Nov, 16th 2020 – Kenyan authorities have beefed up security at the border with Ethiopia amid fears of escalating tensions in the government’s fight against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF)
Marsabit acting County Commissioner, William ole Kakimon, says the government has secured hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue at the Moyale One-Stop-Border Point, where trade has continued. He said, “So far, there have not been any negative impacts of the political unrest in Ethiopia along the Ethiopia-Kenya border, except for the change of tact among immigrants who use undesignated routes into Kenya.”
Ethiopia has been in a long standing battle with Tigray pushing Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed to sanction the region. Many have come up with ways of evading roadblocks and security personnel at the border, with many foreigners crossing into Kenya using either donkeys or motorcycles. Last week, more than six people were arrested trying to cross into Kenya. Traders have also been aiding them in getting into the country at a fee.
However, Chief Executive of Strategies for Nothern Development (SND), Tache Elema, says that there hasn’t been any ingress of immigrants that could be ascribed to the political unrest in Ethiopia.
Mr. Elema, who has undertaken programs on human traficking along the border points at Wajir, Mandera and Marsabit said, “The affected Amhara regions, where the attacks have been reported, are very far away from Kenya.” He also added that the distance between Kenya, Moyale, and Addis Ababa is about 770km while that of Addis Ababa and Amhara is about 500km.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed on Thursday announced that State security forces snub attacks in the Amhara and Tigray regions by TPLF fighters and has planned to send more troops to the area.