Busia RDC wants Ugandans occupying Kenya’s no man’s land moved
The outgoing Busia Uganda Regional District Commissioner Kennedy Otiti wants the Ugandan nationals occupying Kenya’s no man’s land moved out unconditionally.
The RDC who has been transferred to Kweng in Northern Uganda told the oversight committee on EAC affairs that was on a tour of the border town that Ugandans had defied the evacuation order to illegally occupy the 35m security and 35m no man’s land in Uganda and Kenya’s no man’s land.
Otiti clashed with Busia Uganda Municipality MP Geoffrey Macho who claimed that Uganda Government wanted to evict 600 families from the no-man’s land without compensating them.
” It is unfortunate that Ugandans have created markets in Kenya’s no-man’s land where they have put structures. They use the same for human trafficking and illegal cross border trade.
Kenya ns moved out of the security buffer zone and no man’s land after the affected families were paid. Ugandans were paid but politicians are still inciting them to continue occupying the two zones,” he said.
During the tour of the One Stop Border Post in Uganda ahead of Friday’s visit to Busia and Malaba border posts , the MPs were told by Ugandan and Kenyan Immigration officers at the OSBP that human traffickers are forging entry stamps to secure passage of illegal immigrants along the porous borders.
The MPs fell short of disbanding the Uganda Bureau of Standards for allowing contraband goods into the country. In defense, the officers said goods that gains entry into Uganda were through porous borders.
The leaders said the OSBP had rendered clearing agents jobless and appealed to EAC member states to amend the EAC treaty to allow minimum clearance of goods at the routes.
Macho thanked the Kenyan government for allowing Ugandans to receive yellow fever vaccination since they don’t have those facilities in Busia Malaba.
He said the future of EA integration political process looks bleak because of ideological differences. ” You cannot go to Kenya and own a shop or buy land but Kenyans invest in Uganda freely.”
He said school drop outs in Busia Uganda is 60 per cent because of cross border trade and smuggling. ” HIV prevalence is the worst in the country because of truck drivers.
Photos: Parliamentary committee on EAC taken around the One Stop Border Post in Busia Uganda on Thursday.