Leaders from the pastoral communities living along the Kenya-Uganda border have resolved to put in place concrete measures that will deter incidents of conflicts and cattle rustling.
This will include sensitizing the local residents on the need to share the little pasture and water, disarming all civilians holding illegal guns, undertaking joint cross border surveillance and sharing of information between Kenyan and Ugandan security forces, coordinating the recovery of stolen animals, among other things.
This was resolved during a consultative meeting that took place in Kampala-Office of the Prime Minister of Uganda. It was attended by Governor Prof John Lonyangapuo, his counterpart Josphat Nanok and Uganda’s Minister for Karamoja Affairs Hon. Eng. John Byabagambi.
For many decades, hundreds of lives have been lost and thousands of animals stolen in clashes pitting the Karamojong, Turkana and Pokot communities. The leaders however agreed to take the lead in ensuring that lasting peace is achieved.
Lack of peace in the region has been a major undoing resulting in missed opportunities towards development.
The leaders also agreed to initiate key development projects such as roads, schools, hospitals, water dams and other infrastructure that would better the lives of pastoralists, and make them feel that they belong and conflicts will be a thing of the past.
The Kenyan delegation included MPs from Turkana and Senior County officials from West-Pokot and Turkana, with a big team of MPs from Karamoja region. The Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda Maj. Gen. Okanga was also present.