Business picking up at Malaba, Busia borders

Business on the Uganda and Kenya borders is slowly picking up following the relative peace in Kenya, an official in Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) said.

Business on the Uganda and Kenya borders is slowly picking up following the relative peace in Kenya, an official in Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) said.

This month, more cargo trucks have been cleared at Malaba and Busia border posts.

“At the moment I can’t say operations have normalised but all I can say is that slowly but surely, the situation in getting back to normal. Between 150 and 200 loaded trucks were cleared, Patrick Mukiibi, the head of URA corporate communications said.

Mukiibi prays the situation remains calm saying it will be a great relief to the countries that largely depend on Northern corridor especially Uganda and Rwanda.

For the last two months Kenya, a country where most goods destined to most East African countries are shipped was plunged into post-election violence. Hundred of people were left dead, property was destroyed, roads and railway line vandalised.

This halted the speedy movement of goods from Mombasa port, causing shortages especially of oil products in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda Democratic Republic of Congo and Southern Sudan.

Mukiibi was however quick to say the business is still low, as cargo companies are not yet assured of safety.
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