Residents of Lorugum location in Turkana County have called on the national government to deploy chief and assistant chief to the area following, retirement of the previous office holders last year.
The residents who marched to Lorugum deputy county commissioner Charles Mbulishe‘s office say lack of the administrators have denied them critical government services.
“It has become difficult to access crucial services like identity cards, as well as death and other registration documents,” said one of the residents Jeremiah Loyapa.
Loyapa also said the vacuum has delayed solving minor disputes which are normally handled by the chiefs, adding that there is an increase of civil and immorality cases that have gone unresolved.
On his part, the deputy county commissioner, while calling for patience from the residents confirmed that the process of recruiting a chief has started.
“I call for your patience, but I assure you we are in the process of recruiting the most qualified local administrators. At the moment we have an acting chief,” Mbulishe said.
In a vast county like Turkana, chiefs play very important roles in disseminating government policies and other information to the locals, as well as helping address insecurity in collaboration with security teams.
By Peter Gitonga