Kibaki plays down Migingo row

March 26, 2009 12:00 am

, BUSIA, Kenya Mar 26 – President Mwai Kibaki has expressed confidence that the Migingo island row will be resolved amicably between the Governments of Kenya and Uganda.

President Kibaki said Kenya was committed to the ideals of the East African Community and would not allow any issue to become a stumbling block.

"We are committed to ensuring that the East African Community works for the benefit of all the people of the region," President Kibaki said.

The President, who was addressing the public today at Mulwanda and Busia Town on the second day of his development tour of western Province said the Government would put up a border post at Mulwanda and also construct a five kilometre road to link the two countries.

On other development issues, President Kibaki said the Government was working towards improving all the major roads leading to the boarder to facilitate transport of goods and people in the spirit of the East African Community.

On his part, Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi thanked the President for sending a delegation to Uganda to address the Migingo problem.

The Deputy Prime Minister assured area residents that the local Government Ministry would provide fire fighting equipment to Busia municipality to boost the council’s fire fighting capacity, observing that many oil tankers pass through the town on their way to neighbouring countries.

The President was accompanied by several assistant ministers and members of parliament from across the country.


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