Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said that border counties have been losing a lot of natural resources to National Government due to lack of terms of engagement. He also stated that a number of treaties which affect them are done without their involvement.
Speaking when he received a team that is working on the proposed Busia Jumuiya market led by Director-Integration in the Ministry of EAC, Dr. Alice Yalla, Governor Ojaamong said failure by the National Government to execute its mandate has put leaders of such counties on a coalition course with their residents.
“We lost our parking yard in Malaba to Kenya Revenue Authority for use on temporary basis but they have now acquired the title without our blessings.
We also lost pieces of land in Malaba and Busia towards construction of One Stop Border Post in return for trailer parks but which never came to fruition, thus the need for defined terms of engagement before execution of any task,” he said.
The Governor said his Government will support the Jumuiya market project but with assurance that the residents will benefit from economies of scale and the county from the share of accrued revenue.
Dr Yalla assured the Governor that memorandums of understanding on the management of the facility, revenue sharing formula and issue of occupancy will be made bare.
“The terms of reference for the market is 90 per cent complete, what remains is the need for active engagement by the County Government and County Commissioner’s office,” she said, adding that the Sh1billion project will take two years to complete.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said the dream for a Jumuiya market is a welcome move but it should not be an alien project to the community.
The DG said Busia residents are of the feeling that the County Government has not done much due to failure in honouring agreements, noting that Trade Mark East Africa tops the list of such defaulters.
Those present includes County Commissioner Jacob Narengo, County Executive Committee Members Judith Maketso (Trade), Prof Grephas Opata (Lands), Dr. Moses Osia (Agriculture) and Chief Officers Maurice Odundo (Lands), Nelson Kwamini (Trade).