NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 10 – Kenya and Ethiopia have signed an agreement that aims at creating opportunities for communities at the border, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.
This will create stability and security, he said.
Speaking on Wednesday when bidding farewell to the Ethiopian Ambassador to Kenya Ato Shemsedin Ahmed, President Kenyatta assured the envoy that his Government is determined to implement the special status agreement signed between the two countries.
“A busy person will have no time thinking of taking a gun to commit crime, rather he would be so committed to their businesses which he/she knows will ensure they get their daily livelihoods,” the President added.
On terror, President Kenyatta said Kenya is committed to winning the war and that his Government will continue working with and borrowing best practices from Ethiopia, which also neighbours Somalia.
The Ethiopian envoy condoled with the President and the people of Kenya following the recent terror massacre in Mandera saying the Ethiopian Government will work closely with Kenya to ensure they root out the Al-Shabaab menace in the region.
He assured the President of the Ethiopian Government commitment to the implementation of the agreement saying it will ensure security and stability within the region.
Ambassador Ahmed said conflict between border communities has also contributed to border insecurity.
The outgoing Ethiopian envoy congratulated President Kenyatta for having been relieved of the International Criminal charges at the ICC, saying his Government will continue to stand with Kenya in the remaining two cases.
He said the Ethiopian Government will continue working closely with Kenya to ensure the remaining two cases are also shelved.
He said the ongoing construction of Isiolo-Moyale road onwards to Ethiopia will facilitate economic growth and that the Ethiopian Government is committed to border trade without much bureaucracy.
“Issues of currency will not matter when it comes to border trade. We will allow our people to trade freely with their neighbours with no restrictions,” said the Ethiopian envoy.
President Kenyatta said the agreement will not only accelerate the implementation of the infrastructural projects but also enhance relations between the people of the two countries.
“Everybody will gain; no one will lose in this agreement. This agreement will help our people move freely and develop together. It will help us move from government to government engagement to people relations,” said the President.