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Karamoja, Sebei, and West Pokot Leaders Sign Communique


Karamoja, Sebei, and West Pokot Leaders Sign Communique
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Leaders representing Karamoja, Sebei (Republic of Uganda), and West Pokot (Republic of Kenya) have affirmed their dedication to fostering peacebuilding and co-existence. This commitment follows the signing of a joint communique on mediation and consultations among various communities, including the Pokot of West Pokot County (Kenya), Pokot of Amudat, the Sabiny, and the Pian of Nakapiripirit and Nabilatuk districts.

The decision to prioritize peace was reached after a three-day consultation and reconciliation security meeting held from the 5th to the 7th of March 2024. The gathering was organized by the Karamoja Parliamentary Group, Sebei Parliamentary Caucus, and West Pokot County administration, with support from Operations Wealth Creation, and took place at Hotel Africana in Moroto district.

During the proceedings, Hon. Peter Lokeris, Minister of State for Mineral Development, emphasized the necessity for unwavering commitment to achieving peaceful co-existence across the sub-regions. He urged all stakeholders to reject criminal activities and instead focus on initiatives aimed at building and sustaining peace.

H.E Robert Komolle, the Deputy Governor of West Pokot County in Kenya, underscored the significance of close collaboration and engagement between authorities from both sides of the border. He pledged his dedication to promoting harmonious co-existence among the affected agro-pastoral communities.

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Hon. Remigio Achia, Chairperson of the Karamoja Parliamentary Group, advocated for long-term solutions to support the Karamoja Development Strategy, emphasizing the importance of sustainable development efforts.

Hon. Chemutai Everyln, Woman Member of Parliament for Bukwo and Chairperson of the Sebei Parliamentary Caucus, hailed the signing of the joint communique as a significant milestone. She emphasized the leaders’ commitment to working together in the spirit of unity to achieve lasting security and peace.

Maj Gen Don William Nabasa, 3 Division Commander of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF), urged senior leaders to swiftly implement the resolutions outlined in the joint communique. He emphasized the potential for these actions to positively impact the communities and mitigate conflict.

Senior Commissioner of Police Elias Kasirabo, Commandant of the Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU), recommended the adoption of modern livestock rearing practices in the region to enhance the value of animal products and address challenges associated with nomadism.

The senior leaders reiterated their commitment to building partnerships based on trust, respect, and shared values. They pledged to immediately engage in security-community mobilization efforts to educate people about the positive outcomes envisioned in the joint communique.

The joint communique outlined various resolutions and strategies agreed upon by the leaders of the communities from both the Republic of Kenya and Uganda. The gathering was attended by ministers, members of parliament, military commanders, senior police officers, and other officials from both regions.

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