Trademark East Africa (TMEA) has secured Sh200 million from Department for International Development (DFID) for the construction of a Dual Carriage from Busia Border to Korinda.
The funds were donated by the British Government through former British High Commissioner to Kenya Dr Christian Turner when he paid a courtesy call to Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong in 2015.
Speaking in Busia today (Wednesday) after meeting the Governor in his office, TMEA Country Director-Kenya Ahmed Farah said the Initial designs will be done in July before the contractor comes to the site.
The Governor raised concerns to Trademark that their agreement for the construction of the One Stop Border Post in Busia and Malaba had not been met to date, a feat that had brought him on a coalition with the residents of the two border towns.
” Turkana will receive 25 per cent for oil proceeds whereas my Government has not benefitted at all for donating land for construction of the two border posts.
Before the start of the exercise there was an agreement between my Government and TMEA, Kenya Highway Authority and other agencies to construct markets, ablution blocks and trailer parks for residents of the two border towns,” he said.
The Governor told TMEA to fulfill the demands to appease the residents of the two border towns who feel they have not benefitted from the OSBPs.
Farah said a multi-agencies meeting involving participants from Kenya and Uganda will be held in Busia tomorrow where Busia County Government will be given an opportunity of raising their concerns,
” We shall also construct a road on the Kenyan and Ugandan sides of the border,” he said, adding that they are ready to actualize some of the promise.
Farah who was flanked by Engineer Daniel Muturi said they will later make a site visit to Malaba’s One Stop Border Post to inspect the bridge linking Kenya and Uganda and what needs to be done.