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North Rift governors pledge to back Nanok for second term as CoG chair

A section of governors from the North Rift have pledged to back Turkana’s Josphat Nanok for a second term as CoG chairman.

Four of them endorsed Nanok for re-election during his swearing-in ceremony on Saturday.

They are Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu, Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet), John Lonyang’apuo (West Pokot), and Patrick Khaemba (Trans Nzoia).

The governors said they want the seat to remain in the North Rift when CoG meets next to elect new officials.

“We will ensure that Nanok remains as the council of governors chairman. I want to assure him that, as North governors, we will unite behind him,” Mandago said.

The county chiefs spoke during the inauguration ceremony held at Ekaales Centre in Lodwar.

Governor Nanok said he will deliver on his pre-election promises of supplying water to Turkana homes as well as for irrigation.

He said he will work with international agencies, including the UN, to make Turkana food secure before his term ends.

The CoG chairman said the council will resume talks with striking nurses after all governors have been sworn in.

“I am confident that CoG will work closely with the national government to ensure that nurses resume work,” Nanok said.

He said he will work with the state to foster peace among herders living at the border of Kenya and South Sudan.

Lonyang’apuo promised to work with Nanok to broker lasting peace at the banditry prone Pokot and Turkana border.

“We will meet as leaders of the two counties and as North rift leaders to discuss peace,” he said.

Khaemba called on the national government to speed up the construction of the Kitale-Lodwar road.

He said this will ease the movement of people and goods in the region.

The governors head counties which form part of the North Rift Economic Block (NOREB).

They pledged to strengthen business ties among their counties to improve the region’s economy.

When he was declared winner, Nanok said on Friday, August 11 that he will work with Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration to develop Turkana.

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