Posted Friday, August 19 2011
Internal Affairs Minister Hillary Onek on Wednesday accused the Kenyan government of violating a gentleman’s agreement regarding the disputed Migingo Island as the Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Kale Kayihura, cited mafias as being behind the conflict.
Eng. Onek and Maj. Gen. Kayihura, were meeting the Defence and Internal Affairs Committee of Parliament where lawmakers questioned the deployment of Kenyan administration police officers on the contested island and in neighbouring islands.
“About three-four weeks ago, we were in Nairobi for an inter-ministerial committee to resolve this Migingo standoff although our technocrats in the Ministry of Lands came unprepared,” Eng. Onek said. “We had agreed that the Kenyan and Uganda Police chiefs get together to discuss the security arrangements. But I don’t know what happened to our friends in Kenya.”
Gen. Kayihura added: “This dispute is influenced by local actors involving Kenyans and Ugandans. I have talked to my counterpart in Kenya and we are going to have a joint meeting to discuss security arrangements.”