Kenya, Ethiopia sign deal to end border conflict

Uhuru and Hailemariam shaking hands

Addis Ababa: December 8, 2015 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn agreed the deal in the border town of Moyale. In 2013, 200 people were killed and 54,000 displaced in the Turbi massacre and insecurity has hindered development.

The launch of the border peace program is a follow-up of an initiative launched in October 2014 by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, World Bank President Jim Kim and the IGAD Council of Ministers to boost economic growth, reduce poverty and promote business activities in the Horn of Africa through cross-border cooperation, among others.

The feuds are usually fuelled by fight over water and pasture as well as theft of livestock. The five-year Integrated Program intends to arrest long-standing cross-border conflicts between communities of both sides and bring about sustainable development in the northern Marsabit county of Kenya and Ethiopia’s southern Borana zone.

The Ethiopian soldiers were accused of entering Kenyan territory and shooting dead the police officers, destroying a police vehicle and making away with four firearms in Marsabit County. The programme is spearheaded by the local and national governments of Ethiopia and Kenya, the United Nations country teams of Ethiopia and Kenya and Igad, in collaboration with government ministries, the private sector and development partners.

The UN resident coordinators also intimated that the cross border initiative is expected to create opportunities for trade, investment and tourism and ensure effective use and management of natural resources. Security has been tightened along the Kenya -Ethiopia border ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Monday visit to Moyale town. It will improve infrastructure through Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopian Transport corridor, control cross-border conflicts, enhance cross-border movement of people and curb illegal human and arms trafficking.

Chronicle Daily

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