Outgoing Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has called on the recently elected leaders to work together to champion development and deliver equitable services to the residents.
Speaking during a burial ceremony of his brother Thomas Narumbe Nanok in Lodwar, the Governor noted that the election is over and leaders should embrace one another to serve the electorates.
“Leaders should not harbour electoral differences, but forgive one another and work together to promote service delivery and development,” he said.
The late Narumbe, who worked as a driver with the County Government, was eulogized as humble, respectful and God fearing who carried out his duties diligently. He is survived by two wives and five children. His death came as a shock to family, friends, colleagues and relatives as no particular cause of his death has been identified.
The Governor who was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Nanok, called on civil servants to stick to discharging the duties of their offices, stating that politics should be left to the politicians.
“Your ultimate duty is to serve the residents through your offices and support development in the county,” he noted.
He reiterated that a Kenya Kwanza Government would invest in high potential sectors such as livestock and fisheries production, invest in small businesses to create jobs, revamp and expand existing social programmes supporting vulnerable groups of people, adding that most of development funds would target hustlers where half of the money would go to women.
Nanok also said that the Ruto-led Government would address water issues in Turkana by developing the aquifer water project for commercial and domestic use.
The Governor thanked residents for trusting his leadership of 10 years through election of almost 20 UDA MCAs out of 30 and four MPs including Woman MP out of seven, saying that his track record in development should be emulated by the incoming County leadership to further improve livelihoods.
The ceremony was also attended by the outgoing Trans-Nzoia County Governor Patrick Khaemba, First Lady Lydia Khaemba and family members.
Turkana Central MP elect Joseph Namuar, Woman MP Cecilia Asinyen Ngitit, MCAs elect and former MCAs also spoke during the ceremony.
Senior County Government officials present included Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro, County Secretary Peter Eripete, Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei, County Attorney Erastus Ethekon, TCPSB Chairman John Teria Ngasike, CECs Jane Ajele (Health), Jeremiah Namuya (Public Service), Alex Losikiria (Lands), George Emoru (Agriculture) as well as a host of County Chief Officers.
By Peter Gitonga