Kalonzo meets Museveni over Migingo dispute

Published on 21/06/2009


Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka held a meeting with Uganda President Yoweri Museveni in Berlin, Germany, over the disputed Migingo Island and the cold relation between Kenya and Uganda.

The meeting was also attended by the Government delegation, including MPs Ababu Namwamba, Magerer Langat, Kiema Kilonzo, Eugene Wamalwa, Erastus Mureithi and Charles Kilonzo.

The meeting took place at the sideline of the 14th Berlin International Prayer Breakfast Conference. President Museveni, who was a guest speaker at the Prayer Conference, said his remarks in Dar es Salaam were taken out of context in Kenya. He expressed concern that Kenyans seemed to have taken trade relations with Uganda for granted. “The trade between the two countries is hugely in favour of Kenya,” said Museveni.

Uganda exports $100 million worth of goods to Kenya while Kenya exports $500 million worth of goods to Uganda, said the president. He said his country might be forced to seek alternative route for his exports and imports due to transport interruption following regular railway vandalism in Kenya.

The Ugandan leader made the observation after Mutito MP Kiema told him his comments had raised political temperatures in Kenya.

Budalang’i MP Namwamba told Museveni it is the duty of Kenyan leaders to protect integrity of Kenyan borders.

Meanwhile, the VP has urged churches and the private sector to establish institutions of higher learning to meet the increased demand. Kalonzo said the demand for higher education had shot up following the implementation of free primary and secondary education programmes. “I urge the private sector and religious institutions to take advantage of Kenyans’ demand for higher education and invest in the education sector,” said the VP.

He challenged universities to expand and accommodate qualified candidates. He added that the urge for expansion should not compromise education quality.

“The Government will strictly monitor compliance to ensure standards are not only upheld but are also relevant to the needs of the country in line with Vision 2030,” he added.

Kalonzo made the remarks in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs Mutula Kilonzo during the 31st graduation ceremony of Daystar University, yesterday.

During the occasion, 709 graduands were awarded degrees and diplomas. The VP said the Government’s continued allocation of the biggest share of budgetary funding to education is a clear manifestation of the importance it attaches to the sector.

He urged institutions of higher learning to adopt a holistic approach to teaching. He said the country needs individuals who are both professionally qualified and morally upright. “We need an education that produces all round students who can stand the test of integrity”, he said. Mutula called on Committee of Experts on Constitution Review to educate Kenyans on the pros and cons of the parliamentary and presidential system of Government.

He assured Kenyans that the 2012 General Election will be fair, adding that transparent ballot boxes will be used in Shinyalu and Bomachoge by-elections.

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