President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday sent senior state officers to Somalia within the latest move signaling a climbdown in tensions between the 2 countries.
The team of security chiefs led by the inside CS Fred Matiang’i will meet Uhuru’s Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo to iron out issues over an alleged border intrusion.
The move comes amid tension between the 2 countries on its border points in Mandera.
The delegation led by Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i left for Mogadishu following every week that saw the Somalia National Army battle Jubbaland forces in Bula Hawa near Mandera County.
The fighting by forces traditionally united against Al-Shabaab militants saw Kenya and Somalia accuse one another of territorial integrity violations.
Last week Mandera residents were forced to escape after fierce clashes erupted between Somalia troops and Jubaland forces in Bulla Hawa.
Heavy gunfire and explosions not to mention black smoke may be seen emanating in Bulla Hawa in Somalia which borders Mandera town.
On Wednesday, Uhuru warned Somalia from provoking Kenya.
Uhuru said the Somali soldiers bridged international laws and conventions engaged in aggressive and belligerent activities by harassing and destroying properties of Kenyan citizens living within the border town of
“.. the foreign soldiers in flagrant breach and total disregard of international laws and conventions engaged in aggressive and belligerent activities by harassing and destroying properties of Kenyan citizens living within the border town of Mandera,” Uhuru said on Wednesday.
Uhuru asked Somalia to prevent the smear campaign and commit the energy to deliver leadership and prosperity to its people.
After a series of blame games from the 2 sides, The US and Ethiopia mounted pressure on Somalia to deescalate the strain.
The pressure saw Uhuru and Farmajo speak on phone on Thursday announcing that committees would be formed to debate border security.