Ugandans’ strange request to Kenyan government at the Endebess one-stop border post

Months after the government commissioned the construction of a one-stop border post to promote trade and security with neighboring Uganda, citizens of the neighbouring country are coming up with a very strange request that would ordinarily not be expected from people of another country.

Ugandans are now requesting to be given job opportunities and space too within the upcoming set up, despite the fact that they aren’t a responsibility of the Kenya government. The border post which will be located at Suam has already seen the construction of the 45 kilometers Kitale-Endebess-Suam highway.

The border project is set to house customs and Immigration and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) offices.

Sam Ojwang, a senior administrator in the north-western Kenyan county of Trans-Nzoia, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony of the project in April, earlier this year.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni in 2018 held talks in the port city of Mombasa and agreed to have a one-stop border point to enhance trade and security in the region.

Ojwang said the two leaders had agreed to build one-stop border points to enhance integration between the neighboring countries.

He said that the Kenyan government had axed 24 acres of land from Suam forest to put up the project. Ojwang said Uganda is expected to establish a similar project on its side.

Despite this assurance of reciprocated construction from the Ugandan side, residents of the neighbouring country are instead seeking the help of a foreign country.

AfDB has invested 4.60 billion shillings (42.9 million U.S. dollars) for the renovation of a major highway in Trans-Nzoia County by China State Construction Engineering Corporation.
The project is expected to be completed at the end of the year.

“The project brings immense benefits to manufacturers in Kenya and it is the commitment of the national government to promote the manufacturing sector in a bid to scale up the efforts to achieve the Big Four Agenda towards attaining Vision 2030,” said Ojwang.

He said the one-stop border post is part of the infrastructural development projects set to boost the spirit of regional integration.

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