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POLICE RESERVISTS INCREASED ON BORDER AFTER DEADLY RAIDS

Police reservists have been increased in the border of Turkana and Pokot following attacks that led to the deaths of more than 20 people in the past two months.

Deputy county commissioner for Loima Charles Igiha said additional security officers had been sent to the area for quick response.

County police boss Emmanuel Karisa and officials from police headquarters have been patrolling the border in a helicopter.

The officials have been surveying areas for establishment of anti-stock theft police camps.

Mr. igidha said Kwotoruk location would be considered first due to a high concentration of livestock in the area as a result of abundant pasture and its closeness to River Turkwel.

In the past week, raiders attacked villages in Turkana West, Turkana South, Turkana East and Loima, stealing hundreds of animals.

They killed vilagers and injured others, including a pregnant woman. The woman was admitted to Lodwar District Hospital with a bullet in her abdomen. Last weekend, leaders from Turkana accused the government of laxity in replacing security officers who left to work at oil exploration sites.

Turkana Senatoe John Munyes, Deputy Governor Peter Lokoel, Turkana South MP James Lomenen and Turkana West MP Daniel Nanok said they would mobilise residents to interrupt oil exploration if the situation at the border was not stabilized in seven days.

They said the county had inadequate police officers, leading to poor coordination of response during attacks.

“Kakong was attacked on Friday near Nakwamoru General Service Unit camp and we lost two people,” said Senator Munyes.

Source: Daily Nation Monday, 2014 July 2014

 

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

WEST POKOT DAIRY FARMERS BENEFIT FROM MILK COOLERS

Dairy farmers in West Pokot are set to boost their milk productivity following the purchase of two cooling machines by the county government.

The coolers, each with a capacity of 5,000 litres, cost the county government Sh25 million.

While dispatching the machines to the highlands of Lelan and Tapach, West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin encouraged farmers to produce more milk and make use of the coolers.

 “These machines will help minimise wastage because they are capable of preserving the produce before delivery. Farmers can now take fresh milk to processing plants without worrying that it might have gone bad,” said Mr Kachapin.

He observed that Eldoret airport, which is currently under-utilised could be used to transport processed milk products overseas.

Sina Dairy Farmers Association chairman Samuel Lotim said the coolers would help reduce milk spoilage, which had cost farmers millions of shillings.

 “Farmers have in the past incurred heavy losses, especially during the rainy season when our roads are impassable. Now we have a reason to celebrate because we can keep our milk fresh until the point of delivery,” said Lotim.

 He added that dairy farmers were now motivated to produce more milk, but urged the government to buy more coolers and distribute them across the entire county.

“We are motivated by the efforts of the county government to support us. The coolers will help preserve our milk before we supply to the processors,” he said.

County Executive for Livestock Josiah Cheruiyot encouraged the dairy farmers to rear high-yielding breeds since the milk handling capacity had increased.

 Meanwhile, fruit and vegetable farmers from Lomut in West Pokot have complained about the pathetic state of roads linking them to markets. “Vehicles get stuck on the muddy roads while large gullies hinder them from reaching the farms. This has cost us dearly,” said Lumusin Sidane, a mango farmer. He singled out the Marich-Lomut-Chesegon road as one of the worst.

Source: The Standard Tuesday, August 12th 2014

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

ALARM RAISED OVER INCREASED CASES OF MALNUTRITION IN WEST POKOT

A civil society organization working in West Pokot County has raised concern over a sharp increase in malnutrition cases among children in the region.

 In a research conducted in June this year, Action Against Hunger (ACH), a non-governmental organization working in semi-arid regions established the rise in the cases adversely affecting children below the age of five.

West Pokot County ranks among the most affected regions nationally with about 43.7 percent of children suffering from chronic malnutrition.

 This is above the national figure of 35 percent as nutritionists attribute the trend to prolonged dry spell that has occasioned acute food shortage and high poverty index besides low literacy levels.

While addressing stakeholders during a two day workshop on scaling up nutrition held in Kapenguria, Leah Chelobe, a nutritionist attached to ACH, warned that the challenge requires quick intervention.

She noted that the high malnutrition rate needs to be reduced to atleast below the national figure to reduce mortality rates.

She disclosed that about 20 cases of chronic malnutrition were reported at Kapenguria District Hospital in June adding that the figure had doubled compared to the previous year.

“Most households have been affected by hunger as a result of prolonged drought hence they lack sufficient food to sustain them with children bearing the greatest brunt,” she pointed out.

Chelobei challenged the government to make a special budget for nutrition sector in the next financial year to help deal with the problem in pastoral areas.

Noting that pastoral communities were the most affected according to a report by World Health Organization (WHO), Chelobei urged the government to put more efforts in containing the problem.

 Source: The Standard Wednesday, August 27th 2014

 

 

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2014 in INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

 

150 NOMADIC FAMILIES LEAVE THEIR MANYATTAS FOR LIFE IN STONE HOUSES

Having lived in a manyatta for 40 years, Katoliki Nasiangumi was excited at the thought of moving into a big, modern house.

Her family was among 150 households that were relocated by the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) to pave the way for the construction of a 280-megawatt power plant.

The firm had discovered that they were sitting on a huge geothermal reservoir at Ololongonot Village in Olkaria, Naivasha, and decided to move them elsewhere to give way for exploitation of the resource.

“I have never lived in a stone house before,” she said on Thursday as she packed her belongings, surrounded by her 12 children.

“All my life I have been surrounded by these small manyattas and I do not know how it feels to be inside a stone house.”
Although she was excited, she was anxious for she was about to begin a new life different from what she had been used to for decades.

“My kitchen has been a small mud-walled and grass-thatched structure and I normally cook with fire wood,” she said. “I do not even know how to switch on a light bulb.”

The transition is expected to be a culture shock for Nasiangumi and her fellow villagers, for they will have to abandon their nomadic Maasai life for a more settled existence in their new permanent houses built on 1,700 acres of Kedong Ranch, outside the Olkaria Power Generating Plant.

Maasai community chairman Maenga ole Kisotu said the social change could prove to be a big challenge to the families as many had got accustomed to the manyatta lifestyle.

“We told them what to expect,” he said. “We now wish that they will not do funny things in their houses like cooking with fire wood on the floor or keeping their animals inside the house.”

The company had built sheds, locally known as kraals, for the animals, he added. He advised the families against ruining the houses.
“We hope that the Maasai will respect the fact that they were chosen among the few to get the houses.”

KenGen Chief Executive Officer Albert Mugo said the relocation was successful because the community supported.
“We want to thank the stake holders for their engagement and consensus building. This has helped us to complete the exercise.

“The compensation covers land, disturbance allowances, the cost of replacing business-generating structures and the loss of rental income for landlords,” he said.

Each of the families was moving into a three-room house built on a one-acre plot. The houses are complete, with a kitchenette, a toilet and latrine, and each was built at a cost of Sh2.5 million.

Some families bought new furniture and bedding for their new houses.

“We did not want to carry old and worn out things in our new houses, hence we decided to buy new furniture,” said Nasiangumi.

SOCIAL AMENITIES

The new settlement has social amenities including a school, a dispensary and a communal meeting hall. It also has three churches. For their livestock, a cattle dip was constructed for the families.

Some said they would abandon the nomadic lifestyle for modern education. “We are now ready to have our children go to school. 
“KenGen has given us a school that is complete with teachers and a modern library,” said Naomi Masienga.

She said their children had been given a chance to compete with learners in other parts of the country.
The community will jointly own a title deed for the houses.

KenGen is expected to commission the 280-megawatt plant by the end of the year.

Source: Daily Nation Monday, August 24, 2014

 

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

CATTLE RECOVERED AS LEADERS SEEK PEACE

Police have recovered over 400 heads of cattle stolen during a conflict in Koom area, bordering Isiolo and Samburu counties where four people were killed.

 Herders from Borana Isiolo and Samburu clashed recently as they scrambled for pasture and water for their livestock following persistent drought.

Samburu County Police Commandant Patrick Wambane said 417 heads of cattle and seven donkeys have been recovered.

Wambane said police are still pursuing other livestock stolen during the bloody clash.

Local herders claimed over 2,000 livestock were stolen, however, Kenya Red Cross Society gives a contradicting figure of 300. The livestock were recovered in the wilderness and the owners are not yet known. I urge residents who lost their livestock to turn up and identify them, “he said. Samburu County leaders visited the area and urged local herders to embrace peace and share the available resources since the persistent drought is a natural calamity‘.

 However, the leaders blamed their Isiolo counterparts for failing to urge their residents to embrace peaceful coexistence. Samburu East MP Raphael Lentimalo said the police should ensure all stolen livestock are recovered and handed back to the owners as they seek peace.

Source: The Standard Saturday, August 23rd 2014

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

HERDERS OPPOSE SH10B DAM ON EWASO NG’IRO RIVER

HERDERS OPPOSE SH10B DAM ON EWASO NG’IRO RIVER

Pastoralists from Isiolo, Samburu and Laikipia counties trekked to Archers Post to raise an objection to the Government’s plan to construct a mega dam on the Ewaso Ng’iro River. The pastoralists spent days walking in a campaign dubbed ‘Walk and Sing for Ewaso Ng’iro River’. The caravan from Isiolo — which included a woman and her two children — trekked for three days from Merti to the venue, while those from Laikipia’s Lekiji area took two days and those from Samburu, one day. Send message Under the umbrella of Ewaso Ng’iro River Users Empowerment Platform, the pastoralists stated that they are opposed to the construction of the Sh10 billion twin dam at Crocodile Jaw and Ngarendare areas by the National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation. “Ewaso Ng’iro is our lifeline and without it, the pastoralists living downstream will perish. We want to send a message to the national government that we are opposed to this project which has no benefit for us,’’ said Salad Tutana of the Merti Integrated Development Programme.

Source: The Standard Monday, August 19th 2013

 

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

LIVESTOCK QUARANTINED AFTER DISEASE OUTBREAK

A quarantine has been imposed in Pokot South sub-county to contain the spread of foot and mouth disease. A notice from sub-county veterinary officer Charles Chebet said that the disease had been detected in some parts of Lelan and Tapach wards of Pokot South where some livestock had been diagnosed with the disease. He directed that Chepkono, Kabichbich And Kamelei livestock markets be closed indefinitely. The quarantine bars the movement of cattle, goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys as well as their products.
Source: Daily Nation Thursday August 21, 2014

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2014 in Uncategorized