About 600 traders will be relocated to a temporary site within Marachi Estate to pave way for the construction of Ksh63million Cross border fish market at the Busia border fish export and import market.
Busia County Government led by Chief Officer for Animal Resources Richard Achiambo Engineer assured the fish mongers that the relocation to be executed in the next two weeks was a temporary measure as the six-month project is set to kick off.
Eng. Achiambo said H.E the Governor Ojaamong will realize one of his legacies through fisheries, adding that Busia will host the biggest Cage Fish workshop next month that will draw participants from East Africa.
County Director Fisheries Timothy Odede said the completion of the one storied building will make it the largest handling transhipment facility from Lake Turkana Fish that is destined for East and Central Africa markets.
“The market currently generates Ksh1.2 billion in trade but with its completion the figure will rise to Ksh2b,” he said, adding that the market will also serve as a distribution network for omena and tilapia fish which is good in nutritional value for children under the age of five.
Busia First Lady Judy Ojaamong said no trader will be displaced upon the completion of the new building, adding that what the traders need to do is to guard the new market jealously.
Burumba Member of the County Assembly Moses Ochieng warned the fishmongers against cartels who may try to fleece them of their money under the pretext that it’s free land and yet it’s government land.
“It’s a dream come true contrary to doubting Thomasses. Our Governor H.E. Sospeter Ojaamong loves you by giving the construction of the market top priority; the issue of taxi park and streetlights will soon be a thing of the past,” he said, adding that Busia has received municipality charter with Ksh110m already released for the town’s upgrade.
Businessman Bishop Sireka thanked the County Government for the kind gesture saying the new market offer one stop shop for local fish, fish from Lake Turkana and Uganda.
County Commissioner Jacob Narengo through ACC Christine Chelagat assured the traders that the National Government will offer adequate security during their temporary relocation.