The National Youth Service will soon set up a camp in the North Rift where youth in conflict-prone counties will be trained and engaged to build infrastructure.
This way, youth who engage in violent cattle rustling activities because of being idle or jobless will have a skill that will help them earn a living.
The announcement was made today by President Uhuru kenyatta when he held a meeting with leaders from Turkana, Samburu, Baringo and West Pokot counties.
The President said the NYS will move to the region on condition that the leaders of the region ensure that tribal animosity comes to an end.
At the meeting, the President said the leaders from the four counties should feel ashamed because the conflict has been caused by incitement from some of them.
‘’As leaders we have a responsibility to the people who we must serve and protect. They have not elected us to cause them pain,” he said.
President Kenyatta told the leaders to spearhead peace missions in the region ad to ensure the animosity between the communities is abandoned.
The President said the Government wants to develop the region but progress can never be achieved when there is no peace.
Today’s State House talks come after yesterday’s marathon meeting between Deputy President William Ruto and the North Rift Leaders.
The DP today briefed the President on what they had agreed upon at yesterday’s meeting.
The Deputy President said one of the agreements is to have the leaders move all over the counties to preach peace to the communities.
It was also agreed that boundary disputes between some of the counties should be left to the institutions mandated by the Constitution to handle such issues.
Besides the plans to enhance the security in the region, the Government has also come up with a plan on infrastructure development that will be implemented by the National Government and the counties to build roads, schools and water sources.
It was also resolved at the meeting that any school that failed to open due to the tribal tensions must do so within the next two weeks, the DP said.
“The county commissioners must ensure all schools initially closed due to insecurity are opened in the next two weeks” he said.
The DP said the North Rift leaders will from monday go out and ask residents who had left their homes to return and the govt will facilitate their movement.
Turkana West MP Daniel Nanok, who is the chairman and the secretary of the region’s peace forum said the leadership of the North Rift has resolved to “stop the sound of the gun”.
“Any community that attacks another will be taken to account, including facing cultural penalties and taking collective responsibility for stolen livestock,” he said.
Mr Nanok also said that cattle rustling should be made a capital offence to deter the youth from engaging in such outdated practices.
Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok, Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi, Samburu governor Moses Lenolkulal and West Pokot governor Simon Kachapin attended the meeting.
Senators and Members of the National Assembly from the region also attended the meeting.
Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and Rift Valley Regional Commissioner Osman Warfa attended the meeting