Preparations on top gear for the launch of OSBP

Preparations are ongoing for the official launch of the One Stop Border Post (OSBP) on Saturday by Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Yoweri Museveni.

Busia County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal says all the necessary arrangements had been put in place to ensure that the event is successful.

Addressing the media, Tialal urged the local residents to come out in large numbers and witness the auspicious occasion which will boost both trade and cohesion between the two states.

“Everything has been put in place and when the time reaches it will be the best celebrations,” he said urging the residents to come and witness the occasion.

He added that once commissioned, the facility will promote trade between Kenya and Uganda explaining that it will boost economy and security.

“This is because if everyone can get a living from business and good relationship, then trade will be good,” he said.

The Commissioner assured the residents that security has been beefed up to ensure that all will be safe and also assured that the local leadership and residents that the government will fulfill its Memorandum of Understanding made with the defunct Local Authorities.

“There are plans to construct roads and establish a bus park,” he said adding that the government is planning to do much more than the local residents’ demands.

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Western Kenya Regional Manager Kelvin Safari urged the locals to use the border effectively for both trade and transport.

Safari noted that a number of the locals had been using ungazetted routes to transport unaccustomed goods.

He further stated that they had met stakeholders and sensitized them on the importance of the facility.

On Monday, a section of leaders and residents asked for an assurance from the National Government that it will establish a bus park and trailer park as compensation to the land parcel that now hosts the OSBP facility.

  

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