The setting up of the One-Stop Border Post (OSBP) in Busia and Malaba has been faulted by Kenya Chamber of Commerce, Busia Chapter officials for rendering many young people jobless, who’ve said it should be reviewed with immediate effect.
Peter Kubebea, the chairman of the Chamber of Commerce in Busia said the implementation of the OSBP has rendered hundreds of youths jobless leading to a rise in crime along the border. “In Busia and Malaba, youth working as clearing and forwarding agents have regrettably lost their jobs. I therefore urge the two presidents to sit down and agree on what to be done and allow the legislators make the necessary amendments to revert its implementation,” Said Mr Kubebea.
Deputy Chairman Fredrick Okademi said Kenyan and Ugandan lawmakers should ensure OSBP operations are halted. “We need to relook the protocol to restore employment opportunities for our young people through Parliament,” he said.
Okademi urged legislators from both countries to present their petitions to the regional assembly for consideration and embrace fair trade among business people in East Africa
He, however, challenged locals within the border to embrace the OSBP initiative which he admitted has slightly improved security, reduced revenue leakages, as well as improved resource utilization through improved cross-border cooperation and sharing of resources and intelligence. The leaders spoke during the membership recruitment exercise to the Chamber at a hotel in Malaba.