By Samuel Kablit,
I write this with a lot of pain in my heart, knowing that marginalization is still part of us Turkana people. We have never been recognized as part of Kenyans who give tax just like any other Kenyan, who host refugees in Kakuma; and the world only know that “Kenya” is hosting refugees. The Turkana who are accommodating other tribes doing business, schooling, working freely in Turkana from other parts of Kenya with peace.
I still believe that it shall take ages before recognition of the Turkana people is realized. We shall always be sidelined by Kenya in all matters, not employment, not education, not resources, not roads, not electricity, not safe and piped water, not proper security.
One such case is the Wind Power that was scheduled to be put near Lake Turkana. I just realized and read in 12th June, 2012 paper that the Government is unwilling to purchase power from the Firm putting up the resource in Turkana. This is an indication that the government is not ready to empower Turkana County economically.
The cost of putting up the Power Resource is much moiré than what the firm intends Kenya to purchase the power at (very cheap). The world bank which was the main funder couldn’t agree with the Kenyan government on the purchase agreement that gives them the basis to believe Kenya will be able to Pay back the loan extended to them.
I therefore call upon us to stand up to this occasion and tell the government that they should not deny us that chance that could have created Job opportunities to close to 200,000 youths out there, open good roads in the county, promote and empower economic activities and to even make “Turkana a part of Kenya”
All I know is that the government has shifted all its attention to the recently acquired Oil at Ngamia 1. Don’t you see that one is a reserve that may soon be exhausted and may come to extinct? Rather than the wind power which shall always be constant at whatever times. Try to prioritize issues and you shall see how important it shall be to invest much on the Wind Power.
I therefore call upon the Minister for Energy to consider this case, our plea, with seriousness, that if at all you care for Turkana people, then make haste to make sure that the Wind Power comes into an idea of this time, do not delay it please, I mean where does our taxes go to? Use those monies, the taxpayers’ money (and mind you the Turkana have always contributed a lot to this fund), to purchase the Wind Power please.
Where are our MPs? Do they really see what I am saying here? Are they up to the task of representing our issues at those levels? Please make sure that this Project doesn’t go out of our hands.
Akuj Topia Ngiturkana, (God Bless the Turkana) Amen!