The persistent drought in Western Kenya has driven more than 2,000 Turkana pastoralists into Uganda.

The pastoralists who entered Uganda on Monday are grazing their animals in the 80-kilometer stretch in the sub counties in Moroto, Kotido and Kaabong districts.

Kotido Resident District Commissioner, Mr Andrew Napaja confirmed to Daily Monitor that on Tuesday at the pastoralists came into Uganda with at least 350,000 head of cattle, goats, donkeys and camels.

“We have welcomed them into Uganda and they must stay in peace with other pastoralists,” Mr Napaja said.

“If we get information that some of them have crossed with their guns, then they will be chased away,” he said.

Last week, Turkana leaders requested the Ugandan authorities to allow their pastoralists graze in Uganda because of drought in their area.

The barren semi-desert Turkana region is home to about 700,000 people. Most live off their herds of camels, goats and sheep. Temperatures rarely fall below 30C and water is scarce. “Many people have to live on around 10 litres of water a day,” said Brian McSorley, Oxfam’s water expert in Nairobi. “This is half the minimum daily requirement.”

Lake Turkana in Kenya’s Rift Valley is about 290 kilometers long and termed the world’s largest permanent desert lake.


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