A delegation from the county led by Prof. John Lonyangapuo attended peace and security meeting chaired by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i at Tot in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The meeting was convened following the recent killings along the borderlines of West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Baringo counties. CS Matiang'i announced the deployment of a special Deputy County Commissioner in charge of areas affected by insecurity across the three counties. This, the CS said, will ensure effective coordination during the exercise to restore peace.
Governor Prof. John Lonyangapuo welcomed the construction of a police station at Chesegon among other measures announced by the CS today. He applauded the peace committees along the border who have been very instrumental in peace building along the Kerio River basin.
Earlier on in the week, Governor Lonyangapuo held a fruitful meeting with Hassan Ismail, Kenya Country Representative for Interpeace and Dr. Sellah King'ori from National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kapenguria.
Dr. King’ori hinted at the need for peace building initiatives to embrace a multi-faceted approach to achieve stability along the border areas.
The team further held meetings with Kraal Elders from Tiaty and Turkana East and their counterparts from West to benchmark on Peace Building Programs which have worked in bringing lasting peace at West Pokot and Turkana counties borderlines. The forum was convened by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) in partnership with Inter-Peace. The county boss said that the three-day meeting held at Orwa will not only play a crucial role in achieving peace, but also ensure that the communities own the initiatives.
Kraal elders play a crucial role in the community and the decision to bring them aboard the peace building train is highly welcomed. Today, I witnessed the signing of Orwo Peace Accord by elders from Tiaty and Turkana East. The six-member committee inked their signatures on the peace agreement as a sign of commitment after a three-day interactive session with their counterparts from West Pokot and Turkana counties.