How August 2022 Elections in Kenya will impact the Real Estate Market in Turkana

With less than a month to the August polls, politicians are crisscrossing the country to maximize their number of votes. Turkana County is considered a battleground between the two leading coalitions of Azimio la Umoja and Kenya Kwanza. Whoever ups their game in the county will reap more votes. Turkana has 191,435 registered voters. In this article, we want to look at how the August polls will impact the real estate market in Turkana.

Facts about Turkana

Turkana County is in the former Rift Valley Province of Kenya. It covers the largest area of land in Kenya, as well as its northwestern most point. To the south and east lie other counties in Kenya, including West Pokot and Baringo Counties; to the north and northeast are Ethiopia, including the disputed Elemi Triangle; while to the west is Uganda. The county’s capital is Lodwar. The population was 926,976 as of the 2019 census. It is the poorest county in Kenya. However, Turkana County is experiencing an economic boom because of ongoing mineral explorations and inventions involving oil and water resources. Turkana County residents are also enjoying the fruits of devolution.

Places to visit in Turkana

Some of the best places to visit in Turkana include:

  • Central Island National Park
  • Eliye Springs Beaches
  • South Turkana National Reserve
  • Ferguson Gulf
  • Lokori Standing Stones
  • Nariokotome Turkana Boy Monument
  • Kapedo Hot Waterfalls
  • Lobolo Swamp
  • Kalokol Standing Stones
  • Lake Turkana

Lodwar Town

Lodwar is the largest town in north-western Kenya, located west of Lake Turkana on the A1 road. It’s known for basket weaving and tourism. The Loima Hills lies to its west. Lodwar is the capital of Turkana County. The town has a population of 82,970 according to 2019 census figures. It’s also considered the capital of this region; it houses local and governmental facilities, including Turkana’s biggest health facility and the main referral hospital, Lodwar County Hospital. It is also served by Lodwar Airport.

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Estates in Turkana

Turkana County has a few residential settlements with most people residing in traditional houses. The few estates existing in Turkana include:

  • Lokutans
  • Opal
  • Kanam
  • Yohanna

Turkana Real Estate Market

ODM leader Raila Odinga has been to Turkana and has promised a bunch of goodies to the residents. According to Mr. Odinga, Turkana residents have been facing perennial food shortage problems that need to be addressed. In regard to that, he has advocated for irrigation farming practices in the area that will see the production of sustainable food. Irrigation farming will attract many people to the region hence increasing the demand for housing. Also, land prices will inflate as a result of increased demand for land. This can be effective if implemented since Turkana is the largest county in Kenya and the idle land can be put into use.

On the other hand, William Ruto pledged to build a military barrack in Kibish Sub County in Turkana if elected president. Ruto further pledged to put up a garrison in Lodwar and a new police station in Lokichogio to address insecurity in the semi-arid county. Addressing a campaign rally in Kaikor area, the Deputy President assured that work on the three projects will commence early next year. As observed in previous years, insecurity has been high in Turkana shunning investors in the real market. If security issues are fixed, we expect to see a more habitable Turkana County. This will in turn attract real estate investors that will impact the growth of the real estate market in Turkana.

Hotels in Turkana

Tourism is one of the main economic activities in Turkana. As a result of that, various hotels have been established to cater to the tourism sector in the region. Some of the best hotels in Turkana include:

  • The Cradle Tented Camp
  • Ceamo Prestige Hotel
  • Sanfields Lodwar Camp
  • Solmar Gracious Hotel
  • Proland Inn
  • Stegra Hotel
  • Churchview Apartment
  • Eliye Springs Resort
  • County Palace
  • Splash Guest House

Roads in Turkana

Roads in Turkana are not well developed. However, Turkana county residents have lauded the construction of a 338-kilometer road from Lokichar to Nakodok, at the Kenya-South Sudan border. Under the Eastern Africa Regional Transport, Trade, and Development Facilitation Project (EATTDFP), the new road will allow residents to enjoy fast transportation from Eldoret to Nadapal (border of Kenya and South Sudan) via a modern highway that includes fiber optic cabins. The project has resolved perennial flooding at the two bridges over the Turkana River — Kawalse and Kainuk — causing deaths and property loss during rainy seasons.

The construction sector in Turkana

Various development projects have been undertaken in Turkana in the recent past.Turkana County Government has adopted a working relationship that designates project managers to work with contractors to ensure timely completion of projects across the country. Major roads have been constructed and also the construction of Lopeduru water pan that has opened the region for real estate development hence impacting on the real estate market in Turkana.

Conclusion

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