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'It was because of a lotion': Survivors of Turkana school shooting narrate ordeal

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Ugandans, Somalis turn Lokichar into crude black market amid Tullow’s denial

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Political parties charade lock out people living with disability

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Tension high after bandits kill man at Turkana-West Pokot border

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70,000 Kenyan children severely malnourished - survey

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The sky is the limit for blind aspirant who won MCA seat

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Turkana school closed indefinitely after seven killed
The Turkana school where seven people were killed by suspected Toposa militia on Saturday has been closed indefinitely. County director of education Pius Ong'oma. "We have closed the school to ease the tension and allow police to carry on with investigations." Tension rose in Kakuma on Sunday evening following reports two more suspects were arrested over the shooting at a school in Turkana county   Read More ...
Categories: Society & Culture | 
Tags: Death & Dying | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  Kakuma |  Kakuma | 
Turkana mob storms police station 'to lynch suspects' in school killings
Tension rose in Kakuma on Sunday evening following reports two more suspects were arrested over the shooting at a school in Turkana county. Residents of the Turkana West claimed police were holding two more people reportedly apprehended in Lokichogio while on their way to South Sudan. They insisted the suspects were taken to Kakuma police station over the killing of six students and a watchman at Lokichogio AIC Secondary School   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
'It was because of a lotion': Survivors of Turkana school shooting narrate ordeal
The murder of seven people at a Turkana school on Saturday began with a request for a lotion to be bought, two survivors have said. Students Emmanuel Erukudi and Samuel Erukudi were shot in the right leg and right hand respectively at Lokichogio AIC Secondary School. They spoke at Lodwar referral hospital on Sunday. Ekurudi said the suspect, who was lynched by residents hours later, had given a friend Sh200 to buy him a lotion but that he spent the money on something else   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  Lodwar | 
Six killed as South Sudanese gunmen attack Kenyan school
Five students and a security guard were shot dead early Saturday morning at a secondary school in Turkana County in northwestern Kenya. Confirming the incident, Turkana County Commissioner Seif Matata said one of the attackers was a student at the Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School who had been suspended due to indiscipline. The attack, according to the county chief, occurred between 3:30am and 4am   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  South Sudan | 
Seven killed after militia storms Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School in Turkana County (Photos)
Lokichogio AIC Secondary School has been attacked by suspected militia believed to be from South Sudan. About six students lost their lives with one security guard in the Saturday morning incident. Reports also indicated that some girls were raped. Those with minor injuries received treatment from Lopiding Hospital in Lokichiogio while others with serious injuries were referred to Lodwar Referal Hospital   Read More ...
Categories: Education |  Law & Crime | 
Tags: Wars |  Militia |  Schools |  Secondary Schools |  Students | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
7 students killed in Lokichogio school attack, Turkana County
Seven people have been killed among them students and a watchman after an attack in Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School in Turkana in a suspected revenge attack. Four students who were seriously injured during the attack have been rushed to Lopiding Sub County Hospital for treatment with referral cases taken to Kakuma Mission Hospital. Police officers at the scene suspect a student who had just been suspended went and gathered members of an outlawed militia and then stormed into the school   Read More ...
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Tags: Death & Dying | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  Kakuma |  Kakuma |  Lopiding | 
Gunmen kill 6 at Lokichogio Mixed Secondary in Kenya
Five students and a night guard were shot dead early Saturday morning at Lokichogio Mixed Secondary School in Turkana County. Confirming the incident, Turkana County Commissioner Seif Matata said one of the attackers was a student at the school who was on suspension. The attack, according to Mr Matata, occurred between 3:30am and 4am. "Several students were injured. We cannot confirm the number until we liaise with the hospital," Mr Matata told journalists in Lodwar town before leaving for the school, which is about 200 kilometres from the Kenya-South Sudan border   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana |  Uganda | 
Refugees, forests benefit as Turkana herders torch invader trees
Turkana county is one of Kenya's most arid regions but land near the town of Kakuma sports a dense thicket of thorny trees. That's not good news. The plant is Prosopis juliflora, a fast-growing invasive species that has wreaked havoc by taking over land once used for pasture, choking rivers and overwhelming indigenous trees in this part of northwest Kenya. But a clever plot is now underway to clear the invader â by turning it into charcoal for an energy-starved refugee camp nearby, while providing jobs for local people   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana |  Kakuma |  Kakuma | 
Share more information on Turkana oil exploration drive
It is five years since the country first struck crude oil of commercially viable quantities in the South Lokichar basin, and it is still unclear when Kenya will start to benefit from oil exports. Contradictory statements from the Government and Tullow Oil, one of the main explorers of crude in Turkana County, have not helped. The confusion surrounding these explorations has been compounded by recent reports that Tullow Oil, or other partners, could be selling part of its exploration interests to a new player   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana |  Lokichar |  South Lokichar Basin |  Lokichar |  Lokichar | 
Ugandans, Somalis turn Lokichar into crude black market amid Tullow’s denial
SUMMARY With dozens of residents accessing crude oil from prospecting firms and foreigners setting up base, how long will it be before Turkana becomes a haven for illegal oil refineries? In a script seemingly borrowed straight from the Niger Delta, heavily armed illegal refiners descend on Turkana for Kenya’s newfound mineral wealth As the standoff between the National Government and Turkana County Government on how to share revenue from the sale of crude oil continues, Saturday Standard has unearthed a developing black market of crude in Turkana   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana |  Uganda | 
Reformed cattle rustlers of Turkana and West Pokot preach harmony
The Pokot and Turkana communities are known for cattle rustling along the Turkwel corridor, and have been become enemies over time. For more than 50 years, Ompolion village, located on the border of the two counties, has been a no-go zone. But a peace caravan that brought together leaders from West Pokot and Turkana counties toured the border region in 2015, in a mission that saw a number of warriors reform and become ambassadors of peace   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana |  West Pokot |  Turkwel |  Turkwel | 
Turkana County in Sh4 million livestock vaccination drive
The county government has set aside Sh4 million for a livestock vaccination drive in Turkana West and North constituencies. County veterinary director Dr Benson Long’or said of the project: “Routine vaccination and treatment is one of the exercises that the county veterinary department engages in as a way of preventing livestock deaths due to diseases,” he said. Some of the areas the exercise targets include Songot, Lokichogio and Oropoi   Read More ...
Categories: Farming |  Health | 
Tags: Animal Husbandry |  Livestock |  Vaccination |  Veterinary | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  West Turkana | 
Political parties charade lock out people living with disability
Minority groups across the country have been locked out of nomination as political parties reward cronies and family members with the slots. The most affected are people with disability who are visibly missing from a number of county assemblies. In at least 17 counties, including Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Murang'a, Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kericho, Bungoma, Busia and Kisii, no single person living with disability was nominated   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Kwale |  Kilifi |  Makueni |  Nyandarua |  Nyeri |  Turkana |  Baringo |  Laikipia |  Nakuru |  Narok |  Kericho | 
North Rift MCAs retreat to Mombasa for orientation and sharing of key positions
MCAs from the North Rift counties are retreating to Mombasa where they are expected to undergo training in various aspects of their roles. The MCAs were sworn in last week and left for the coastal city after electing their various speakers. They are from Uasin Gishu, Turkana, Baringo, West Pokot, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet and Trans Nzoia. “We have new colleagues who require training and orientation on how the assemblies operate before we start business,” said Uasin Gishu Majority Leader Josphat Lowoi   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Rift Valley |  Turkana |  Nandi |  Baringo | 
Tension high after bandits kill man at Turkana-West Pokot border
A Pokot man was killed by suspected Turkana bandits on his way to his house in Karon village along the county's border with West Pokot. Kases location chief Joseph Korkimul said the 60-year-old was shot once in the back and four times in the head by a gang of about six. "Kenya Police Reservists who were nearby tried to pursue the bandits but they escaped towards Kakong area in Turkana county," Korkimul said on Monday   Read More ...
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Tags: Death & Dying |  Passed Away |  Obituary |  Killed | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  West Pokot |  Kakong |  Karon | 
Munyes challenges Nanok’s win in Turkana
More politicians are racing against time to file petitions challenging the results of last month’s General Election to beat the 28-day deadline after declaration of the results. Former Senator John Munyes on Wednesday morning filed a petition challenging the election Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok, arguing the election was marred by irregularities. This brings to 10 the number of petitions challenging newly elected governors out of the more than 80 petitions filed so far   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
Turkana MPs lobby Jubilee to retain Senate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro
Members of Parliament from Turkana and a section of professionals from the region has asked the Jubilee party to retain outgoing Senate Speaker Ekwe Ethuro when the 12th parliament convenes. In the appeal directed to President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Turkana leaders said the position was the highest ever held by the community and urged the president to prevail upon other candidates to step down in favour of Ethuro   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
Water harvesting for food security
During the course of the Third Medium Term Plan (MTP3) preparations, my team and I travelled across the country, and held consultations with citizens to understand their needs and priorities. This fulfilled the constitutional provision aimed at ensuring that development planning is inclusive. For more nuanced perspectives on ending water deficiency and guaranteeing food security, we visited various irrigation schemes in Uasin Gishu, Homa Bay, Kitui, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Turkana, Elgeyo-Marakwet and West Pokot counties   Read More ...
Categories: Farming |  Science & Nature | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Embu |  Kitui |  Turkana |  Homa Bay | 
70,000 Kenyan children severely malnourished - survey
At least 70,000 of Kenya's children are severely malnourished, a report shows. The most affected areas are Turkana, East Pokot, Mandera, Samburu and West Pokot, states the report by county departments of health, UNICEF and nine aid organisations. In Turkana, the rate of severe acute malnutrition rates increased from 2.3 per cent to 8.3 per cent in just one year. “In Turkana South, an unprecedented 12 per cent of children under five now suffer from severe acute malnutrition   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana | 
Turkana, Kilifi to get solar power
Schools and clinics not connected to electricity in Turkana and Kilifi counties are set to be powered by solar energy following the signing of a deal between UK-based Energy 4 Impact and OVO Foundation to install solar energy systems in the facilities.   Read More ...
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Tags: Markets |  Corporate |  Enterprises |  Energy |  Green energy |  Solar Energy | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Kilifi |  Turkana | 
Breakthrough as scientists declare Turkana discovery is ‘oldest common ancestor’
Thirteen million years ago, an infant ape died in Napudet area, West of Lake Turkana. Volcanic eruptions, common in that era covered its body with ash, and it lay there until 2014 when a group of anthropologists discovered its skull. That discovery, it now emerges, could be what puts into clarity the shared ancestry of apes and man before their lineages split   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Turkana | 
Third Medium Term Plan prioritises water harvesting for food security
During the course of the Third Medium Term Plan preparations, my team and I travelled across the country, and held consultations with citizens to understand their needs and priorities. This fulfilled the constitutional provision aimed at ensuring that development planning is inclusive. For more nuanced perspectives on ending water deficiency and guaranteeing food security, we visited various irrigation schemes in Uasin Gishu, Homa Bay, Kitui, Embu, Tharaka Nithi, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot counties   Read More ...
Categories: Farming |  Science & Nature | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Embu |  Kitui |  Turkana |  Homa Bay | 
Shock after residents of Turkana recover a ballot box dumped in the bush
Residents of Turkana county were shocked after a ballot box was found in the bush at Napeililim junction along the Kakuma -Lodwar road a week after last week’s election. According to witnesses, the ballot box was thrown out by a moving lorry raising eyebrows on the credibility of the Gubernatorial results of the county..   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana | 
Kenya sets up team to fast track oil production
Kenya has set up a team to fast track the development of the South Lokichar oil fields in Turkana County, with the hope of meeting its target of commercial exports by 2020. The team appointed by the Ministry of Energy will work with Tullow Oil Plc to put in place pipelines and other production facilities in South Lokichar in northern Kenya   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  Lokichar |  Lokichar |  Lokichar | 
Turkana residents raise queries over abandoned IEBC ballot box
Residents have raised questions over an IEBC ballot box found abandoned on Wednesday in Napelilim on Kakuma-Lodwar highway.A witness said the box fell out of a speeding lorry heading to Lodwar town.He said it was damaged on the lower part and that ballot papers may have slipped out of the opening.Many questioned why the electoral commission and security agents could not safely handle the item   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections |  Election Commissions |  Ballots | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  Lodwar | 
I will work with Uhuru to develop Turkana, governor Nanok now says
Turkana governor Josphat has pledged to work with President elect Uhuru Kenyatta’s government to implement projects in his county. Nanok said he will form a county government that will be ready to work with the national government. Nanok of ODM garnered 73,232 votes against his main rival John Munyes of Jubilee who got 52,572 votes. "Turkana County Government will work with the government that is legitimately elected," Nanok said   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
The sky is the limit for blind aspirant who won MCA seat
SUMMARY Joseph Epuu Elim 34, visually impaired trounced four candidates to win Letea ward seat in Turkana county on an independent candidate. The MCA candidate says he was disappointed by able leaders who offered residents no solutions He garnered 957 votes, beating four other competitors angling for the MCA position Attempts by his political competitors to dismiss his candidature on grounds of his disability did not see the light of day as he went ahead to clinch the Letea ward seat in Turkana West   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana |  Letea | 
Ape-human skull found in Turkana
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes. The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes — including a likely African origin, scientists said last week. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature   Read More ...
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Tags: Death & Dying | 
Places: Kenya |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
Chebukati reports snags in Turkana and Laikipia, says 40% eligible voters turned out by 2pm
Voting is yet to begin in 11 polling stations in Turkana county due to bad weather, IEBC reported on Tuesday. The commission also confirmed disruption of voting at three polling stations in Laikipia North. But chairman Wafula Chebukati said the process will go on past 5pm in affected areas, even if this means an extension to Wednesday morning. Chebukati further reported that 40 per cent of registered voters had cast their ballots by 2pm according to 25,000 out of the 40,883 KIEMS gadgets   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections |  Voters |  Polling Stations |  Voting | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana |  Laikipia | 
Voting finally begins in Turkana centres after delay due to bad weather
Voting finally kicked off in some parts of Turkana County after hours of delay due to adverse weather conditions. According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the areas affected are in Turkana North, West and Central. In the second press briefing at the Bomas of Kenya, the electoral Body’s Chairman Wafula Chebukati however said voting was going on well in the other centres   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana | 
Voting yet to begin in Turkana centres by afternoon due to bad weather
Voting was yet to begin in some polling stations in Turkana two hours to the close of the voting exercise that has been taking place countrywide due to adverse weather conditions. According to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the areas affected are in Turkana North, West and Central. In the second press briefing at the Bomas of Kenya, the electoral Body’s Chairman Wafula Chebukati however said voting was going on well in the other centres   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections |  Voting | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
Voting yet to start in 15 polling stations
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairperson Wafula Chebukati says voting is yet to start in 14 polling stations in Turkana and one centre in Wajir. He says heavy rains has affected delivery of materials in Turkana but voting will begin once voting materials are delivered.   Read More ...
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Tags: Elections |  Polling Stations |  Voting | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
Rate of malnutrition in Turkana County alarming
Famed for being the cradle of mankind, Turkana County is also a region that experiences severe weather conditions and the prolonged drought that ravages the livestock of communities’ in the region, this being their main source of livelihood. The dry condition also makes it impossible for rain fed agriculture to flourish. And as Marie Yambo reports, the county is reeling under acute malnutrition due to food insecurity, with health officials warning that the rate of malnutrition in the county is beginning to reach alarming levels.   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
Nanok takes major lead against Munyes – survey
A day after NASA leader Raila Odinga campaigned in Turkana county, opinion polls have given Governor Josphat Nanok (ODM) a major lead against his rival John Munyes (Jubilee). Nanok (pictured) says he is excited that residents of Turkana will give him a second term. Infotrak opinion polls released on Thursday indicate that Nanok will get more than 77.7 per cent of the votes against 14   Read More ...
Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Elections | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
NASA brigade campaigns in Turkana County
NASA Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga Tuesday called on Turkana residents to come out in large numbers and vote for him during the August 8th elections promising to bring about meaningful change. On a one day campaign tour of the County, Odinga dwelt on relief food to the Turkana Community accusing, Jubilee is using food as a bait for Turkana votes. He said that once elected, his administration will address the problem of food and other essential commodities that have sored beyond the consumers ability   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
Raila assures Turkana residents of share of oil revenue
REVENUE. Speaking at a rally in Lodwar town, Mr Odinga said the revenue would be channelled through the county government. The opposition chief said he would ensure that immediately he is sworn in, he signs the Petroleum Bill, 2016 to ensure the Turkana community benefits from the oil in the county. “I will sign the Bill that Uhuru refused to sign,” Mr Odinga said   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Turkana | 
Raila dangles oil proceeds to woo Turkana, peldges more devolution cash
NASA leader Raila Odinga has promised Turkana residents oil proceeds if NASA forms the next government. During campaigns on Thursday, Raila accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of refusing to let development take place in the county. "Governor Josphat Nanok amesema mafuta ya huku mpaka itumike ili kusaidia wananchi wa Turkana. Tutamizi hayo." (Nanok has said the oil produced here must help residents   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Turkana | 
The government didn't go to court thrice to deny Mandera devolved funds
Did the AG seek to have devolved funds meant for Mandera reduced in court? Nasa Co-Principal Musalia Mudavadi at Nasa Rally in Mandera on July 11. These were Lagdera, Mandera East, Mandera Central, Mandera West, Wajir East, Turkana North, Turkana South and Turkana Central. On the same day the census results were announced, the then Minister for Planning, Wycliffe Oparanya, came before Parliament and issued a statement on the census results, explaining that the results from the eight districts were irregular, necessitating the cancellation   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  North Eastern |  Wajir |  Mandera |  Rift Valley |  Turkana |  West Mandera |  East Mandera |  Neboi |  Central | 
Six counties to face severe food shortage, malnutrition
than three million Kenyans will face severe food scarcity between August and November, and Northeastern counties will suffer most. In its June report, the World Food Program–Kenya says Isiolo remains one of the worst drought-stricken counties, followed by Turkana, Marsabit and Wajir. Baringo and Mandera are also in danger of severe food shortage. Isiolo is in Eastern, Baringo and Turkana in Rift Valley and Marsabit, Mandera and Wajir are in Northeastern   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Rift Valley |  Turkana | 
Turkana told to reelect JP for its Sh15bn projects
The government is investing more than Sh15 billion in new projects in Turkana county to improve infrastructure, healthcare and electrification. Implementation of most of the projects is underway and Jubilee governor nominee John Munyes said the initiatives will transform the county that is largely arid. Turkana also has oil and huge underground water resources. Munyes is running against incumbent Josphat Nanok (ODM)   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Rift Valley |  Turkana |