Drought Forces Turkana Back to Uganda

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A severe drought raging in the areas of Turkana and parts of Northern Kenya has forced hundreds of pastoralists to return to Uganda.

 A severe drought raging in the areas of Turkana and parts of Northern Kenya has forced hundreds of pastoralists to return to Uganda.
Lucas Lokuruka, a local chief in Lokiriama location, tells Uganda Radio Network that about 120 families had returned home last year.
However, he explains that acute shortage of water for both animals and people has hit the region forcing the families to return to Uganda. He says that the only solution is to cross to Uganda and join the Karimojong in Moroto and Kotido districts. He adds that the pastoralists cannot wait to see their animals collapsing to death. He appeals to authorities in Uganda to accommodate the pastoralists.
Benard Odino, the Senior District Officer Loima district, on Wednesday urged the pastoralists to continue making peace with Karimojong. He says Kenya will not allow the pastoralists to spoil the current relations with Uganda. He adds that border districts were in constant communication to foster peace.
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Nahaman Ojwee, the Resident District Commissioner Moroto, urges the pastoralists not involve themselves in crime. He asks the Turkana to respect the laws in Uganda by not carrying firearms into the country. He cautions them against destruction of the environment and killing of wild animals while in search of pasture and water.
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Kenyan authorities’ say about 15,000 Turkanas have lived in Uganda in the Karamoja sub region since 2010. Their migration followed successive droughts that hit North Eastern Uganda and Northern Kenya in 2008 to 2010. 


About the author

Olandason Wanyama
Olandason Wanyama is the Karamoja region bureau chief. Amudat, Nakapiripirit, Moroto, Abim, Kotido and Kaabong districts fall under his docket. Wanyama has been a URN staff member since 2012.

The former teacher boasts of 20 years journalism experience. Wanyama started out as a freelance writer for the Daily Monitor newspaper in 1991 in Entebbe. Wanyama also wrote for the army publication Tarehe Sita, the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) magazine and The New Vision. While not on the beat, Wanyama taught child soldiers at Uganda Airforce School-Katabi.

Wanyama is very interested in conflict reporting, climate change, education, health and business reporting. He is also an avid photographic chronicler of vanishing tribal life in the East African region.