Security Situation Calms In Kapoeta East County Of EES

Security situation in Kapoeta East County of EES has greatly improved after several efforts were exerted to unite neighbouring communities of Toposa in South Sudan and Turkana of Kenya, following conflicts over cross-border cattle raids, pasture and water points disagreements.

Security Situation Calms In Kapoeta East County Of EES
Titus Lokwacuma the County Commissioner of Kapoeta East briefing Gurtong [©Gurtong]
By Peter Lokale Nakimangole
TORIT, 12th June 2011 [Gurtong] –Security situation in Kapoeta East County of EES has greatly improved after several efforts were exerted to unite neighbouring communities of Toposa in South Sudan and Turkana of Kenya, following conflicts over cross-border cattle raids, pasture and water points disagreements.

The two communities live at the Nadapal-Lokichogio border of South Sudan-Kenya respectively. “In the past few years, the two groups have been engaged in endless conflicts over resources for their livestock and livelihoods,” explained Mr. Titus Lokwacuma the County Commissioner of Kapoeta East.

Speaking to Gurtong at the State Government Secretariat office after attending Governor’s meeting alongside his counterparts from 7 various Counties early this week; Mr. Lokwacuma said that communities in Kapoeta are now safe after embarking on a bottomed up and all-inclusive conflict resolution approaches shortly after taking office in May 2010 following the formation of the current EES Government.

He attributed the progress to joint efforts by the Kapoeta East County under his lead and the Turkana community leadership by gallantly initiating practical dialogue with warring pastoralist’s communities of Toposa and Turkana hence initiating a consensus.

With support from the EES Government and Turkana leadership, the commissioner managed to convince the two conflicting communities to coexist harmoniously after attending peace and reconciliation conferences for nearly a year.

Lokwacuma disclosed to Gurtong that Turkana West District Officer, Ahamed Abdarahman concluded the last successful peace and reconciliation talks at Lokichogio in Kenya on 31st May, 2011 which brought together the two conflicting parties.

He affirmed that cattle rustling cases have now drastically reduced. “I sat down with locals in their kraals, I intermingled with them and showed them the importance of peace and co-existence with neighbours,” Lokwacuma narrated techniques employed.

The commissioner said that his authority applied different tactics, among them village to village visits and talks, constructions of dams and drilling of boreholes for water storage citing the one at Jie where a dam construction was recently completed by Pact Sudan.

He assured Gurtong that most people were now readily preparing to celebrate the Independence Day for South Sudan.
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