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TURKANA COUNTY | Development News and Discussion

Turkana County
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This thread consists of news, images, video and discussion relating to developments in the Turkana County area.


Area: 71,598km²

Capital: Lodwar

Population: 855,399


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Kes. 100mn (US$ 1.2 mn) to be spent on lighting for boarding schools

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The Turkana county government has set aside Sh100 million (US$ 1.2 mn) to light up boarding schools.

Energy executive Rhoda Loyor said the money would be used to buy solar panels and batteries.

“Some schools are already using solar energy but the batteries are dead and cannot store power for long and we plan to replace them,” she said.

Ms Loyor was speaking at Turkana Girls National School Lorugumu in Loima District on Wednesday when the school celebrated a first in the county by recording a mean score of 8.2 in the KCSE examinations.

The school, which has no electricity, also produced the county’s top two students, Melvine Mabonga with 82 points and Phelisty Akiru with 81.

County health executive Jane Ajele, a former student at Turkana Girls, thanked the county government for awarding Sh5 million (US$ 58,000) bursaries to every ward.

School principal Sister Florence Nabwire said what motivated is that no student is sent home for lack of fees.

“Our lowest entry mark is 250 and we charge Sh20,000 (US$ 231) school fees per year to encourage girls to come to school,” she said.
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Food Security Turkana

Turkana county’s strategy to fight hunger

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In a bid to offer a long term solution to the drought puzzle in Turkana, the county government has announced plans to address food insecurity in the region. In an interview with Development Agenda last week, Turkana County Executive, Public Works and Disaster Management, Charles Lokioto said the county government had set aside Sh10 million this financial year to tackle hunger. He said the funds will be distributed to every ward in the county.

In each of the 30 wards in the county, we have set aside Sh10 million (US$ 115,000) this year to develop the arable land for agriculture and ensure that residents become self-reliant in the future,” said Lokioto. He added that another Sh10 million had been allocated to each of the 30 wards to facilitate drilling of boreholes and water pans for both domestic and commercial purposes. According to Lokioto, these water pans will be strategically located along the grazing zones.

Some of the arable areas already identified by the county government include Morumen, Lokwiiy and Lotubae regions in Turkana East. Others are Loima and Turkwel in Turkana South, which is currently served by Katilu irrigation scheme. Lokioto disclosed that the county government had already held talks with development partners in the region including the World Food Programme, United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), World Vision, Oxfam, Kenya Red Cross Society, Save the Children Fund and the national government. Efforts to address food security in the area were last week backed by Tullow Kenya, an oil and gas exploration and production group.

The firm committed a total of Sh20 million (US$ 231,000) towards a school feeding programme in Turkana County. The project will be implemented through the Kenya Red Cross Society. An estimated 50 early childhood education centres within Turkana county are expected to benefit from the programme. Tullow made the announcement at a ceremony that was officiated by the Turkana County Deputy Governor, Peter Ekai together with Tullow Kenya Country Manager Martin Mbogo.

Also present was Kenya Red cross Society (KRCS) Deputy Secretary General Dr James Kisia and executive Director of the international Centre for Humanitarian Affairs ay KRCS. Ekai lauded the company for supporting the relief efforts by the government. Mbogo said Tullow was working collaboratively with the Turkana County Government and the Kenya Red Cross to provide the needed support and interventions.

“Through our social investment programmes we are also undertaking long term interventions that are designed to support communities to address the key challenges they face in a sustainable manner. This more comprehensive long term approach means we are contributing to addressing some of the underlying causes that trigger emergency situations,” said Mbogo.

The Kenya Red Cross said that the feeding programme provides a platform for directly addressing children’s malnutrition and the lack of essential micro-nutrients that can curb childhood development. “We have a strong monitoring and evaluation unit, which will be instrumental in ensuring efficient and effective implementation of the programme,” said Kisia. The school feeding programme will be implemented and monitored by the Kenya Red Cross society and the County Government of Turkana. - By LILIAN KAIVILU
Turkana banks on livestock, fisheries to turn fortunes

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Turkana County Government is banking on livestock and fisheries through value addition to lift living standards of its people. Despite abundant resources that Turkana County boasts, it is one of the poorest regions in the country. The ravaging starvation does not help matters. Livestock and fisheries are the mainstay of the community with the potential running into billions of shillings.

Within this backdrop though are efforts by the County and other development organisations to meaningfully utilise the two main economic activities. Top on the agenda is to strengthen market-based approaches to the local resources and increase their revenue streams for improved livelihoods.

County Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Minister Christopher Ekuwom said that his docket has rolled out plans to ensure that the sector thrives to the advantage of the community. “We have put a lot of emphasis on the two sectors through various initiatives to ensure their individual potential is harnessed fully,” he said.

“We want the community to work closely in trade to assist and integrate market systems in the county in some of its key economic activities,” he argued. The minister said that this way, Kenyan traders could tap the Ugandan market where they will sell and buy their items of trade.

The efforts are meant to build resilience among the communities. “Drought will be with the community for years to come and we need to build better ways the communities will co-exists,” said John Kang’ethe. Better pricing Keeping a large herd of cattle is not the best with the recurring drought and there is thus need to reduce the livestock by selling them when they are health,” he said. By doing so, Ekuwom argued that the community will fetch better prices unlike selling them when there is drought and cannot fetch any money. He also said plans are under way to encourage the community to diversify their revenue by keeping fodder.
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Turkana gets first drops of water from vast aquifer

Turkana County is set to benefit from its vast aquifer following successful drilling of boreholes and installation of pumps, easing water scarcity and making the resource affordable in the drought stricken region.

Four boreholes have been sunk at Napuu area, one of the regions where a huge underground water reserve was discovered last year.

READ: Contractor begins drilling for Turkana water

This will lower the cost of water from the current price of Sh30 per 20 litre jerrican that residents are paying vendors to Sh2.

Hydrologists project that the 250 billion cubic metres of water discovered in September last year on the foot of Mt Mogila in Lotikipi, along the Kenya-South Sudan border, could meet Kenya’s water needs for 70 years.

The Rift Valley Water Service Board (RVWSB), the overseer of the project, said one of the boreholes has been fitted with solar panels for power.

“We have managed to get more than enough water in the four boreholes and currently we are waiting for instructions from engineers on the right size of the water pump to be fitted on the remaining boreholes,” said Japheth Mutai, executive officer at RVWSB.

The water from the first batch of bore holes will be supplied to Lodwar town beginning next month.

A scientist who led the discovery of the aquifers has called for caution in the drilling of wells, saying overexploitation could lead to depletion.

Director of water John Nyaoro said the ministry is targeting to use 70 per cent of the 3.4 billion cubic meters that is estimated to be the annual recharge of the underground water.

“We want as much as we can to try and use the recharge while maintaining the water that has been there,” he said.

Water coming from the recharge alone is more than the three billion cubic metres that the entire country uses annually.

Plans are already under way to irrigate fifteen thousand acres of land in Lodwar with water from the reserve.
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sasa si they put serious pipes from this palce to every kenyan city and town and end the country's water woes? the say they are willing to pump oil out of this place to the coast, should be the zeal the pump the water also. nairobi water wana ujinga sana.
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sasa si they put serious pipes from this palce to every kenyan city and town and end the country's water woes? the say they are willing to pump oil out of this place to the coast, should be the zeal the pump the water also. nairobi water wana ujinga sana.
I would rather irrigate Turkana Samburu Marsabit and Pokot with the water before thinking of NBO
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If this natural resource is utilised prudently, this is the beginning of the end of the perennial insecurity in the northern frontier. Insecurity is often fueled by hunger and depletion of their herds of camels, goats and cattle. If they can irrigate and supplement their current lifestyle with year round food crops, then this will go a long way in improving quality of life
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sasa si they put serious pipes from this palce to every kenyan city and town and end the country's water woes? the say they are willing to pump oil out of this place to the coast, should be the zeal the pump the water also. nairobi water wana ujinga sana.
The problem with Nairobi is that we do not conserve the little water we have. We need to rehabilitate the water infrastructure we have in the same way we are rehabilitating our roads. The number of leaks we have (some literally under tarmac roads that cannot easily be dug up and repaired) mean we waste a lot of water. Simple solutions like rain harvesting in the city is almost unheard of. I can assure you most of the rains this past few weeks have gone untapped. I saw a pic of Fourways Junction, and none of those houses had rainwater harvesting systems, yet they have lawns that need watering.
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Lodwar will soon be a free Internet connection centre in the vast Turkana County. It will use a free Wi-Fi technology.

Peter Lokoel, the deputy governor, says the project is in its final stages and it is the vehicle the county, now known for oil discoveries, will use to participate in national and international business. He did not reveal the cost of the project.


Residents lag in information access since the mainstream media have abandoned the region, said the official. The regional government is also budgeting for a website that will carry basic information, including job notices.

Locals will access government updates and send feedback on functions and services.

Anyone within Lodwar will only need to click or swipe without the hustle for a password.

“The website will be a major boost for residents who can access Internet wherever they are as any crucial county information including job advertisements will be posted,” said Mr Lokoel in Lodwar at the weekend.
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This is a county government that could have chosen to build a Radio station and not Nairobi, and they have gone beyond that and are establishing a free wi-fi zone. Way to go. It's inconceivable that a central government would have done this for the locals. Long live devolution.

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Turkana County
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Projects and Developments

Welcome to the Turkana County thread.
This thread consists of news, images, video and discussion relating to developments in the Turkana County area.


Area: 71,598km²

Capital: Lodwar

Population: 855,399



Its nonsense for this place to be so remote and under developed yet it so beautiful. Who else sees a tourist resort on these shores??
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Food Security: Kaikor in Turkana prepares for bumper harvest
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Turkana County begins to make good use of the underground water
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Turkana gets its first ever Tarmac Road

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The first ever tarmac road in Turkana County has been completed after eight months.

Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) boss Joseph Nkadayo inspected and certified the road on Thursday.

The Sh168 million project in Lodwar township traverses the town and covers a distance of 3.2 kilometres.

“The road is ready for use as we have already erected bumps and marked it,” said Mr Nkadayo, who added that all materials used for construction were tested by the authority.

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The slow pace of construction was attributed to an order by the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) and a resident who claimed ownership of part of land through which the road passes.

The Kura boss said work on a road drainage system to direct water to the Turkwel River would start soon.

Roads chief officer Emmanuel Ekai said plans to build a six-kilometre extension of the road were advanced and the county government would rely on Kura’s expertise when construction work starts.

He said the six-kilometre stretch will cost the county Sh350 million.
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What is it that is so expensive in road building that makes the cost of tarmacking a kilometer of road go beyond ksh 15 million?
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Kitale Lodwar road does not have tarmac? If it does have could this really be the first tarmac in Turkana county?
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Kitale Lodwar road does not have tarmac? If it does have could this really be the first tarmac in Turkana county?
Good question. You know whenever I am in kitale I just see the sign "to Lodwar" but never ventured to see the road. I guess shows how much we used to think about Lodwar in the past.
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Turkana County to build 'Centre for the cradle of mankind' facility

I have always wondered why Kenya never seems to capitalize on this origin of man story. I know a few places like in the rift valley do but not on a scale one would expect. Not just for curious scientists but for all humans.

Ethiopia seems to be getting all kinds of tourists for "LUCY"
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Lucy is the common name of several hundred pieces of bone representing about 40% of the skeleton of a female Australopithecus afarensis. It was discovered in 1974 at Hadar in the Awash Valley of Ethiopia's Afar Depression. Lucy is estimated to have lived 3.2 million years ago, and is classified as a hominid.
For Turkana though we will need to speed up our infrastructure projects if this thing has to be successful.


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