Busia County will benefit significantly from the multi-million shillings 150 km road project that will link Eastern Uganda and Kenya through the Suam border in Trans Nzoia County.
The project funded by the African Development Bank will cover 73 km from Kapchorwa in Uganda to the Suam border. A similar project will cover over 77km from Suam to Kitale town.
The Ugandan side of the road will cost US Dollars 105m.Upon completion the road will increase investment and trade benefits between Kenya and Uganda and also ease movement of people.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong who witnessed the official launch of the construction works by Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni accompanied by Turkana governor Josphat Nanok and their West Pokot counterpart John Lonyangapuo said his county will reap big from the project once it is complete.
“The Busia business community will access markets in Eastern Uganda, Trans Nzoia and neighbouring counties with relative ease. This will increase trade in the region which currently has poor road infrastructure,’’ he said.
The Governor on Saturday had attended the Young Achievers Award ceremony in Kampala to benchmark on how and why the youth in Uganda are contributing to the socio-economic transformation of their country.
“I witnessed a great example of ‘local solutions for local problems’. The safeboda company is bringing the classic mode of boda boda transport into the technological age by providing the ability to hail a ride at the click of a Smartphone, thanks to a young Ugandan who came up with the new technology,’’ he said.
Before travelling to Kapchorwa, H.E. Ojaamong attended the Africa Now Business Leadership Breakfast meeting where Busia County received thumbs up for offering a conducive business climate that has seen Uganda overtake Kenya for the first time in exports to the partner state.