UN Kenya Country team during the launch of the joint programme at Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi in early March. PHOTO By PATTERSON SIEMA/UNDP KENYA
BY PATTERSON SIEMA
A Joint programme to create sustained improvement in the lives of the local community in Turkana County has been unveiled by the United Nations system in Kenya.
The three-year project (2015 – 2018) will ensure the Turkana County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) is achieved, according to a UN statement.
To help realize the CIDP, the UN has projected to invest in health, agriculture, environmental management, human rights, water, sanitation and education.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, the Governor of Turkana, Mr. Josphat Nanok noted that this programme, the first of its kind provides an interesting and innovative implementation coordination model which will provide gainful lessons that will inform future partnerships especially at the local level.
Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, the UN Resident Coordinator emphasized the importance of efficiency in programme work. “Recognizing the enormous development challenges facing Kenya and in particular regions such as Turkana and coupled with limited financial resources to meet these challenges, the UN family, the government and development partners must
be effective in delivery of development programmes,” she stated.
The Joint programme brings together
Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, UN Resident Coordinator for Kenya(left) exchanges agreement documents with Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok. PHOTO: PATTERSON SIEMA/UNDP KENYA
the County Government and the UN agencies with projects in Turkana to work together on development work.
This novel approach to development programming in Turkana serves to add value to development assistance and account for development results to all stakeholders.
The United Nations family assisted the county develop its CIDP, which
aims at making Turkana a prosperous, peaceful and just county with an
empowered community enjoying equal opportunities.
The CIDP is a comprehensive blue print that will guide the County Government and development partners’ engagement in Turkana County in order to realize the social economic transformation of its people.
The plan was developed through a consultative process to address the glaring levels of underdevelopment in the county.
Through this blue print, Turkana County Government has identified 10 sectors within which the 2013/14-2017/18 development agenda will emphasize on.
In Kenya, the vision for effective aid delivery was articulated way back in 2010 by the Government of Kenya requiring that the UN and government to put in place systems and mechanisms for “Delivering as One” (DaO).
The DaO strategy therefore requires the establishment of One Programme for development, under One Leader, with One budgetary framework and One Office. This is achieved through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.
The UN agencies that will participate in the programme implementation are FAO, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN HABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNOPS, UN WOMEN, WFP and WHO.
The CIDP is a comprehensive blue print that will guide the County Government and development partners’ engagement in Turkana County in order to realize the social economic transformation of its people. The plan was developed through a consultative process to address the glaring levels of underdevelopment in the county.Through this blue print, Turkana County Government has identified 10 sectors within which the 2013/14-2017/18 development agenda will emphasize on.
World Aids Day celebrations in Lodwar. PHOTO: CYNTHIA ASEKON
As the world marked AIDS day on December 1 and Kenya marked 30 years of the national response, residents of Turkana County were called upon by leaders to know their status and protect themselves. This follows reports of a big number of people living with the disease unknowingly. At the end of 2013, there were 44,736 people infected with HIV of which 13 per cent are children. The HIV prevalence among women in Turkana County is 10.8 per cent , which is higher than men of 6.5 per cent . The Governor in his speech called on expectant mothers to embrace supervised delivery in health facilities. “Health providers must build trust and confidence by providing high quality services to all mothers at all service delivery areas,” Nanok advised.
When a survey was conducted, about 835 pregnant women were living with HIV and hence were likely to transmit to their unborn children the disease through delivery, breast-feeding or pregnancy. Nanok also added that elimination of mother to child transmission services has been increased and applauded the First Lady
Margaret Kenyatta for the Beyond Zero initiative whose goal is to mobilize and provide leadership towards zero new HIV infections and reduce the number of deaths among women and children in Kenya.
The Minister of health and sanitation Jane Ajele said according to The Gap Report from UNAIDS, 1.5 million people worldwide died of AIDS-related illness in 2013. By the end of 2013, an estimated 35 million people around the world were living with HIV. The 2013 Kenya Counties HIV profile reports estimated the overall HIV prevalence for Turkana at 7.6 per cent, a total of 44,736 persons were living with HIV and an estimated 3,141 new annual HIV infection occurred in 2013. The report further indicated 2,226 adults and 311 children died of HIV-related conditions in Turkana County. “My ministry in collaboration with HIV partners is committed to reverse the trend through implementation of multi-pronged prevention approaches, which include; male and female condom promotion and distribution, HIV testing and counseling, voluntary medical male circumcision and elimination of motherclinic brought by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and flagged off by the wife of the Turkana county governor,”Ajele added.
He said the ministry is running programmes that target reduction of HIV transmission among most risk population such as sex workers, fisher folks, prisoners OVCs and young people. There is also HIV care and treatment with 5,500 clients actively taking ART in 35 sites.
The minister appealed to sex workers to use condoms and the public to embrace voluntary counseling and testing to know their status. Ajele cautioned schoolgirls to refrain from indecent dressing in search of men in towns.
Turkana Central MP, Hon. John Lodepe called for youth sensitization on HIV/AIDs and advised the public to speak the truth when one dies of the disease. Lodepe also cautioned against the cultural practice of widow inheritance as well as old women who havem sex with young men.
“Wife inheritance should be a thing of the past and old women who work with NGOs or big companies should stop marrying young men as you subject them to forced labour due to your weighty pockets,”Lodepe cautioned.
The MP added that the public should be aware that the constitution gives equal rights to those affected and those who are not and no person should be denied a job due to his/her HIV status or be segregated.
Lodepe urged the county government and NGOs that provide relief food to ensure they set some food aside for the affected people as taking strong medicine without food is difficult. The county director of HIV Mr. Samuel Pulkol urged the public to stop discriminating the HIV patients and go to VCTs to determine their status. to-child transmission of HIV via mobile
Leaders from Turkana and neighbouring regions in Uganda and Ethiopia have asked the government of Kenya to disarm communities in northern parts of the country,
saying it was necessary to protect the lives of people and their property. They spoke at a peace meeting at Lokiriama in Loima Sub-County, near the border of Uganda and Kenya, on September 21. The meeting was held to mark 41 years of peace among the Ateker cluster. The Uganda Minister for Energy and Minerals Development Peter Lokeris said: “The central government is the custodian of peace, and I therefore urge the government to carry out forceful disarmament because these illegal firearms have made many families living along the borders to be vulnerable.” Lokeris further said: “I know our brothers from Pokot and Turkana community have been having conflict for a long time. I urged the leaders from both communities to replicate what Matheniko and Turkana did for the past 41 years, so that people can co-exist without conflicts.”
He went on: “We want our people to share resources. That is why we allow pastoral communities to come and graze their livestock in Uganda, as long as they don’t cross the border with a gun.” The leader of minority at the Turkana County Assembly Jeremiah Lomorukai echoed the same sentiments, and accused the national leadership for failing to remove guns from warring communities. Lomorukai also said that it was high time for both county and national governments to talk to leaders from both Pokot and Turkana communities on how they will return their guns. Turkana governor Josphat Nanok urged the delegations to support dialogue, as it was the only way of getting a lasting solution among the communities. “I led another delegation last month to Ethiopia, the South Omo Zone, where we had candid talks with Ato Moloka, the chief administrator, and agreed that the two governments were going to work together in promoting peace along the borders,” Mr Nanok said. The governor called upon the national government to move with speed and arrest the situation of insecurity along the border of Pokot and Turkana, pointing out that it was getting out of hand.
Governor Nanok (right) and British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner (second right) greet students at St Bernadette School for the Deaf in Nakwamekwi in Lodwar. PHOTO: KIBEI LOKAALE
The British government will spend up to Sh6 billion to fund various projects in Turkana County in the next five years, British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner has announced.The funding will go to projects onhealth, drought, education, cash transfer and Hunger safety net programs.During his three-day visit to Turkana recently, Dr Turner acknowledged the good relations and cooperation between the UK and Kenya, and particularly with the Turkana county government, saying his government would continue supporting projects in the county. “British taxpayers have been funding various projects in Turkana County in collaboration with other partners including Unicef, Help Age, and World Vision, among others for the benefit of the people. Through the county government and National Drought Management Authority, we are sure thatfunds sent to this region get to the right people,” said Dr Turner. He said the UK government was supporting more than 10,000 Kenyan schools and had given more than 30 scholarships through Tullow Oil Company, of which 15 are for Turkana County. Tullow, he said, was pumping Sh600m in various projects in the country annually, of which 50 per cent of these are in Turkana County. “We have received a request from the Turkana community to increase the number of scholarships for this area from 50 percent to 70 per cent since Tullow is doing its exploration in the county than elsewhere else. We shall discuss the matter and I’m sure we shall be able to come up with a solid solution on how to go about that concern,” Dr Turner said. On the other hand, the Turkana County Government through Governor Josphat Nanok has promised to cooperate with Tullow during its time of exploration, for the benefit of the Turkana people. In their press briefing after a closed-door meeting between the county government officials and the British High Commissioner’s team, the Governor said his government would work as per their agreement with the British government.
In April this year the company’s team had a closed door meeting with the county government, where their resolutions did not come to light but later the county government said they were working to resolve the issues. However, the Governor said the County Integrated Development Plan (CIDP) is designed to involve every stakeholder in the county to ensure mutual relationship. “I want to assure Tullow that the county government will cooperate with it to ensure that it reaches its goals and mandate as a company doing its explorations here. Our CIDP has already been approved by the county assembly and I have already signed it, it is now time for the implementation,” Governor Nanok said. And in a fresh twist, Dr Turner attended the Turkana county assembly proceedings and had an opportunity to answer questions from the MCAs on what the British government was doing to make sure that the exploration of oil in the county would not be harmful to the people. He said his government would make sure that all the policies governing oil exploration are adhered to, to reduce harm to the people. “There are policies governing this exercise that safeguards everybody, but as a county government if there will be anything that you will pass as an assembly, bring it to us so that we can compare notes. We are not going to be rigid in any way; instead we shall abide with all the reviews you will make. Make sure you liaise with the national government to avoid conflict of interest,” the British High Commissioner told the county assembly. The High Commissioner also took time to visit the Napete community who are the beneficiaries of a cash transfer project. Through their chairman Mr Mark Nakain, the community complained of the reduction of the number of beneficiaries from 1,700 to 300. They said the poverty level in the area was alarming and that 60 per cent of the beneficiaries that were left out were people living with disability who have no other country director sources of income. DFID’s Country Director Ms Lizza Philips said all the beneficiaries that had been left out in the current project would receive their four months’ pay soon and urged them open bank accounts so that their money can be wired directly to them.
Over 5,000 Ateker people to attend Moruanayece peace accord
BY STEVEN ARIONG
The Ateker cluster compris-
ing Turkana, Karimojong, Iteso,
Nyagatom, and the Toposa will on
21st of December gather in Kotido
District in Karamoja sub-region to
celebrate Moruanayece peace accord.
The celebrations planned to last for
three days starting Friday 19th-22nd
December 2014 will attract more than
5,000 people and it will be in line
with the command of the great Grand
The purpose of the celebrations is
aimed at addressing issues related
to peaceful co-existence among the
pastoralist communities and also pro-
moting trade among the Karamoja
cluster in order to provide large mar-
ket for the goods with high bargaining
Who is mother Nayece?
Nayece was a woman who was
born in Jie and their village was
located around the present Lookorok
Parish in Nakapelimoru Sub-County –
Kotido District, Uganda. It is told that
The story is told of Nayece
settled in the caves (Aturkan)
in Turkana land and hence the
(Aturkan) in Turkana land and hence
the people and the land became known
as Turkana. Since Nayece came from
Jie, the Turkana people regard Jie as
(Amuro ka Ata), which literally trans-
lates as the thigh of the Grandmother
or the pillar of the Grandmother.
There is a belief that before Mother
Nayece passed on, she had decreed
that there be no any conflict between
the Turkana and Jie, warning that
incase it occurred, the two groups
should always come to her graveside
to perform the ceremony of forgive-
ness using the formula that is known
by the elders of the two communi-
ties. It is not when such a ceremony
took place, The Moruanayece.
The Turkana Guardian learnt that
this will be the second celebration
after the two communities, the Jie
of Kotido, Uganda and the Turkana
of Kenya held the first celebrations
Where is Moruanayece?
Moruanayece is located in Letea
location in Oropoi Division of the
present Turkana West Sub-County. It
is about 45 kilometers from Kakuma
The place is not easily accessible
through Nakitongo on the Ugandan
side of the border. It can only be
reached by road from Kakuma on the
The name Moruanayece literally
means the hill of Nayece. The round
hill is short conical in shape, covered
by rich volcanic soil with shrub veg-
etation cover of acacia Senegal. It is
on the western banks of river Tarach
Moruanayece hill is 4-5 km from
the bushy belts of Tarach River.
This is where Mother Nayece lived
many years ago. It is the spot where
her remains were buried. This has
become a peace making ground for
the entire Ateker. Both communities
of Turkana and Jie regard Nayece as
the common Grandmother.
According to the organizers of the
function, participants from distant
places will arrive in the evening of
Friday 19th while the rest of partici-
pants will arrive on Saturday 20th.