Trans Nzoia Governor George Natembeya has called for the speedy completion of the Suam border post.
Speaking during a tour of the ongoing construction works at Suam One border post, Natembeya called for the speedy completion of the project in order to create and boost businesses in the region.
He reiterated that the challenges facing the members of the business community who carry out their businesses at the border will be a thing of the past once the ongoing talks between the County government and the National government over the de-gazettement of more 100 acres of land from the forest land for the construction of a trading centre are over.
“We already have 21 acres of land which is insufficient to house so many traders. Negotiations are ongoing to get 100 acres of land to enable our traders to get a conducive atmosphere to work from,” Governor Natwmbeya said
The Governor also raised concern over the slow pace of the project’s construction work which was expected to be operationalised by the end of 2021.
Natemebeya further said the Suam border Post is critical towards expanding business opportunities for the local traders who had migrated to Uganda.
The completion of the Kitale-Suam-Kapchorwa Road is also expected to help transform trading ties across the border even as the county boss challenged the business community from the county to take advantage of his administration’s Ksh102 Million Nawiri fund to make investments.
“As a Government, we are asking our people to come and take money from the Nawiri fund and do investments you will pay 3 per cent unlike other financial institutions that are offering an interest rate of about 30 per cent,” he said.
The Governor was accompanied by the County Secretary Madam Truphosa Amere, CECM’s Patrick Gacheru ( Water and Environment), Boniface Wanyonyi (Finance and Economic Planning), Dr PepelaWanjala (Health), Phanice Khatundi (Agriculture), and Chanelle Kittony (Youths and Sports).
Chief Officers Sammy Sichangi, Chief of staff Dickson Wamocho other departmental heads.