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Janet Wants Regional Cattle Rustlers Disarmed

ailment http://cousinscandy.net/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/tag.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>While Karamoja has successfully been disarmed and reset on the course of reconstruction, for sale http://crossfitnaples.com/wp-content/plugins/nextgen-gallery/products/photocrati_nextgen/product.photocrati_nextgen.php she said, http://compuaprende.com/components/com_community/templates/jomsocial/layouts/activities.profile.php her neighbouring Turkana and Pokot tribes in north western Kenya remain armed and a potential threat to the hard-earned peace and stability in the region.

She made the remarks during the launch of the donor funded Karamoja Cluster Project that seeks to consolidate the outcomes of the end of a four decade crisis in the Northern region.

The event was held at Hotel Africana in Kampala with Governors Peter Ekai Lokoel of Turkana County and Simon Kachapin of West Pokot in attendance.

Mrs Museveni said the people of Karamoja had sacrificed dearly by agreeing to hand in their arms yet their neighbours had not proceeded at the same pace.

“If there is a lesson we wish our neighbouring friends could learn from us, it is to disarm, disarm and please disarm completely,” she said in her statement delivered by Dr Robert Limlim, Director Northern Uganda Social Action Fund (NUSAF).

“This is the first step toward stabilisation of our region and we have seen it work in Karamoja.”

“When illegal arms remain in the hands of civilians, all efforts toward restoration of peace go to waste.”

The Kenyan governors concurred in their submissions that people of Turkana and Pokot remain hostile but hastened to blame this on the mistakes of both their home government and colonial history.

“The colonial masters closed Turkana from all opportunities and kept it marginalised in terms of infrastructure and development, because it had no coffee and tea to export,” explained Governor Ekai.

“The worst however happened after independence when the area was clustered among Kenya’s Low Potential areas. Because people could not access modernity, the ground for the law of the jungle was set. All that remained was the animosity that we have seen.”

Janet emphasised at the event that Karamoja too had been engulfed in widespread bloodshed for decades, and was almost doomed to self distraction.

“It was complete turmoil. Barely 5 years ago, cattle wrestling was the order of the day in Karamoja. Vengeance upon counter-vengeance, thousands lost lives,” she noted.

“But thankfully the past is now behind us, and we don’t want anyone to draw us to that past again.”

The Ruhaama county MP further advised the neighbours to emulate the Karamajong’s ability to enhance and embrace community participation in peace building processes.

She said this was a strong pillar during and after the disarmament process.

“Again Karamajong have been seen to mobilize themselves, identify wrong elements, provide solutions, volunteer as LDUs while some have given their lives for the same of peace,” she said.


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