Ninety four livestock stolen by the Turkana from the Jie community of Uganda were Tuesday handed over to the Ugandan government.
The livestock had been stolen on December 28 last year.
The handing over of the livestock was a culmination of intensive talks between Turkana community leaders and their Uganda counterparts in Kotido District in Northern Uganda.
Turkana County Governor, Josphat Nanok, senator John Munyes, County women Rep, Joyce Emmanikor, Loima MP, Protus Akuja and Turkana County peace, Amb. Emmanuel Imana were among the leaders who led the Kenyan delegation.
The Ugandan delegation included, senior Uganda military officers and administrators among them Major Ephraim Byaruhanga.
Mr. Imana said the two governments are committed to peaceful coexistence of the two pastoral communities.
“We appreciate efforts of the Jie community of Uganda for hosting the Turkana pastoralists and we have also warned the Turkana against stealing from the Jie”, said Imana.
He said the two governments will now embark on sensitizing the two communities against cattle rustling.
Major Byaruhanga of Uganda Peoples Defence Force advised the Turkana community who live in Uganda to report any incidences of livestock theft immediately to enable the Ugandan security officers to track and recover them.
“You should not wait for four days before you report theft of your livestock”, he said.
He also warned the Turkana against taking the law into their own hands whenever disagreements arose while in Uganda.
Some 30,000 members of the Turkana community had migrated to Uganda last year in search of water and pasture for their livestock.
Some of the pastoralists have begun returning to Kenya following rains that have been experienced in Turkana County since November.
Senator Munyes said the two communities had invested in peace building over the last six years adding that the prevailing peaceful co-existence must be maintained.
On her part, Ms Emmanikor also praised the Ugandan government for allowing the Turkana to graze their livestock in Uganda. She called on the Turkana pastoralists to reciprocate the kind gesture by being law abiding while in Uganda.
By Peter Gitonga
Source: Kenya News Agency