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Dodoth, Turkana Communities Embrace Reconciliation :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Dodoth, Turkana Communities Embrace Reconciliation

The two neighboring communities made a commitment to end skirmishes and criminality at a peace reconciliation meeting held in Kalapata Sub-county, Kaabong district.
The communities of Turkana and Dodoth during the peace meeting
The Dodoth in Kaabong district and the Turkana of Kenya on Friday reconciled in order to restore peace.

The two neighboring communities made a commitment to end skirmishes and criminality at a peace reconciliation meeting held in Kalapata Sub-county, Kaabong district.

Apaa Lodomo Lodio, a kraal leader they have long been struggling to reclaim back peace but it was not easy to achieve since the two warring communities were engulfed in revenge attacks.

Lodio noted that during the peace dialogue, both communities agreed that reconciliation was the first step toward sustainable peace.  He added that as elders, they recognize the importance of building upon the dialogues and encourage the community to embrace peace so that they can embark on pastoralism.

Apaakuruk Akeno, an elder from Turkana said they have been living in peace with their friends in Karamoja.  Akeno observed that their guns were meant for protecting their animals from the raiders and killing wild animals but the community were misusing the guns.

According to Akeno, they don’t want conflicts again because guns have claimed many lives and it is high time for them to look after their cattle.

Michael Okiria noted that the reconciliation between the two communities is a great achievement for lasting solutions to cross-border peace, resource sharing, and conflict management.

Okiria also noted that the two communities share a lot in common on either side of the border which can be sustained through a conducive environment.

Okiria encouraged the community to strive for peace adding that the government is ready to support any peace efforts.

The elders from the two communities pledged to deal with some youths who might want to go contrary to the resolutions made and disturb the peace.

Both parties resolved that all leadership levels, on either side to remain focused and work hard towards the realization of peace and respond to the bigger East African Community agenda.