Kainuk, 1st June 2024 (Governor’s Press Service) – Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai led the Turkana County in marking the 61st Madaraka Day in Kainuk, the first time county-level celebrations of a national holiday was held in Turkana South constituency.

The Governor said the day’s theme “Agriculture and Food Security” aligned with the County Government’s key agenda on food security. He highlighted progress made in sector through adoption of innovative technology and providing farm inputs for farmer groups.

“My administration is committed to scaling up investments in irrigation to enhance crop production. We remain steadfast in fostering a food-secure county as we plan for more projects on sustainable agriculture to enhance food production,” Governor Lomorukai stated

Accompanied by First Lady Lillian Komudei Ekamais, Governor Lomorukai reaffirmed his commitment to fulfilling pre-election pledges. He announced a Sh20 million water pan project in Kakong’u to support pastoralists and their livestock.

The Governor further revealed a leadership proposal to designate Kainuk as the permanent headquarters of Aroo Sub-County. This decision, he explained, was communicated to the Ministry of Interior to address security concerns.

“Our proposal to make Kainuk the Aroo Sub-County headquarters is meant to secure it as it is a hotspot of insecurity in Turkana South. We have informed the Interior Ministry of the leadership’s resolve as well,” Governor Lomorukai explained.

Governor Lomorukai requested additional National Police Reservists to bolster security in affected areas, citing other security hotspots like Napeitom, Kapedo, and Nakukulas. He emphasized his open door policy for collaboration with all elected leaders and the National Government to address insecurity.

County Commissioner Julius Kavita echoed the need for peaceful coexistence among communities and pledged security support in volatile areas.

County Woman Representative Cecilia Ng’itit commended Governor Lomorukai’s diplomatic approach to fostering unity. Senator James Lomenen urged the government to intensify efforts in eradicating banditry across Turkana. Turkana Central MP Emathe Namuar raised concerns about bandits continuing their activities in Kadengoi, a designated “disturbed area” by the National Government.

Lobokat MCA Samuel Aliwo reiterated Kainuk’s suitability for the Aroo Sub-County headquarters and requested support from security agencies to enable the resumption of farming activities disrupted by insecurity. Former CS John Munyes, Peace Actor Ichor Imana and MCAs led by Minority Leader Samuel Lomodo joined other leaders in expressing their support for unity.

Senior County Government officials present included Deputy Governor Dr. John Erus, County Secretary Peter Eripete, County Executives David Erukudi (Trade), Leah Audan (Tourism), James Wangiros (Public Service), Peter Akono (Lands), several Chief Officers and Directors.


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