By Governor’s Press Service Kainuk, 24th January 2020.
Turkana leaders have resolved to strengthen effort towards finding lasting peace along borders of Turkana with West Pokot and Baringo counties will not relent.
Through a resolution passed after a peace meeting held in Kainuk today; political, religious and kraal leaders, and representatives of national security agencies reaffirmed their commitment to ensuring peaceful coexistence of communities living along the Turkwel River and Suguta Valley/Lake Baringo corridors.
Addressing residents at the Kainuk Baraza Park after the meeting, Governor Nanok said the talks were meant to review peace situation and security efforts for the last one year.
“We intended to have a joint meeting with leaders and elders from West Pokot together with representatives of security agencies but our neighbours could not make it. So we sat and came up with resolutions which make it clear our stand as Turkana leaders on the campaign for peace,”
“We hope that the meeting with our neighbours, it will be important that the Pokot leaders meet and come up with a Communique and commitment so that we know that we are traveling on one road for peace,” he said.
The Governor joined residents in commending security forces in the exercise to recover illegal arms and asked that the same be extended to the border with Baringo, where cases of banditry attacks were still being reported.
He insisted that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Interior to resolve conflicts over boundaries that have contributed to a state of insecurity but encouraged free movement of people as long as the boundaries were well defined.
Governor Nanok informed residents that together with Governors Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), John Lonyangapuo (West Pokot) and Moses Lenolkulal (Samburu), they have agreed to carry out joint peace drives in the region to end conflicts and banditry attacks.
He said implementation of resettlement projects by the County Government of regions abandoned due to insecurity, will continue to support the restoration of livelihoods for the affected residents.
On the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) debate, the County boss stated his support for the report as a solution for divisive politics in the country.
Deputy Governor Peter Lotethiro urged the National government to establish permanent police posts across the volatile corridors to enforce security. County Secretary Peter Eripete encouraged all peace actors to persist in the search for peace despite occasional setbacks along the way.
On his part, Turkana South MP thanked residents of Turkana for their prayers and best wishes during a recent illness. His counterpart from Turkana East Ali Lokiru warned that the presence of illegal firearms in Tiaty was a security threat to residents of Turkana East where disarming of NPRs had left the region vulnerable to attacks.
Others who spoke were MPs Christopher Nakuleu (Turkana North), Jeremiah Lomurkai (Loima), Women Representative Joyce Emanikor, Speaker Erastus Lokaale as well as MCAs led by Leader of Majority Bethwel Lochor.
Senior County Government officials present include County Executive Esther Lokwei (Public Service, Administration, and Disaster Management), Chief Officers Gladys Arika (Administration and Disaster Management), Joseph Ekalale (Office of the Governor), Abdullahi Yusuf (Economic Planning) and Ariko Namoit (Roads and Transport); Chief of Staff Ekuwom Nakiporo, Senior Advisor for Security, Peace and Borderlands Initiatives Augustine Lokwang among others.