Kenya and Uganda security teams have resolved to end a cross-border land disputes pitting Mayenje and Buyengo residents in Kenya and Uganda respectively.
Addressing the press after a five-hour closed door meeting at the Busia Immigration Offices, County Commissioner John Chelimo and Busia Uganda Resident District commissioner Hussein Kato Matanda called for the surveying of the land.
Chelimo said the two communities have been feuding over the swampy piece of land mostly during dry season.
Matanda disclosed that the two countries are set to send a joint team of surveyors to the area to establish the boundary between Kenya and Uganda in order to end the conflict between the two border communities once and for all.
He added: “We shall also appoint a local committee of elders from the two communities to guide the technical teams in finding a lasting solution to the conflict.” he said.
Busia Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa who also attended the meeting said the use of the Mayenje catchment area during dry season is causing disquiet among residents saying the flow of the river should be respected for the sake of the environment.
The security team which later toured the area urged the residents to co-exist peacefully as the respective authorities in Kenya and Uganda try to resolve the issue.
Kenyan community elders said they have on several occasions raised the matter claiming Ugandan residents have encroached on the Kenyan side of the boundary and erected temporary structures but no action has ever been taken.