Efforts to promote peace among communities along West Pokot, Elgeyo Marakwet and Samburu borders, have borne fruit, with food production and economic growth already realized.
North Rift Economic Bloc chairman H.E Governor Jackson Mandago EGH, says there has been food production in Kerio valley and other parts of the region that suffered economic lag following decades of insecurity and cattle rustling.
“We have realized tremendous improvement of peace and economic growth in parts of the North Rift region since we started focusing on peacebuilding under the North Rift Economic Bloc,” said Mandago.
“As a matter of fact, grounds that were battlegrounds for cattle rustling are slowly turning into food production lines. The people who used to undertake cattle rustling are into other economic activities like farming.”
Speaking at a multi-agenda Noreb consultative meeting in Eldoret, Mandago said peacebuilding along the volatile borders of the Rift had to be attended to as a matter of urgency.
“Insecurity in Kerio Valley affected the region’s development and that is why we had to start with establishing and maintaining peace before anything else.”
Turkana Governor Josephat Nanok said: “I think we have had one of two incidences (of deadly attacks) particularly in the Suguta and Baringo Valleys in the past one year.”
“This is promising considering the fact that these were areas that experienced repeated attacks initially.”
Governors John Krop Longangapuo (West Pokot), Stephen Sang (Nandi) and Stanley Kiptis (Baringo), Noreb Chief Executive Officer, Dominic Biwott, were among leaders who attended the function.
The meeting also ventilated into the Government’s rollout of the Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The region’s leadership ventilated into a UHC draft document as counties under the Noreb region prepare for the penning of an agreement over the rollout of the program.
Governor Mandago, however, said while discussing the document, there are a few concerns, among them the capacity of the national medical supplier, Kemsa, to meet the demand to the hospitals and health facilities.
The other issue on UHC is community health volunteers and equipment that specific facilities in counties need.
Mandago said the concerns will not affect the signing of the agreement which will be undertaken on Thursday this week. He says issues can be tackled addressed and agreed upon as time goes.
The CECM health Services Mrs. Everlyne Rotich said that the goal of UHC is to ensure that every citizen has access to affordable quality healthcare services that they need without getting into financial difficulties or, worse, pushed into poverty, therefore, the county will work tirelessly towards achieving it.