Mrs. Ereng Ekuleu, an elderly woman with a strong memory of boundary line explained to the Senate committee where the boundary passes. Ekuleu who was calm and spoke to the committee as if she had a map at hand started from the Kapedo bridge to Chesitet Nata, Nabwel Emejen, Lochwangikosowa then Kolonger towards Amaya naming places in the map by names.
The Senate committee on boundary and security has visited Kapedo to ascertain where it lies.
Turkana and Baringo Counties are wrangling over the location of Kapedo. The committee headed by Yusuf Hajji
was accompanied by Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi alias Sonko, Senator Fatuma, Senator Getura, Deputy Speaker of the Senate, G.G Kariuki, Laikipia County and Senator Ali Gura. The Baringo team led by Senator Gideon Moi had Hon. Asman Kamama,MP for Tiaty Constituencyand Baringo Governor Mr. Samuel Cheboi and other opinion leaders.
While Senator John Munyes led the Turkana team. Others on the team were Hon. Nicholas Ngikor, Peter Ekai Lokoel
Deputy Governor – Turkana, Mr. Charles Lokioto – County Executive for Public Service and Mr. Augustine Logiron, County Executive for Roads and Public Works.
There was drama when the team from Turkana declined to offer seats to the Baringo team to show them that Kapedo is not theirs as claimed.
“This was an entry point for Turkana community to show that the Pokot have never been residents of Kapedo,” one of the Turkana representative said. The statement by the Turkana delegations forced the security team to immediately escort the team from Baringo to a
nearby guesthouse to wait for the Turkana to present views to the Senate committee and later meet Pokot at the guesthouse to present their views too.
The two sides almost clashed but security officers intervened to avert physical confrontation.
The meeting commenced at 12pm after Rev David Elim prayed and immediately introduction was done and the chairman was given time to highlight to the public their aim of their visit, which was to see where Kapedo lies, whether in Turkana or Baringo counties and why security officers were killed.
Mr. Augustine Logiron, Turkana County executive for Roads explained a lot about the place having a lot of resources hence few individual lusts for riches perpetuates and triggers the conflict.
“Kapedo has oil, geothermal energy amounting to more than 10000 Mw,” he said.
He added “LAPSSET (Lamu Port, South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport corridor) project is the major cause of conflict as it passes through Kapedo hence some powerful people in Baringo are using illiterate pokots and some greedy leaders to launch terror just to accomplish what they need in the area.”
Mrs. Ereng Ekuleu, an elderly woman with a strong memory of boundary line explained to the Senate committee where the boundary passes.
Ekuleu who was calm and spoke to the committee as if she had a map at hand started from the Kapedo bridge to Chesitet Nata, Nabwel Emejen, Lochwangikosowa then Kolonger towards Amaya naming places in the map by names.
When Mr. Tarkus Aukot came to speak, he clarified that Silale is a Maasai name meaning gum but in Turkana Ekinyate and insisted where Safaricom has put its booster was in his father’s kraal and has one big tree where his father used to rest during hot and sunny days.
On issue of chiefs who were employed before and after independence, Mr. Loyanai Tioko who is aged 89 years gave names for those who headed Lomelo location the then Kapedo as Abong Lowoya, Achuka, Lochukudi, Kiyonga, Silale Longacha, Lotion and Simeon Ewoi Akurusit.
Area mp Hon. Nicholas Ngikor assured the senate committee that if there is someone to be a witness to these conflict, it is Senator Yusuf Hajji who was then Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner in 1993 who authorized formation of Lomelo Division and registered it, the then District
Commissioner Simon Motogwa to immediately post District officer to Kapedo, which is its headquarter.
The MP however, distanced himself from allegations that Pokot have been told to leave the area.
“We are not telling Pokots to move, but only to respect the freedom of other Kenyans as any Kenyan is free to live anywhere in the country,” he said.
After presentations, the chairman met with the Pokot, where Hon.Asman Kamama, MP for Tiaty gave information including the names of those killed at Kasarani. He explained that those who were killed at Kasarani were not security personnel but Kenya police reservists.