KRA Hints At Refurbishment of Busia Bus Park

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By Reuben Olita

The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRíA) has hinted at refurbishing the Busia bus park.

KRA is set to modernize a decade-long agreement that preceeded the move by Busia County Government to surrender part of its land for construction of One Sto seep Border Posts (OSBP) in Busia and Malaba Borders respectively.

The pact also directed KRA and Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) in collaboration with Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) to decongest Busia Town by expediting construction of a dual carriage way from Korinda junction to the border, a trailer park in Mundika and a by-pass linking it to the OSBP.

Speaking during a follow up meeting in Busia that was attended by Chief Officers Mr Andrew Otiti (Urban Development and Physical Planning) and Mrs Teresia Mbingi (Lands and Housing), KRA Deputy Commissioners Customs led by Mr Chege Macharia said funds were allocated for the project with its commencement set to be announced soon.

“Last week I did a memo to KeNHA to give us timeline on when they are going to start the construction to merge with plans we had already done at the border,” said Mr Macharia who was accompanied by his counterpart Susan Wanjohi.

Mr Otiti requested KeNHA to hasten the process of dualing the highway to Mundika to ease congestion at the border citing frequent traffic snarl ups.

“They have visited our offices with designs of the highway severally but nothing has been forthcoming yet the project is being funded by the British Government to the tune of Ksh.300 million. Since the agency advertised procurement for construction works we haven’t seen further progress,” he appealed.

Mrs Mbingi said delayed construction of trailer parks has caused traffic problems in Malaba and Busia towns and further loss of revenue to County Government.

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