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Turkana-Pokot Peace Meeting

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A peace meeting was held on 3rd and 4th March 2014 between the Turkana and Pokot at the Racecourse Inn Hotel- Eldoret. Among the key highlights agreed upon during this meeting that would contribute to peace and end conflict along the Turkwel Gorge between both communities were:

  • Peaceful disarmament to be carried out by the national government to deprive the raiders (both pokots and Turkanas) of weapons to fight/attack their neighbors.

  • Compensation was introduced for the animals stolen or innocent people killed such that for every one animal stolen and not recovered, the community from which the raiders come from will return 5 animals and for every innocent person killed, the other community where the raider comes from would pay 40 cows or 200 goats aside from the normal court process taking place.

  • They also emphasized on resource sharing and agreed on issues of boundary determination between Pokots and Turkanas be left to the National Government.

This was the 5th peace meeting held between the Pokot and Turkana communities under the Kenya Red cross Society’s (KRCS) support. Since the onset of the peace meetings in December 2013, there has been a drastic improvement on security along Turkwel Gorge Corridor thus the peace meetings have contributed to reduced incidences of cattle rustling, raids and killings of people.

The next meeting is scheduled to bring the warriors from both communities together at Turkwel. Also elected leaders will meet and a memorandum of understanding between the Pokots and Turkana is expected to be developed.