Are you a Turkana or a pokot dressed in Turkana skin? Your suggestion makes sense, but, I wonder how old you are, and if young, where you have been in these years the pokots have been attacking Turkana with abandon?
1. For as long as I remember, the pokots, like their cousins the marile have been the enemies of Turkana. In the years when spears and arrows were prevalent, we beat them and forced them come beg for peace. The kind-hearted Turkana always accepted the request and signed a peace agreement. Guess who broke the peace? Always the pokots!! The marile behave in the same way. If you knew this, you would agree that trying to make peace with these people is a waste of time. They will attack the next morning.
2. You claim the pokots are oppressed, who oppressed them? You rightly said they had a head-start in getting advantages from the government, especially during the moi era. So, who has oppressed them? When moi was president, he sent the army to disarm the Turkana many times, but never the pokots. As a result, the pokots kept their arms while we got disarmed. That is why the pokots today have an upper hand over us militarily. The pokots are not oppressed by us. They oppress us!!
3. When counties were listed from the richest to the poorest, pokot county was above us, we are dead last. We are the poorest, not the pokots. Today, because of the relentless attacks, pokots are making us poorer and poorer by the day. They want to take away our animals so we can go to famine camps while they move in to occupy our lands. Tell them to stop attacking us.
4. The pokots have come up with maps that claim, half of Turkana is theirs. I grew up in Lorengkipi and Loya. Today, the pokots claim half of Turkana south and west, including Lokori, lokichar, Kaalengorok, through Namorupus, and Wurum. Everything above that line I have tried to draw, kaatilo, juluk, Nakwamoru, Kaaputir, Kainuk, Lochwakula etc. all belong to pokot county. With this pokot is now the largest county in Kenya. The land that we normally call Kamatak, is all now pokot!! How is that? How are you going to justify that?
5. You say that the pokots are oppressed. I beg to differ. The Turkana gave up part of their country in names like kaacheliba, Loroo, Amudat, Nawoyaapong etc. to the pokot. This was accepted and new boundaries were drawn as seen today in government offices as administrative boundaries of respective districts. While that is clear, both in pokot district and Turkana district, why now do the pokots claim part of Turkana is theirs? Don’t see you the intentional aggression here? With this intentional aggression, where will peace come from?
6. In the recent past, while the pokots have been attacking the Turkana on a daily basis, the Turkana have made puny attempts to appease their tormentors by offering them peace. This was unusual. The Turkana never went to the pokot to beg for peace, but this time they did!! They tried at Kitale, Lorokon, Namorupus, Lorengkipi, Lobey etc. In each case, the pokots said openly, they did not want peace with the Turkana, they want the Turkana to vacate their lands, something they now call Kaarun- if you know Kiturkana, you know what that means!! So, what peace are you talking about?
7. In 1982, I was stationed at Ortum high school [in Pokot county] after Ejore chased me from Lodwar high school. I taught mathematics and physics to pokot students in Ortum. The two brightest boys in my class were called Lonyangapuo and poghisio. Guess what, these are the two boys that are now arming and encouraging their people to continuously harass the Turkana and chase them away from their lands. You mentioned education, do you know that Lonyangapuo has a Ph.D in mathematics? I lighted a spark in his life. Yet, he and poghisio, my two brightest boys are behind the hostility that has become so rampant now. So, as some people said, a kalenjin is a kalenjin, no matter how educated they may be. The same applies to the pokots. Pokots are pokots regardless of the amount of education they may have. So, you tell us how we can liberate these people of yours.
…I would like Lonyangapuo and Poghisio [Pokots] to get in this debate. They need to know the same teacher that served them so well, and helped to model them into the men they are today, is still here and so disappointed that the boys he spent so much time teaching and guiding, have turned out to be the most vicious beings on the face of the Earth. I expected them to remember that Turkana teacher, how nice and hardworking he was, and know that the Turkana are not terrible creatures to be exterminated from the Earth, but nice, gentle, intelligent people, that need to be respected and left alone to live their life in Kenya and peacefully coexist with its neighbours…