A section of
leaders in Kotido District has lost trust in the ongoing peace security
meetings aimed at averting insecurity in the region.
Currently, the MPs across the nine districts are traversing the region seeking
better solutions to end the insecurity in Karamoja.
The peace caravan organized by the Ministry of Karamoja Affairs started on
Monday and ends on Friday in Nakapiripirit district. However, the initiative however
has met resistance from some leaders who have described it as a waste of time
Paul Lote Komol, the LCV Chairperson Kotido says the peace caravans have been
running throughout but it seems, there are not working with the raiders.
Komol said, the peace conference does not bring peace, instead it can be a
waste of time and money, particularly if the warriors themselves don’t
participate in the meeting.
Komol noted that the government has already adopted a militarized approach to
respond to insecurity and they should give them space to carry on with serious
disarmament rather than struggling with peace meetings which cause confusion.
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Ismail Lomwar, the MP Kotido municipality says that numerous meetings have been
organized at the community level to scrutinize the action to yield sustainable
disarmament and rid the region of guns but unfortunately nothing has been
Lomwar observed the Karamojong are known for their resistance culture to
governance through cattle rustling and the only way to address the crisis is
through forceful action.
He says that
several resolutions agreed upon in dialogue meetings are not followed up and this makes
the dialogues meaningless.
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However, some leaders still believe that a peace caravan would be the only way
to bail Karamoja out of insecurity.
the State Minister for Minerals and MP for Chekwii County in Nakapiripirit
district said livestock theft has become commercial and harmful because unlike
previously when tracking and recovering stolen goods was easier from known
He noted that the peace meetings are very important because it gives them an
opportunity to remind the community that they are the main causes of insecurity
and it has to be addressed by themselves.
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Faith Nakut, the Woman MP for Napak District said the peace talks are more
important because it helps to foster a culture of peace and promote
reconciliation amongst the conflicting communities.
Nakut said it’s better for the community to come up with their own local
solutions and have the trust of key stakeholders which they can influence to
successfully mediate the conflicts.
She added that the previous caravan meetings they held have yielded some results
because there was a decline in cattle raids.
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In May, a section of leaders in Karamoja organized a ten-day peace walk caravan
from Moroto to Kotido via Napak district, but the move didn’t meet its intended
target as warriors continue terrorizing the region.