Kenya International Boundaries Office

Mandate

Kenya International Boundaries is mandated to ensure clear demarcation of Kenya’s International Boundaries

Core Functions

  • Define and manage territorial integrity of the Republic of Kenya;
  • Establish the status of each international boundary;
  • Identify contentious and non-contentious sections of the boundaries;
  • Map and consolidate all the activities that are being undertaken by different Ministries regarding international boundaries;
  • Prepare strategies for affirming, negotiating and/or defending the country’s international boundaries;
  • Lead bilateral discussions with other neighbouring countries on international boundaries;
  • Facilitate compliance with, and alignment to international obligations relating to boundaries and territorial integrity;
  • Develop a draft framework for each respective boundary to address utilization and management of shared and straddling resource bases (e.g. Lakes and their drainage basins, pastures, national parks, range lands etc.); and
  • Draft legislation to define the extent of the territory of Kenya in accordance with Article 5 of the Constitution.

Projects and Programs to be undertaken this Financial Year

This office has been allocated a total of Kshs.283, 555,825 to undertake the following activities during the 2018/19 FY:

  • Reaffirmation of Kenya/Tanzania International boundary from Lake Natron to the Indian Ocean.
  • Preparation and further submission of reports to the United Nations Commission on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on Kenya’s outer limits of the Sea.
  • Preparations and negotiations with the Republic of South Sudan on the overriding claim on the common border.
  • Research and documentation to aid the Maritime case between Kenya and Somalia at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).