An agreement drawn from a peace initiative dubbed ‘AMAYA’ among the Counties of Laikipia, Baringo, Samburu and Isiolo aimed at bringing tranquility in the region will be signed in June 2018.
During a meeting at Lake Bogoria Spa Resort in Baringo County, leaders from the four counties agreed that public consultations on the initiative, intended to boost peace and development in the region, be conducted first.
The Initiative would address the root cause of conflicts in the region which result in deaths and destruction. The conflicts are characterised by invasion of private farms, displacements, evictions and inter-ethnic conflicts.
In attendance were Senators Gideon Moi (Baringo), John Kinyua (Laikipia), Governors Ndiritu Muriithi of Laikipia, and Stanley Kiptis of Senators Gideon Moi (Baringo), John Kinyua (Laikipia), Governors Ndiritu Muriithi of Laikipia,among other leaders who agreed that the initiative was positive but asked for time to sensitize the public about it.
Senator Moi dismissed some Baringo MCAs who complained that the word AMAYA was derived from the Pokot community.
No matter which angle you want to look at it, our responsibility is to bring the peace that Kenyans want, not bothering about names, Senator Moi noted.
If the signing of the agreement was done on Friday, it would have seen the initiative that seeks to transform the region economically take off officially.
The four Governors were also expected to sign a S00 million deal with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Foundation which is among several other development partners who are seeking partnership with member Counties. The Foundation’s funds are focusing on developing the livestock sector.
The meeting was second after another held at Thompson Falls lodge hotel in Laikipia in September 2017.
Senator Moi said the initiative was started during the burial of former Laikipia County Senator Godfrey Kariuki popularly known as GG Kariuki, where he proposed for a lasting solution to conflicts that have affected development in the region.
Governor Muriithi noted the Amaya Triangle Initiative is implementing what is already contained in the four Counties’ Integrated Development Plans.
He added that the initiative also sought to modernise livestock sector which was the economic livelihood in the region, through adoption of modern technology like establishment of feedlots and disease free compartments.
The initiative also focuses on infrastructure, water, environment and natural resource development, tourism, cross-border trade and education.
Source: Kenya News Agency