Busia County Commissioner Michael Tialal has lauded the mature leadership of the County that has catapulted it to safe haven.
In his off -the cuff speech after reading President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Madaraka Day speech at Busia County Stadium, the County Commissioner told the residents to take advantage of the leadership to progress this county.
” Together we shall work with the progressive leadership of the county so that we are able to take Busia to the next level,” he said.
Tialal concurred with the sentiments made by the County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Animal Resources Dr Moses Osia that Busia is a beautiful county with plenty of rain and fertility but residents don’t take advantage of that rare phenomenon to increase crop production.
The CC admitted that business in Kenya has gone down with most Kenyans crossing to Uganda to buy goods. ” There is need by East African Leaders to harmonize taxation to save Kenyan businessmen from imminent closure,” he said.
Nominated Member of the County Assembly Halima Mohammed had raised an alarm bell that most Kenyans had opened bars and hotels in Uganda due to low taxation, thus pushing all Kenyans to drink or buy goods in Uganda.
Tialal revealed that illicit trade across the border continue to rare its ugly head with perpetrators using school children and people with Disability to import contraband goods and drugs.
” Other people cross with stolen Ugandan vehicles where they change the number plates. We have arrested several people while others are still are large and we are in pursuit of them,” he said.
He also disclosed that most people have opted to keep their vehicles at the DC’s offices and police stations for feat of being stolen . “We shall not relent on our pursuit for law breakers.”
The CC said the night ban on boda boda riders will not be lifted despite an appeal by the riders’ chairman Eric Makokha who wanted a few to be allowed to operate to carry commuters who arrive late.