The Chairman of the Council of Governors, Josphat Nanok has called on the international community to double their efforts to end the civil war in South Sudan.
The Governor said that ending the crisis which has lasted for five years now would allow for the over 2.4 million refugees in different countries to go back home.
We are happy to host refugees in the County and with the proposed integrated settlement scheme in Kalobeyei ensure that refugees and host communities get basic services through this sustainable model of humanitarian assistance, he said.
He was speaking on Thursday in Kakuma refugee camp when he hosted the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi and UNHCR Emergency Response Co-coordinator, Mark Lowcock who were on a tour of the Kalobeyei resettlement and Kakuma camp.
Governor Nanok cited water shortage as the biggest challenge in the region but said the County Government was partnering with other humanitarian organisations in the region to harvest flood waters especially during occasional heavy rains.
Grandi praised the Governor for the idea of an integrated settlement of refugees in Kalobeyei that would host refugees from South Sudan and termed the approach as far-sighted and wise.
I am impressed by the approach of the County Government and the local community to integrate the refugees and applaud the Governor for this idea to ensure resources also benefit the local community, he said.
The High Commissioner and Mr. Lowcock are in the Kenya for the launch of this year’s Rational Refugee Response Plan, an event to raise funds for refugee intervention.
It is impressive that Kenya shares its scarce resources with the refugees. The international community has to contribute given that with the lack of peace, there is a probability the conflict will continue, said Lowcock.
The delegation visited recently arrived refugees from South Sudan hosted in Kakuma 3.
Accompanying the Governor were, CECMs Chris Aletia (Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries), Esther Lokwei (Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Management), Emathe Namuar (Water Services, Environment and Mineral Resources), Jeniffer Nawoi (Tourism, Culture and Natural Resources), Charles Lokiyoto (Public Service,Decentralised Administration and Disaster Management), Jane Ajele (Health and Sanitation), Antony Apalia (Trade, Youth and Gender Affairs) as well as Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation, Moses Natome.
Source: Kenya News Agency