Kenya has begun 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 through 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 Kiema 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.
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.
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.