Governor Josphat Nanok has said he has reserved judgement on the proposed change to the constitution until the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report is released.
The Governor has said the region will only back the push for a referendum if the interest of its people is protected.
“We have not yet seen the final BBI report to know whether our agenda has been included. Every community in Kenya is pushing for its interest and we will be no different. I have always championed for the interest of residents of Turkana and I am not about to stop,” he said calling for people to ignore leaders pushing for selfish interests.
The Governor, who was accompanied by the County First Lady Margaret Nanok, was addressing mourners at Nawoitorong village in Lodwar during the burial of the late Deacon John Ekai of Full Gospel Churches of Kenya. He eulogised the late as humble and talented person. The late Ekai was a close and long time family friend of the Governor’s family of Turkana.
He advised those aspiring for the county’s leadership to tell the electorate about their plans rather than resort to attacks on him and his administration. The Governor has asked leaders with positions in the national government and other elective positions to use their offices to bring resources to the people, warning that they were concentrating on County politics while national resources were being shared.
He encouraged residents not to politicise the health sector and explained that choice of a female County Executive was because a woman understood better the plight of women and children who are most affected by health problems. He said the county was recruiting additional health workers to solve shortage in personnel and strengthen healthcare.
The County boss said the remaining two years of his term will be focused on service delivery and will not be distracted by 2022 succession politics.
“Those engaged in politics while serving in the County Government need to quit to wait for the government they are planning while they are out there. You cannot mix politics and service delivery because selfish interests will take precedent,” he said.
He said choice of his successor was critical to ensure continuation of his legacy of development.
The Governor announced that the County Department of Lands will partner with the National Ministry of Lands to begin land surveys in Lodwar Municipality and implementation of spatial planning, under the management of the Municipality Board. The land survey will enable issuance of title deeds.
On the challenge of slow completion of projects, the Governor admitted that the County Government had grappled with rogue contractors who abandon project implementation before completion.
He directed the County Executive for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries to move the Nawoitorong slaughter house to a different location away from the village by engaging with the community. He proposed that the current infrastructure be turned into a market.
On Napuu irrigation Governor Nanok expressed frustration that beneficiaries of the scheme had failed to meet expectations in food production to meet demand in Lodwar’s ready market.
He revealed that Devolution and ASALs Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa will be in Turkana tomorrow to launch a water project in Urum, Loima which is part of a project under the Kenya-Uganda MOU for cross-border peace and development signed by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni this day last year.
The county officials who attended the burial were led by CEC Philip Ebei Aemun (Agriculture, Fisheries and Pastoral Economy).
Leaders present were Turkana Central MP John Lodepe, Kanamkemer MCA James Ikeny, Matthew Alany (Nominated) and a host of other leaders.