Gideon Moi urges Turkanas to embrace education

BY EKALI LOPOV AND RASHID LOROGOI
LORENGIPPI, LOIMA

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi flanked by Turkana leaders Charles Lorogoi (KANU Chairman Turkana County) and Emmanuel Imana (Turkana Peace Ambassador) and INSET: With KANU official Nick Salat during a fundrising in Lorengippi Primary School in Loima last month. PHOTO: GREGORY AKALL

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi flanked by Turkana leaders Charles Lorogoi (KANU Chairman Turkana County) and Emmanuel Imana (Turkana Peace Ambassador) and INSET: With KANU official Nick Salat during a fundrising in Lorengippi Primary School in Loima last month. PHOTO:Keith Loyapan

Our children will not get proper education and be able to compete with the rest of children in Kenya when there is insecurity along our borders – Moi

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has asked the Turkana and Pokot people who are still engaging in cattle rustling to drop the guns and embrace education. Moi said cattle rustling had become a thing of the past and that the two communities were languishing in poverty because of the persistent conflicts along their common border. Speaking at a fundraising in Lorengippi Primary School in Loima Sub-County in August, Moi urged the Pokot and Turkana Communities to disassociate themselves with cattle rustling, which had claimed many lives and led to loss of property in the past decades. The KANU chairman helped to raise more than Sh3.7 million for constructing girls’ dormitories for Lorengippi and Lokiriama Primary Schools, both of them in Loima Sub-County. “I appeal to the communities to drop the guns and replace them with education for the children. Cattle rustling is an outdate culture, which should not be tolerated in the modern age,” Moi told residents in Lorengippi. “Our children will not get proper education and compete with the rest of children in Kenya when there is insecurity along the border,” he stressed. The Baringo senator said he would lead a peace mission to try and unite Pokot and Turkana leaders and encourage them to embark on initiatives to rid out rampant cattle rustling along the border between the two groups. Moi said he would approach West Pokot County Senator Prof John Lonyangapuo and Turkana leaders to start peace dialogue. The area MP, Mr Protus Akuja, announced that the Inspector General of Police, who had recently visited Loima Sub-County, had promised to provide five police campsites within the corridors of cattle rustlers. Akuja also assured the area residents that he would use CDF money to repair roads for easy response to security matters on the border.

Protus Akuja – Area MP

‘I am going to open up roads in my constituency for easy access to areas of insecurity because whenever there is an attack, police officers get a hard time trying to rescue the victims’
“I am going to open up roads in my constituency for easy access to areas of insecurity because whenever there is an attack, police officers get a hard time trying to rescue victims,”Akuja explained. “I appeal to the communities to drop the guns and replace it with education for the children. Cattle rustling is an outdated culture, which should not be tolerated in the modern age,” Moi told residents in Lorengippi. “Our children will not get proper education and compete with the rest of children in Kenya when there is insecurity along the border,” he stressed. The Baringo senator said he would lead a peace mission to unite Pokot and Turkana leaders and encourage them to embark on initiatives to rid out rampant cattle rustling along the border between the two groups. Moi said he would approach West Pokot County Senator Prof John Lonyangapuo and Turkana leaders to start peace dialogue.

Five police posts

The area MP, Protus Akuja, announced that the Inspector General of Police, who had recently visited Loima Sub- County, had promised to provide five police campsites within the corridors of cattle rustlers. Akuja also assured the area residents that he would use CDF money to repair roads for easy response to security matters on the border “I am going to open up roads in my constituency for easy access to areas of insecurity because whenever there is an attack, police officers get a hard time trying to rescue victims,” Akuja explained.






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