Deputy President Dr William Ruto has given contractors tarmacking the Busia-Malaba and Malaba-Kewalun road up to December to complete their work.
Speaking in Teso South where he commissioned the construction of Machakusi Girls Secondary School, the DP said a few challenges that stalled the exercise had since been sorted out.
“By December the residents of the County will take a few minutes from Malaba to Busia compared to the current situation when residents take many hours to reach Busia Town,” he said.
The DP said the first phase of the Sh1.1b African Development Bank Malaba water project will be commissioned in August and it will supply water to both Busia and Bungoma counties.
He also said the national government will avail cotton seeds to Busia County farmers to enable them plant cotton to cash in on the revival of Rivatex, adding that they have gotten big market in China for cotton and other cash crops including macadamia, Ovacado, coffee and tea.
Dr Ruto said the government has pumped in Sh950m towards rural electrification in Busia County that will see over 25,000 more people benefit from Electricity to add onto 45,000.
The DP also revealed that the government had disbursed Sh70m each towards procurement of equipment at Okame, Chamasiri Technical Training Institutes and three other sub counties.
Ruto donated Sh1m to kick start the construction of Machakusi Girls Secondary School and pledged a further Sh2m from the Ministry.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong thanked the DP over his assurance that the Busia-Malaba, Malaba-Kewalun roads will be completed by December.
The Governor cited 20 secondary schools in Teso South which he helped construct while he was the MP and told the area MP Geoffrey Omuse to equip them.
H.E Ojaamong thanked Funyula MP Dr Oundo Mudenyo for soliciting Sh30m from the national government to help in the revival of Mulwanda Ginnery, and told other MPs to follow suit.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi urged the Deputy President to consider tarmacking the Machakusi-Nambale-Butula road to facilitate trade in the agriculture potential area.
The DP was accompanied by Kimilili MP Didymus Barasa and his Bumula counterpart Mwambu Mabonga.