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Matiang’i to address border point security roads challenges.

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i tours the Busia One Stop Border Post on Wednesday.

Interior  Cabinet Secretary  Fred Matiang’i has promised  to address  border  point security roads  challenges  which have impacted negatively  on the socio-economic  development of Busia and  Malaba border points.

Speaking when he  paid a courtesy  call  to Busia Governor Sospeter  Ojaamong  on Wednesday, Matiang’i  said  he concurs with the sentiments of  Governor and  his Deputy Moses  Mulomi  on the need to create bypasses.

The Governor  said Busia County is the face of  Kenya  but the National Government has failed to  address the issue of bypasses which has put  the lives of residents of  the two border towns  in grave danger due to trucks carrying inflammable substances.

” When I took over  the reins of power  in 2013 there were no lights  in the border towns with some agencies using candles . My government had to  install solar  lights  and  streetlights.

The business community    in Busia and Malaba  are experiencing  heavy losses owing to high taxation that has forced Kenyans to either set up businesses or bus goods in neighboring Uganda ,” he said.

Ojaamong promised to raise  the challenges  with the  Lake  Region  Economic Summit  which will be hosted by Busia County  at Hotel Itoya  on Friday.  

Mulomi  said the issue of roads  is crucial. ” All major towns in Kenya including Nairobi, Nakuru  and Kisumu have bypasses   except Busia.  Trucks  carrying petroleum products  stretches for over 30km along the northern Corridor,” he said.

”   Creating bypasses   and maintaining  border security roads is crucial. I shall address this issue during a security meeting in Kitale  this weekend,” he said.

Earlier while touring the Busia  One Stop Border Post  Matiang’i  said he was determined to do away with white collar crimes  at the border.

” Employees working  at the border will have to take  full responsibility for  contraband goods entering the country.  I will ensure that  those involved are brought to book.

Revenue leakage is  connected to  illicit trade at the border. Officers   who have overstayed will be transferred,” he said.

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