, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 29 – President Mwai Kibaki and President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda on Wednesday directed the joint team surveying the boundary between the two countries on Lake Victoria to conclude its works within two months.
The two Heads of State, who met on the sidelines of the 10th Ordinary Summit of the EAC Heads of State in Arusha, Tanzania also agreed that the Ugandan flag on Migingo island be lowered pending the completion of the survey work.
In a joint communiqué read by Kenya’s Minister for East African Cooperation Amason Kingi, the leaders further directed the Inspector General of Police of Uganda and Police Commissioner of Kenya to constantly consult to ensure that law and order is maintained in the island.
“The Joint Survey Team which was directed by the bilateral Ministerial meeting held on the 13th and 14th March 2009 at Kampala, Uganda to carry out a joint survey of the boundary between the two countries on Lake Victoria concludes its work expeditiously and in any case not later than 60 days from the date of this Communiqué,” the communiqué stated.
During the execution of its work, the communiqué noted, the Joint Survey Team shall be guided by the provisions of the British Order in Council of 1926, the Kenyan Constitution of 1963 and the Ugandan Constitution of 1995.
The two Heads of State expressed concern over the negative sentiment elicited by the misunderstanding on the Migingo Island and agreed to continue to consult amicably in order to ensure the matter is settled in the true spirit of furthering East African Cooperation.
Presidents Kibaki and Museveni reaffirmed the mutual objective of both nations to attain regional integration within the framework of the treaty establishing the East African Community.
“We are determined to settle the question of Migingo Island amicably and in the spirit of East African solidarity and partnership,” the leaders’ said in the joint communiqué.
The Heads of State also noted that the two countries enjoyed strong historical, cultural and socio-economic ties that bind their people, and would do everything possible to maintain a cordial relationship between the neighbouring countries.