Uganda & Kenyan Pastoralists to Renew Peace Pact

September 16, 2013 1:05 pmComments Off on Uganda & Kenyan Pastoralists to Renew Peace Pact by:

Uganda and Kenyan pastoralists are to review an eight-year-old peace pact.
The peace pact, locally known as Lokiryam, is an agreement reached in 2005, by the Turkana pastoralists of Kenya and the Ugandan Tepeth, an ethnic group living on the slopes of Mt. Moroto over grazing rights.
The pact which is to be reviewed on the 21st of this month, by a council of traditional elders, allows the Turkana, to cross into Uganda to graze their animals during the dry season.
The date for the function, that’s to be held in Moroto town, coincides with the International Peace Day.
Lt. Jimmy Denis Omara the Third Division Army Spokesperson of the Ugandan Army told the Continent Observer that the two ethnic groups will be meeting to review the terms of the pact. He explains that the term of the pact includes which areas the Turkana are allowed to graze from and the condition of crossing the border unarmed.
Lt. Omara explains that currently the Turkana are allowed to graze their animals near the Kubebe dam in Moroto, north eastern Uganda.
Currently there are hundreds of Turkana pastoralists, from Kenya who are grazing their animals in Uganda and the outcome of the peace pact with affect their stay there.
Both Uganda and Kenya have established liaison offices in each others territory as part of the joint disarmament.
Meanwhile 16 warriors have been shot dead in clashes with the Ugandan army, since the beginning of the year.
Lt. Omara the Spokesperson of the Division responsible for disarming warriors says the 16 were either killed during direct confrontation with the army or as a result of a foiled cattle raid.
The army recovered 1568 heads of cattle, from the rustlers, 124 firearms and 1600 rounds of live ammunitions.
The warriors also killed two members of the Ugandan armed forces and stole three guns loaded with more than 100 rounds of live ammunitions.
The Ugandan army has so far recovered 31,000 illegal guns from the warriors since the launch of forceful disarmament in 2001in Karamoja region, north east of the country.
“We are still expecting to get more guns from the warriors who are staying on top of Mt. Moroto because as we speak now the disarmament exercise has only taken place from the plains” Lt. Denis Omara told the Continent Observer in an exclusive interview at the Third Division Headquarters in Moroto town close to the Kenyan border.
Omara says they estimate that more than 10,000 guns are still being kept by the warriors who are living on the Mount Moroto ranges.
The Ugandan government launched the forceful disarmament exercise in 2001 to get ride off illegal guns from the Karamojong cattle rustlers. The warriors were using the guns to raid cattle from neighboring communities.
To date relative peace, has returned to the region, giving way to investors to come into the area which was once roamed by armed warriors.
Currently investors have rushed to the area to prospect for gold and limestone.
Early this year the region was connected to the national power grid for the first time since Ugandan got Independence in 1962.

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