Josephat Nanok the governor of Turkana County said conducting a joint cross border animal vaccination would cement the current peace that has prevailed over among the two former worrying communities.
Minister of Karamoja affairs John Byabagambi chart with Turkana Govenor Josephat Nanok at the cross border peace meeting in Lokiriama
three neighbouring pastoralists community, the Karimojong of Uganda, Turkana
and the Pokot of Kenya have welcomed the move by the two governments of
Kenya and Uganda to carry out a joint animal vaccination with the move to
fight animal disease along the border corridors.
The two countries announced the plan during the cross border meeting between
the Karimojong, Turkana and the Kenya west Pokots in Lokiriama location in
Josephat Nanok the governor of Turkana County said conducting a joint cross
border animal vaccination would cement the current peace that has prevailed
over among the two former worrying communities.
He said Kenya and particularly his Turkana government is committed to ensuring
that the pastoralists both in Uganda and Kenya will not lose their livestock
due to animal disease as they graze together at the border.
“When Uganda is carrying on animal vaccination, we shall also join them to
provide logistics medicine and the manpower so that both animals in the border
are vaccinated,” he said.
John Byabagambi the minister in charge of Karamoja affairs said the joint
animals vaccinations is in line with the Memorandum of understanding that
President Museveni and President Uhuru Kenyatta in Karamoja 2019. He advised the
two Pastoralists community to guard the current peace jealously.
"Utilize the current peace to create change in your household income,” he
Peter Eripet a pastoralist in Loima border of Karamoja and Turkana said the
move was a good gesture and it will rescue their animals.
He said the joint animals vaccination will also represent the true East Africanism.
"We are very happy with this move by the two countries infect this has
been long overdue," he said.
Jeremiah Losike another pastoralist from Lokicodio in Kenya emphasized
that Karamoja will enjoy everlasting peace of only Kenya could accept to
disarm the armed Turkana and West Pokot Kenyans.
"What we are only crying to Kenya government is that please remove guns
from our brothers the Turkana and the West Pokot pastoralists so that we can
live in peace," he said.
Adyama the resident district commissioner Amudat said the joint border animal
vaccination will boost coexistence among the three neighbouring pastoralist's
Previously the two pastoralist communities of Turkana and Karimojong were not
seeing eye to eye over cattle rustling.
currently, they are in good relations after the government succeed in disarming
the Karimojong pastoralists.