The Star (Nairobi)

10 June 2014

Kenya: 30,000 Turkana Herders Hunt for Water in Uganda

MORE than 30,000 herders from Turkana county have crossed into the neighbouring Uganda in search of food, pasture and water.

Governor Josphat Nanok said the county faces severe drought that has threatened the livelihoods of residents and their livestock.

He said the herders have moved to Northern Uganda, which has enough pasture. Nanok said the county govrenment has ensured peace prevails among communities living on the borders.

He said this will reduce cases of border attacks and cattle raids.

"We have peace along the border areas which were very volatile and we think it's time we deal with the economic challenges affecting our people," Nanok said.

He said the county government is working with the national government to end attacks on the borders of Turkana, Pokot and Baringo counties.

Nanok said the media should positively potray the three counties' economic potentials to attract investors.

Separately, North Rift governors will host a security conference to discuss increased cattle rustling and economic challenges in the region.

He was speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday.

Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos said insecurity especially in Pokot, Turkana and Baringo is a major threat to development programmes in the region.

He said the talks will involve communities in new strategies aimed at tackling insecurity. Tolgos was speaking to the Star in Eldoret town after meeting Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) and Josphat Nanok (Turkana).

Tolgos said they agreed partner on security and economic issues

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