The government has announced plans to reopen the Mandera Border Control Point which was closed in 2012.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki who is on a two-day tour in Northern Kenya said renovations will begin as soon as the government assesses the financial and logistical requirements.
He said the move will empower the residents and curb illicit cross-border trade that has been fuelling insecurity in the county.
Kindiki also directed the incorporation of community elders into security operations in Mandera and Wajir as part of efforts to flush out armed militants and criminals from the counties.
The CS assured of security in the Northern region which is prone to al-Shabaab attacks warning that the government will not tolerate individuals interfering with the peace and stability of the country.