Governor Nanok pushes for an end to wrangles among Turkana leaders

Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has declared as a thing of the past, wrangles between elected leaders witnessed during the first term of the County Government.

Speaking in Lotubae, Turkana East Sub County Sunday, the Governor asked leaders to speak in one voice in pushing for the welfare of the people, regardless of their political affiliations.

The Governor was in the area for burials of Kevin Golgol Edapal, son to Lokori/Kochodin MCA Benedict Lokamar, and Felistas Nasiru who is the MCA’s sister.

Edapal died last Sunday after an accident where he fell from third floor balcony of a house in Nairobi, while Nasiru died on Wednesday this past week after a short illness.

Nanok was joined by other leaders who included Senator Prof. Malik Ekal, Members of Parliament, Ali Lokiru (Turkana East) and Jeremiah Lomurkai (Loima) and a host of elected and nominated MCAs.

The Governor revisited events from the opening of the County Assembly last month, where Jubilee MCAs failed to attend the ceremony, adding that it was unfortunate that the MCAs were deceived by two Members of Parliament to boycott the important event.

I am the head of the County Government, my office belongs to the people of Turkana and is open to all leaders. I am telling Jubilee MCAs that if there is something that is to help people in your Wards then it’s through the County Government.

When there are challenges that are affecting our people, we join hands despite our political difference to solve them. Let us work with the same unity as in my first term, he said.

On ongoing process to appoint County Executive Members and recruit Chief Officers, the Governor assured that only individuals who will assist the County Government in its development agenda, will be picked.

He said that he will not allow senior county staff to use their positions for politics and fight the same government that they were supposed to serve.

The County Chief reiterated the three priority areas of his government of water for domestic and livestock use, attainment of food security and finding solution to insecurity.

He warned the residents of a malaria outbreak, called for vigilance to detect for the sickness’ symptoms, and announced of plans by both the County and National Governments to distribute malaria medicine.

The MPs asked that relief food in government stores be distributed to the people and said that they will not allow for the food to be used for election campaigns.

On the repeat presidential elections to be held on October 26, the leaders said that Nasa was pushing for administrative changes to the IEBC before going back to the polls and asked residents to vote for Raila Odinga as they did in the botched presidential elections of August 8.

Source: Kenya News Agency