Ateker leaders to adopt Moruitit and Nabilatuk Resolution to stop cattle rustling

Turkana County Secretary Peter Eripete. PHOTO COURTESY

In an effort to punish and deter criminals involved in cattle rustling and to promote peace and stability in the region, leaders from Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan convened in Lokichoggio and unanimously decided to adopt the Moruitit and Nabilatuk Resolution.

Leaders agreed in the Resolution that criminals would pay three animals as compensation for each animal stolen.

In the event that human life is lost in the process, compensation will be determined by the various community traditional justice systems.

Ateker leaders to adopt Moruitit and Nabilatuk Resolution to deter cattle rustling in the region. PHOTO COURTESY

In his opening remarks, Turkana County Secretary Peter Eripete urged the leaders of the three governments to work together to adopt and implement relevant resolutions reached by communities in order to provide resilient measures for communities living along borderlands for peaceful coexistence.

“The participation of respected community elders in owning and respecting the resolutions as the case of Moruitit and Nabilatuk in the presence of their leaders goes a long way to bringing to an end to cattle rustling among our people”. CS Eripete stated.

This follows CS Eripete’s observation a few weeks ago that such resolutions, along with a number of cross-border peace-building activities, have resulted in the Government of Uganda returning 461 animals, one of the peace dividends that serves as best practice in the area.

The County Secretary also challenged administrators in Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda to tighten surveillance on peacebreakers in order to root out criminals.

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