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The Ilemi Triangle region is at the north-western corner of Lake Turkana.

The government of Kenya on Thursday, February 10, denied claims that it has encroached South Sudan’s territory arguing that it respects the boundaries of its neighbors.

This was after it emerged that South Sudan summoned Kenya’s envoy to Juba, Samuel Nandwa, to protest an alleged encroachment on its territory.

Kenya's Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Dr Alfred Mutua, on Thursday told the Nation that Juba had not officially raised the matter with Nairobi hence scanty information on the alleged encroachment.

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“South Sudan has not communicated to us officially on the matter, therefore, I cannot comment on the issue sufficiently,” Dr Mutua is quoted.

As reported, Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary, Dr Korir Sing’oei, said his country had not encroached on the territory of South Sudan noting that boundary delimitation is currently ongoing under African Union.

“Kenya respects the territorial integrity of all her neighbors and has not encroached on any of their territories. A boundary delimitation process of all borders under the AU is ongoing and is being conducted consultatively and jointly with our neighbors,” said Dr Sing’oei.

“Our Kenya National Boundaries Office (Kenao) is in charge of this process.”

 

A map of the Ilemi Triangle showing 1938 "red line" or "Wakefield Line", 1947 "blue line" and Sudan's 1950 patrol line (green).
A map of the Ilemi Triangle showing 1938 "red line" or "Wakefield Line", 1947 "blue line" and Sudan's 1950 patrol line (green). 

Juba claims that Kenya has “illegally” taken 42 points of its borderline at Nadapal, a settlement on a key crossing point and trade route between the two countries.

South Sudan’s Deputy Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation minister, Deng Dau Deng, said Kenya and Uganda are claiming part of the South Sudan borderline, pointing out that Juba will not cede an inch of the territory.

Deng had said that Juba reported Kenya and Uganda to the African Union over the alleged border encroachment.

Inside the disputed Elemi Triangle

South Sudan and Kenya have a portion of their border, it is reported, largely undetermined at the Ilemi (also called Elemi) Triangle, a sparsely populated area of about 14,000 square kilometres.

The Ilemi Triangle region is at the north-western corner of Lake Turkana, in northern Kenya and on the fringe of southern South Sudan. It is believed to be rich in oil.

In this region, and beyond, pastoral communities have historically engaged in raids on livestock. In the past they used traditional weapons but since the nineteenth century onwards the use of firearms has been common.

In 2012, Tullow Oil, a multinational oil and gas exploration company, discovered oil in the north of Turkana, a Kenyan county.

According to Kenyan media reports, the name Ilemi is believed to be from a famous chief of the Anuak, a community on South Sudan’s boundary with Ethiopia. The triangle was named in honour of chief Ilemi Akwon.

It is home to the Turkana, Didinga, Toposa, Inyangatom and Dassanach communities. These communities are from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda and South Sudan, but they traditionally migrate to the triangle in search of pasture for their animals.

The Turkana are found in South Sudan and Turkana County, while the Didinga are in South Sudan and north eastern Uganda. The Toposa are an ethnic group in South Sudan. The Nyangatom are Nilotic agro-pastoralists inhabiting the border of southwestern Ethiopia, southeastern South Sudan, and the Ilemi Triangle. The Daasanach inhabit parts of Ethiopia, Kenya, and South Sudan.

When the Kenyan Government published a new atlas including part of the disputed Ilemi Triangle within its territory, in 1986, the result was a protest from Khartoum. At the time, there was only one Sudan – before South Sudan formally seceded from Sudan on July 9, 2011.

According to reports, in 1986, the Sudanese Government [Khartoum] believed that the then Sudan People’s Liberation Movement rebels had traded the lands in the Ilemi Triangle with Kenya.

According to reports, the dispute arose from a 1914 treaty in which a straight parallel line was used to divide territories that were part of the British Empire. But, it is noted, the Turkana nomadic herders, among others, continued to move to and from the border freely in search for water and pasture for their animals.

The perceived economic marginality of the land as well as decades of Sudanese conflicts are two factors that could have delayed the resolution of the dispute. The New Times

He said the MP should fight for development from parliament

In Summary
  • Mutua accused Jalang'o of lying that he had gone for development, noting that what took him and other ODM legislators there was greed.
  • The ODM party on Thursday said it had opened disciplinary action against the MPs who visited Ruto.

Azimio spokesperson Makau Mutua has told off Lang'ata MP Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang'o over his State House meeting with President William Ruto.

According to Mutua, development is not found at the State House. He insisted that the MP should fight for development from parliament.

Mutua accused Jalang'o of lying that he had gone for development, noting that what took him and other ODM legislators was greed.

"Development' isn’t found in State House. But if you are looking for “corruption” that’s where you’ll find it.

"Go to Parliament and fight for “development” there, and stop lying to people because it’s personal greed, not “development,” that took you to State House, he said. 

This is the first time the opposition MP found himself in hot soup after he accompanied other legislators from Nyanza to meet the president without the ODM party's approval.

The ODM party on Thursday said it had opened disciplinary action against the MPs who visited Ruto after Migori senator Eddy Okech wrote to the party demanding their expulsion.

Speaking on the same, Jalang'o who is the only one receiving the heat from the nine MPs said he would still have attended the meeting even without Raila's approval. 

"Raila has already given us a go-ahead on matters development, every party member has a key to discuss development, if I had to call him again in regards to State House call and he said no, I would still have gone," he said. 

"I feel bad because you know I love Baba and  I am a member of ODM and I really feel bad. I can't regret meeting [President William] Ruto for the development agenda." By Brian Oruta, The Star

Mr Kagame criticised Mr Tshisekedi of failing to address DR Congo’s internal issues.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi of dishonouring several agreements on addressing the conflict in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tensions between the African Great Lakes region neighbours continue to raise as DR Congo accuses Rwanda of invading its territory “disguised in M23 rebels”. 

In an address to diplomats in Rwanda on Wednesday night, Mr Kagame criticised Mr Tshisekedi of failing to address Congo’s internal issue and putting the blame on Rwanda.

Kinshasa authorities haven’t reacted to Mr Kagame’s remarks.

“This person has dishonoured dozens of agreements he has made with people… including even last time in Bujumbura”, Mr Kagame said. 

“We discuss things in the open, he participated, we wrote a communiqué, giving people of what we discussed and the way forward. The communiqué is read, but the next day an opposite communiqué is read in Kinshasa,” he added.

Last weekend’s East African heads of state meeting in Bujumbura, Burundi, directed “immediate ceasefire”, “withdrawal of all foreign groups” and need for “dialogue among all the parties”.

A day later, Congolese government spokesperson said they would “only abide” by the November agreements in Luanda to end the conflict.  News Day

 

Kanungu Magistrate's court has fined Nelson Kagote Twinamatsiko, the manager of Kanungu FM Shs 200,000 after pleading guilty to assaulting a fellow employee and radio presenter Anita Tumuramye. 

The incident occurred on January 26 at the radio premises. The radio belongs to Dr Chris Baryomunsi, the minister for Information Communication Technology and National Guidance, and Kinkiizi East Constituency MP.                

The prosecution told court that Twinamatsiko assaulted Tumuramye when she demanded her commission off a school advert worth Shs 200,000 that she'd brought to the radio station. For the advert, Tumuramye was duly entitled to a 20 per cent commission (Shs 40,000) in line with the station's guidelines. 

When Tumuramye tried to inquire from Twinamatsiko about the commission, he instead slapped her on the face which made her bleed from the nose.

Twinamatsiko further continued to drag Tumuramye to the ground. He was later arrested and paraded before the court on February 2 and was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm contrary to 236 of The Penal Code Act. Asked to take a plea he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was remanded.        

But re-appearing before the same court today Wednesday afternoon, Twinamatsiko made a u-turn and pleaded guilty to the charges.  In his ruling, Asanansio Mukobi, the Kanungu grade one magistrate ordered Twinamatsiko to pay Shs 200,000 as a fine or serve an 8-month sentence in prison. Twinamatsiko opted to pay the fine. Mukobi also advised that since the two are workmates, they must reconcile.     

Tumuramye later told our reporter that she has no personal vendetta against Twinamatsiko, and has no problem with reconciliation. - URN/The Observer

 Detectives have unearthed a major fraud syndicate in which Safaricom lost Sh500 million to scammers who targetted the Fuliza mobile loan facility.

Fuliza is a mobile overdraft service by Safaricom where customers can complete their MPESA transactions even when they do not have enough funds in their M-PESA account.

The suspects were arrested on Wednesday evening by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, DCI.

“Detectives have uncovered a high-level fraud syndicate where scammers have obtained close to Sh500 million through a popular mobile phone platform supported by mobile communication service provider, Safaricom,” the DCI tweeted late Wednesday.

It released photos of the four suspects under investigation for the syndicate.

They are all based in Nakuru and Trans Nzoia counties.

“The company lost the money in a well-coordinated scheme by eight young men based in Nakuru and Trans-Nzoia counties,” it said.

The DCI said MPESA user SIM cards, 6 laptops over 40 mobile phones, 7 routers, assorted Safaricom lines, over 1000 Safaricom subscribers’ registration forms, over 200 ATM cards from all major banks, car agreements among other exhibits were seized from them.

The telecommunications company was yet to comment on the matter by the time this article was published. By Moses Muoki, Capital News

 

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