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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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.
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.
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
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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Gorretti Kitutu, the Minister for Karamoja Affairs says that she is in
discussions with the Ministry of Defense and Internal Affairs over the matter.
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
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
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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.
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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years, Kapelebyong, Katakwi, and Amuria districts have been the only places that
the Karamojong pastoralists cross to graze their livestock during drought