The Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Jackson Ole Sapit has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to reduce taxes to save the economy of border counties.
Speaking during the 26th Katakwa Diocese 26th anniversary celebrations at St John’s Cathedral Katakwa on Sunday, the Archbishop said he had received reports from Church members that business at the Busia and Malaba borders had reduced drastically.
” My plea to the Head of State is that he should reduce taxes to enable the business fraternity on the Kenyan side of the border to compete effectively with their counterparts in Uganda.
It’s a pity that price differential has impacted negatively on business on the Kenyan side with many consumers opting to cross to consume cheap drinks or buy various commodities at nearly half the price,” he said.
He said there was an urgent need to harmonize prices of various commodities in the true spirit of the East African Community Protocol to give the business community in the two countries comparative advantage
Ole Sapit said it was paramount for Kenya and Uganda to create an enabling environment and open the borders to facilitate trade between the two nations to facilitate cross border trade.
He said peace builds business and urged county residents to put effort in revamping the economy of the county instead of sitting on their laurels and wait for miracles.
The archbishop was in Busia for his ecclesiastical mission that started last Wednesday. He first visited the county on 28th August , 2016 where he consecrated and enthroned Bishop John Okude as the Bishop of the Diocese of Katakwa.