Leaders along the Kenya-Uganda border have resolved to allow joint troop deployment along the border to fight conflicts. The leaders say deployment in the conflict corridors in Karamoja cluster will strengthen early warning systems and also deal with criminals in pastoral region.
The area includes Karamoja, Turkana, Pokot as well as the Uganda and Kenya borders with Ethiopia and South Sudan.
Josephat Nanok, the Turkana County Governor made the call during the 42nd Lokiriama Peace Accord anniversary, held at Lokiriama location headquarters in Loima district in Kenya on Monday. It also coincided with the International Day of Peace.
Nanok says such a deployment would quell any conflicts in the area, in an effort to achieve sustainable peace. The leaders also encouraged governments to conduct and complete the disarmament process, and continue sensitizing the communities against ownership of guns and conflicts.
Mark Aol Musooka, the District Chairperson, Moroto who represented the Karamoja leaders called for the establishment of proper infrastructure and common market linkages between the two countries. According to him, this would consolidate the peace efforts.
Iyonai Lokari, a Kenyan pastoralist residing in Moroto asked the Turkana and Karamoja leaders to institutionalize the one health programme for the border communities. He says the platform implemented by Turkana, Moroto and Kotido local governments should also benefit other communities in the cluster to strengthen collaboration.
The Lokiriama Peace Accord is a peace agreement between the Turkana of Kenya and the Matheniko of Uganda in 1973, as a commitment by both parties to peaceful co-existence.