Ugandan surveyors return to Migingo
Publish Date: Aug 03, 2009
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By Barbara Among

Ugandan surveyors were yesterday set to go back to Migingo Island to conclude the joint verification survey on the disputed island.

“They are supposed to return today and everything will depend on the reception from their Kenyan counterpart,” said Government spokesperson Fred Opolot.

Ugandan surveyors retuned home a month ago to consult with the political leadership after the teams disagreed on the technicalities of erecting the boundary pillars on the island.

However, the Kenyan surveyors continued with the mapping of the islands, including the disputed Migingo. According to the Kenyan surveyors, Migingo is 510 metres inside Kenya.

Opolot said the Kenyans had contravened the Nairobi agreement signed in May, which stated that all surveys had to be done jointly.

Kenya’s Minister for East African Cooperation, Amason Kingi, said on Sunday that the Ugandan team would return with firm instructions to stay on until the exercise is concluded.

The exercise has taken 51 of its 60 days mandate and is expected to cost the two governments sh3.5b.

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