The Star (Nairobi)

26 January 2013

Kenya: Uganda Can End Border Jams - KRA

BUSIA Kenya Revenue Authority yesterday appealed to their Ugandan counterparts, URA to corporate in taming the traffic pile up menace at the Malaba border.

KRA regional manager, Western, Stephen Karuga said the issue of systems failure by URA had sometimes contributed to the snarl up which is hurting regional economies.

Speaking at the 24th annual international Customs day celebration at Hotel Levantes in Amagoro, Karuga called for concerted efforts to tame the vice.

"We are addressing the issue to ensure that more custom officers were seconded to help address cargo clearance delays at the border," he said.

Teso North DC Josephine Onunga who was the chief guest appealed to stakeholders at the border to reduce bureaucracies that are hampering regional trade.

Onunga said there was need to embrace interconnectivity to reduce cargo clearance time that will eventually seal loopholes of corruption.

" Effective interconnectivity by all agencies at the border points from Mombasa to Malaba is the only remedy to reduce pile ups and enhance efficiency," she said.

Also in attendance were Regional customs manager, Wilson Nzoka and Malaba station manager, Philip Chirchir in the event that started with integrity anthem on the need to eliminate corruption..

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