“Better Late than Never” are the words of Foreign Affairs Minister when asked by the BBC why the Government of Kenya had entered into an agreement with Ethiopia to purchase hydro electric power without an Environmental Impact Assessment on Lake Turkana.
How absurd can that be that a Cabinet Minister can actually show a high level of laxity and don’t care attitude, so if that is the message we are getting from Cabinet, ho then does PS David Stower say there is no impact when officers from his Ministry who went to Ethiopia and came back with a report only spent their time in Sheraton, Addis Ababa and in my knowledge the Omo River does not begin from Addis and what makes me laugh is the fact that a number of officers in that Ministry do not even know that the Omo is trans-boundary and Lake Turkana is a Kenyan lake and is not shared with Ethiopia. How capable is PS Stower capable of giving a statement on that when a senior cabinet Minister claims no study has been done?
From the border towns of Todonyang and Ileret, we came out in large numbers despite the hot sun, and dust rising from the numbers. Chanting "This is our Mau, Leave our Mau alone", the Turkana and Dasanach on either side of the lake came out to the streets of Todonyang and Ileret asking and pleading with government to listen to their cries. As the journey west of the lake went on to Lowarengak where the raid vicitms of Todonyang seek refuge at a time of raids from the Ethiopia- Kenya border. The residents chanted the same message asking the Government of Kenya to stop selling them off in the name of "development". A development that would wipe out our livelihoods, increase our insecurity.All through Nariokotome, Nachukui and Narengewoi, the message was the same "Nakolong awounia akuj akiar ngoni, nyo bo esakia nangolenyang akiar ngoni". (If God did not kill us with the drought, why then does the Government want to kill us?".
With the blog functioning, I thought to send those absent the minutes for the FoLT Meeting held with NGOs and stakeholders on August 18th. Also attached is the presentation by Kugonza N. Robert of the African Rivers Network (ARN).
Click here to open the presentation.