Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has promised to investigate the origin of fake invoices that have led to traders being overcharged, a practice which is contrary to the County Finance Act.
Speaking after a meeting with the traders who had camped in his office, the governor said his government had not increased license fees for the last three years.
“The finance bill has remained unaltered and it is surprising that some traders are in custody of fake invoices with hiked fees. New invoices will be issued as per the County’s by-laws,” he said.
Ojaamong said the fire compliance certificate of Kshs 3, 000 affects only a certain category of businesses like supermarkets and not businesses owned by small traders.
The governor also clarified that no matatu should be charged twice while entering Busia town, adding that drivers entering the town through Nambale or Bumala need to produce the receipt charged at the two entry points.
Ojaamong admitted that the cost of doing business has gone up, thus highlighted the need to consider reviewing some rates to create a conducive business environment in the county.