, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 20 – The government says that the wall it is building along the Kenya-Somalia border is not aimed at deterring movement of people but to enhance security.
President Uhuru Kenyatta who was accompanied by his Deputy William Ruto on a tour of Mandera pointed out that the government is committed to peace and stability of the country.
He further stated that the wall will help check on people who want to engage in activities, which threaten peace in the two countries.
“There is nothing wrong with Kenya and Somalia establishing a common border entry point. This will help check on people who want to engage in activities which threaten peace in the two countries,” he said.
He indicated that the government was committed to ensuring improved infrastructural development of the region, to ease movement of goods and services.
President Kenyatta made the remarks during a leaders meeting and later while addressing a public baraza in Mandera stadium where he stated that there were no any plans to divide Kenyans and the people of Somalia.
“We have no any plans at all to divide the people of Somalia and the people of Kenya. We just want to ensure our people engage in internationally accepted standards of businesses, nothing else,” said President Kenyatta.
He thanked the people of Northern Kenya for working closely with security agents in containing terrorism among other criminal activities.
“It is because of this reason that I strongly commend leaders and residents for working with security agents in preaching peace,” he said.
He explained that it was through teamwork and unity among leaders that challenges facing the region could be solved.
“As leaders we should take a leading role in uniting our people besides preaching peace at all times. Development will be elusive if there is no peace,” he stated.
President Kenyatta said the government was committed to ensuring improved infrastructural development of the region to ease movement of goods and services.
The Head of State further stressed that to address the teacher shortage in the area, the government will construct a teachers training college that will admit students by August this year.
He said as a measure to contain the problem of perennial flooding in the region, the government will use Sh100 million to check on floods.
The Deputy President said Jubilee has merged all its affiliate parties with the aim of uniting all Kenyans.