What is behind the Uganda-Kenya joint operations to end gun violence in Karamoja and Turkana?

Uganda and Kenya authorities have resolved to end abomination and gun violence among inter-pastoral communities in both Karamoja Sub–Region and Turkana County in Kenya.

On Friday 11th November 2022 during joint cross-border security meetings where senior leaders from both Karamoja and Turkana County And the community engagement,  commitments were made.

in Moroto District and Kobe big Valley Dam.

This meeting was 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 abiding we have planned disarmament operations and have the support from HE William Sameo Ruto, Kenya’s President,” answered Jeremiah.

He added: ” I choose to acknowledge the President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander in Chief of the UPDF Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni for accepting us to erode  and dividing out accustomed resources.”

He also apprenticed chief leaders from either facet to reinforce the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) active amid President Museveni and Uhuru Kenyatta, the above President of the Republic of Kenya.

The Woman Member of Parliament for Moroto Hon Stella Atyang is accustomed to the signing of abundant MOUs adjoining disarmament by both countries.

She appealed to the Turkana County administration to retrieve and revisit any time of the MoUs to anatomy modalities and conciliate their locals.

The RDC of Moroto commune acclaimed that the Turkana annually move over to the Ugandan area in the chase for affirmation and baptize that there is no close and adapted apparatus which prevents them from entering with actionable guns.

“We are actually attending at an accepted apparatus which shall be followed by the Turkana Pastoralists while they access Uganda in the chase for affirmation and baptism to ensure which there is accord and acceptable accord in the Karamoja Sub-region,” the RDC stressed.

The Turkana County Commissioner Mr Jacob Ouma said that the planned disarmament operations shall be done systematically. “We are allotting the Kenya Police to ensure that the affair of accoutrements, burglary in action, easily come to an end,” he said.

He explained which mobilization is advancing amid added things, to accomplish and attain President Ruto’s directive. “With a collective mechanism, it’s accessible to abolish actionable accoutrements and those characters in the name of Turkana shall be handled,” Ouma said.

In his remarks, 3 Division Commander Brig Gen Joseph Balikudembe acclaimed which abundant as the “Usalama Kwa Wote” operations have registered meaningful achievements back in July 2021, the arena connected to aces signals on rearmament which undermines absolute pacification. “For about bristles years, Karamoja communities have connected to acceptance weapons and ammunition from move bedfast breeze and battle with safety armament amid added sources,” remarked Brig Gen Balikudembe.

Brig Gen Joseph Balikudembe, 3 Division Commander addresses delegations, Turkana and Matheniko pastoralists communities all through a collective safety affair at Kobebe Mega Valley Dam in Moroto.

The 3 Division Commander who also doubles as the Chairperson of the Joint Defence Committee (JDC) launched on 26th Oct 2022, amid UPDF and Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), whose goal is in accomplishing action charcoal optimistically which any time of the cross-border challenges shall be addressed.

Samuel Ndanyi, Turkana County Police Commander alluded that the safety has already mapped out areas in Turkana and Baringo Counties for disarmament operations.

Later, the chief leaders visited and had an assurance with pastoralist communities, Matheniko of Moroto who are co-existing with Turkana of Kenya at Kobebe Mega Valley Dam.

Addressing the pastoral communities, the Governor of Turkana answered that President Ruto had promised to end abomination and conciliate all citizens with actionable guns.

He added: ” Turkana County administration is committed to marshall abutment for acceptable safety advance so that our humans can live an acceptable life.”

It appears that the Turkana County Government has affairs to activate payments to raise the architecture of a baptized mega basin Dam; agnate to the Kobebe dam in Uganda.

The RDC for Napak Mr Okori Denis reaffirmed the Uganda Governments charge to ensure safety in the sub-region.

The affair was also abounding by the MP Jie County Hon Loki Abraham, Deputy 3 Division Commander Brig Gen Felix Busizori, CP Police Elias Kasirabo, the Commandant ASTU and ACP Francis Chemusto, RPC Mount Moroto.

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