Kacheliba Member of Parliament Mr. Mark Lomunokol has called on the government to post immigration officers at the border points along the Kenya–Uganda border to facilitate and manage free movement of people and promote regional integration.
The legislator in particular singled out Alakas custom border point in North Pokot Sub County which lacks immigration officers from the Kenyan side. “The Kenyan government has not posted immigration officers, Uganda has done it,” he said “We want them to employ the Kenyan staff to help them.”
Speaking in his constituency, Lomunokol reiterated that officers from both countries need to share the facility at the border point to facilitate free movement of people. “The ministry concerned should post the officers as the policy says they can share the facility.”
He said Kenya is losing a lot as many businesses take place there, thus the need for the officers to be on check.
Lomonokol said that the border points should have the capacity to register, check and analyze cross border movements, enhance security of identity documents, improve regional and international cooperation. He said the officers at the border points need to facilitate legitimate cross border trade and travel. “We need to establish a unified approach to address enduring risks and challenges along the borders,” he said.
He further urged the government to implement policies, programmes and strategies on management and control of border points.