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Karamoja, Turkana Pastoralists Resolve to Share Grazing Land

The three communities were also cautioned against gender-based violence and any form of fights at the grazing land or kraals. They were tasked to report any form of misunderstandings to kraal leaders for possible resolution and promote inter-border vaccination of all animals among others.
A shepherd attending to his animals in Nadunget Sub County.

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Pastoral communities of the Matheniko in Moroto, the Jie in Kotido and their counterparts- the Turkana from Kenya have resolved to share pastures and water as dry season sets in.

In a meeting on Tuesday held at Kobbebe, one of the biggest dams that waters thousands of animals from the three communities in Rupa sub-county Moroto district, the leaders agreed that while sharing natural resources is good, guns are prohibited.

The three communities were also cautioned against gender-based violence and any form of fights at the grazing land or kraals. They were tasked to report any form of misunderstandings to kraal leaders for possible resolution and promote inter-border vaccination of all animals among others.

Last year, violent scenes including shootings, use of machetes and thefts of animals rocked pastoral communities in Kotido, Kaabong and Moroto. This forced security officials in Karamoja to design new measures to curb the conflict.

The three pastoral groups at Kobebe were given different directions for grazing and watering animals.

Rose Adero, the Moroto District Speaker and a member of Karamoja Women Forum says the agreement was reached to cause relief amongst the pastoral communities.

“We have always had a lot of pressure from our friends; the Turkana and the Jie when it comes to sharing the little resources.  This time, we didn't need to take any chances since we saw what happened last year. Am glad that all the parties agreed to live in harmony” she said.

Dan Manjori Apollo, the LC3 chairperson Rupa sub-county, said that they will play their part in ensuring that the resolutions are adhered to.  He also cautioned the Turkana against carrying guns.

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Emoit Losuru, a member of Matheniko clan, noted that while the agreement is welcome, possession of illegal firearms must be rejected and guarded carefully to enable the clans graze harmoniously.

While the Turkana from Kenya move to Moroto and other parts of Karamoja, in search of pastures and water for animals, the Karimojong pastoralists also move towards Teso and Lango areas for the same.

In some instances, their movement has resulted into conflicts with the host communities as animals wander to different directions.