June 24, 2024
Kenya Becomes 5th Country To Sign Deal Allowing Free Livestock Movement in IGAD States

Kenya Becomes 5th Country To Sign Deal Allowing Free Livestock Movement in IGAD States

Musalia Mudavadi, Prime Cabinet Secretary and Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs, signed the IGAD Protocol on Transhumance after a successful meeting with the IGAD Secretariat Delegation, led by Dr. Fatma Adan, IGAD Head of Mission in Kenya.

The Protocol establishes a critical framework for the free, safe, and orderly cross-border movement of transhuman livestock and herders in search of water and pasture across IGAD Member States.

It also governs transhumance activities, such as the movement of herders and their livestock across borders; the sustainable use of natural resources, such as land, water, and pasture, to support transhumance activities; and conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution.

This will help to promote peaceful coexistence, reduce the risks of violence, and protect pastoralist communities’ rights and interests.

Pastoralists will have access to land, water, and grazing resources, as well as increased cooperation and coordination among neighboring countries to address common cross-border challenges.

The Protocol was adopted by the IGAD Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs at its 72nd Extra-Ordinary Session on June 24, 2021.

Kenya becomes the fifth IGAD Member State to sign it, following Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Djibouti.

The Registrar of Treaties, Amb. Joseph Vungo presided over the signing ceremony, which was attended by Jonathan Mueke, Principal Secretary of the State Department for Livestock Development; Col (Rtd) Ali Raso Dido, the Parliamentary Pastoralist Group representative, and Sarah Korere, MP Laikipia North.

Following Prime Minister CS Mudavadi’s signature, the Protocol will be submitted to the Cabinet and then to the National Assembly for Kenyan ratification.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) is an African trade bloc of eight countries that aims to accelerate economic and social development and integration among its members through integration efforts based on peace, prosperity, and regional integration.

Kenya Becomes 5th Country To Sign Deal Allowing Free Livestock Movement in IGAD States

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