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Busia Traders on Tuesday petitioned Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong over forced eviction by security officers at Sofia along the Kenya-Uganda border.
Armed Prisons officers allegedly pounced on the women hawkers on Tuesday morning and damaged their goods, thus sparking off protests from small scale traders who marched through the streets of Busia to the County Government headquarters.
Led by Burumba ward MCA Tony Onyango, the traders also complained of harassment by Ugandan authorities who have imposed tough conditions on Kenyan traders including denying them a place for drying their maize to reduce moisture content.
Addressing the traders Ojaamong said he had talked to County Commission Mongo Chimwanga to halt the eviction exercise and Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa to ensure normalcy returns among traders who engage in cross border trade.
” The National Government should not succumb to demands from East African Community Member states especially Uganda who want things done their way to satisfy their personal ego.
Uganda is “invading” Kenya with impunity while the National Government is just silent. Armed Ugandan security crossed to Kenya at Among’ura and closed the market. They have done the same in Port Victoria, Migingo and now to our traders in Busia,” he said.
He said tough conditions had also been imposed on clearing agents who were rendered jobless at Malaba and Busia due to treaties which only hurt Kenyans and benefiting Ugandans.
Ojaamong said even if the traders want to be removed from the buffer zone where they have been operating for over two decades it has to be carried in a humane manners and to involve all stakeholders.
Onyango thanked the Governor for taking some time out of his busy schedule to meet the traders and for ensuring the traders return to work as his DG continued with negotiations with relevant authorities.
The traders interim chairman Mathenge Kingori said they pay cess and other charges while in Uganda but they were now being denied a place to dry their maize which is a requirement by Kephis to reduce the moisture content to 13.5 before it was allowed into the country.

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