Embassy held a fruitful discussion at the Moyale county council with district departmental heads drawn from key sectors such as Agriculture, education, health, livestock, immigration, Kenya power, youth affairs, prisons department, and magistrate among others.
The following array of issues were deliberated upon with the view of getting information on the current situation,challenges and opportunities as well as areas to be strengthened for the mutual benefits of both countries.
The District Commissioner Mr Elias Githaura, informed that currently there are no insecurity issues as there is promotion of peaceful coexistence across the border through holding peace and reconciliation meetings as well as annual holding of cross border youth sports peace tournament. Moyale hosts up to 4200 pupils and students accounting for 20% of the total enrolment. This has impacted on the scarce resources in terms of physical facilities and text book rations.
In terms of health issues the team was informed that patients from Ethiopia are attended to in Moyale General Hospital and referral cases from Kenya to Yabello and Awassa in Ethiopia. There are both formal and informal trade across border. Most fresh food consumed in Moyale town are from Ethiopia, fuel food stuff, vegetables cereals, onions among others. The Joint border management committee are operational and share information on border issues.
There is cross border marriages, coexistence through cultural events and promotion of material culture like pots, spears clothes among others.
Energy/Power: Moyale is connected to Ethiopian grid on the 13th October 2011. The supply agreement for Sololo connection still in Ethiopia awaiting quotation from Ethiopian side.
The youth have IGAD pogrammes and CEWARN in which five district are picked from Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya for peace tournament.
The meeting recommended that agreement on the mutual recognition of certificates and degree recognition and institution be fast-tracked and the two countries can have an Agreement on exchange of prisoners to decongest the prisons as Ethiopian nationals constitute about 50%