President Yoweri Museveni has said that he will discuss with the government of Kenya the need for adequate deployment of the security in Turkana and Pokot in Kenya in order to help the peaceful disarmament process that is initiated by the elders and councillors from the Pokot of Uganda and Kenya and the Turkana.
He said this is to ensure proper protection of the people in the area during the disarmament process.
The President was recently meeting a delegation from the Pokot of Uganda and that of Kenya lead by Mr. Aramtori Lokodo Wapale at State House, Entebbe.
The elders told the President that they came to seek for moral support in order to organise consultative meetings among the communities on the need for them to surrender guns voluntarily, noting that guns have killed many people in the region.
The President said he is happy that the elders have seen the dangers of guns to the people and pledged U$ 50,000 to support their consultation meetings.
‘‘I well come you elders and young people. I am happy that you have seen the danger of guns to your people. I am very happy to hear that you are ready to work voluntarily to disarm the Pokot and Turkana. I will begin to support you by contributing US$ 50,000 to organise meetings among the elders,’’ he said.
The President said that with the return of peace to the region, development will follow, adding that he will soon perform the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a Cement Factory at Ketiketi in Amudat district.
He called on the delegation to help stop the practice of female circumcision, which is bad, and he advised them to stop promiscuity among their people by talking to them in a Christian manner.
The elders said some of the Pokot in Kenya have appreciated the disarmament that was undertaken by the government of Uganda in Karamoja region and they wished the same to be done in their areas in order to live peacefully.
The group also thanked the President for undertaking successful disarmament in Karamoja saying that many people would have continued to die in vein.
The government of Uganda collected 40,000 guns during the disarmament process in Karamoja.
The group has so far undertaken six consultative meetings among the Turkana and the Pokot communities in Kenya with the call on the people to return guns voluntarily.