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The Clergy and Lay Canons during the 26th anniversary celebrations of Katakwa Diocese on Sunday.

ACK Archbishop urges Uhuru to reduce commodity taxes in border counties

Photo: ACK Archbishop Dr Jackson Ole Sapit and Katakwa Diocese Bishop John Okude during the 26th anniversary celebrations of Katakwa Diocese on Sunday.

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.

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