Kenya, govt boundary officials install 205 beacons at Serengeti-Maasai

23Dec 2021
By Guardian Reporter
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The Guardian
Kenya, govt boundary officials install 205 beacons at Serengeti-Maasai

​​​​​​​INTERNATIONAL boundary demarcation officials working along Kenya-Tanzania border area in Serengeti-Maasai Mara reserve areas have installed 205 beacons as part of the agreement reached between the two countries.

Lands, Housing and Human Settlement ministr William Lukuvi points the direction of Tanzania and Kenya boundary at Serengeti National Park in Mara region during he visited the area on Tuesday. Photo: Guardian Correspondent

The remarks were made by William Lukuvi, Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development minister during his visit to inspect the border area demarcation between Serengeti national Park on the Tanzania side and Maasai Mara reserve on the Kenya side.

“Within a short time the two countries have erected 205 beacons along the common border. The exercise that began in 2018 was briefly suspended when we reached the reserve area, but it continued following President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s visit to Kenya during which she and her Kenya counterpart discussed the issue that saw the boundary officials finishing the exercise,” Lukuvi said.

Whist in Serengeti national Park on Tuesday this week, the Minister said he believes that the two nations will embark on finishing marking the entire 758 km boundary while the work so far covered 232 kms.

In regard to Buffer Zone, Lukuvi said as for now it would be better for road construction activities to abide by the five-meters which both countries agreed and added that further talks were continuing to see whether the buffer zone area should be increased.

“The government will continue to assist in this task to strengthen the security of international boundaries as the exercise does not reflect hostility between the two countries. Any ill-intentioned man cannot blame that he did not know the border line,” he added.

Director of Survey and Mapping in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development, Hamdouny Mansur said various tasks have been accomplished to strengthen the boundary including educating local residents areas to build their settlements, and collection of other geographical data.

Hamdouny’s Kenyan counterpart, Ibrayan sabwa said during the entire period of erecting beacons in the Serengeti and Maaasai Mara reserves areas they had excellent cooperation among the two countries’ teams and there were no hitches.

The task Force Plan for FY 2021/22 on the strengthening of Kenya-Tanzania boundary includes Phase I involving 238 kms by completing the 60 kms stretch including 23 kms in Lake Natron area – a total of 110 kms of the boundary line from Lake Natron to Namanga in Longido district.

Tanzania-Kenya common border is 758 kms long that was erected by the German and British colonial governments in 1893 under the Anglo-German Agreement and the 1906 Protocol.

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