Lodwar, Friday April 20, 2018
First lady Margaret Kenyatta on Thursday opened the fourth annual Turkana Tourism and Cultural festival and called for peaceful coexistence among the pastoralists communities.
The First Lady called for tolerance among the pastoralist communities who have in the past engaged in cattle rustling that has resulted in loss of lives.
“This festival will not mean anything if we continue to kill each other in raids in search for cattle,” said Mrs. Kenyatta.
Governor Josphat Nanok said the county government and the national government will work together to uplift the lives of the citizens.
“I made it clear after the elections that as a county and as a council of governors we will work with the national government to improve the lives of our people,” said Nanok.
Mrs. Kenyatta underscored the role of culture saying it helps people to know who they are.
Local political leaders from Jubilee and NASA coalitions will be attending the festival unlike in the past where they held parallel meetings.
“The past festivals have been county government events but this time round both the national and county governments have teamed up. All members of parliament from the county will also be attending the event for the first time,” said Nanok.
He said his decision to work with his nemesis Cabinet Secretary for Petroleum and Mining John Munyes has also seen local leaders resolve to work together.
Munyes will however not attend the festival because he accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta on an official tour of the United Kingdom.
Deputy President William Ruto, nine governors and regional leaders will be attending the festival that kicked off on Thursday and ends on Saturday. Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is set to grace the event on Saturday.