The Star (Nairobi)

18 August 2014

Kenya: Nanok Calls On Uganda to Open Road for Trade

TURKANA Governor Josphat Koli Nanok has called on Uganda President Yoweri Museveni to open a road connecting Turkana to Northern Uganda. He said this will facilitate trade between the two countries through the road from Moroto towards Turkana.

Nanok was speaking when he paid a courtesy call to the Moroto Resident District CommissionerSam Abura. He said the roadworks on the Kenyan side towards Moroto have begun to enhance permanent relations.

Nanok said his government has held talks with the Kenya Commercial Bank on the possibility of having a branch in Moroto. He said business in Turkana and Northern Uganda will be made possible with exchange of the two countries' currencies without losing value.

Nanok announced a livestock vaccination programme. He said it will be for animals in Kenya and Uganda as diseases have no border. Nanok however said he is not going to allow illicit brew and drugs to cross to Kenya.

He urged the army and political leaders to "tighten" borders. Kaabong MP Roseline Akelo, a member of the Defence and Internal Affairs committee of the Ugandan Parliament, said women and children are the most vulnerable in these conflicts.

She urged leaders to unite and create harmony amongst the pastoral communities. Nanok said livestock theft is increasing, a trend he said is very unusual among the two communities.

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