Businessmen want face of Busia changed
04 March 2014, 13:41
Bungoma - Businessmen in Busia and Malaba have appealed to Governor Sospeter Ojaamong to ensure that the two border towns are investor friendly.
Speaking at a dinner party held in a Busia hotel Sunday, the businessmen said that poor infrastructure had turned away some investors who initially had vested interest in investing in the town.
Speaking on their behalf, Peter Kubebea complained that there are over 20 modern hotels in Busia with over 1 000 bed capacity but instead seminars are being held in Kisumu.
Kubebea, who is the proprietor at Farm view Hotel, reiterated that they are ready to support the governor for a second term if at all he changes the dilapidated face of Busia.
"I am ready to enter into partnership with the County Government by branding five stalls to improve Busia County which is the third poorest County in the Country," he said.
The proprietor of Busia Villa, Ruth Ogolla decried police harassment of beer consumers, which she said has forced them to seek solace in Uganda where they drink until late in the night before returning home.
She complained that she used to sell over 50 crates of beer per day but the situation has changed and she can no longer sell even one crate currently.
“My customers fear drinking in Kenya because of constant police harassment and the stringent Mututho laws," she said.
Equity Bank Busia Branch manager, Patrick Maina and his EcoBank counterpart, Dickson Alogwa said that Busia town needed to be lighted up, feeder roads tarmacked and parking zones created.
However, Vice chairman Busia Chamber of Commerce, Fred Papa said insecurity was a major threat to businessmen as it forces them to avoid saving money in their accounts.
“Constant power outages, lack of proper drainage and sewerage systems, water and parking bays for trailers have highly retarded development of Malaba town,” Papa lamented.
Ojaamong, who was the chief guest at the party that was organized by Busia County government, said frequent power outages and security challenges were being addressed, adding that the County Integrated Development Plan had captured all problems bedeviling the town, and will address them in due course.
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