31 December 2013

Kenya: Leaders in North Rift Peace Pact

MPs, Senators and communities in West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu and Baringo have now agreed to foster peace and end hostilities that have led to the death many people in the region thios year.

The leaders have resolved to mount a peace caravan which will traverse in all the counties in 2014 to mobilize communities for fresh initiatives aimed at creating lasting peace in the region affected by cattle rustling incidents.

The leaders said they will use the forums to educate the warrintg communities on the need to live in peace and discard outdated

cultural practices that have contributed to escarlation of insecurity in the region.

North Rift Pastoralists Women Association will spearhead the initiative that has brought on board most of the political leaders from the four counties.

Turkana South MP James Lomenen,his counterpat from Turkana West David Nanok and Rebecca Lowoiya who is chairperson of the women association said they would use all means available to senstize communities on the need for peace as a key pillar fore deveelopment in the counties.

Senator for Turkana John Munyes also said they support fresh efforts for peace in the region. The leaders were speaking at a peace meeting in Eldoret on Saturday

"We will involve all leaders and the government so that we have all stakeholders on board. We have lost so many people in the region and this has to come to end," said Lowoya.

She said the political leaders should agree to bury theirr diffrences and help their communities achieve propertity like other counties instead of fighting over primitive issues or practices like cattle rsutling.

"There is no way we will succeed in bring the warring communities together without the involvement of elected political and also

church leaders," said Lowoiya.

The caravan to start in January will vist Lorogo area which borders West Pokot/Turkana counties, Loima and Samburu which are some of the areas worst hit by insecurity.

Lomenen asked the National Land Commission to resolve the long standing boundary dispute between Turkana and West Pokot counties to avert more conflicts over resources which has led to displacement of thousands of families from their manyattas in the region.

"Land conflicts have contributed to deteriorating peace in the region and the land commission should move in and deal with border disputes espceialy between the Pokot and Turkana counties," said Lomenen.

He said the deployment of the Kenya Defense Force in the affected region will help in bring down tension between communities and that they would support all initiativea aimed at creating lasting peace in the region.


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