Cattle rustling and the effect on neighboring communities of East Pokot District of Kenya

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Kampala International University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The purpose of this study is to assess the cattle rustling and effect on neighboring communities of East Pokot district of Kenya. The study has analyzed the following objectives: To establish the causes of cattle rustling among North Rift pastoral communities, determine the cause of changing nature of the conflicts from the traditional simple raids to the modern sophisticated raids, establish the impact of the conflict on the agro-pastoral and pastoral communities in the North. Rift and promising traditional and national methods for managing conflicts among the North Rift Pastoral Communities. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches of data collections of were applied to conduct the research study. The researcher used both cross sectional and co relational designs to access the data. Data was analyzed using descriptive statistics. These are the very core, deeply rooted conflicts which affect the regions’ fundamental interests, needs, values and culture. The Inadequacy of governance structures and those that tend to be partisan also was identified as a cause of conflict. Respondents suggested that conflict is a central phenomenon in mankind and there seem to exist a mutual understanding that any attempt to resolve a conflict must be resisted. They, however, identify some generic methods of conflict resolution which includes negotiations, mediation, arbitration, use of force and the use of the criminal justice system. The researcher concludes that practical and theoretical work linking conflict transformation and development is still insufficient. The emerging centrality of the government’s capacity building approaches to conflict prevention need .not be over emphasized. Conflict transformation initiatives need a broad and diverse range of competencies that should include negotiation skills development among individuals in the community, mediation skills, arbitration a trustworthy judicial system, existing institutional strengthening and awareness raising and enhancing of existing traditional resolution mechanisms.
A Thesis Presented to the School of Postgraduate Studies and Research Kampala International University in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the award of the degree of Master of Arts in Conflict Resolution
Cattle rustling, Neighboring communities