West Pokot and Turkana leaders on Tuesday held a peace meeting at Kainuk following renewed banditry attacks.
The joint peace meeting was attended by political leaders, elders and security teams from both counties.
Speaking during the meeting, West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo, who led the Pokot delegation, said there was an urgent need to resolve conflict along the border with Turkana.
Governor Lonyangapuo said the region has witnessed relative peace for the last three years and as leaders they would not allow a few people to reverse the progress that has been made.
“We have lived peacefully for over three years and we cannot allow rogue elements to jeopardise our efforts,” said Lonyangapuo.
Turkana South MP James Lomenen, who lost his constituency development manager during last week’s retaliatory attacks, asked residents to stop engaging in banditry and cattle rustling.
The suspected retaliatory attack came hours after a seven-year-old boy was shot and killed at Takaywa by rustlers who stole an unknown number of cattle.
During the Kainuk peace meeting livestock stolen from both counties were returned.
The leaders resolved to prevent youths from engaging in banditry, cattle theft and end conflict and wrangles along the border, and make sure all the stolen animals from both communities are returned to the owners.
They also urged residents not to retaliate in case of an attack.
The peace meeting was also attended by MPs Mohammed Lokiru (Turkana East), Nakara Lodepe(Turkana Central) Lochakapong (Sigor) and Mark Lomunokol (Kacheliba).