Peace institute to Benefit Pastoralists in Turkana and Samburu

CISA, 3rd April 2012
Kenya’s pastoral communities of Turkana and Samburu are set to benefit from peace initiatives and conflict management skills from Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR), based in Nairobi.
This was disclosed at a conference held at Tangaza College, Langata on March 31, 2012. Under the theme: Conflict Between pastoralist communities in Eastern Africa: SCCRR Research findings on the Turkana/Samburu conflict, the SCCRR Executive Director, Rev Fr Patrick Devine said the institute would be involved in research work on peace-making and conflict management as well as training the local people on the issue.
“Our concern here is that conflicts that have persisted between the two pastoral communities have had both social, economic and religious negative impact on the two pastoral communities. “We shall undertake more research on the issue and train the local people on it,” he told the one-day conference, jointly organized by SCCRR and the Institute for Social Ministry in mission (ISMM) at Tangaza College.
The persisting conflict between the two communities had resulted into human deaths as well as loss of animals through cattle rustling.
In his remarks, while opening the conference, IGAD (Inter Governmental Authority on Development) Executive Secretary, Engineer Mahboub Maalim commended the Church for its involvement in peace-making and conflict management.
“But the Church should do more on the issue as conflicts among some communities on the Africa continent were on increase,” he said.
Catholic Bishop Alfred Rotich of Military Ordinariate and Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Social communications Commission welcomed the SCCRR initiative to inculcate peace where conflicts have persisted.
Rev Dr Francesco Pierli, the director of ISMM urged the Church and other Christian institutions to make use of the research results.
According to Professor Wanakayi Omoka, who led the SCCRR team in undertaking the research, “The results will be made public later in a booklet form.”

Kenya’s pastoral communities of Turkana and Samburu are set to benefit from peace initiatives and conflict management skills from Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR), based in Nairobi.


This was disclosed at a conference held at Tangaza College, Langata on March 31, 2012. Under the theme: Conflict Between pastoralist communities in Eastern Africa: SCCRR Research findings on the Turkana/Samburu conflict, the SCCRR Executive Director, Rev Fr Patrick Devine said the institute would be involved in research work on peace-making and conflict management as well as training the local people on the issue.


“Our concern here is that conflicts that have persisted between the two pastoral communities have had both social, economic and religious negative impact on the two pastoral communities. “We shall undertake more research on the issue and train the local people on it,” he told the one-day conference, jointly organized by SCCRR and the Institute for Social Ministry in mission (ISMM) at Tangaza College.


The persisting conflict between the two communities had resulted into human deaths as well as loss of animals through cattle rustling.


In his remarks, while opening the conference, IGAD (Inter Governmental Authority on Development) Executive Secretary, Engineer Mahboub Maalim commended the Church for its involvement in peace-making and conflict management.


“But the Church should do more on the issue as conflicts among some communities on the Africa continent were on increase,” he said.


Catholic Bishop Alfred Rotich of Military Ordinariate and Chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Social communications Commission welcomed the SCCRR initiative to inculcate peace where conflicts have persisted.


Rev Dr Francesco Pierli, the director of ISMM urged the Church and other Christian institutions to make use of the research results.


In an interview with CISA during the conference, Professor Wanakayi Omoka, who led the SCCRR team in undertaking the research said, “The results will be made public later in a booklet form.”
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