Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong wants the National Government to sensitize county residents on its projects saying some counties have taken credit on such projects to gain undue mileage.
Speaking in an interview on Radio Citizen hosted by Vincent Ateya on Thursday February 2019 , the Governor said issues of road construction in urban towns is the responsibility of the National Government through the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURRA) and Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA).
“The National Government should educate residents on projects it’s undertaking. Most highways in major towns in Western region including Kakamega and Kisumu are World Bank projects and yet credit goes to County Governments.
The National Government also needs to come clear on the Northern Corridor B road linking Kisumu and Uganda. The road especially in Busia County is narrow and dusty with Kenya National Highway Authority doing nothing to expand it, thus to the disappointment of County residents who think it’s the duty of my Government to maintain the road,” he said.
Governor Ojaamong said his government is not responsible for the bad road from Korinda to Busia town; that is the responsibility of KeNHA and nobody else is allowed according to the law to carry any repairs on it.
He added that the British Government donated Ksh200million towards the expansion of the road from Customs to Korinda but the exercise is at the design stage,” he said.
The Governor said KURRA has failed to deliver on its mandate of undertaking the tarmacking of urban roads in the County, adding that his Government was forced to tarmac about 10km of roads in Busia and Malaba, and renovated some, making them all passable and accessible.
The Governor said Busia Town has been elevated to Municipality status and qualifies for Ksh100m annual funding from the World Bank to beautify the town; he further stated that Busia has got new water technology from Germany, using solar power to pump water from boreholes, and the county residents are not suffering from water shortage during this period of drought like other counties.
Imbalance in trade has deteriorated due high taxation in Kenya and this has caused most of the trade to shift to the neighbouring country of Uganda. He added that Kenya – Uganda border is a free market hence everybody can freely trade since they are all from the same society.