High ranking government officials from the national and county government of West Pokot have assessed the Kenya-Uganda entry point at Konyao near Alakas to set up a custom duty office that will begin in the next three months.
Officers from the Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA), immigration, internal security and border management secretariat surveyed the area and met the locals at the border to deliberate on setting up a customs office.
The community members living along the Kenya and Uganda border at Konyao have set aside two hundred acres of land for the customs border point. The custom point is meant to boost national revenue collection, ensure effective and controlled trade affairs between citizens from the two countries and stabilize peace.
The team which was led by West Pokot County Commissioner Apollo Okello thanked the residents at the border point for maintaining good relations with the neighbouring country saying that the region had for long coexisting peacefully and thus prompted the government to set up the office.
He noted that there are funds already set aside for the construction of the border point and they are only waiting for the title deed of the land to be processed.
Apolo added that due to the increased trade between Kenya and Uganda there was an urgent need to address the issues that facilitate the smooth operations for those crossing border points.
Okello urged residents to welcome the government move, saying that the border point will be beneficial to the locals and the county at large and further assured the team of maximum security.
He added that the office will ensure that legitimate trade is practised at the Kenyan Ugandan border noting that Uganda had set out their office at the Alakas border point and has been operational for over three years now and that it could be wrong for Kenya to delay.
The Director of Border Management Secretariat (BMS), Kennedy Nyaiyo said they have surveyed twenty-six (26) potential points of entry along with Kenya and other border countries for the past two years and Konyao in West Pokot and Lokiriama Turkana as entry points to Uganda that is going to be operationalised.
Nyaiyo added that the customs office will legitimise trade between the two countries since the Kenyan side has been losing revenue due to the porosity of the borders.
Residents supported the establishment of the border point.