President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta signed a cross border peace deal in Moroto-Uganda last week Thursday 12th September 2019, whose focus is on supporting pastoralist communities of Karamoja in North Eastern Uganda, the Pokot and Turkana, in Northern Kenya.
The two Presidents agreed on implementing a raft of measures to improve the lives of the communities which include provision of clean water for their livestock and domestic use, opening more schools and availing medical services to the local populace.
One such initiative is the Kobebe dam built along Karamoja-Turkana borderline, which now serves communities as a shared facility. According to President Museveni, Kobebe Dam is able to store 2.3 billion litres of water during the rainy season and can cater for 267,000 cattle for four months when at its 70% capacity, during dry spell.
Such initiative reasonates well with projects which have been initiated by West Pokot Governor Prof. John Lonyang'apuo along the border. They include K'ngwal bridge at the Kenya-Uganda border in Katikomor and the Katikomor Peace Border School. Akulo Peace Peace Border School along the West Pokot-Turkana Border and several dispensaries including Morwebong and Morwong'or built along Kenya-Uganda border.
These projects did not escape the attention of the two Heads of State who lauded Governor Lonyang'apuo for his efforts. They promised to support the governor through complementary efforts such as building large dams, schools and hospitals to support the communities along the border.
The two Presidents however asked communities and their leaders to advocate for peaceful coexistence if any meaningful development is to be realized in the region.