John Nangiro, the LC5 chairperson of Nakapiripirit district, emphasized the need for urgent peace dialogues with the aggrieved pastoralists before they migrate back to prevent possible revenge attacks.
Local leaders in South
Karamoja are advocating for peace dialogues between the warring communities of
Pokot in Amudat and neighboring districts. In August 2023, joint security
forces sealed off Amudat district and banned Pokot pastoralists from grazing in
neighboring districts due to escalating insecurity caused by Pokot armed
Currently, over 30,000 pastoralists from West
Pokot in Kenya have been grazing their livestock jointly with Pokot in Amudat
in the neighboring districts of Nakapiripirit, Nabilatuk, and Kween. However,
the shortage of pasture and water in Amudat district has forced the
pastoralists to drive their livestock back to Kenya, raising concerns among
South Karamoja authorities about possible retaliation attacks.
John Nangiro, the LC5 chairperson of the Nakapiripirit district, emphasized the need for urgent peace dialogues with the
aggrieved pastoralists before they migrate back to prevent possible revenge
attacks. Nangiro expressed their fear, as it has been a common practice for
Pokot pastoralists to evacuate their animals before launching an attack in a
He stressed the importance of coexisting with
Pokot communities as long as they accept peace and seek permission before
accessing land for grazing. Nangiro called for a peace dialogue and urged
leaders in Amudat district to take the initiative to resolve issues amicably.
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John Lopus, a Karita town council LC V
councilor, noted that although there are a few wrong elements in the Pokot
community, it is not fair to label everyone in Amudat as cattle thieves. He
called on security forces to use intelligence to identify criminals rather than
punishing the entire community. Lopus also urged security forces to consider
returning impounded cows to the community during operations to track raided
cows from the Nakapiripirit district.
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Joseph Lobot, the LC5 chairperson of Amudat
district, pointed out that the Pokot communities are unsettled due to evictions
from neighboring districts. He cited losses of about 2000 cows to neighboring
districts during the evictions. Lobot called for roundtable discussions with
leadership from neighboring districts to find solutions to end the conflict and
criticized security forces for impounding cows, which he believes fuels revenge
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Betty Akello Otekat, the Amudat Resident
District Commissioner, confirmed the Pokot migration and asserted that the
pastoralists are fleeing pressure from security forces to embrace peace. Akello
stressed the importance of Pokot communities surrendering illegal guns to the
government for peaceful coexistence with their neighbors.
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In a related incident
on September 17, 2023, a UPDF soldier went on a shooting spree and killed over
40 cows he was assigned to graze from the Moruita-protected kraal in
Nakapiripirit. These cows were part of the 291 cattle impounded on September 9
following a raid in the Nakapiripirit district that resulted in the killing of
three security personnel on a tracking mission.