Busia County Team of Eminent Persons has handed over an 11-point memorandum to former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on behalf of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The visit to the Rt. Hon Raila Odinga at Capitol Hill Offices in Nairobi was coordinated by Busia Woman Representative and ODM Assistant Secretary General Hon.Florence Mutua.
Addressing the press after arriving from Nairobi, the Team’s Secretary Mr Thomas Mango said among the issues include the tarmacking of the Butula- Nambale- Machakusi Road- linking rural communities to Malaba border for enhanced business opportunities.
The team wants the President to promote and support the development of Kisumu-Busia road into a dual carriageway. The road is important to Kisumu, Siaya and Busia counties, and being a link/trade route to Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo and S. Sudan.
The team also wants the the provision of safe and clean water which it says is not well funded and the to support the Construction of Mulwanda Cross Border Point to decongest the Busia town and increase cross border business among the two states.
Other issues they want are implementation the Construction of the Malaba Border Dry port in view of the coming Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) and the opening of Bunyala University College to help open up southern Busia and increase cohesion; and to consider the appointment of persons from Busia County in key positions of decision making in the government to enhance a sense of belonging to the handshake.
We Want the President to support the completion of Alupe University College with an additional ksh. 300million and the revival of Mulwanda Cotton Ginnery with a grant of 50m to supplement the County Government of Busia budget allocation of Ksh30m.
We also want the President to look into the Ejinja-Bumala road, which has not been handed over and compensation of the affected population has not been done since 2006, and tarmacking of rehabilitation of Bumala – Port Victoria road which is currently in a bad state.
Team Leader Stephen Ogalle said they have witnessed tremendous progress and harmony across the country therefore,” we fully support the handshake and the continuous war on corruption.
Sheikh Ramadhan Musa said the team has no political inclination; we shall reach out to any leader who will bring development to the County, adding that they went to see the PM because of the President’s tight schedule.”
The Team was selected from Busia Elders Council, Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to champion the development agenda of Busia County.