Governor Nanok calls for quick action to address Border Standoff between Turkana and Pokot Communities.

Kaputir, 29th July 2020 (Governor’s Press Service)

Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok has called for the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to speed up efforts to demarcate internal boundaries to address a long standing border dispute between Turkana and Pokot Communities.

Speaking during a peace celebration at Katamarukon in Kaputir ward in Turkana South Sub County, Nanok said it is the responsibility of the national government to ensure border issues are resolved in order to allow the communities to enjoy peace in the region.

“The only thorny issue that remains to be solved is that of boundary demarcation so that people can move freely to trade, farm and benefit from their resources,” Nanok said.

The Governor and his West Pokot Counterpart Prof John Lonyangapuo also witnessed the handover of 30 goats to the rightful owners as part of the efforts to demonstrate peaceful co-existence among the two communities

He categorically pointed out a meeting which was slated for March this year that flopped due to mistrust among leaders on the other side, adding that the issues of boundary is not clear until now.

Governor Nanok explained that when the Turkana leadership arrived in Kainuk in a bid to celebrate the gained peace, the Pokot leadership opted not to attend due to fear of unknown.

He urged the Pokot leadership to always be transparent because working jointly can help in resolution of many issues that touch on the lives of both communities.

While responding on the communities’ demands through the peace committees Governor Nanok came out clear that there were no resources currently available to carry out major peace initiatives, noting that the recent senate debate to slash revenue from poor counties will deny them money for development.

However, he promised to look into the issuance of a vehicle that will be used to monitor peace activities from Kainuk to Loreng’kipi areas.

On the other hand West Pokot Governor John Lonyang’apuo said that he provided a vehicle to ensure mobility of the peace committees especially to identify thieves and return stolen cattle to rightful owners, adding that a second one from Turkana County will be of help.

Turkana County Secretary Peter Eripete commended the two Governors for making sure that peace prevails between the two communities and called for a good working relationship between the peace committees.

The meeting was attended by the Turkana County CEC for Agriculture, Pastoral Economy and Fisheries Philip Aemun, CEC for Public Service, Administration and Disaster

Management Benson Lokwang, County Chief Officer for Agriculture and Land Reclamation Dr. Jacob Lolea, Chief of Staff Linus Ekuwam, Seniour Security Advisor Augustine Lokwang, Cultural Advisor Boniface Korobe, Administrators among other Government officials from both Turkana and West Pokot County.