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January 21, 2018

Nanok takes peace, security talks to Uganda after Turkana attacks

Turkana and West Pokot Governors Josphat Nanok and John Lonyangapuo during security and peace talks with their Ugandan counterparts, January 12, 2018. /Courtesy
Turkana and West Pokot Governors Josphat Nanok and John Lonyangapuo during security and peace talks with their Ugandan counterparts, January 12, 2018. /Courtesy

Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok is leading a Kenyan delegation to Uganda for negotiations on peace and unity.

At least 15 people died while more than 28 were injured in recent attacks at the borders of Turkana county.

Among those who accompanied the Council of Governors chairman are MPs and county executives from Turkana and West Pokot. Saturday was their fourth day of talks.

Security has deteriorated in parts of Turkana including Lokichogio, Kibish, Kainuk and Kapedo. Cattle have been stolen in many of the cross-border attacks.

On November 4 last year, nine people including three police officers and the Turkana East education director were killed at Lomelo near Kapedo by suspected Pokot bandits. The bandits ambushed their AP vehicle while they were on patrol.

Driver Amos Maina was shot in the abdomen but managed to reach the AP camp at Lomelo.

On October 14, six people were killed and 18 injured in a raid at Lokichogio Mixed Secondary school.

The attack resulted from a quarrel between a Kenyan and a South Sudanese student who was on a revenge mission.

After he was suspended for misconduct, he returned with friends who attacked the watchman and students, 

The boy was arrested and taken to Kakuma police station but a mob attacked the station, killed him and burned his body.

On December 19, 19 people died in an accident at Loruk on Marigat-Kapedo road. It is believed the accident resulted from an attack by Pokot bandits.

More on this: Turkana school closed indefinitely after seven killed

Also read: Nanok mourns 18 Marigat-Kapedo accident victims

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