The Turkana county senator Malachy Ekal and Governor Josphat Nanok(pictured above) are at war.
Ekal and Nanok are in ODM but Nanok has abandoned ODM with word that Ekal plans to run for governorship in 2022 on ODM ticket.
What has split the duo is the Turkana tourism and cultural festival dubbed Tobongulore.
Ekal argues that Turkana tourism and cultural festival is not a priority for the county residents and is used by a cartel surrounding the governor to rob the county millions in form of organisation that could have been used to start long lasting projects.
“There are those saying that the festival was budgeted for but what I am asking is what became of the water budget. We need water not Tobongulore. Where does that money go?” Prof Ekal asked.
The senator has further urged the county government to be proactive instead of reactionary when floods hit. He is also lamenting that teachers’ recruitment did not favour locals.
Nanok has hit back at the senator saying the event was the baby of the MoU between Kenya and Uganda in which the peace and development accord was signed between president Uhuru Kenyatta and president Yoweri Museveni of Uganda.
During the last ceremony, the senator left the function before Nanok addressed the meeting.Nanok even asked where the senator was when he stood to address the gathering.
“There are those who just visit the county. They need to stay here long enough to understand what the county government is doing for the residents,” Nanok said.
The professor competed against the governor in 2013 but lost. The duo would later unite under ODM in 2017.