North rift leaders calls for disbandment of Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA)

North Rift leaders have called for the disbandment of Kerio Valley Development Authority (KVDA) since it has failed to perform its core functions.

The leaders faulted the agency for failing to implement key projects in the region, thereby becoming “a stumbling block to development”.

They said the authority has nothing to show for its existence despite getting funds from the national government.

Led by Josphat Nanok, who is Turkana governor and chairman of the Council of Governors, the leaders called for the transfer of KVDA functions to counties.

“The functions of KVDA should be transferred to counties and their assets transferred to North Rift Economic Bloc (Noreb),” said Nanok.

He said the bloc needs to be strengthened to help marginalised counties and open the region up to both local and foreign investors.

“The mandate of KVDA has been taken over by counties. The authority should be disbanded to prevent duplication of functions,” he said.

Lonyangapuo noted the authority has operated in the region for over 30 years yet it has had minimal impact on the people.

“Most of their projects are not complete and yet they receive full funding from the government,” he said.

The leaders, who included governors John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Alex Tolgos (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Stephen Sang (Nandi), further accused the authority of failing to improve the lives of residents.

They spoke on Sunday during a major peace rally at Kainuk in Turkana county during which they highglighted steps towards economic growth.

MPs James Lomenen (Turkana South), Mohammed Ali Lokiru (Turkana East) and Jeremiah Lomarkai (Loima) also attended the meeting.

On peace and development, Nanok cases of cattle rustling had declined so their goal is to modernise pastoralism.
He asked security officers to arrest robbers along the Kitale –Lodwar highway and the few cattle rustlers who want to distort peace.

“We have come up with nine peace resolutions aimed at promoting peace in the wanton area and we have agreed to sensitise residents about them.”
Mandago called on the government to support leaders in the North Rift region and NGOs to participate in the projects they initiate.

He asked residents to shun banditry and killings and the national government to support development projects in the region.

“This region is endowed with a lot of minerals. We need to shun outdated cultural practices so we can start harnessing the resources,” said Tolgos.

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