Peace beckons in West Pokot as Kshs. Kesese dam 250M completed – KBC
For centuries, peace has been a myth in West Pokot County due to persistent water scarcity and limited grazing land leading to inter-community conflicts which at times turn deadly.
The Ksh. The 250 million Kasse peace dam in Pokot North, which is now completed, is supported to establish a truce between the Pokots and Turkanas on the Kenyan side and the Karamoja in Uganda who have been at war for a long time, effectively harming the animal husbandry which is an essential element of the region’s economic activity.
The multi-million shillings project stems from the peace initiative signed between President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart, President Yoweri Museveni in Moroto in 2019.
While inspecting the project, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution Eugene Wamalwa noted that the dam would end resource conflicts and also allow communities who migrated to Uganda in search of water to have access to water. permanent residence.
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“We hope that in August this dam will be full. This is important to us as we are preparing for the second anniversary of the Moroto Accord in September. We will have communities on both the Kenya and Uganda side, about 3 km from here, also benefiting from this dam as they benefited from the Kobebe dam in Uganda, ”said CS Wamalwa.
The government is also building two other peace dams in Turkana and Marsabit counties, which are expected to play an important role in providing access to safe drinking water and maintaining peace in the region during the dry season when conflict escalates. intensifies.
“The dam was fully funded by the Government of Kenya. It will contain 1.2 billion liters of water and will help communities in this ASAL region. The dam is also well fenced to ensure its protection and 9000 should benefit from it, ”added Micah Powon, Principal Secretary of Devolution and ASAL.
Emmanuel Robore, a resident of Kasses, says he is happy to see the project completed and will be useful for their animals and their domestic use.
He says they have long moved with their animals to Uganda where they are exposed to conflicts where many have lost their lives and livestock.
Veronica Lekuta says they used to walk 10 kilometers to Uganda to collect water, but they are happy to see the government heeded their demands.
She expects the project to not only support livelihoods, but also promote tourism and development, and protect young girls who have often been victims of early marriages and unwanted pregnancies.
She says, however, that the dam will cement the end of cattle rustling where the border community has lost its stocks to neighboring communities.