Ethiopia, Kenya Agree to Jointly Enhance Border Security

ADDIS ABABA – Ethiopian Federal Police (EFP) and its Kenyan counterpart on Tuesday agreed to jointly work on ensuring the security of areas bordering the two countries.

The two sides came to an agreement during a meeting between EFP Commissioner General Demelash Gebremichael and Kenya’s National Police Service (KNPS), Inspector-General Hillary Mutyambai, in Addis Ababa.

In a press briefing after the meeting, the two Chiefs announced that they greed to work together to ensure the security of the cross-border trade to prevent human trafficking, arms trafficking, and smuggling.

Commissioner General Demelash mentioned terrorist groups such as the Al-Shabaab, OLF-Shene, and TPLF are working together to destabilize the East African region, said EEP.

He stressed on the need to set a strategy by the two police institutions to combat the activities of the terrorist groups.

The two sides agreed to initialize their relations by drafting and signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) soon to ensure the security of the two countries, according to Ethiopian Federal Police.

“We have agreed to work together in major areas,” said Inspector-General Mutyambai.

“We will prepare a MoU of how the two police forces will work in the areas of border cooperation between the two countries, which includes sharing of information and holding joint operations,” the Inspector General said.

He said, “We agreed to continue engaging further as new matters arise to enrich the MoU,” which will be signed after their respective technical teams looked into it.


Featured Image Caption: Commissioner General Demelash (R) and Inspector-General Mutyambai also agreed to work together in building the capacity of their institutions in meeting held in Addis Ababa on Tuesday, February 15, 2022. [Photo EFP]