Conflict management in Rift Valley
05 November 2012, 15:48
The Government has embarked on a strategic conflict mitigation programme in areas prone to community conflict in the expansive Rift Valley Province.
Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner (PC) Osman Warfa said that, through 65 District peace Committees across Rift Valley Province, the Government had established a conflict early warning monitoring Short Message System(AMANI 108) where citizens suspecting potential conflict can easily access and report to security agents.
Addressing 20 ambassadors to Kenya from 20 African countries who had paid him a courtesy call in his office, the PC pointed out that a disarmament programme initiated by the Provincial security committee has recently been facing a challenge.
He noted with concern that neighboring Uganda and Ethiopia Governments were not equally committed to a mutual disarmament exercise leading to proliferation of fire arms among Kenyan Communities living in areas bordering the countries.
The PC appealed to the residents of North Rift to desist from engaging in conflict over some areas where administrative boundaries are not clearly marked but instead engage in to dialogue to resolve such issues.
He also noted that there has been conflict between the Turkana and the Pokot communities in recent weeks over the Turkwel Hydroelectric power as each of them has claimed ownership of the infrastructure and appealed to relevant authorities to assist his office to quickly address the boundary dispute.
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