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Address Busia border inspection fee row, says MP

Henry Andanje and KNA @PeopleDailyKe

Essential services at Busia border could be paralysed if the current wrangling between clearing agents and the Kenya Plants Health Inspectorate Services (Kephis) is not urgently addressed.

Matayos MP Geoffrey Odanga in whose constituency the border post is situated said the wrangling was sparked off by an increment of inspection fee from a shilling to Sh45 on every kilogramme of cereal imports from Uganda by Kephis.

Speaking to the press after attending a meeting between local leaders and Kephis officers, the MP said the clearing agents’ grievances should not be taken for granted because the standoff has affected business at the border.

Joseph Ouma, clearing agents representative, said Kephis officers have refused to produce any notice or documents to justify the increment fee on cereals being imposed on businessmen. Meanwhile, traders at the Namanga border have accused the Tanzanian government of unfair taxation and creating a ‘hostile’ business environment.

Traders harassment The traders complained that there has been continued harassment of business owners operating at the border post despite Heads of State from the two countries signing an agreement in July 2017 for free movement within ‘no man’s land’.

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