Kenya to upgrade Turkana-Moroto road

Kenya to upgrade Turkana-Moroto road

BY STEVEN ARIONG

Kenya to upgrade Turkana-Moroto road

Kenya to upgrade Turkana-Moroto road

LOKIRIAMA, LOIMA
The government of Kenya has
finalized plans to upgrade the road
that will connect Loima district in
Kenya to Moroto district in north-
eastern Uganda.
The Turkana County Governor
Mr. Josphat Nanok announced this
recently during celebrations to mark
the 41 years of peaceful existence
between the Karimojong in Uganda
and the Turkana of Kenya after years
of cattle rustling.
Mr. Nanok said the purpose of
Kenya government to upgrade Loima,
Moroto road via Nakiloro is a move
aimed at boosting the trade among
the Karimojong and Turkana as well
as the Toposa in south Sudan.
The governor added that after
upgrading Loima-Moroto road, Motorists stop at River Nakiloro along Moroto-Lokiriama road. PHOTO By KEITH LOYAPAN
the Kenyan government will also
construct a secondary school at
Lokiriama division along the border
of Moroto and Turkana for the chil-
dren of Ateker people.
“It’s time for the neglected pasto-
ralists communities of Turkana and
the Karimojong to shine,” he said
and urged them to send their children
to school.
Lokiriama peace accord is a peace
treaty between the Turkana commu-
nity and the Karimojong signed by
the elders of the two communities in
1973 to co-exist. The peace accord is
celebrated annually and last year it
was organized by UN Development
Programme (UNDP) in-conjunction
with Riamriam, a civil society orga-
nization.
Uganda’s State minister of miner-
als Mr. Peter Lokeris who led the
Ugandan delegation to Lokiriama
commended the two neighbouring
communities for maintaining peace.
Mr. Lokeris asked the two govern-
ments to deploy troops along the
Uganda—Kenya border to stop the
isolated attacks by the Pokot and the
Tepeth warriors in Uganda.
He assured the Kenyans that
Uganda government will continue
supporting Kenya to address chal-
lenges faced by the pastoralist com-
munities.
Mr. Lokeris called upon other
countries neighbouring Uganda and
Kenya such as South Sudan and
Ethiopia to initiate peace initiatives
so as to avoid bloodshed among the
pastoralist’s communities.
“The current co-existence between
the Turkana and the Karimojong
should not be allowed to be desta-
bilized by other communities who
don’t want peace,” he said.






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