company (LOWASCO). We want to develop policies so that these services are streamlined and aligned to the CIDP and LOWASCO is restructured and strengthened to meet the demands of water provision.

Our bigger challenges remain – how to treat and reduce the levels of salinity in the available water, provide piping system, set up water kiosks and provide more storage facilities as we wait the harnessing of the aquifers.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

 For most of us here today, we are able to see a direct link between provision of clean water and social development, yet we still find that despite our best intentions and hard work- millions do not have access to clean, safe water.

The bottom line is, we require massive infrastructure investments in order to provide clean water to the people.

Water infrastructure is a very expensive undertaking and I want to thank our partners who have been trying to help with piping and one such is the Catholic Diocese of Lodwar.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

 If the water discovered in this county is harnessed in good time, it will be useful in irrigation and the problems we have been hearing of famine will be history. Our plans are to be able to produce food that can feed over a million people and have surplus for export.

The fishing and livestock industry is another area where water is of economic importance. My government is in the process of reviving the fish processing plant in Kalokol and a number of abattoirs are now operational across the county. The need for water has therefore gone up.

Oil and Gas exploration in Turkana also requires massive quantities of water. To the County Government, development of the Lotikipi aquifer which is estimated to hold 200 Billion cubic meters of water is paramount. This holds the key to development of the oil sector as it enters the production phase. I expect the oil investors particularly Tullow to get water from Lotikipi as we also get 20 percent of the water they extract to give to populations and irrigate farms along the water pipeline corridor. We are willing and ready to provide access to a water pipeline if required.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

 Lake Turkana, as I had earlier on mentioned, is a source of livelihood for people in this County and Marsabit. The main source of water for this lake is river Omo in Ethiopia.  Any upstream developments on river Omo will definitely affect the water levels in turn affecting the lives of those that are dependant on it.

Upstream development on river Omo especially around the delta also means the loss on cultivation, the riverine forests and the wetlands. There are also possibilities of landslides and conflicts on resources. This is therefore something that this summit should evaluate.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

 In more concrete and specific terms, this summit should,

  1. Identify the major issues militating against optimal water infrastructure development and its sustainability, as well as evolve innovative funding to improve this situation.
  2. Redefine the intervention approaches in the water sector through funding sources diversification and highlight the business potential and existing profitability assets.
  3. Facilitate linkages and engagements between investors and innovators towards expansion and scaling up of water services both in the county and the country.
  4.  And critically review the present financing and investment model in the sector to find out which one works best and what opportunities exist for leveraging resources from non-traditional sources in light of growing competing needs for our people.

Ladies and Gentlemen…

Strategies to strengthen water service delivery including environmentally safe measures, technological value additions and access to finance should be evaluated.

It is my hope that at the end of this summit, awareness of the multi-level impact of water sanitation on our economy would have been created. I am certain that the contributions of the experts gathered here today will impact both the discussion and the outcome of this summit.

Finally, I would like to express my appreciation to our development partners, and other institutions that are playing a pivotal role to ensure that access to clean safe water is indeed realized.

On behalf of the County Government, I want to assure you that we will favourably consider all the practical recommendations, which will emerge from this summit. We are conscious of the importance of this meeting and the contributions it will make in support of our efforts as a county to realize our objectives in the water sector for the benefit of our people.

Once again, I welcome you all and I wish the summit very fruitful deliberations.

 

THANK YOU AND GOD BLESS YOU.