Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has promised to address border point security roads challenges which have impacted negatively on the socio-economic development of Busia and Malaba border points.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong on Wednesday, Matiang’i said he concurs with the sentiments of Governor and his Deputy Moses Mulomi on the need to create bypasses.
The Governor said Busia County is the face of Kenya but the National Government has failed to address the issue of bypasses which has put the lives of residents of the two border towns in grave danger due to trucks carrying inflammable substances.
” When I took over the reins of power in 2013 there were no lights in the border towns with some agencies using candles . My government had to install solar lights and streetlights.
The business community in Busia and Malaba are experiencing heavy losses owing to high taxation that has forced Kenyans to either set up businesses or bus goods in neighboring Uganda ,” he said.
Ojaamong promised to raise the challenges with the Lake Region Economic Summit which will be hosted by Busia County at Hotel Itoya on Friday.
Mulomi said the issue of roads is crucial. ” All major towns in Kenya including Nairobi, Nakuru and Kisumu have bypasses except Busia. Trucks carrying petroleum products stretches for over 30km along the northern Corridor,” he said.
” Creating bypasses and maintaining border security roads is crucial. I shall address this issue during a security meeting in Kitale this weekend,” he said.
Earlier while touring the Busia One Stop Border Post Matiang’i said he was determined to do away with white collar crimes at the border.
” Employees working at the border will have to take full responsibility for contraband goods entering the country. I will ensure that those involved are brought to book.
Revenue leakage is connected to illicit trade at the border. Officers who have overstayed will be transferred,” he said.