Kenyan Leaders In Moroto For Tips On Water Harvesting

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In short
Leaders from Kenya’s Turkana region were in Moroto on Thursday to meet district leaders in an effort to find effective solutions to chronic water crisis that has led to loss of lives and livestock. Water shortages in Turkana region have fuelled migration of over 20,000 pastoralists into Uganda’s Moroto district since 2009.

Leaders from Kenya’s Turkana region were in Moroto on Thursday to meet district leaders in an effort to find effective solutions to chronic water crisis that has led to loss of lives and livestock.

Water shortages in Turkana region have fuelled migration of over 20,000 pastoralists into Uganda’s Moroto district since 2009.

Geoffrey Eyanai Kaituko, the Speaker for Turkana Assembly, says it’s a disgrace for a nation like Kenya to see most of its people migrating in search of water. He explains that the disturbance caused by water shortages was an issue leading to rampart livestock theft in the Karamoja cluster. He notes that his delegation to Uganda was to find out how government has catered for the pastoralists. He adds that with the findings on the ground in Moroto, they will begin by damming some rivers.

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Patrick Lokaimoi, a member of the Assembly, applauds the move by the Uganda government to provide water for livestock. He says building dams in Turkana will reduce on the existing conflicts in the Northern part of Kenya. He adds that the conflicts have claimed several lives during the search for pasture and water back home. He notes that with the study carried out in Uganda, funds will be mobilized to harvest water for the Turkana pastoralists. He appeals to the Uganda government to continue providing the Turkana with water and pasture for their livestock.

Nahaman Ojwee, the Moroto Resident District Commissioner, asked the Kenyan leaders to build dams for their pastoralists saying it will reduce on conflicts. He asked the Kenya government to fight arms proliferation in the Karamoja region adding that Kenya was still rife with guns.

So far, Government has constructed Longoromit, Arecek and Kobebe dams to act as multipurpose facilities. The dams have addressed severe migration and agriculture needs in Karamoja.

 

About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.