Keep off Turkana county af­fairs, Nanok tells Ruto

He says the Deputy Pres­i­dent was wrong to sneak into the area and ‘lie’ to res­i­dents and in­cite them, yet he has all the in­for­ma­tion on how pub­lic funds are used

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Rift Valley - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

Turkana Gov­er­nor Josphat Nanok has asked DP Wil­liam Ruto to stop in­ter­fer­ing in po­lit­i­cal and de­vel­op­ment mat­ters in his county.

This is af­ter the DP ques­tioned the use of de­vel­op­ment funds al­lo­cated to Turkana.

“When a Deputy Pres­i­dent lies be­fore the peo­ple that he doesn’t know where the funds sent to Turkana go, this demon­strates how reck­less and un­in­ter­ested he is about the well­be­ing of a peo­ple,” Nanok said in a state­ment at the week­end.

The gov­er­nor ac­cused Ruto of sneak­ing into Turkana to launch a road on Thurs­day and no county of­fi­cial was in­vited. At the launch, the DP ques­tioned the use of county funds.

Nanok said when he was re­cently in­vited to a State House event to speak about the gains of devo­lu­tion and oil in Turkana, Ruto was aware of the event.

He said Ruto had full in­for­ma­tion on pro­grammes in Turkana and should not lie to the pub­lic.

“Doesn’t the DP see what oth­ers are see­ing in terms of de­vel­op­ment in Turkana?” Nanok said.

“If this is how the coun­ties and the na­tional govern­ment are sup­posed to work, then it is not in the spirit of the Con­sti­tu­tion on mu­tual con­sul­ta­tion and re­spect.”

Nanok said the DP is an­gry be­cause the Ju­bilee Party was de­feated by ODM in the Kalokol ward by-elec­tion in Turkana on Oc­to­ber 26, de­spite the JP team us­ing re­lief food to try and sway vot­ers to elect their can­di­date.

“He should know that Turkanas iden­tify with those who are truth­ful and com­mit­ted to their cause, not those whose in­tent is to loot Turkana re­sources,” he said.

Turkana re­spects the Pres­i­dency and the ex­ec­u­tive should re­spect res­i­dents, Nanok said.

“We will not tol­er­ate po­lit­i­cal state­ments that are meant to in­cite our peo­ple,” he added.

The gov­er­nor asked the DP to visit the re­gion and see for him­self the de­vel­op­ment projects be­ing im­ple­mented in­stead of “ex­hibit­ing ig­no­rance pub­licly”.

/ MATHEWS NDANYI

Turkana Gov­er­nor Josphat Nanok in Lod­war town on Septem­ber 26

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