Amudat rejects return of Sabiny

Amudat rejects return of Sabiny
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The expulsion of the Sabiny came in retaliation of a similar resolution passed by Kween leadership ordering Pokot pastoralists to vacate Kween.

AMUDAT - Amudata residents have refused the return of the recently expelled Sabiny individuals.

Hundreds of Amudat residents gathered under and around a traditional tree in Karita municipality on Wednesday to voice their grievances.

According to Veronica Natee, the district speaker, the Pokot have lost hundreds of animals to the Sabiny, and this made the relationship sour.

“Let them stay in their district and we stay in ours,” Natee said.

“What has angered the people of Amudat is the failure of the Kween leadership to compensate the Pokot for the cattle stolen by Sabiny. The residents are also demanding compensation of Pokot people killed by Sabiny in Kween,”, Amudat chairman Joseph Lobot added.

Blaming the Sabiny for the indiscriminate expulsion of Pokot pastoralists in the neighboring Kween district, the Pokot of Amudat district retaliated by expelling Sabiny individuals from Amudat last week

“The RDC of Kween district said the Pokot should stay in Amudat with their cattle, as the Sabiny stay with their grass. I think the line has been drawn, so let the Sabiny not return to Amudat.”, Francis Loremoi, Amudat resident said

ROSEBELLA CHEPKOPUS a resident of Amudat says the government should intervene before the conflict goes out of hand. She reveals that the Pokot community is being persecuted by the Sabiny leaders.

In response to the escalating crisis, local leaders and security have committed to engaging with both Pokot and Sabiny leaders.

According to Elias Kasirabo, the Police Anti Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) commandant, the tensions are still high between the Sabiny and Pokot and therefore requires patience.

“We will continue facilitating dialogues to de-escalate the tension," Kasirabo told Nile Post.

Francis Chemusto, regional police commander for Mount Moroto, said security decided to continue holding reconciliation meetings to restore harmony between the Sabiny and Pokot.

Last week, Amudat district leadership ordered Sabiny settlers to leave and prohibited the natives from Kween from conducting any business transactions within the district.

The expulsion of the Sabiny came in retaliation of a similar resolution passed by Kween leadership ordering Pokot pastoralists to vacate Kween.

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