CEC for Tourism, Trade and Industry, Mr Linus Ebenyo talking to Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism Phyllis Kandie at the Turkana County Stand in Berlin Travel Show.
PHOTO: ROSEMARY NCHINYEI
Turkana County could emerge as one of the biggest tourist attractions in Kenya with its unexploited cultures and being the origin of mankind. The fossil of the Turkana Boy that dates back to 1.6 million years has proven that this is the oldest remains of man in the world thereby making Turkana archeologically the origin of man.
The site of excavation has now been gazetted and a monument erected to preserve this important history for man. The Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Trade and Industry, Phyllis Kandie while addressing international journalists in Berlin said the unveiling of the Turkana boy monument this month in Kenya, will be a big thing for both Turkana County and the Country. “Our strategy has definitely changed, the unveiling of Turkana boy expected to take place this month, is the biggest opportunity for the county itself, the North Rift region and the whole country”, said Kandie.
Kandie said the monument will promote pilgrimage tourism whereby people will be flocking to Kenya to
Phyllis Jepkosgei Kipkingor–Kandie, Cabinet Secretary for East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism
“I want to encourage the counties to map out their various products within the circuits they fall under, so that as a country we have diversified products to offer to both local and international tourists”, said Kandie.
see the historical site of origin of man. While Kenya has always marketed itself with the big beaches along the coastal region, Kandie said the new strategy for tourism is to expand and
diversify the tourism products.
Kandie while visiting the Turkana Station on the Kenyan stand stated, “Turkana has beautiful and unexploited cultures which Kenya needs to tap and I like the vigorous dances which in their own right are aerobics.”
Kandie argued that the traditional festyles and cultures should be preserved not only for tourists but for future generations.
Hon. Linus Ebenyo, the County Executive for Tourism, Trade and Industry for Turkana County displayed and explained the various products Turkana was marketing to the German Market. The Turkana County team led by the Deputy Governor, Peter Ekai were also out to popularize the 2nd edition of the Turkana Tourism and Cultural Festival – Tobong’u Lore (Welcome back home) 2015, which will be held from 27th – 30th August in Lodwar.
Turkana Boy with the slogan of ‘Origin of mankind’ featured most at the station. It also featured on the overall programme for the Kenyan stand. Speaking on phone from Lodwar, Governor Nanok said he was very excited that Turkana was going to give Kenya a turning point in tourism.
“Having worked as an Assistant Minister for tourism in this country previously, I have always known that the change of strategy is what we needed. I am glad that we are now able to see that the products we have always marketed Kenya with are not exclusively unique and are available elsewhere in the World. The only thing Kenya has and will never share with anyone in the World is the Origin of mankind”, said Nanok.
Governor Nanok said the Turkana boy fossil currently preserved at the Kenya Museum in Nairobi will soon find its way back home to Turkana into an epic museum and probably the largest in the whole of the African continent, whose architectural plans are being drawn from the US with thehelp of Dr. Richard Leakey.
Governor Nanok, said while Turkana has almost 56 tourism products, the brand his County should be identified with, is The Origin of Mankind.
Responding to concerns about tourists being scared by insecurity in some parts of Kenya, Kandie said safety was relative the world over. She said despite the fact that terrorism was a global war, Kenya was determined to secure its borders. “We have put measures in place including recruiting more into the forces and also increasing the budgetary allocation for security”, said Kandie adding that the situation would improve soon.
Last year November, Kenya went to market and reassure the English markets in London, Excel and now it is wooing the German and Swiss markets in Berlin.
The trade Fair which begun in 1966 is the largest and leading travel trade fair in the World, held every year. The second largest, is the World Travel Market, WTM in Excel London.
In this year’s edition, 185 countries from all over the world including South Sudan, the youngest participated in the show that closed on Saturday 7 March.
Christopher Namoyo, 18-years old(in blue T-shirt), who scored a straight A of 84 points, celebrates with his Lodwar High School colleagues after the announcement of KCSE results on 3 March. PHOTO: ROBERT KARIUKI
BY ROBERT KARIUKI LODWAR, TURKANA CENTRAL
According to Lodwar highschool principal PatrickLokwayen, discipline, personalinitiative and strong bondbetween teachers, students andthe support staff contributedto the excellent performance “The results were better ascompared to the previous year.This time we attained a meanscore of 7.96 as comparedto last year’s 7.5. We greatlyattribute our success to hardwork and discipline.”
Lodwar high school has become the new academic giant in Turkana County according to the just released
Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results. Lodwar high beat Turkana girls’ to claim the top slot after it produced a student who scored grade A with 84 points- the maximum one can achieve in the test.
Elijah Leteo and Christopher Namoyo both from Lodwar high scored 84 points and 83 points respectively. These were the only A grades in the county. The national school registered the third highest number of candidates with an entry of 174 after Kakuma refugee institution (316) and St. Kevin’s secondary (227) yet all examined candidates managed to scored grade D+ and above with no one having irregularities or missing his results. 138 out of the total 174 candidates who sat for the exams in the school qualify to join universities and others tertiary institutions.
The 2014 results also showed boys performed better than girls. In 2013, girls performed better than boys.
But the results for private schools in Turkana were not impressive. This is attributed to the many challenges adult or private learners are going through such as inadequate facilities and a balance between work, family and school life, which makes it difficult to focus on studies. A total of 2,382 candidates were registered from both public secondary schools and private institutions. Majority of them especially from private schools scored grade D+ and D.
According to Lodwar high school principal Patrick Lokwayen, discipline, personal initiative and strong bond between teachers, students and the support staff contributed to the excellent performance “The results were better as compared to the previous year. This time we attained a mean score of 7.96 as compared to last year’s 7.5. We greatly attribute our success to hard work and discipline,” Mr. Lokwayen explained.
Triumphant amid intensechallenges
Success does not come on a silver platter. It is a combination of values and traits. The challenges do not matter but how you overcome them hugely matters. Lodwar high school is not an exception.
Mr. Lokwayen, the school principal cited the biggest challenge being fees
Mr. Patrick Lokwayen, Principal, Lodwar Boys High School(left) and teachers join students in celebrating the school’s good performance in 2014 KCSE. PHOTO: ROBERT KARIUKI
“Many of these students comefrom underprivileged familiesso they can’t raise full schoolfees. At the end of the year weremain with lot of arrearsthus we lack resources to propelactivities in the school andalso one of our laboratorieswas burnt down which makesit difficult for students to do their practicals,”
arrears from students who come from poor families. Fees arrears have paralysed some activities in the school.
The school also lacks enough laboratories after one of them got burnt.
“Many of these students come from under-privileged families so they can’t raise full school fees. At the end of the year we remain with a lot of arrears thus we lack resources to propel activities in the school and also one of our laboratories was burnt down which makes it difficult for students to do their practicals,”he said.
“Another big challenge is inadequate supply of water. This is affecting the timeline when it comes to implementing school programmes. More time is spent searching for water, reducing the amount of study time. Water is supplied to us by Lodwar Water and Sewerage Company (LOWASCO), but the supply is erratic,” he concluded.
But despite these challenges, the boys were still able to excel.
Kenya National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi (centre) is joined by Turkana County Assembly speaker Geoffrey Kaituko (right) and Turkana South MP Hon. James Lomenen in a traditional Turkana dance. PHOTOS By ROBERT KARIUKI
BY ROBERT KARIUKI LODWAR, TURKANA CENTRAL
The Turkana county assembly has received a major boost after the Kenya National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi visited the county to launch 2014-2018 strategic plan, standing orders, communication strategy and the assembly’s quarterly journal.
The National Assembly Speaker was accompanied by Senate speaker Ekwee Ethuro, speakers of various county assemblies, Turkana central MP John Lodepe, Turkana south MP James Lomenen, County women representative Joyce Emanikor, members of the county assembly and a Uganda government delegation among other dignified guests.
Hon. Muturi who was received by Turkana county assembly speaker Geoffrey Kaituko said the strategic plans will play an essential role in the county’s development agenda. “It is important for us to appreciate that going forward, the strategic plans will play a crucial role in our development agenda in this assembly and by extension the people of this county. They could have chosen to meander around pretending to be doing something serious without a plan but they didn’t,” he said.
He praised the entire county assembly for the decision to have a plan saying it was indication that they are organized, orderly and determined to develop the county.
He praised the entire county assembly for the decision to have a plan saying it was indication that they are organized, orderly and determined to develop the county. He appreciated the fact that the county assembly had established a robust communication network by coming up with an assembly journal saying that subsequent publications will help in feeding the public with information on the activities of the assembly.
He appreciated the fact that the county assembly had established a robust communication network by coming up with an assembly journal saying that subsequent publications will help in feeding the public with information on the activities of the assembly. “I commend both the speaker and the members of the county assembly for finding it important to document a clear cut way of talking to the public. Communication is as deliberate as it is consistent and must be guided, the latter is what this communication strategy seeks to do,” he stated.
The journal will document the activities of the assembly and will be made available to the public so that they can be aware, assess and criticize the progress of the assembly. Hon. Muturi unveiled the journal and officially gave the first issue of the journal to the members of the public.
Call for discipline Hon. Muturi handed over to Hon. Kaituko a set of rules, orders and principles that will moderate the running of the House business and ensure that the members maintain a high level of dignity.
“Standing orders are like our holy book in the assembly. We had interim standing orders borrowed from the national assembly and we rectified a few clauses including committee membership. We also had to change assembly session time from the afternoon to morning hours because of the weather challenge and even though we customized the orders, a number of them remained unchanged and similar to the national assembly orders,” Kaituko explained.
“I would like to appreciate the commitment of the county assembly service board which has a membership of 5 people including a public representative, the hard work and determination of this board made it possible for us to have the strategic plans which will be in place for 5 years,” the assembly speaker added. Unity among Speakers Speaker of the senate, David Ekwee Ethuro congratulated the county assembly for the wonderful job and urged fellow assembly speakers who were present to follow the example set by Kaituko and ensure that they also prepare and launch their communication strategy, plans and orders.
He however challenged assembly speakers against shielding members of assembly who misbehave during sessions saying they should be thrown out of the House.
“As civilized members of the society, our activities must be orderly, so any assembly whether national or at the county level that decides to go physical is primitive and not for the 21st century, the assembly speakers of Trans-Nzoia, Kisumu, Nakuru and others where we have seen cases of members misbehaving during proceedings you should all learn from us,” said the senate speaker.
Apart from the day’s main activity, other issues of concern were also raised including unity among the County, sen-
ate and national assembly speakers, , insecurity and the use of resources at the County level.
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.
He said the Uganda government spent time pacifying Karamoja region and nobody should interfere with the prevailing peace in the region. Museveni said when Uganda government launched the disarmament exercise in Karamoja it made several calls for Kenya to join. He said if Kenya has not disarmed its pastoralists, Uganda will not waste time with pastoralists crossing into Uganda with guns. “The Turkana and the Pokot pastoralists can graze their livestock in Uganda as long as they don’t have guns but if they cross with guns, Uganda will not waste time with them,we will give them a horizontal arrangement,”
President Museveni has directed the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) to shoot any Kenya Turkana and Pokot pastoralists entering Uganda with guns. The president made the directive during the celebrations of Tarehe Sita at Naitakwae Playground in Nadunget SubCounty, Moroto district.
He said the Uganda government spent time pacifying Karamoja region and nobody should interfere with the prevailing peace in the region. Museveni said when Uganda government launched the disarmament exercise in Karamoja it made several calls for Kenya to join.
He said if Kenya has not disarmed its pastoralists, Uganda will not waste time with pastoralists crossing into Uganda
“The Turkana and the Pokot pastoralists can graze their livestock in Uganda as long as they don’t have guns but if they cross with guns, Uganda will not waste time with them, we will give them a horizontal arrangement,” he said.
In 2013, more than 4,000 Kenyan pastoralists crossed to Karamoja with about 90,000 of their heads of cattle after
drought hit Turkana.
Tarehe Sita refers to February 6, 1981 when Museveni launched the five-year guerrilla war that ended with January 26, 1986 capture of power. The celebrations of this year under theme: “celebrating the integration of Karamoja into the national economy” were attended by guests from Kenya,Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan and Sudan.