Kenya, Ethiopia Sign Pact to Develop Common Border Regions

A team from the Turkish Armed Forces, medicine led by Maj Gen Muhittin Fatih Sert is in Uganda to fast track the establishment of bilateral relations between the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) and the Turkish Military.

The team was this Monday received by the Chief of Defence Forces, pills Gen Edward Katumba Wamala and other UPDF chiefs at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence headquarters in Mbuya.

The two Countries are in the process of concluding; Framework Agreement; Military Training Cooperation; Defence Industry Cooperation Agreement; and implementation protocol regarding the financial assistance in the above agreements.

Uganda and turkey will also strengthen ties in Defense industry, Military Training and education, exchange of military intelligence, and Logistics and logistic systems.

Army spokesperson Lt Col Paddy Ankunda said other areas include Military medicine and health services, contact visits between the Armed Forces, personnel management and Exchange of personnel for professional development, and Communications, electronics and information systems.

The development comes after the Turkish military shot down a Russian jet pounding areas occupied by militants in Syria.

Russia responded by slapping economic sanctions against Turkey and revoking military cooperation between the two countries.

Russia also advised its tourists to avoid Turkey, a member of NATO.

It remains unclear if Turkey is desperately trying to woo support from countries thought to be friendly to Russia in the wake of the fighter jet incident.

Maj Gen Muhittin Fatih Sert inspects a guard of honour at the ministry of defence in Kampala

Maj Gen Muhittin Fatih Sert inspects a guard of honour at the ministry of defence in Kampala

Strong cooperation

Under the same arrangement, Uganda and Turkey will further cooperate in Operations other than war such as peacekeeping, humanitarian aid and counter-piracy operations, exchange of information on military legal systems, mapping and hydrography.

Ankunda said they will also share information and experience on military, scientific and technological research areas, and cooperate in the fields of military history, archives, publication and museology and in the area of social, sports and cultural activities.

Ugandan and Turkish army officers in a group photo

Ugandan and Turkish army officers in a group photo

“In recent years, the Turkish Government has expanded its cooperation in Africa and entered into agreements with several countries,” said Ankunda.

“In Somalia, the Turkish Government is already working with the Somali Federal Government and the African Union to restore peace and security.”

UPDF is part of the African Union Mission in Somalia.
The Minister of State for Karamoja Affairs, healing Barbara Nekesa Oundo has responded to allegations that the NRM government is not doing enough to have sufficient food production and stocks in Karamoja.

Addressing the media on Monday, website like this Hon Nekesa said the NRM government has, through the Ministry of Karamoja Affairs, rolled-out an integrated program to promote food security in Karamoja.

“Indeed, the capacity for production in the region has improved so much that today, the reliance of emergency food rations is in Karamoja is phasing out,” she said.

The Minister said the severe shortage of food in Karamoja prior to 1986 was mainly attributable to insecurity and lawlessness.

At that time, she said, unabated armed conflict, cattle rustling, murder and displacement of people made it impossible for people within and around Karamoja to settle and engage in food production.

A comprehensive disamourment exercise by the NRM government resulted into the recovery of over 40,000 illegal guns from Karamoja.

“Indeed, anyone who has visited Karamoja in the last 10 years can attest to the peace and civility in the entire region. People have fully reverted to producing food,” she said.

Minister Oundo added that the NRM Government introduced crop growing in Karamoja to ensure that people there do not rely on animal products like beef and milk alone for food.

She said as a result, Karamoja now produces large quantities of foodstuffs maize, cassava, millet, beans, peas, sorghum and a variety of fruits.

She noted that over the last 10 years, government has also been progressively procuring tractors to purposely boost food production in Karamoja.

“Last Financial Year alone, 28 tractors and accessories were procured and distributed to large scale farmer groups in the region.”

The Minister revealed that government is investing heavily in water reservoirs to mitigate the impact of the semi-arid weather conditions in Karamoja on agriculture and food production.

She said 150 valley dams have so far been built in the region with resources from Ministry of Water and Environment and projects including NUSAF II, PRDP II and KALIP under the Office of the Prime Minister.

“The target by government is to eventually build up to 262 valley dams throughout the region. ‘

The Minister said the recent instances of food shortage in Karamoja were an exception and a short-term effect of prolonged drought on those areas without water reservoirs.

“The Disaster Management Department under the Office of the Prime Minister responded with timely delivery of emergency supplies to plug the resulting food shortages,” she said.

Minister Oundo said the rains are back and people in Karamoja are massively planting food crops again.

“With bumper harvests anticipated, the Ministry of Karamoja Affairs is encouraging the farmers in the region to build silos for storing the excess food stocks for future.”

When all the planned 262 valley dams are in place in the next 5 years, every parish in Karamoja will have a reliable water reservoir.

“Government actually envisages a Karamoja which will be a net food supplier with surpluses for markets within and outside Uganda in the next decade,” she said.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister of Ethiopia, buy Mr Hailemariam Desalegn, purchase on Monday oversaw the signing of a pact between Kenya and Ethiopia to transform their shared border regions into bridges for development.

The pact signed in the border town of Moyale aims to empower the local communities in order to bridge the isolation gap that has been a barrier to development by fostering peace through prosperity.

Among the programmes that will be implemented by the two governments in conjunction with the United Nations include capacity building projects; creation of alternative livelihoods; cross-border trade aimed at reducing poverty and inequality; improving education and health facilities; creation of more employment opportunities and efficient utilization of natural resources.

Another pillar of the plan of the Cross-Border Integrated Programme for Sustainable Peace and Socio-economic Transformation –Marsabit County and Borana Zone, find Ethiopia— which has already started with a funding of KSh20 billion from the United Nations, is to make the region is peace building and conflict management initiatives.

The objective of the plan to transform the region includes increasing opportunities for trade, investment and tourism. It also includes improvement of infrastructure and the facilitation of cross-border movement of people.


President Uhuru Kenyatta underscored the need for cooperation between Kenya and Ethiopia in addressing the needs of the border communities and emphasizing cross-border management of resources.

“We know that our prosperity and security demand cooperation between the two countries.  We have learned from the past: we can no longer make policy about our resources without considering our neighbour’s legitimate interests, and doing what we can to accommodate them” he said.

“That way, we avoid wastage, while building on each other’s strengths.  That is what our brotherhood requires of us.”

Prime Minister Desalegn said Ethiopia attaches importance to cooperation with Kenya and is determined to see the joint efforts succeed.

“The leadership of Kenya has for decades demonstrated its faith in Ethiopia and we are building on that foundation, which was laid down by our forefathers,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Ethiopia will place a lot of emphasis on ensuring the effort to bring development to the border region succeeds to create prosperity for the local community.

PM Desalegn said the ties between Kenya and Ethiopia have strengthened under President Kenyatta’s leadership. “You are a strong leader for the benefit of both our countries,” he said.

On his part President Kenyatta said the friendship between Kenya and Ethiopia is old and strong.

“Our bond is as strong now as it was then. Together we have worked to defend Africa’s cause abroad and at home” said the President.

“The project we launch today, therefore, is only the latest instance of cooperation between our two countries.  That is why, Ladies and Gentlemen, we are confident that we will succeed”

The UN Resident Coordinator Ms Nardos Bekele-Thomas said the Moyale region will be a pillar for development if the new plans become successful.

She said Moyale has the potential to become the future Dubai of the Horn of Africa if the local communities abandon conflicts and embrace development.

The agreement was signed on behalf of the two countries by the Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs Amina Mohamed and Ethiopia’s Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom.

Cabinet Secretaries Gen (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery (Internal Security), Hassan Wario (Sports) and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua attended the function.

Governor Ukur Yattani said the Marsabit County government will play its role in ensuring the project succeeds. Governors from Isiolo, Mandera, Wajir and Tana River, Senators and MPs attended the function.

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