Uganda, Kenya in Diplomatic Row over Border

A diplomatic row between Uganda and Kenya has erupted following reports that the Ugandan army has occupied an area located 15 kilometers inside Kenya.

Kenyan government officials claim that Ugandan soldiers who are operating in the eastern district of Bukwo, have occupied an area that is 15 kilometers inside Kenya and are busy looting their natural resources.

On Thursday, Josphat Kisingisi, the District Commissioner of Trans-Zoia province told a Uganda-Kenya bilateral security meeting, that UPDF soldiers have crossed over to Kenya and occupied an area called Kanyerus that is 15 kilometers from the border.

The meeting at Suam, Kenya, also heard that the soldiers are illegally cutting down trees and quarrying sand from the area. He also claimed that the Ugandan army has pulled down the pillars that were erected along the common border.

Kisingisi also accused the Ugandan Army of being behind last weeks attack on Agricultural Development Center (ADC), a Kenyan government farm where 39 heads of cattle were raided.

He says that preliminary investigations into the attack point fingers at UPDF soldiers and not cattle rustlers because of the firepower used in the raid.

Edward Mandette, the ADC Farm Manager, says the attackers who wore uniforms similar to those of the Ugandan army, used superior firepower to overpower the guards at the farm.

Paddy Ankunda, the UPDF Spokesperson, on the other hand says Uganda and Kenyan high ranking officials will meet next week in Mbale to discuss security at the Uganda-Kenya border.

Christopher Chepkroi, the Bukwo Resident District Commissioner, has denied the allegations against the Ugandan army.