Kenya president meets pastoralists

May 25, 2009 12:00 am

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 25 – President Mwai Kibaki has advised pastoral communities to embrace dialogue in resolving disputes.

President Kibaki said elders should come up with homegrown solutions that would ensure vices such as cattle rustling are stopped and neighbouring communities co-exist peacefully.

The President was addressing a delegation of leaders from the three districts of Samburu East, North and Central who paid him a courtesy call at his Harambee House office today.

“Dialogue is the best way of ensuring that disputes between neighbouring communities are resolved once and for all,” President Kibaki said.

The President, at the same time, cautioned leaders from neighbouring communities against inciting wananchi to engage in hostilities.

The Head of State called on the leaders to work closely with the Provincial Administration and security personnel in ensuring that security is maintained at all times, adding that no development can be realised in the absence of peace and security.

Responding to requests from the Samburu delegation, President Kibaki assured them that the Government will continue implementing projects that will help improve the lives of wananchi in the area.

The Head of State singled out rehabilitation of roads, construction of dams, extension of the rural electrification program, improvement of  health facilities and promotion of education as some of the projects that the Government has earmarked for implementation in the wider Samburu region.

Speaking during the meeting, the leaders who were led by Assistant Minister Simeon Lesirma and Member of Parliament Raphael Letimalo and nominated Member of Parliament Maison Leshomo, thanked President Kibaki for ensuring that the wider Samburu region is not left behind in development.

Other speakers included Internal Security Minister Prof George Saitoti and the Rift Valley Provincial Commissioner Hassan Noor Hassan among others.


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