Turkana Governor leads Kenyan peace delegation to Northern Uganda
BY ROSEMARY NCHINYEI
IN KAABONG, UGANDA
A Kenyan delegation from Turkana County Government led by the Governor, Hon. Josphat Nanok has helped recover the livestock for the Turkana that was confiscated by the Ugandan Army. Governor Nanok’s delegation led to the recovery of 3,041 livestock that had been confiscated by the Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) on allegations that the Turkana community leaving in Uganda had killed a UPDF soldier and taken his gun. The resolution to release the livestock was reached at a cross-border meeting in Kaabong District that was chaired by the Ugandan Commander of Land Forces, Mr Muhoozi who flew in from Kampala. The meeting took place a day before the visit of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to the region for a youth conference. Amid tight security and tense atmosphere at Kaabong Secondary School where the meeting was being held, top security organs and senior leaders from both Kenya and Uganda agreed on a way forward. The Kenyan delegation comprised of the Governor Nanok, Deputy Governor Peter Ekai, Senator John Munyes, Hon. Daniel Nanok the MP for Turkana West, Hon. Charles Lokioto the county Minister for Disaster Management, Turkana County Secretary Mr Peter Eripete and a security team from the national government led by the Turkana County Commissioner, Mr Julius Mathenge, and two members of the County Assembly.
List of atrocities read
The Kenyan delegation set out to northern Uganda districts of Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong following an invitation to the border security meeting to discuss the recent conflicts between the Dodoth and the Turkana community that moved into Uganda in search of pastures for their livestock five years ago. The Ugandan side led by the Resident District Commissioner, Mr Simon Lolim, started off by reading a list of ‘atrocities’ allegedly committed by the Turkana from the Kenyan side. The list that talked of killings, cattle raids and other crimes heightened tension and attracted murmuring during the security meeting, with some politicians from the Ugandan side saying the Turkana must leave Uganda. However, Mr Muhoozi – the Commander of Uganda Land Force who was the chairman of the security meeting cautioned the leaders from the Ugandan side against showing hostility to their counter parts from the Kenyan side. “God and nature made us neighbours and as leaders we need to be careful how we provide leadership. This is a chance for us to provide leadership” said the Commander. When time came for the Kenyan side to read their list of atrocities committed against them by the Dodoth and Turkana, the Deputy Governor of Turkana Mr Peter Ekai helped diffuse the tension as the Kenyan side was owning up to some mistakes while fielding others to the Dodoth, a perspective that was not offered by the Ugandan list. The Kenyan delegation was very peaceful and they meant peace. “We acknowledge there are problems, but we have come to get solutions. I believe where people meet and dialogue, there will be a solution”, said Governor Nanok.
RESOLUTIONS OF THE MEETING
Some of the resolutions reached at the meeting
- Improving communication among the security committees for both side
- Sharing of informationco-ordination
- Creating a common registry of events
- Identifying cattle rustling cartels and the beneficiaries for punishment
- creation of border peace committees comprising of elders
- Making the gun unattractive.
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