These are official statements issued by Turkana county Government to inform stakeholders e.g. the media and general public.

Governor’s Statement on Lokichoggio Killings

         PRESS STATEMENT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  19/07/2015

     CONDEMNATION OF THE ATTACKS IN LOKICHOGGIO, TURKANA

I want to condemn in the strongest terms possible the killing of the Turkana West OCS, Chief Inspector Dominic Ng’ang’a and one of National Police Reservist in Lokichoggio in an attack by suspected Toposa bandits from South Sudan.

At the same time I wish to send my heart- felt condolences to the residents of Lokichoggio and especially to the families of the slain men and those injured in the attack.

This is quite unfortunate especially when we have had quite a number of peace meetings with our neighbours from Sudan and where agreements and resolutions have been reached.

I want therefore to urge the people of Turkana to remain calm as both the County and National government seek for ways to strengthen and support security measures in the conflict prone corridors both internally and along the international borders.

The 20 suspected Toposa are said to have attacked Turkana herdsmen and drove away 400 heads of cattle.

This morning, I was in touch with  a senior official of Eastern Equatoria State of South Sudan who informed me that they (South Sudan) have mounted an operation to track down and arrest perpetrators of this heinous act of killings and livestock theft.

Both the county officers and the senior national security personnel are on the ground since the time of the incident yesterday .

 

H.E Josphat Koli Nanok

Governor, Turkana County Government

Oil Wrandles in Turkana West Sub-County

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

                                              GOVERNOR’S PRESS SERVICE

                                                                   25th February, 2016

TO:  News Editors

OIL WRANGLES IN TURKANA WEST SUB-COUNTY

Turkana county governor Josphat Nanok has directed Turkana West Sub-county political leadership to reconstitute the Community Liaison Committee   working with CEPSA oil company within 12 days or else will disband it.

The political interference in the running of Community Liaison Committee has been the major cause of protests in the recent days in the area that has paralyzed the operations of the investor company.

The drilling operations of CEPSA-a  Spanish Integrated Oil drilling company in Turkana west has been delayed due to political and individual interests of  political  leadership and management of Community Liaison Committee.

The governor also told the CEPSA Oil team and Turkana west leaders present at a meeting in Lokichoggio to collapse the construction of the four water pans to 2 for water quality, suitability and sustainability.

CEPSA company is doing a drilling for oil exploration at  Nasinyono and  Nanaam.

 Ends…

John Emeripus

Director-Governor’s Press Service

+254 723937911

Press Release-Moroto-1

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

                                                   PRESS RELEASE

 

RDC MOROTO LAUNCHES KOBEBE WATER PAN IN UGANDA

Resident District Commissioner, Moroto, Abura Pirir has launched a water pan at Kobebe in Moroto, Uganda to help ease the  conflict between the   Karamoja and Turkana pastoralist communities on scarce resource like water and pasture for livestock

Addressing communities in Kobebe, Pirir said, it has been his dream to have the water Pan utilized by these communities in a bid to co-exist peacefully and end the conflict that has been fueling animosity between the two communities. The water pan costed the Ugandan government over  six billion Uganda shillings.

Turkana Deputy Governor, H.E Peter Ekai Lokoel said the Turkana County Government expects the Turkana and the Karamoja to live and interact peacefully. He said the elders from both sides have a major role to playin averting and resolving conflicts that might destroy the good relationship the communities are enjoy now.

There are over 30,000 Turkana pastoralists in Uganda, who went to seek for pasture and water in Uganda following the persistent drought in Turkana County.

Ekai says, the Turkana Government will construct a market that will benefit both the pastoralists from Kenya and Uganda as away to open up the border.

He says the government has already drilled a bolehole at Lomokori along the borderwhich will soon be operationalized.

“There will be a road linking Urum (Turkana) and Kobebe (Uganda) to facilitate continuous communication between the kraal leaders in order to diffuse any tension that might lead to attacks.” The Deputy Governor said.

Pirir said the Moroto Administration under his watch will consider drilling three boreholes along the Turkana-Moroto border to be utilized by the pastoralists living there.

The two leaders urged the two communities to live in peace by adhering to Nabilatuk Declaration. The Nabilatuk Declaration highlights in part, if one community steals from one another, the other community will compensate twice as much the number plus one. This is to discourage the retrogressive act between the warring communities.

They said the declaration would greatly help to get rid of cattle rustling menace.

Turkana Deputy Governor, Ekai echoed what the RDC said that the Ugandan Government will not allow the Turkana pastoralists carry guns while grazing their animals in Uganda..

Ekai says, the Turkana administration will be celebrating the origin of Turkana in Jie in Nakapelimoru. “ In order to strengthen the unity of purpose that we are already enjoying, the Turkana Community invites all of you to join them in celebrating the origin of Turkana by honouring ancestry mother known as Ata Nayeche in Jie, Nakapelimoru, in Uganda on 21st December 2014.” Ekai announced.

The launch of the Kobebe water pan comes ahead of the Ugandan President Visit which is expected late this month in Karamoja region of Uganda.

ENDS

 

Press Release-Kalobeyei

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

                                        GOVERNOR’S PRESS SERVICE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       8TH MARCH, 2016

 

PRESS RELEASE

                                             KALOBEYEI TO BE A MODEL CAMP IN AFRICA

Turkana County Governor, Josphat Nanok has urged the development partners in Kakuma Refugee Camp to establish the Kalobeyei Refugee Settlement as a model camp in Kenya and Africa as a whole.

“Let the new Kalobeyei Camp becomes a Refugee Settlement contrary to the initial Kakuma Camp where both refugees and host communities will benefit mutually.”

He was meeting the United States Congressmen led by World Vision who visited Kakuma Refugee Camp to assess the World Vision funded programs.

Nanok says, Kakuma and Kalobeyei Camps have a huge potential for food production. The land is fertile and has more water as can be utilized for irrigation instead of World Food Programme (WFP) to buy tonnes of relief supplies from outside the Turkana County while this can be produced locally.

He reiterated the water situation in Turkana County as wanting. Among the four acquifers, Governor said, discovered in the County, only Napuu in Lodwar Town has fresh water and the rest are saline therefore any support by development partners to supplement the government’s effortst in ensuring water accessibility will be noteworthy.

The new Kalobeyei Settlement should provide equal opportunities to both the refugee and the host communities.

The United States Congress team is in country to assess the projects by World Vision Kenya for refugees in Kakuma and host community.

They are also to find out how County Government has been working with WVK in US Funded programs aimed at assisting refugees and the host in the sectors of health and food security. From Kakuma-Turkana, they will be visiting Siaya and Taita Taveta Counties for the same mission.

The visiting team comprised of World Vision US, US Embassy, USAID, UNHCR, and WFP

The Kakuma Refugee Camp was established in 1992. It was objectively to accommodate the 125,000 refugees who have run from the civil strife from their countries to seek refuge in Kenya.

The Kakuma Camp is now housing 187,000 refugees, out of which there was need for more space hence the new Kalobeyei Settlement.

Ends…

Press Release-Kakuma

                                               OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

                                              GOVERNOR’S PRESS SERVICE

                                                                   25th February, 2016

TO:

News Editors

                      PRESS RELEASE

                             KAKUMA AIRSTRIP TO BE RELOCATED.

The Turkana County Government has raised a need with United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNCHR) to relocate Kakuma Airstrip on security concerns.

The airstrip will be relocated to an agreed place with the community.

The issue of integration in the spatial planning of Kakuma town to include refugee camps is already underway. This will help in the future development planning of the town and its expansion.

Governor Nanok,UNCHR representative and Turkana West Deputy County Commissioner agreed this will  also give a roadmap on how the town  should  be in future and  its development needs to be put  in  place.

This was during a meeting between the Turkana County Government, the Refugee Agency and other stakeholders in Kakuma, Turkana West Sub County.

Ends….

John Emeripus,

Director- Governor’s Press Service.

Tel. 0723937911.

Press Release-Governor Calls off Conservancies

                                               OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

              DIRECTORATE-PUBLIC COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA RELATIONS

                                                                                            Monday, 1st February, 2016

TO: ALL MEDIA HOUSES

PRESS RELEASE

GOVERNOR NANOK CALLS OFF THE WORK OF WILDLIFE CONSERVANCIES IN THE COUNTY

The governor of Turkana County H.E Josphat Nanok over weekend called off the work done by Northern Rangeland Trust in the establishment of the many wildlife conservancies in the county in the pretence of job creation.

The governor stressed that the move to establish the conservancies was ill advised with hidden agenda as either the community or his office was not consulted. This comes at backdrop as many complaints   are raised by the community and political divide over the establishment of the wildlife conservancies in Turkana south constituency with major stakeholder being the Tullow Oil.

Nanok at the same time questioned the operations of the oil investor especially the transportation of oil to Mombasa by road for refining. He said the   stages and the years that range between 2- 5 to be taken in this process before oil is confirmed real as reported by Northern Rangelands Trust is long and mischievous.

The community has in many occasions questioned the involvement of the Tullow oil in the conservancies yet the foreign investor was purely on oil exploration and extraction business. This has been further escalated by lack of openness since no Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or any community involvement has been cited for the establishment.

So far, Tullow Oil through NRT has trained rangers at KWS Manyani training school where the first lot was trained in December last year and the second one last month, through which was later stopped by the County government and no training took place.

The County Boss was addressing thousands of mourners, who had gathered at the late Isaac Longiti’s residence in Lokichar, Turkana South when they paid their last tribute to him.

On the same note, Governor Nanok promised to pay school fees for Longiti Losike Abigael,daughter of the late, until she finishes her education in Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, where she is pursuing  a bachelor’s degree in Business Information Systems.

“On my own, will undertake to pay school fees for Abigael Losike until she finishes her studies in Jaramogi University to let her dream come reality.” Nanok Promised.

The late Isaac Longit,i 59, has left behind Margaret Nakesio,a widow and a number of children.

Longiti passed on 23rd January, 2016, Saturday after battling with Diabetis Melitus for 20 years on the way as was referred to Lodwar County and Referral Hospital.

Among those who paid their last respect to the late Isaac Longiti were: Members of Parliament, Hon. James Lomenen (Turkana South),Hon. John Lodepe (Turkana Central), Hon.Joyce Emanikor (Women rep.) Hon.Raphael Loperito (Lokichar Ward), Hon.James Akuri(Kalapata Ward),Rebecca Arochangimoe-Nominated Lokichar Ward, among other leaders.

Ends.

 

 

 

JOHN EMERIPUS

DIRECTOR-GOVERNOR’S PRESS SERVICE

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

+254 723937911

Press Release-Budget Loki

 

                                               OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR

                                              GOVERNOR’S PRESS SERVICE

                                                                   25th February, 2016

TO:  News Editors

OIL WRANGLES IN TURKANA WEST SUB-COUNTY

Turkana county governor Josphat Nanok has directed Turkana West Sub-county political leadership to reconstitute the Community Liaison Committee   working with CEPSA oil company within 12 days or else will disband it.

The political interference in the running of Community Liaison Committee has been the major cause of protests in the recent days in the area that has paralyzed the operations of the investor company.

The drilling operations of CEPSA-a  Spanish Integrated Oil drilling company in Turkana west has been delayed due to political and individual interests of  political  leadership and management of Community Liaison Committee.

The governor also told the CEPSA Oil team and Turkana west leaders present at a meeting in Lokichoggio to collapse the construction of the four water pans to 2 for water quality, suitability and sustainability.

CEPSA company is doing a drilling for oil exploration at  Nasinyono and  Nanaam.

 Ends…

John Emeripus

Director-Governor’s Press Service

+254 723937911

         

                             Turkana county to boost water supply.

The Turkana County Government has improved access to water for 258,000 people from drilling and constructing 65 boreholes, 16 water pans and from rehabilitating 121 water supplies.

Another fifteen primary schools were also connected to water supplies thus benefiting 6000 school going children between last and this financial year.

This was revealed in the on-going county Budget and Economic forum in Lokichoggio where the County Fiscal Strategy  paper is being deleibration on  which will  inform  2016/2017 county Budget.

According to the Strategy paper, there    will be in construction of small and medium earth dams and rock catchments for livestock water infrstracture.

At the same time,, the government will prioritize  formulation of county water supply policy which shall institutionalize and regulate the management of water infrastructure.

The other notable area of focus the paper spells out is the expansion of  the water supply systems especially in  urban settlements, and adoption of better technologies.

Ends….

John Emeripus,

Director- Governor’s Press Service.

Tel. 0723937911.

 

 

Press Release Lundin Foundation.TCG

TURKANA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

PRESS RELEASE                                                                                                         

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             15/1/2015

 

TURKANA COUNTY GOVERNMENT ENTERS A PARTNERSHIP WITH LUNDIN FOUNDATION

Turkana County Government has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Lundin Foundation; a Canadian social investment organisation based in Kenya to revive and capacity-build the Lodwar Youth Polytechnic.

The signing was done at the office of the Governor to mark the start of the implementation process of the project and the collaboration between Turkana County Government and the Lundin Foundation.

The Governor of Turkana H.E Josphat Nanok at the signing of the MOU registered his appreciation to the Lundin Foundation.

‘’As a county we are happy that we can now cement the talks we started a while ago with an agreement. I truly appreciate the Lundin Foundation for coming in to support us in the area of building skills’’, Said Nanok.

Nanok said the partnership has come at the right time when the County is grappling with low levels of education.

The regional head of the Lundin Foundation, Charlotte Ward said she wants to raise the standards education at Lodwar Youth Polytechnic.

“The Lundin Foundation is excited to be working with the County Government and in coordination with the Ministry of Education, to enable the Lodwar Youth Polytechnic to deliver the highest standard of technical qualifications. Capacity development, advancing curriculum standards and teacher training are critical aspects of this program. We hope this partnership will set a great example for developing skills training in Kenya.” said Charlotte.

‘’Indeed I am excited to be part of this team and I can’t wait to see the results. We want to raise the standards of Lodwar Polytechnic to the highest national and even international standards’’ Charlotte added.

The Minister for Education, Margaret Kuchal praised the Foundation and offered support in the project execution.

‘’I thank the Lundin Foundation for their patience until such a time now when we are signing the MOU. I want to assure you of our support throughout the partnership’’, said Kuchal.

The Lundin Foundation is working with Africa Oil to bridge the skills gap in Turkana in order for youth to benefit from the opportunities related to a growing business sector.

“This public-private partnership will advance education and training to match the growing demand for skills in Turkana, as well as create benefits through local content and skills transfer in the construction and training components. It is one among the various empowerment initiatives being undertaken by Tullow and Africa Oil JV partnership in the county”, said Donald Mahaga, Africa Oil’s General Manager.

Neo Africa Consulting Ltd, an education consultancy and management firm, is running the construction phase and will be opening the public tender in Lodwar for the procurement of goods, services and supplies. A skills transfer program is also being developed during the construction phase to bring a further benefit to Turkana before the new facilities open.

The signing of the MOU was done by the regional head of Lundin Foundation, Charlotte Ward and the County Secretary, Mr. Peter Eripete and witnessed by the Governor, H.E Josphat Nanok, the MP for Turkana Central, Hon. John Nakara Lodepe and the Minister for Education, Hon. Margaret Kuchal and other staff in the office of the Governor.

-ENDS-

 

Lomelo.Kainuk.Kapedo Press Release

  TURKANA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  6/2/2015

KAINUK AND LOMELO KILLINGS

I convey my heartfelt condolence to the families of the people who were killed in Kainuk and Lomelo by the bandits from neighboring West Pokot and Baringo Counties.

I condemn the killings in the strongest terms possible and I want to ask the leaders of Pokot to talk to their people to stop the ongoing attacks.

I believe and I have a strong conviction that if the Pokot leaders took up their role of being leaders, seriously, their people will listen.

I therefore want to challenge the leaders in West Pokot and Baringo Counties to ask their communities to ceasefire so that we can now sit and dialogue for peace.

I am at pain to continue sitting to dialogue with leaders who have continued to let loose bandits from their communities to kill my people.

Our immediate resolution from the Leaders meeting in Kitale was ceasefire, but we have continued to experience attacks from Pokot and lost lives.

I want to say the Turkana leadership has played its part of restraining the community from retaliating but we continue to be victims of attacks from the Counties of Baringo and Pokot.

I therefore want to tell the national government to move in with speed to arrest the situation because we cannot sit and watch bandits maim and kill our people

Turkana County has recruited 306 health personnel drawn from all other counties to give services to the Turkana people.

Speaking at the official induction seminar for the newly recruited staff, the County Secretary, Mr. Peter Eripete said this number has never been recorded in the County.

“This is the largest recruitment we have ever done because we want to equip the recently built health centres and dispensaries with staff and other necessary supplies so that the people of Turkana get quality Health services.

Eripete said the number recruited for the Health ministry was almost half of the entire staff establishment for the county.

While congratulating the 306 gathered in a hall at the Lodwar Youth Polytechnic in Lodwar, he also reminded them of the need to dedicate their services to the people with minimal supervision.

‘’As a county we want the best health service delivery from you. Go out there and bring a difference to the people of Turkana’’ Mr. Eripete advised.

Mr. Eripete who is also the Head of County Public Service, assured the new staff of a good working environment.

‘’Turkana County will not discriminate on staff on ethnicity because for us your tribe does not matter; what matters is your service to the people of Turkana’’, Said Eripete.

Eripete however warned the newly recruited staff of absenteeism and asked them to observe high discipline at all times.