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Friday, 15 February 2013

Leaders Discuss Management of Natural resources

By Dennis Kipkirui
Laikipia County leaders converged on Wednesday to discuss the management of natural resources in the county. In a forum attended by aspirants for the posts of senator, governor Member of Parliament and county assembly representative, the leaders were in agreement that natural resources in Laikipia County was an essential requirement to realize economic success of the county They acknowledged that the resource was indeed the  pillar of county economy.

Joshua Irungu of TNA addressing participants in the forum
Those who attended include The National Alliance Party (TNA) flag bearer for the gubernatorial seat Mr. Joshua Irungu, United Democratic Front (UDF) party gubernatorial running mate Ms Jane Ptunoi and Mr. Munene vying for the Senatorial seat in Agano Party, among a host of aspirants for both MP and MCA posts. Other leaders who could not attend sent their apologies. The forum was organized by East African Wildlife Society.

 The meeting held in the Catholic hall in Rumuruti explored different ways of enabling good resource management so that the residents can realize full benefit. It was noted that The Commission on Revenue Allocation had placed Laikipia County at Number five nationally on economic potential. Ironically 46% of the residents live below poverty line. Leadership was attributed as the biggest contributor to mismanagement of County resources and therefore the need to elect leaders that have integrity and are beyond reproach.

TNA’s Joshua Irungu stressed his competence in managing natural resources since he had a first degree in Natural Resource Management and has been working for ACT organization for many years.

Participants put the aspirants to task to explain ways in which they will ensure that natural resources in the area were protected. The minority group expressed dissatisfaction on past leadership in the county which propagated their marginalization. Mr Koskei from the Endoroiis community asked the aspirants to ensure equitable distribution of resources and positions in the county. The leaders committed themselves to serve the people with particular emphasis on proper management of natural resources.

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