We came out in Large Numbers

 

On the east of Lake Turkana, the trek from Ileret went on to Loiyangalani; where the Rendille, Samburu, ELmolo, Turkana and Somali communities joined hands in condemning the government of acting irresponsibly in undertaking silent deals without putting any thought into the communities and how they manage their limited resources. While in Lodwar people gathered from kalokol,Kerio, South Turkana and the residents of Lodwar, Turkana’s and non-Turkana’s, fishermen and traders, to the mama’s that prepare the fish, markets were closed as we all got together to pass a message. ” We know the Political deals you are making, we do not want those Political Deals”.

Communities across the lake had placards with the words; “If Mau is not a Political issue and is environment, where is PM Raila Odinga?’. “Is Vision 2030 to make Turkana for refugees?”. ” Lake Turkana is our water tower just like Mau is your water tower”.

When political deals fail, and the hydrpower brings harm more than good, who will be blamed or will it be another of the Northern Kenya massacres; Issues swept under the carpet. “

We are here and we will fight to the last breathe. We thank all the media houses for their support in highlighting the issues at hand. We thank those who were there in person and in spirit.

This is not a fight for Turkana or Rendille, or Dassanach, or Elmolo only, it is a fight for Kenya, for environment, for sense. It is a fight not just for us, but for generations to come, for our children and their children. May the powers that be, get some sense from our cries and pleas and look at the facts and stop creating their own facts. Conserve Lake Turkana and if you cant conserve it, leave it as it is.

 

Is it Better Late?

 

For your information PS Stower, Lake Turkana has been classified as a unique lake even by those who have spent years studying it, so with all due respect to your education level, I am sure you may never have been to the lake but next time, you better say NO COMMENT than open your mouth to speak.

Hon Wetangula, How better is late than never, when late is when the funding has been given to Ethiopia and the results show that it will have major effect downstream all the way to Lake Turkana? Do you think then that Ethiopian Government will return the money to the donors? Let us review the region, Ilemi Triangle; Hon Saitoti asking Northern Kenya to disarm when all communities around them in Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia are fully armed; When Lake Turkana communities have become internal refugees; Is Late going to be better at that point?

Where does the buck stop, what fight against impunity is going on when a Cabinet Minister is making statements like this? Is it a fight against impunity or just a refocus on impunity? In my view Hon Wetangula is oblivious of the facts and is reading an Ethiopian Review of the Dam.

 

Day of Action Against Dams, For Rivers, Water and Life

On this Day of Action against Dams, For Rivers, Water and Life. I salute all who have fought against dams that have destoyed local communities. I tip my hat to you in Burma, bangladesh, Mozambique, Idia, Uganda, Turkey, Paraguay, my fellow Kenyan comrades, and all others all over the world. Our greatest glory is not never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

Aluta Continua!!!!