KNA Turkana Governor Mr. Josphat Nanok has assured residents of Turkana that his involvement in national politics is fueled by the need to fight for the region’s interest.
He said Turkana’s lack of a voice on the national political stage meant the County had missed out on the division of the national cake, with leaders more focused on county politics while other regions of Kenya benefited.
The Governor stated that he was not interested to contest for elective seat in the County, saying that he was more focused on national politics to ensure Turkana had a bigger voice in the next government.
While urging those aspiring to succeed him to outline their vision for Turkana to the electorate, the Governor stated that he will use his experience and understanding on what it takes to govern the County, to advise residents on who to elect.
The Governor was addressing mourners during the burial of the late Daniel Ayapar Napilio in Nakwamekwi, Tuesday, who passed on after a motorcycle accident.
Nanok called on residents to stop erecting bumps on roads without authorization from technicians from the Department of Roads, warning that the bumps were the cause of accidents.
He also promised that the County will pursue partnership with the National Transport Safety Authority to hold safety training for bodaboda riders, so as to curb the rising motorcycle-related accidents. The County Boss was accompanied by the wife, Margaret Nanok.
Governor Nanok assured residents of Turkana that service delivery by the County Government will not relent in the final year of his Administration, promising to pursue completion of ongoing projects.
He explained that the decision to recruit new faces in the County Executive was to have individuals without distraction of 2022 politics heading county departments.
The Governor Directed the Ministry of Lands, to implement spatial plans for Nakwamekwi, Kanamkemer and other suburbs of Lodwar, to open up roads and contribute to better growth of the municipality.
The Governor announced that plans to establish the Turkana Urban Water and Sanitation Company under the new Water Act was underway. Once operationalized, the company will manage water service in major towns, including Lodwar and improve water access. A second company to manage water services for rural areas will also be set up.
Turkana Central MP John Lodepe called on all politicians to be united in pushing for the interest of the county despite their political affiliations.
He assured of the Governor that the County was behind him as a voice for Turkana affairs in the national stage.
Senior County Government officials present include Chief Officers, Joshua Lemuya, (Lands, Energy, Housing and Urban Areas Management) and Pauline Lokuruka (Education, Sports and Social Protection), among others.