The minister of relief and disaster preparedness, Prof. Tarsis Kabwegyere, has commended Action Aid International for the humanitarian aid given to Kenyan refugees.
The refugees fled into Uganda during the post-election violence in Kenya last year. Kabwegyere was speaking at Noahâ€™s Ark Hotel in Kapchorwa on Friday, where he opened the sub-regional cross-border meeting for MPs from the two countries.
The meeting is meant to reduce conflicts in the border areas. It targeted MPs from Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Katakwi and Amuria districts in Uganda and Mt. Elgon, Kwanza, West Pokot and North Pokot districts in Kenya.
The districts are usually affected by cross-border cattles rustling by the Karimojong and the Pokot of Kenya.
â€œWe are very happy with Action Aid International for supporting the Kenyan refugees who fled their country following political violence that was sparked off by the disputed presidential elections,â€ Kabwegyere said.
The inter-border meeting was funded by Action Aid. It was attended by minister Rukiya Chekamondo, Kapchorwa district chairman Nelson Chelimo and deputy resident district commissioner Eriamos Yanja Mujunga.
Kabwegyere said the Government would strengthen its capacity to deal with cattle rustling, arms trafficking and lawlessness in the north-eastern region.
He said the Government would work with Kenya and Sudan to deal with cattle thieves.
Participants urged both governments to disarm warrior tribes and modernise the pastoralist communities.
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Kenyan, Ugandan MPs meet