Kenya has already finished inspecting, reaffirming and building new border pillars at the her international boundary with Tanzania. Officials said the exercise does will not disrupt lifestyles of the border communities, and will not be barriers to peaceful coexistence and has no hidden agenda.
Kenya has started inspecting and reaffirming her boundary
with Uganda in a bid to redefine her frontiers with Uganda.
Kenya neighbors Uganda in Lake Victoria, to the mouth of Sio
River in Busia, to Amudat and Moroto in Karamoja though the Turkana Escarpment
to Mt. Zulia near the Kenya-Uganda -South Sudan tri-junction. The exercise
handled by Kenya International Boundaries Office is expected to run for at least
30 days, Kenya officials said.
Kenya has already reaffirmed her international boundary with
Tanzania successfully and now wants to turn attention to her international
boundary with Uganda.
On Friday, Ambassador Julius Kivuna and Julius Rotich
Secretary Kenya International Boundaries Office led a delegation to Karamoja to
meet Ugandan authorities ahead of the inspection and reaffirming exercise that
was launched from Lomokori at the Uganda – Kenya border.
Rotich who met Methe, district leaders at the Council Chambers
in Moroto said the exercise would benefit both countries by clearly defining the
extent of sovereignty and jurisdiction of the two neighboring countries.
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Karamoja leaders welcomed the project that will see technical
officers from both countries work together in reaffirming boundaries whose work
will involve surveying the borderline and putting up beacons at the boundary.
John Baptist Lokii, the Member of Parliament for Mathenoko County in Moroto
district says the exercise will help the two countries would clearly understand
their boundary and avoid future boundary conflict.
Uganda and Kenya share a lot in common. The communities of
Karamoja and Turkana are both pastoralists and have intermarried. This has
promoted good relations between the two communities which has culminated into free
movement of citizens either side. They even participate in elections in each other's countries.
Albert Lokoru, the Matheniko County Member of Parliament
believes that a clear boundary line would also define the citizens who can vote
in which country therefore limiting the decision to the real nationals.
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Kenya has already finished inspecting, reaffirming and building new border beacons at her international boundary with Tanzania. Officials said the exercise does will not
disrupt lifestyles of the border communities, will not be barriers to peaceful coexistence
and has no hidden agenda.
In 2019, Uganda singed an MOU with Kenya for bilateral cooperation,
security, and sharing of resources for pastoral communities. The MOU has strengthened
relations between the two countries.