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Uganda-Kenya border survey starts today

By Vision Reporter

Added 31st May 2009 03:00 AM

SURVEYORS from Uganda and Kenya will today start a joint survey of the border on Lake Victoria, the lands ministry has said.

SURVEYORS from Uganda and Kenya will today start a joint survey of the border on Lake Victoria, the lands ministry has said.

By Joyce Namutebi
and Barbara Among

SURVEYORS from Uganda and Kenya will today start a joint survey of the border on Lake Victoria, the lands ministry has said.

Spokesperson Dennis Obbo said in a statement issued on Friday the team would visit old control points and place new marks on the mainland in Kenya and Uganda.

“These marks will guide the joint team of surveyors when demarcating and surveying the boundary,” he said.

Obbo urged the local authorities in Busia, Bugiri, Tororo, Butaleja and Mbale districts to support the exercise.

The survey comes at a time when both countries are wrangling over Migingo, a tiny island in Lake Victoria.

Following the dispute, the Ugandan Government recently announced that it would survey all its borders.

Meanwhile, sources have said the joint Migingo verification exercise that was expected to start on May 7 was delayed by lack of equipment.

“The equipment is not there yet and they (team) are trying to take some to the field. Part of the team is in the field,” said a senior Government source.

But the Media Centre chief, Fred Opolot, was optimistic that the exercise would be completed on June 30 “notwithstanding unaccepted interruption.”

The demarcation was officially launched in Nairobi on May 11.
The team will be guided by the Order-in-Council Agreement of 1926, colonial maps and documents and the constitutions of both countries.

The Ugandan Government has said it will accept the findings of the survey.

Uganda-Kenya border survey starts today

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