Turkana leaders hold peace meeting amid rising tensions

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Political leaders and security officers from both West Pokot and Turkana Counties held a peace meeting at Kainuk in Turkana County to try and contain tension in the area after six was people were killed by cattle rustlers last week.

In the meeting 52 goats which were stolen from Kainuk during the raid were returned to the owners with the leaders promising to help recover all the livestock still missing.

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The meeting was convened by leaders to help tone down tension that was boiling in the area after six people were killed by cattle rustlers believed to be from West Pokot.

Leaders calling on locals to preach peace and harmonious co-existence saying the killings and the raids are archaic and out of touch with the current reality.

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The Pokot leaders promised to return the remaining 66 goats stolen from Kaakong while Turkana elders promised to return 5 cows stolen from Masol in West Pokot County.

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Turkana South MP James Lomenen called on the government to arrest and prosecute the perpetrators of the banditry in the region with West pokot.

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West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo urging the government to increase security officers in the region, as well as equipping the police reservists in banditry prone areas.

West Pokot County commissioner Apollo Okello and his Turkana Central Deputy County Commissioner Alexander Mativo called on residents not to hide criminals causing insecurity in the area but report to the government.

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