President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday toured Turkana County with his deputy William Ruto.
During the visit, the head of state referred to Governor Josephat Nanok as a fool and a devil after the latter made claims that the Jubilee run government allocates insufficient funds to Turkana.
Nanok, who spoke during Uhuru’s tour, said the government had not allocated enough money to Turkana County government. He said the rate for allocations to communities declined from 10 percent to five percent and that a KSh 3 billion cap was placed.
The Governor, who was speaking to a cheering crowd, said that in the last four years the county received KSh 32 billion and not KSh 50 billion.
“The constitution says resources should be distributed fairly. We are capable of managing funds even for the future,” Nanok told Uhuru.
Governor Josphat Nanok also went on to accused Uhuru of wanting a stake in the recently discovered oil in Turkana.
Uhuru did not take the allegations likely as he fired back at Nanok in fury. Speaking in Kiswahili, the president responded to the interest in oil claims saying:
”Mtu akisimama hapa aseme ati Uhuru ako na haja na mafuta ya wengine… Ashindwe, shetani mshenzi! Watu wasiwe watu ambao watakuja kudanganya wakenya. Mimi sio ni mimi napitisha sheria, ni bunge. Mimi ni kuweka naweka kidole! Alafu mjinga anakuja kusema hapa ati mimi nafanya mambo ya…”
His statement loosely translates to:
”If someone comes and says that Uhuru has interests in others people’s oil, he should be defeated. Fool, Devil! I am not the one who passes laws. I simply sign and then a fool says that I am doing my own things.”
The President continued by noting that Turkana received a sum equal to the total amount sent to Kiambu and Uasin Gishu counties.
”Turkana deserves to develop at the same pace as other counties and its residents have a right to receive efficient and effective services under the devolved unit.”
Uhuru then called for credit to be given where it is due adding that politicians should be peaceful and mindful in carrying out their affairs.
He noted that the Jubilee run government had initiated energy, health, infrastructure, agriculture, water and security projects in the county.
He cited the ongoing tarmacking of Kitale-Lodwar road and the supply of electricity to more than 300 schools.
”Since independence, which government has connected more households to electricity than Jubilee? If one is a leader keen on uplifting the life of residents, he should join Jubilee – the party that is focused on development and unity.”
DP Ruto also spoke at the event saying he has fought hard to ensure Turkana County develops by sending enough money to Nanok following his request and the president’s determination to transform lives in all parts of the country.
”As a national government, we have resisted calls to change the formula for revenue allocation that would see counties like Turkana allocated less funds,” Ruto said.
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