Kenya Defence Forces have completed the construction of the Kenya-Somalia border fence which they took over just over two months ago.
The project was originally initiated in 2015 as a wall project after the attacks on Garissa University College.
Construction stalled after the National Youth Service personnel working on it downed their tools for lack of payments.
KDF took over the project, making huge progress in so little time. They also switched to wire fencing using concrete poles joined with barbed wire, wire mesh, and razor wire.
Speaking at the official works inspection on Thursday, Maj-Gen K.T. Chepkuto from the KDF Engineering Department said the remaining 30-kilometer stretch would be completed in the next four months.
”We will do the first 3 kilometers within the stipulated time since people are energized,” he said.
Maj-Gen K.T. Chepkuto said Kenyan military personnel were working closely with the Somalia National Army to ensure a peaceful process.
”The only possible challenge could be from Bulahawa, but SNA are working with us to ensure the project progresses swiftly,” he said.
Mandera Governor Ali Roba was also at the Kenya-Somalia border fence inspection, lauding the progress KDF had made in just two months.
”We are happy with the progress of the security sensitization program as visible work has been done unlike in the last two months when we visited the site,” he said.
He further explained that the fencing was a mandatory security measure to stop terrorists from accessing Mandera.
”We want our brothers from Somalia to do business with us through the customs border and we can keep unwanted elements of society out.”
Lafey MP Isaack Shaaban, a member of the parliamentary Security Committee commended the progress saying:
”We would wish to have border-less countries in Africa to enable trade but due to challenges posed by Somalia, we are safeguarding Mandera.”