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Ojaamong says state agencies taking more than fair project share.

Busia county is losing revenue from state projects due to lack of spelled-out terms for revenue sharing, Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said.

He was speaking when he received the director for Integration in the East African Community ministry, Alice Yalla. The EAC team was in Busia over the proposed Sh1 billion Busia Jumuiya market.

'We lost our parking yard in Malaba to the Kenya Revenue Authority. They took it for use on a temporary basis but they have now acquired the title without our blessings,' Ojaamong said.

We also lost land in Malaba and Busia for construction of One-Stop Border Post in return for trailer parks,which never were built. Therefore, we need terms of engagement before executing any task,' he said.

The governor said his administration will support the Jumuiya market - with assurance residents will benefit. Yalla assured him MoUs on facility management, a revenue sharing formula and occupancy will be transparent.

'The market is 90 per cent complete, what remains is for active engagement by the county government and commissioner's office,' she said.

The project will take two years to complete.

Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi said Jumuiya market is welcome, but it should not be alien to the community.

He said residents feel the county has not done much due to failure in honouring agreements. He said Trade Mark East Africa tops the list of defaulters.

Those present include County Commissioner Jacob Narengo, county executive committee members Judith Maketso (Trade), Prof Grephas Opata (Lands), Moses Osia (Agriculture) and chief officers Maurice Odundo (Lands), Nelson Kwamini (Trade).

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Publication:The Star (Nairobi, Kenya)
Geographic Code:6UGAN
Date:Feb 27, 2019
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