VP intervenes in border row

August 30, 2009 12:00 am

, KIBWEZI, Kenya, Aug 30 – Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has asked residents of Kibwezi and Taita districts to exercise patience as the government finds an amicable solution to the boundary row between them.

Mr Kalonzo said there was no need for confrontation between the residents of the two districts since they had coexisted peacefully for a long time.

"Since independence, the country’s national boundaries have not been changed and the government will give a solution very soon," Mr Musyoka assured.

The border dispute between Coast and Eastern provinces has been brewing since early this year but has intensified during the ongoing census exercise.

The Vice president made the remarks when he addressed a public rally at Kasayani Township in Kibwezi constituency, following a request by area MP, Prof Philip Kaloki that the government steps in and averts possible confrontation.

"This is a government issue and provincial administrators from the two districts should urgently sit down and sort it out amicably," Prof Kaloki said.

The VP said the government was taking the issue seriously and that leaders from the two districts would be involved in ending the dispute.

At the same time, the Vice President announced that the Cabinet had resolved that all pupils in famine stricken areas be provided with food at their schools during these holidays, and asked parents to take them back to school to benefit from the programme.

Mr Musyoka stressed the need for the protection of all water towers in the country but called for compensation to those who will be evicted from the water towers.

He said it was important for the principle of equality to be applied during the eviction.

"Even those who were evicted from other water towers must be considered during compensation," the VP said.


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