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Five star hotel worth KES 500m to be constructed in Busia

11 May 2015, 09:55 Jane Zack

Busia - A five star hotel worth KES 500 million which is set to change the face of Busia County is under construction at Nang'oma hills in Budalangi constituency.

A Nairobi-based businessman and a resident of the area, Peter Ojiambo said he had partnered with his son, William Ojiambo who is a hotelier in Dubai to come up with the investment.

Addressing the press at the hotel site over the weekend, Ojiambo said the recently concluded Busia International Investment Conference which he attended made him to have a second thought about investing at home.

He said Omulima Weigoye Hill Park hotel will be built on a 10-acre piece of land with one acre set as landing ground for helicopters.

Budalangi area has in past been associated with flooding, a thing that is now history.

Busia County Government has undertaken to open up roads in the area, which has improved accessibility to the hotel and other facilities in the hill which is a few kilometers from Lake Victoria.

"The project will boost the economy of the County in terms of attracting tourists from across the world and creating employment opportunities to the County residents.

"The hotel is being constructed with a model of Safari Park hotel in Nairobi and Manzoni ranch which was owned by the late cabinet minister, Mutula Kilonzo," he said.

Upon completion, Omulima Weigoye will become the first five-star hotel to be built in Busia County.

Ojiambo said the hotel will create competition among other investors who might want to put up similar facilities in the County.

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A village elder, 70-year-old Pascal Neri Neri, said that he is optimistic that the hotel will create job opportunities for the future generation and improve the economy of the County where the poverty rate stands at 66 percent.

Busia Governor, Sospeter Ojaamong said the construction of the hotel is a milestone achieved by his government in hosting the historic investment conference.

The inception of devolution has seen the mushrooming of hotels in Busia County, with most of the investors settling in the industry.

The County director of Trade, Vincent Asikoye said that the population of people with disposable income has now risen to the County level, adding that before services were devolved to the counties, tourist offices and hotels were only situated in Kisumu, 117Km away from the border town.

"Many investors have shown interest in investment in the County. Another investor will in the next few weeks start constructing a Juice Factory in Ikapolok, Teso North Sub-County.

"Other investments in the County include liquid organic fertilizer factory in Matayos, Cassava factory in Teso South, Busibwabo and Tangakona sugar factories," he stated.

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