Kenya, Uganda vow to end gun violence in Karamoja-Turkana region

With the ongoing criminality that has been seen going on in the regions of Karamoja and Turkana in the inter-pastoral communities, Uganda and Kenya have agreed to end it. 

This happened after the meeting was held after the Senior leaders from both Karamoja and Turkana County made their commitments during the joint cross-border security meetings and community engagements at Moroto district and Kobebe Mega Valley Dam respectively. 

The joint cross-border security meeting was co-chaired by His Excellence Jeremiah Lomurkai the Governor of Turkana County who also led the Kenyan Delegation to Uganda and Mr George William Wopuwa the Resident District Commissioner, (RDC) Moroto.

“I’m sure we have planned disarmament operations and have the support from HE William Sameo Ruto, Kenya’s President,” said Jeremiah.

”I want to thank the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander in Chief of the UPDF Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for allowing us to graze and share natural resources,” he added. 

The Woman Member of Parliament for Moroto Hon Stella Atyang acknowledged the signing of numerous MOUs against disarmament by both countries. Furthermore, She appealed to the Turkana County leadership to retrieve and revisit some of the MoUs to form modalities and disarm their locals.

The Turkana County Commissioner Mr Jacob Ouma said that the planned disarmament operations shall be done systematically. “We are empowering the Kenya Police to ensure that the issue of guns marauding in illegal hands comes to an end,” he said.

He further said that mobilization is ongoing among other things, to fulfil and attain President Ruto’s directive. “With a joint mechanism, it’s possible to remove illegal guns and those characters in the name of Turkana shall be handled,” Ouma said.

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