Ugandan authorities have released 11 Turkana herders who were arrested for firearm possession five months ago.
At the official reception for the released Turkana herders at Three Division HQ in Moroto, a team from the County Government Directorate of Peace Building and a large number of elected MCAs were present.
Geoffrey Apedor, Director for Peace Building, who lead the delegation, thanked the Ugandan government for its hospitality and for agreeing to release the herders.
“We are committed to peace and we will carry out sensitization for Turkana pastoralists on the importance of peacefully coexistence with our hosts and the observance of Uganda laws,” Director Apedor said.
He noted that the County Government was committed to the crossborder peace program and highlighted Governor Jeremiah Lomorukai efforts in reaching out the Ugandan Government to foster peaceful coexistence of border communities.
Director Apedor also acknowledged Maj. Kalicha, the Kenya Liaison Officer, for his efforts in fostering a favorable working relationship between the two governments.
According to him, Turkana County has a plan to foster peaceful coexistence between neighboring communities through the execution of the Turkana County Peace Building and Conflict Management Act (2021) and the creation of peace committees for the purpose of improved planning and coordination.