Governor Nanok urges community to commit to peace as IG Boinnet assures of support of engagements

KAKONG’U, 28 Dec 2018 (Governor’s Press Service)

Leaders from Turkana and West Pokot counties have reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring lasting peace along border with West Pokot and Baringo counties.

In a meeting held in Kakong’u, Turkana South sub-county today attended by elected officials led by Governor Josphat Nanok, a host of Members of Parliament from both counties and graced by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet; all the leaders agreed to join hands to end cattle rustling-related  attacks and wanton killings.

In his remarks, Governor Nanok informed the IG of resolutions from a series of peace meetings between Turkana and Pokot leaders that include the return of stolen livestock and the identification of suspects involved in killings on both sides. He said the suspects had been identified by the community and all that was left was for the police to make arrests.

He expressed his appreciation for the involvement of the IG and security agencies in the peace process which he said was an intense exercise that called for investment of considerable resources and time from all stakeholders.

He said the four meetings on peace he had chaired in the subcounty in recent months was a show of the County Government’s commitment to ensuring peace and security prevailed for development to thrive.

The Governor insisted that investment in development projects in the area to benefit residents will contribute to cementing peace and make region appreciate the importance of unity.

He highlighted development of water system from the Turkwel dam to the oil fields in Lokichar which will benefit residents along the pipeline for domestic and livestock use as one of such projects.

On his part, IG Boinnet gave personal assurance and that of the National Police Service support for the peace process in the entire North Rift region as part of his primary goals set before he took over office.

He promised to deliver on an initial pledge to empower peace committees working to end conflict along the troubled border and said he will push for the inclusion of the committees in the Peace Building and Conflict Resolution mechanism of the Interior Office.

The IG informed residents that investigations into recent murders in the area were at advanced stage and assured that the culprits will be brought to book.

Turkana South MP James Lomenen while expressing his support for the peace process urged the communities to avoid violent resolution of conflict which he regretted had cost many lives and left communities involved at great loss.

He asked for registration of peace committees members into the National Police Reservist unit to enable them enforce peace and pursue stolen livestock.

His Turkana East counterpart Ali Lokiru urged for similar peace effort to address conflict at border with Baringo as well as all corridors with conflict in Turkana.

Kapenguria MP Samuel Moroto who led other MPs from West Pokot called for passage of resolutions by end of the peace process that will adopt strict punishment of cattle rustlers and individuals convicted of murder.

Others who spoke in the meeting were Women Representative Joyce Emanikor, MPs Peter Lochakapong’ (Sigor) and Mark Lomunokol (Kacheliba), Turkana County Secretary Peter Eripete and Lobokat Ward MCA David Erukudi.