Residents of Turkana County have opposed proposals by a section of the country on a equitable allocation of revenues based on the principle of ‘one person, one vote, one shilling’.
Speakers at a County dialogue forum held at Ekaales Centre insisted on retention of the current formula where land mass must be a factor in resource allocation.
Speaker Erastus Lokaale read a joint Memorandum as a summary of presentations made by community representatives from the seven sub counties, professional associations, religious leaders and minority groups.
Presenters in the forum spoke in unison against proposals to form regional governments, warning that the move would reverse gains made through devolution. It was adopted that if regional governments were formed then Turkana County be retained as a region on its own.
Speaking at the close of the dialogue, Governor Josphat Nanok said the leaders from the region had not participated in BBI rallies as they had not met residents to collect views.
To end insecurity, the Governor proposed the function be devolved to counties, insisting that other countries had devolved part of the security function with great success. He further urged for the inclusion in law recommendation for government to compensate for people killed through cattle rustling and livestock stolen, saying this would end insecurity.
He announced that his support for the BBI report was to ensure the interest of the Turkana community was protected and insisted that he was contented with his two terms as Governor and was not pushing for extension of term limits through the BBI.
He reiterated his commitment to working with other elected leaders and the national government for the remainder of his term to ensure success of development plans for Turkana.
On his part, Petroleum CS John Munyes supported development and protection of pastoralism as dominant source of livelihood for residents of Turkana. He urged leader to implement much of recommendations raised at the dialogue which would form part of the BBI memo.
Turkana North MP Christopher Nakuleu agreed that recommendations raised reflected wishes and aspirations of the Turkana people. He urged the BBI taskforce to adopt a revenue sharing formula which will represent ideals of all communities- those with land but low in population and those with large numbers but living in small counties. The MP who is also the Chair of the Turkana MPs caucus cautioned against leaders’ individual aspirations ruining the BBI process.
Senator Malachy Ekal opposed the “one vote one shilling” proposal and termed it as the most critical for the Turkana community if adopted. On her part, Women Representative Joyce Emanikor who moderated the presentations urged leaders to separate politics from the BBI process.
MPs James Lomenen (Turkana South), Ali Lokiru (Turkana East) and Jeremiah Lomurkai (Loima) also spoke.
MCAs who spoke were Leader of Minority Benedict Lokamar, Epuu Elim (Letea), James Ikeny (Kanamkemer), Jacob Nakuwa (Kibish) Stephen Edukon (Turkwel) and David Erukudi (Lobokat).
Deputy County Secretary Robert Loyelei led senior County Government offficials present at the dialogue.