Joint Border Commission calls for hastened completion of boundary demarcation

Kenya and Uganda have been urged to expedite the necessary process for the completion of demarcation of its common borders, including the marine boundary.

The Kenya-Uganda Joint Border Commission (JBC), said in a joint communique issued in Eldoret on Thursday that there was need for the two nations to harmonize security arrangements for the marine boundary.

The security harmonization should include immigration, customs, fisheries and the police to ensure a coordinated implementation of security concerns.

The communique issued during the end of a four day 11th Kenya Uganda joint commissioners meeting further called on the two countries to urgently develop a work plan for managing and regulating fishing and related development in the fishing industry on Lake Victoria.

Uganda and Kenya have had issues over Migingo Island in Lake Victoria, the latest incident being harassment of Kenyan security officers and IEBC clerks who were carrying out voter registration.

The commission further recommended that legislations to support a ban on proliferation of illicit small arms and light weapons be fast tracked by both countries to enhance the existing mechanisms.

On terrorism, the commission urged the two countries to enhance their cooperation to strengthen border control measures to curb the threat of international terrorism as well as control of narcotics drugs, alcohol and psychotropic substances.

The communique was signed by Uganda’s special Presidential Assistant, Mayanja Muhammed Sadiq leading the Ugandan delegation and Kenya’s head of delegation, Wanyama Musiambu, the South Rift Valley Regional Coordinator.

Uganda’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Amb. Angelina Wapakhabulo and Kenya’s High Commissioner to Uganda, Amb. Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Okanga also attended the meeting.

The commission recommended the appointment of coordinators from the two nations, who will ensure the implementation of resolution and recommendation by the commission that will enhance mutual cooperation of the two nations and promotion of cross border trade.

Source: Kenya News Agency