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Joint Communique on Criminal Activities on Migingo Island (24.08.2016)

IGK Kenya Uganda

Pursuant to the Intelligence reports of alleged resurgence of criminal activities in Migingo Island, and in the spirit of ensuring peace and security in the Island as had earlier been agreed in a meeting held in Kampala, Uganda on 23rd August 2011, and following a directive contained in the Joint Ministerial Communiqué signed on 26th July 2011 at Nairobi Kenya, there was a joint visit to the Island by Chiefs of Police from the two countries on 17th August, 2016.

The Uganda delegation was led by General Kale Kayihura, the Inspector General of Police, while the Kenya delegation was led by Mr. Joseph Boinnet, the Inspector General of Police.

The two delegations held two meetings, one of which was held at Migingo Island, while the other meeting was held at Muhuru Bay, Migori County.

Both meetings were held in cordial atmosphere, and in attendance in the meeting at Migingo Island also were the local community leaders.

The meeting agreed to constitute a Joint Task Force of technical personal from the two sides to review specific areas of the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to enhance security at Migingo Island that include 1. Deployment 2. Joint Operations 3. Arms Control 4. Communication 5. Crime Management 6. Community Policing.

The meeting noted the need to enhance border security beyond Migingo Island to cover the entire borderline from North to South in order to address the contemporary trans – national crime.

The meeting recommended the following

1. That police officers deployed at the island should enforce the law without favor or discrimination as to the nationality of the offender.
2. That the fishing community should recognize the territorial boundaries and adhere to the law of the respective countries.
3. The Police Officers in liaison with the local leaders should ensure that all residents in the island are registered to avoid infiltration by criminals.
4. To review the composition of either force on the island to include Marine Police.
5. That the maximum number of police officers to be deployed should not exceed 12 at any one time.
6. That the security officers as and when need arises, may evacuate the patients to the nearest health facilities in emergency cases.
7. That the Kenya Police add an organic weapon. I.e. one light machine gun commensurate to the weapons with the counterparts.
8. Optimal use of the existing frameworks like the border security committees and the Joint Permanent Commission (JPC) agreements.
9. The joint survey team should expedite the survey process and produce the required report.
Allegations contained in the intelligence report are conclusively investigate

FDC Statement: Updates on FDC/Go-Forward Talk (02.11.2015)

Besigye Amama

1. For the past two days we, (FDC and Go-Forward and group) have been holed up in a negotiation meeting in yet another attempt to try and agree on a Joint Presidential Candidate (JPC) for the forthcoming general elections.

2. Today many anxious FDC members and leaders kept on calling me and other members of our team to find out how we had gone. We had only one answer for them, “Please wait, we shall get back to you later”,

The following is an update of how far we were able to go:

I hope our members find it useful.
3. The otherwise very cordial meeting was adjourned about a few hours ago by co- chair Hon. Medard Sseggona sine die. The other co-chair was Augustine Ruzindana. Medard was proposed by GoForward while Augustine was proposed by FDC. The two teams were led by Dr Olara Otunnu and Maj. Gen. Mugisha Muntu respectively.

4. The meeting, which was a follow up of similar meetings held earlier in Nairobi and UK, had to be adjourned because we had once again reached an impasse. Both sides could not agree on a JPC.

5. Because of time element , given that Presidential nominations are due on November 3and 4, we agreed to move on and have the two candidates nominated while we continue the contacts and exploring possibilities of future cooperation most especially on vote protection and resisting partisan and unconstitutional police actions during the on-going electoral process.

6. When the negotiations hit a stalemate, FDC proposed alternative B as a fallback position; of both candidates testing the ground after nomination and then two sides meeting again to review the situation. The Go Forward team said they would to go back and consult on the proposal.

7. Both sides also agreed to focus efforts on our common political opponent, the rogue regime, and to stop attacking each other through unhelpful media wars.

8. Pushing for our candidate as a better option, FDC President Maj.Gen. Muntu argued that Dr Kizza Besigye who had been elected by the Party National Delegates Conference, had for 15 years demonstrated his consistence in the struggle for democracy, had a more popular appeal, has millions of voters and supporters behind him despite being rigged out of victory, has strong party structures behind him and was unlikely to suffer any more surprising state -trumped –up court cases.

9. Muntu argued that Besigye was therefore a better bet for the JPC and while he offered GoForward and the Parties backing candidate JP Amama Mbabazi the Executive Premiership plus 60% of cabinet positions. They said they had come to the negotiations with the mandate to secure the Presidency not anything else.

Written by the TDA Spokesman  Hon.Wafula Oguttu.

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