Mark Sagal, one of the elders and resident of Rupa Sub County in Moroto district, said establishing a Technical school along the border of Turkana and Karamoja would help to cement the current peace that the two communities are enjoying.
Karimojong and Turkana pastoralists at the meeting last week.
The three pastoral communities of the Karimojong, Turkana and Pokot of Kenya
have appealed to the Kenyan and Ugandan governments to establish a technical
institution along the border to serve their children.
The issue came up during
the cross border peace meeting between the Turkana of Kenya, Tepeth,
Matheniko and Pokot of Uganda held in Namorupusi in Loima Sub County in Turkana
County in Kenya. The peace meeting was supported by Turkana County government and attended by the
governor of Turkana county Josphat Nanok and the Karamoja Affairs Minister, John
Mark Sagal, one of the elders and resident of Rupa Sub County in Moroto
district, said establishing a Technical school along the border of Turkana and
Karamoja would help to cement the current peace that the two communities are
He said the school would
benefit the children of both pastoral communities to help them get skills for
survival. “Since we handed over our guns to Uganda government, we have
lost appetite of cattle rustling and we are now enjoying peace with our
brothers the Turkana,”he said.
Peter Lopuke, another elder from Takwal in Loima
location, said a technical school was the only institution that would help
to lift the education level of the pastoralist’s children. “We are no longer in bad terms with our brothers the Karimojong, the only
challenge we are left with it’s the Pokot of Kenya. If the Kenyan government
could also remove guns from Turkana and the Pokot like what Uganda did we will
be in peace,” he said.
Jeremiah Losia, another elder from Namoruputh said the course that should be
introduced in the technical school must be of interest to pastoralists such as
animal health and crop production. Both Nanok and Byabgambi told the pastoralists that their demands will be
"Let us first wait for Uganda to finish her elections all
what you’re requesting are important programs geared towards development,"
said Byabagambi. The Karimojong and the Turkana were long-term enemies but
are now working together and have promised to stop bickering and concentrate on
More than 8,000 Turkana pastoralists with over 90,000
head of cattle, donkeys, sheep and goats are currently grazing in Uganda
following the drought that affected their region last year. However, the challenge remains on the side of Kenya between the Turkana and the
Pokot who are killing each other on daily basis as a result of cattle rustling.