22nd May 2018, Naivasha, Kenya: The IGAD Centre for Pastoral Areas and Livestock Development (ICPALD) kick started a two day National Legal and Policy Level Experts’ meeting this morning at Lake Naivasha Sopa Resort, Kenya to review the final Protocol on Transhumance in the IGAD Region.
Representing the Executive Secretary of IGAD, Dr. Adan Bika, Head Dry Lands Development and Climate Change Adaptation at ICPALD in his opening remarks highlighted that all IGAD Member States have expressed immense support of the Transhumance Protocol.
D r. Bika also mentioned that the Protocol on Transhumance is in line with the IGAD Founders’ vision as well as with the 1991 Abuja treaty adopted by African Union Policy framework on Pastoralism of 2011 as well as the East Africa Police Chiefs (EAPCCO) Cattle (Mifugo) Rustling Protocol of 2008 hence the need facilitate secure, legal and well coordinated movement for regional development and interstate security.
In support, the Guest of Honor Mr. Peter Wamunyu, Director of Foreign Services representing the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed the importance of the facilitation and orderly movement in search of pasture and water for the survival of transhumant pastoralist communities.
Mr. Wamunyu called upon other IGAD Member States to adopt the Protocol and reiterated Kenya’s commitment towards having good bilateral relations with other IGAD Member States for socio-economic development and in line with the Continental Free Trade Area.
Other high officials at the opening ceremony included the Member of Parliament for Mandera West Constituency; Hon Adan Haji Yussuf who is also the Chairman for the Livestock Subsector Committee in the Pastoralists Parliamentary Committee expressed his appreciation to IGAD for its efforts towards making pastoralist communities recognized and facilitate secure and orderly movements.
The facilitator of the meeting and Transhumance Expert at ICPALD, Mr. Japheth Kasimbu expressed IGAD’s gratitude to the Republic of Kenya for their commitment, participatory support and assured the experts that most of Kenya’s views, concerns and recommendations have been put into consideration.
The experts in the two days will present and provide legal expertise on the final legally harmonized IGAD Protocol on Transhumance and where possible accompany instruments ready for popularization and adoption with other IGAD Member States as well as document national process of ratification and domestication for the protocol and provide and agree on detailed roadmap of the implementation process with timelines and required resources.