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The prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act no.32 of 2011

An act of parliament to prohibit the practice of female genital mutilation,to safeguard against violation of person’s mental or physical integrity through the practice of female genital mutilation and for connected purposes.

“Female genital mutilation “comprises all procedures involving partial or total removal of the female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs,or any harmful procedure to the female genitalia ,for non-medical reasons.

 

 

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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in latest news, Uncategorized

 

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Cattle rustling is slowly becoming a life style

The vicious conflicts between Pokot and Turkana communities have been attributed to the long standing boundary and resource tussle in the area. The land in question, which emanates from Marich Pass area, 194 kilometres to Lodwar and Kainuk, is joined with the Turkwel River, which is rich with fertile soils that has seen CSOs attempt to encourage both parties to practice subsistence farming. Areas around Turkwel, including Amolem, Takaywa, Sarmach, Nyangaita, Alale, Lokiriama and Ombolion are among the worst hit, with close to 30 deaths reported in the past four months. Turkana leaders on the other hand are battling it for land situated in Kapedo, where 21 police officers and three civilians were recently killed by bandits and their firearms stolen.
The two communities have been fighting over resources along the border region, which has resulted to death and displacement. Leaders from Baringo East have constantly claimed that Kapedo and Lomelo regions belong to them, but has been annexed unfairly by the Turkana community. “Kapedo is in Turkana East County and is administered by Turkana County government. It is a wonder that Baringo leaders allege that it is theirs, without valid proof and only rely on the 1963 boundary map,” as mentioned by Turkana East Member of Parliament Nicholas Ngikor. The rift between the two communities has constantly widened, with the county chiefs and national leaders pointing an accusing finger at each other without reaching a formidable solution. Attempts by the leaders, who recently organized a peace meeting initiative, aimed to restore normalcy and avert the conflict were futile as both leaders snubbed the function. Turkana County Governor Josphat Nanok, has urged the Government to form a commission to review the land demarcations soon to avert more damage. “The Government as a matter of urgency should address this boundary issue. Further delay will mean more impunity and deaths,” said Nanok. Samuel Tororei, a commissioner at the National Land Commission, said the aggrieved counties should resolve their differences in accordance with the Constitution.

Implementing chapter Four of the constitution and having an up to date data on of the boundary will bring peace in pastoral counties.

 
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Posted by on January 27, 2015 in latest news

 

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PASTORALISTS TURN TO CULTURAL FESTIVALS TO PROMOTE PEACE

The warring Turkana and Pokot pastoralists have now turned to cultural exchange programmes and folk media to promote harmonious existence between them.
This is intended to contain armed conflict over cattle raids and banditry that has claimed over 20 lives in the past one month.
The pastoralists from West Pokot and Turkana Counties Saturday held cultural events on the common border in an effort to build lasting peace and promote trade.
The two communities have for a long time been engaged in protracted armed raids that have impacted negatively on their socio-economic livelihoods.
The event sponsored by the Finish Church and the Catholic Diocese of Eldoret, Kitale and Turkana brought together administrators, security teams, elders and reformed warriors from the two communities.
“We are engaging leaders from both communities in coming up with a long lasting peace strategy that will help improve their socio-economic status as opposed to such retrogressive acts like cattle raids,” said Elijah Kodo, Turkana South Sub-County Commissioner.
The Pokots and Turkanas have been involved in recurrent attacks that have led to killings and displacement of several families.
The peace event brought together Turkanas from Loyapat and Kainuk and Pokots from Sarmach and Orwa divisions.
They shared meals and performed common traditional dances as a symbol of reconciliation.
“What is required is a home grown solution to insecurity and not forceful disarmament that has proved to be disastrous,” said Ekuam Erakai from Kainuk.
REFORMED YOUTH
At the same time, youths who have quit cattle rustling and banditry in West Pokot County are being assisted to set up businesses and earn a better living.
The West Pokot County government and humanitarian agencies operating in the cattle rustling prone region are equipping the reformed youth with business skills to enable them engage in profitable income generating projects.
Similar enterprises are going on at the Kenya-Uganda border to check on cross-border cattle raids and promote trade to improve livelihoods.
“There are several emerging resources and opportunities that are replacing cattle rustling and banditry and the realisation of development in the region,” said Simon Kachapin, Governor, West Pokot County.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through the National Drought Authority has given Sh1.2 million for some of the groups to expand their business projects and investments.
The groups are based in Makutano Township and other parts of the semi-arid region.
CREDIT FACILITIES
Most of them have formed groups, got credit facilities from the government and micro-finance institutions and invested in income generating activities.
“We can now access loans and get enough capital to expand our businesses unlike in the past when we viewed the risky act of cattle raids as source of wealth,” said Ribo Ywaput, Chairman Lomakalas Reformed Group in Kacheliba Division, Pokot North Sub-County.
They ventured into business projects after witnessing some of their colleagues killed during cattle raids.
“We have formed monitoring groups to keep track of the teams and encourage notorious cattle rustlers and bandits to venture into meaningful socio-economic activities,” said James Domongole, Chairman Kanyerus Reformed Warriors group.
The group deals in livestock trade, transport business and horticulture and has established partnership with their Ugandan counterparts as part of the peace building process.
The Pokots are found both in Kenya and Uganda and practice pastoralism as a means of livelihood.
Source: Daily Nation Sunday, June 29, 2014

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2014 in latest news

 

Maasai Women Protest Against FGM Ban:

Business was disrupted in a remote village in Kajiado County yesterday after chaos erupted during a demonstration to advocate for female genital mutilation. More than 500 women from the Maasai community protested at Sajilioni shopping centre in Kajiado Central, asking the Government to allow them to continue with the practice.

They matched for 15km from Enkorika to Sajilioni singing pro-FGM songs, saying circumcision of girls is their culture and they are not ready to abandon it. “We cannot afford to abandon our rich culture. The Government should allow us to continue with it,” said Naomi Naserian, 67. Kajiado MP (Rtd) Gen Joseph Nkaissery condemned the protests, saying residents carrying out FGM must prepare to face the law. “These people should be ready to go to jail if found practicing this culture that has been overtaken by events,” he warned. Three journalists, including this writer, were injured and treated at a nearby health centre after demonstrators turned on them, accusing them of being at the forefront of the anti-FGM campaign. NTV cameraman Abdalah Ngotho and Ms Christine Musa of Mediamax were wounded during the melee. Mr. Ngotho’s camera was also damaged.

SOURCE STANDARD NEWSPAPER 5/6/2014

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2014 in latest news

 

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Pastoralist Elders Sign Fresh Peace Deal:

Pokot and Turkana elders have signed a fresh peace deal to end the frequent conflicts between their communities. Thirty elders endorsed the peace declaration at Race Course Inn in Eldoret town yesterday. The event was witnessed by government and Kenya Red Cross Society officials. The elders set new rules and practices, during two days of deliberations, aimed at ending the skirmishes.
They agreed to disarmament, which might see the surrender of more than 50,000 illegal firearms. The elders said they will mobilize warriors who participate in cattle rustling raids to give up their arms and engage in development activities.
The elders also agreed that women should be involved in decision making “because they play a key role in peace building”. “We will now look into ways of engaging all communities, chiefs and other leaders in the peace building process,” Pokot paramount chief John Muok said.
He said the peace declaration encourages intermarriage between the Pokot and Turkana as a way to cement relations. West Pokot county commissioner Peter Okwanyo said the government will support the elders as they traverse the two counties preaching peace and reconciliation. “As government we are ready to work with the elders so that they can help us to mobilize the communities to participate in peace building and other development programmes,” Okwanyo said.
Turkana elder Benjamin Ebenyo said are committed to the peace initiatives. Okwanyo said the government, working with the county administration, will implement key development projects in the two regions. “We will formulate legislation that will boost trade and open new markets in several areas,” said Ebenyo. The markets will be opened at Orwa, Kainuk, Turkwel, Lokichar and Kapedo and elsewhere.
KRCS regional officer John Lokala said there is hope for peace in the region. “It’s important to have such a deal signed between elders because it will greatly boost plans for achieving long lasting peace in the two counties,” said Lokala.

 
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Posted by on March 7, 2014 in latest news

 

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Declare Insecurity National Disaster:

A team appointed to find a solution to insecurity in Marsabit County wants the Government to declare a state of emergency in the area. It also wants security to be enhanced and negotiations on allocation of resources in the area commenced. “The National Government should enhance security and declare insecurity in Marsabit a national disaster, negotiations and consultations on resource allocations have commenced and shall be embraced by all leaders with a view to finding means and ways of equitable distribution of resources,” read part of the declaration made at Boma Hotel in Nairobi on Saturday. Marsabit leaders have since agreed on the formation of an oversight team that will implement measures to realize peace in the area.

Former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo and Garissa County Senator Yusuf Haji said they will present their report to President Uhuru Kenyatta next week, detailing the aspects of the agreement which will see equal resources distribution and reconstruction and resettlement of the displaced. “Reconstruction and resettlement shall take precedence in all the affected areas and the county government shall closely work with other organizations to facilitate this progress.”

Kenyatta had earlier this month given the Marsabit leaders a one-week ultimatum on peace, warning that if the negotiations fail, all measures will be taken to ensure peace returns to Marsabit, including presenting a proposal to Parliament on how that should be done.

Kaparo and Haji said in their efforts to mediate between the warring groups in Marsabit County, they travelled to the region and were shocked by the destruction and humanitarian crisis the fighting had left behind. “We are asking people from Moyale and Marsabit if they must have differences, then it must not go past a verbal exchange. Because we have seen war brings devastation such as the one we saw. We saw house and households which were torn apart and this will take a long time to undo and unite the societies,” said Kaparo.

He said the negotiations aimed at ending the conflict was successful because all the warring groups had respected a ceasefire, which had been imposed on February 6.

Source standard Newspaper 17th Feb2014

 
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Posted by on February 18, 2014 in latest news

 

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Pastoralists Northern Kenya Turn To Crop Farming:

Pastoralists in northern Kenya are slowly leaving livestock rearing for crop farming following recurrent droughts that have wiped out their animals.
Adan Fayo from Merti in Isiolo County is one among such herders who opted out of livestock rearing into farming. He is among the ex-herders who joined hands and created furrows along Ewaso Nyiro River and ventured into large scale farming. “We formed groups and diversified our livelihood from pure pastoralism into crop and vegetable farming,” said Fayo.
He said some of the pastoralists like him were forced to join the group after the World Food Programme reduced the number of relief food beneficiaries and later stopped supplying relief food to hunger stricken families in the area.
Fayo said the number of herders joining the Jalla Jallalu farm was growing after the Merti Integrated Development Programme, a local NGO operating in the region, offered free seeds to farmers through the support of Catholic Organisation for Relief Development and Aid. He said the group was targeting 2,000 hectares of land from the current 1,000 that hosts 700 ex-herders.
Merti Integrated Development Programme chief executive Jillo Shande said the farmers have started harvesting and marketing their farm produce to larger towns in Isiolo and Meru County. He said herders will also be advised on venturing into drought resistant crops.
The ex-herders’ success stories come three months after the Ministry of Agriculture with African Development Bank launched a $64 million drought resilience and sustainable livelihoods programme in Isiolo.
SUSTAINABLE RESILIENCE
Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei said the project is geared towards food security as well as providing Kenyans in the arid and semi-arid areas opportunities for generating income and creating wealth.
He said his ministry was working towards ensuring that every county produces a surplus of food for its own use and builds community resilience by providing the enabling environment for investment and sustainability.
Koskei was addressing in Isiolo during the commissioning of the resilience and sustainable livelihood project that targets Marsabit, Turkana, Isiolo, Baringo and Samburu counties on Nov. 30.
He said the new project is anchored on the first pillar of the first medium term plan for vision 2030 supporting the development of agriculture and livestock sub-sectors to enhance food, industrial crop and livestock production in arid and semi-arid areas.
Koskei regretted that over 10 million Kenyans suffer chronic food insecurity and poor nutrition as result of drought and flood in the country. “We are going to employ advanced technologies such as irrigation, water harvesting and feed conservation measures under this erratic weather patterns in arid areas to ensure better production,” Kosgey said.
He said the government recognized that subsistence farming had failed and that there was need to start a revolution in the agricultural sector to spur the area into economic and viable for commercial benefit.

 
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Posted by on December 10, 2013 in latest news

 

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