The Inspector General of Police on Saturday officiated the handing over of 15 motorbikes to reformed warriors from both the Pokot and Turkana communities in Turkwel. The IG commended the efforts being done by the reformed warriors from the warring communities in bringing peace in the region. “I urge the leaders from both sides to work together in bringing peace in the region.” Boinett said.
|IG Boinett speaking during the event|
Local leaders present during the handing over ceremony were West Pokot Governor H.E.Simon Kachapin,West Pokot Senator Hon. Prof. John Lonyang’apuo, West Pokot Women Representative Hon. Regina Nyeris, Turkana South MP Hon. James Lomenen, Kapenguria MP Hon. Samuel Moroto, Pokot North MP Hon.Mark Lomunokol, Devolution PS Micah Powon and Peace Ambassador Tegla Loroupe.
|H.E Simon Kachapin West Pokot County|
Governor Kachapin noted that peace is key in development especially when we now have devolution. “I would also like to commend all the actors of peace from both communities. I would urge my colleagues in the field of politics to put aside their political differences in this quest for peace.” Kachapin reiterated.
Prof. Lonyang’apuo said that they as leaders have agreed to put aside their political differences on matters to do with peace. He further stated that food should be provided to the local communities and pasture for livestock to enhance peace in the region. “More schools should be constructed in this area as this will enhance cohesion between the two communities.” He added.
|Prof. Lonyang'apuo, Senator West Pokot County|
Turkana South MP. Hon. Lomenen also put emphasize on leaders putting their differences aside on matters peace. He further asked the IG to increase the number of National Police Reservist (NPR) in the region. Amb. Tegla Loroupe cited hunger and poverty as factors that fuel cattle rustling and crime in the region.
|Hon. James Lomenen, MP Turkana South|
The IG promised to look in to all the issues raised by the leaders and promised to add 30 more motorcycles in the next few weeks. He further promised to increase the number of NPR officers in the region.
|IG Boinett flagging off motorbikes|