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MPs want bypasses at border crossings

Henry Adanje @PeopleDailyKe

Perennial congestion of trucks at Busia and Malaba border points can only be eliminated by constructing bypasses, the National Assembly Committee for Transport, Public Works and Housing has recommended.

The committee visited the two border points on a fact-finding mission to establish the cause of congestion and provide a possible remedy. Chairman Emmanuel Wangwe said the visit was prompted by a petition raised in Parliament by Matayos MP Geofrey Odanga about the issue.

“We are here on a fact-finding mission to establish the cause of congestion at Busia and Malaba border points and look for possible ways of finding a permanent solution,” he said. Wangwe who was accompanied by the MP for Luanda Christopher Mulele and his Nyakach counterpart Oduma Owuor, said the only way to eliminate the problem is to open a bypass within the two border towns.

Owuor said the congestion has been hampering free movement of goods from Kenya to other Great Lakes region states, which is against the East African Community Protocol. “Residents in the two towns are sitting on a time bomb and there is need to create a bypass immediately” he said.

He said the committee held talks with Busia County Commissioner Mongo Chimwaga before meeting with Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong. Addressing the press, Ojaamong said a technical committee is working out the process for a bypass. He said a similar bypass is being put up in Rwanda, adding that the county government will partner with the National government to address congestion problem.

“The Busia-Kisumu highway will be expanded from Korinda to the customs point using Sh200 million donated by the British High Commissioner when he toured the county,” said Ojaamong.

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