Commissioner warns politicians against incitement and hate speech

The Turkana County Commissioner (CC), Seid Idd Matata has warned politicians who incite residents and propagate hate speech that they will be dealt with accordingly.

Speaking during the Madaraka day celebrations in Lodwar on Thursday, Matata said although the government has been conducting peace campaigns some politicians don’t seem to heed calls for peace.

We have been engaging politicians and religious leaders on the need for peaceful co-existence ahead of the elections but we will not hesitate to deal with those who don’t heed calls for peace, said Matata who was officiating his first national holiday in the county.

He cautined the youths against being misused by politicians to cause violence.

The county security team and political leaders have held peace caravans in the seven sub counties but added that a county peace forum will be held next week.

Speaking at the same event, Turkana county governor, Josphat Nanok also called for peace during the campaign period and after the general election.

Nanok also asked voters to use the seven days remaining to the close of the IEBC voter verification exercise to check their voter status in the register of voters.

He also refuted claims that the annual Turkana county tourism and cultural festival would not be held this year.

We shall be cerebrating the Turkana cultural and tourism festival in July, said Nanok.

The Governor later presented his nomination papers together with his pick for running-mate Peter Lotethiro, to the IEBC offices at the Citizen Resource Centre in Lodwar and was accompanied by a host of ODM leaders led by Turkana Central MP, John Lodepe, Turkana Central constituency MCAs and ODM aspirants for various seats in Turkana.

They are Prof. Malik Ekal (senator), Pauline Lokuruka (Women Rep.), MCAs James Ikeny (Kanamkemer), Josphat Ekeno (Kalokol).

After receiving his clearance certificate, the Governor addressed residents of Lodwar Township and later Kanamkemer where he announced that campaigns for his re-election bid had started and promised to reached all corners of Turkana in search for votes.

We will go to every village, cross all valleys to reach all residents of Turkana to ask them to vote for this team and give my government another five more years for further development and most important, the protection of Turkana resources of land and our oil, he said.

The Governor highlighted achievements in health, education, food security and infrastructure.

He announced that the County Government had disbursed one billion shillings for school bursaries to over 19,000 beneficiaries.

On infrastructure the Governor said that the County Government had constructed 5000km of murram road with another 4600km of roads graded and condition improved as well as tarmacking of roads in Lodwar.

This he said will open up Turkana for business and aid movement of residents seeking government services.

He also mentioned the 82 schools and public institutions equipped with solar power equipment to improve services offered.

On his promise to tackle water shortage, the Governor agreed that more still needed to be done to provide clean water to all residents and announced that his government had managed to drill 145 new boreholes and rehabilitated more than 114 existing water supply systems.

In a bid to boost food security in Turkana, he said that 7 new irrigations schemes across the county and rehabilitated the three main schemes that utilises ground water.

Source: Kenya News Agency