Busia County Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi has urge the Kenya National Highway Authority to expedite the construction of the trailer parks in Malaba and Busia border towns in order to facilitate seamless trade in the region.
Speaking during a meeting with stakeholders on EAC integration process at Hotel Itoya in Busia on Wednesday, Mulomi noted that despite Busia County Government having signed an internal agreement with the Authority over six years ago, KeNHA had taken overly long to construct trailer parks in the two border towns.
“There are various agreements made internally between the county government and KENHA which have taken too long to be implemented. We ask that this be fast tracked and if they are dealt with, I believe there will be seamless trade between our countries,” he said.
The DG expressed his concerns noting that trailers stuck on the road were a ticking bomb and a major security threat due to the nature of the goods they transport across the East Africa region.
Emphasizing that “Busia and Malaba towns are the focal points in trading activities” between Kenya and her neighbor, Hon Mulomi thanked the Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania governments for coming together and implementing the One Stop Border Points (OSBP) which have led to speedy and efficient processing of trading activities along the region.
Responding to the delayed construction of the Busia trailer park, KENHA Deputy Director Eng. Paul Omondi said that this would only be achieved after the expansion of the 90km Kisumu-Busia road has been actualized. He said “this has not been actualized because we are still looking for a development partner.”
The meeting was presided over by Hon. Adan Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of EAC and Regional Development, his Uganda counterpart Hon Kirunda Kivejinja; and Susan Koech, PS Ministry of EAC and Regional Development.
Also Present in the meeting were the County Government officials; CEC Members, Phaustine Barasa (Finance), Judith Maketso (Trade) and Chief Officers, Otieno Okwach (Office of the Governor), Nelson Kwamini (Cooperatives) and Andrew Otiti (Office of the DG)