The County Government is committed and supportive on livelihoods partnership programs that are meant to improve the socio-economic well being of the people of living at the Karamoja cluster who are largely pastoralist,County Secretary Peter Eripete has said.
The programmes,he said,should consider the unique scenario of residents, through structured win-win plan that can allow free movement of pastoralist as well as reduce conflict,among worrying communities through construction of peace building structures that can even be used during the dry season.
Speaking today when he officially opened a two-day Karamoja Transhumance Corridor Development Workshop in Lodwar,CS Eripete briefed participants on steps taken by the County Government including construction of roads and One Health programmes that he said helped reduce conflict by 80% ,and further enabled return of stolen livestock without security agencies involvement.
He lauded IGAD and GIZ organizations for supporting drawing of the programme that he said was fully addressing challenges facing pastoralist who perennially migrate along the border unlike the previous one’s that had put much emphasis on the urban population.
The workshop which has drawn participants from Kenya,Uganda and Djibouti is meant to validate the proposed Karamoja Transhumance Corridor Development Plan which provides planners with guidelines that can be channeled to promote and enhance the livelihoods of local communities, mobile pastoral population needs on watering, grazing and accessibility to social amenities.
The transhumance corridor plan outlines the available resource within the migratory routes, the gaps in the infrastructure within those routes and ways of addressing the infrastructure gaps.
County Executive for Agriculture,Pastoral and Fisheries Philip Ebei Aemun noted that mapping of the migratory routes on Sub-Counties had already been undertaken and expressed optimism that the master-plan being developed would bring socio-economic transformation to the region,enhance mobility of herders and stem out endemic diseases.
Others who spoke included County Chief Officer for Livestock Abdulahi Yusuf and IGAD’s Karamoja Cross-border Development coordinator Dominic Lokeris,among others.