Nomads told to surrender their arms
25 April 2012, 15:15
Nomadic pastoralists living in the arid and semi-arid areas in the country have been called upon to surrender all the illegal arms in their possession.
While reading the speech from the Minister for Provincial Administration and Internal Security, Hon.George Saitoti, during the opening of a two-day sensitization workshop on the dis armament of the armed nomadic pastoralists in Nakuru today, the Assistant Minister Simon Lesirma directed them to give in their small arms,light weapons and ammunitions to the police.
Lesirma said the proliferation of the arms in these regions in the Arid and Semi-Arid regions has occassioned constant insecurity incidents. This he noted has stalled the development progress of the communities hence continued struggle for the scarce resources.
In order to fast track growth in these regions, he called upon the residents to give in all the arms they illegally posses and engage in the income generating projects to sustain themselves.
At the same time,he noted the need for cooperation from other neighboring countries in the efforts to disarm the pastoralists communities and promote peace.
He said as a joint initiative through the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region created by 11 member states,the leaders have committed themselves to work towards ending insecurity adding that that as a country on its own cannot fully sustain peace without the support of our neighbouring countries.
He said under the Programme of Action initiated through the ICGLR, they have established 12 border security zones spread across the North West Kenya,North East Uganda,South East Uganda and Ethiopia,making up the Karamoja,Zone 3.
As a result of the Karamoja,Zone 3,the member states collectively aim at facilitating practical disarmament as recommended by the Regional Centre of Small Arms.
While representing the Permanent Sectretary for Provincial Administration and Internal Security, Mutea Iringo,Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Osman Warfa,identified the requirement of enormous resources to deal with conflicts and crime in the ASALs.
He identified peace builiding,conflict prevention and peaceful resolutions as key steps towards reducing violence,poverty and promoting economic growth.
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