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Karamojong Elders Seek Solutions to Resolve Dispute with Kapelebyong :: Uganda Radionetwork
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Karamojong Elders Seek Solutions to Resolve Dispute with Kapelebyong

The Karamojong elders note that whereas the leadership of Kapelebyong has taken extreme measures to address the conflict, as Elders they want a peaceful measure of co-existence with the neighboring districts.
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Elders in Kotido District are seeking peaceful means to resolve the conflict between the people of Kapelebyong district and Karamojong pastoralists.

The call follows the decision by the Kapelebyong district leaders to ban pastoralists from entering Teso to graze their cattle.

The Karamojong elders note that whereas the leadership of Kapelebyong has taken extreme measures to address the conflict, as Elders they want a peaceful measure of co-existence with the neighboring districts.

John Bosco Akore, the Secretary Kotido Elders Council, told URN that although he understands the pain the people of Kapelebyong district are going through, the decision to ban pastoralists from entering Teso will escalate the conflict.

Akore says there is a need for leaders to come together from both communities and bring sustainable peace.

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Pascal Akello, the Chairperson of Karamoja Women Peace Forum says that the letters written by the district authorities in Kapelebyong indicate how much pain is inflicted on the people of Teso by the Karamojong armed warriors. 

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Mary Gorretti Kitutu, the Minister for Karamoja Affairs says that she is in discussions with the Ministry of Defense and Internal Affairs over the matter.

Kitutu noted that the conflict is majorly caused by the prolonged drought that is forcing pastoralists to move from place to place in search of water and pasture for their livestock.

She said the government is also working on the project to provide enough water dams in the region in order to minimize movements that may cause havoc among the pastoralists.

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However, Francis Akorikin, the LCV Chairperson Kapelebyong says that for now, they will maintain their position to stop Karamojong pastoralists from entering their district for five months as they seek other means.

Akorikin said the leaders of Karamoja should think of engaging their local communities to advise them to embrace peace and learn to stay with neighbors peacefully.

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Over the years, Kapelebyong, Katakwi, and Amuria districts have been the only places that the Karamojong pastoralists cross to graze their livestock during drought season.