The whole-of-Government approach has been given a boost through the induction of a Border Management Committe (BMC) at the Kenya-Somalia border in Mandera County. Mr. Brian Kamuren from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) was installed as the BMC chairperson .
Spearheading the induction ceremony, were Border Management Secretariat Secretary (BMS) Mr. Kennedy Nyaiyo and Mandera County Commissioner Mr. Onesmus Kyatha.
The BMC induction was preceded by a tour of the border to assess the readiness of the Mandera Point of Entry and Exit(PoE) before it’s reopened and a two-day workshop to sensitize the new members on among others, the mandate of BMCs, the crucial role that Coordinated Border Management (CBM) plays in Kenya’s PoEs, the need for a whole-of-Government approach among Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) working at PoEs, and the constitution and mandate of the Border Control and Operations Coordination Committee (BCOCC).
Speaking during the event, Mr. Nyaiyo reiterated the importance of CBM while also encouraging information and resource sharing among MDAs.
“The purpose of CBM is to enhance security and legitimate trade and travel. We also need to develop and nurture a security culture,” he said.
The Secretary also appreciated KRA for undertaking renovation works at the PoE, saying that he was really encouraged by the different developments which are almost complete. He added that he was looking forward to the reopening.
“We have realized the purpose of our assessment visit and our hope is to fast track the fortification of the PoE and renovation works which are at 60%.”
Mr. Kyatha, meanwhile, challenged the newly installed BMC to be vigilant and to play their part in the continued transformation of Mandera County.
“You need to carry yourselves with dignity because you are ambassadors of Kenya. You have to be accountable for your actions and also ensure that you work together and support one another because we serve one country,” he said.
The CC also praised the County Security team for the good work they have been doing in ensuring peace and order prevail in Mandera.
Mr. Kamuren, on the other hand, was looking forward to his new role as the BMC chairperson. He swore to uphold the law and serve without fear or prejudice.
The BMC will comprise members from KRA, National Police Service (NPS), Immigration, the Ministry of Health, Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS), Anti-Counterfeit Authority (ACA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), among others.