Chief who has put her life on the line promoting peace

What you need to know:

  • Chief Lochodo's peace activism is long and chequered, having started in the early 2000s to end persistent Pokot-Turkana clashes.
  • She notes that at the time of her appointment, Kainuk, her area of jurisdiction, was a hotspot for inter-community clashes resulting from cattle rustling.
  • Her peace initiative in the region and push to educate girls and protect them from retrogressive cultural practices like FGM has greatly helped to change mindset.

When 48-year-old Sarah Akoru Lochodo joined provincial administration service in 2002 as an assistant chief in Kainuk, Turkana County, she was thrilled. At the back of her mind, however, she knew the task ahead was tough.

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