A two-day tour of the Suam and Lwakhakha border towns by the Principal Secretary in the State Department for Internal Security and National Administration, Dr. Raymond Omollo, marked a significant milestone in the efforts to enhance cross-border cooperation, decongest traffic, and boost economic growth.
The tour, undertaken in the company of key officials including Principal Secretary in the State Department for East Africa Mr. Abdi Dubat and Acting Commissioner General Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) Mrs. Rispay Simiyu, offered valuable insights into the progress and challenges faced along the Kenya-Uganda border.
Dr. Ray Omollo expressed his appreciation for the remarkable surge in economic activity and the notable improvements in security that have transformed both Suam and Lwakhakha. The developments have not only enhanced the livelihoods of the border towns’ residents but also contributed to strengthening the relationship between Kenya and Uganda.
“We are witnessing a remarkable transformation along the Kenya-Uganda border, particularly in Suam and Lwakhakha,” Dr. Omollo remarked during the tour. “The surge in business activities is evident, and it’s heartening to see how these improvements have positively impacted the local communities.”
Suam, a key border point, has been undergoing construction aimed at alleviating traffic congestion experienced at the Malaba and Busia border crossings. Dr. Omollo acknowledged the significant progress made in this regard, emphasizing the importance of smooth and efficient trade and travel between the two nations.
“The construction in Suam is a crucial step towards decongesting the border points of Malaba and Busia,” Dr. Omollo stated. “This will not only streamline trade and transit but also enhance the movement of people and goods, which is vital for the economies of both Kenya and Uganda.”
Turning his attention to Lwakhakha, Dr. Omollo applauded the positive impact on the local communities. The town has witnessed a surge in economic activity, and its improved security measures have further bolstered confidence among residents and investors alike.
“Lwakhakha’s success story is truly inspiring,” Dr. Omollo noted. “The improved security measures have provided a conducive environment for economic growth, leading to increased opportunities for the local population. We are committed to sustaining and enhancing this progress.”
Despite the significant achievements, Dr. Omollo also highlighted the challenges that must be addressed to ensure continued growth and development. One of the key areas of concern is the need for further improvement in infrastructure. Dr. Omollo emphasized the importance of adequate roads, transportation networks, and utilities to support the burgeoning economic activities in both towns.
“We cannot rest on our laurels. The surge in economic activity brings with it the need for enhanced infrastructure,” Dr. Omollo emphasized. “Efficient road networks and reliable utilities are essential to support the increasing demands of businesses and residents. Addressing these challenges is integral to sustaining the positive trajectory we are witnessing.”
As the tour concluded, the officials reaffirmed their commitment to working collaboratively to address the identified challenges and to ensure the continued growth and prosperity of both Suam and Lwakhakha. The visit underscored the shared vision of Kenya and Uganda to strengthen bilateral ties, promote economic integration, and create a secure and conducive environment for trade, travel, and cooperation along their border.
The visit shed light on the impressive economic growth and security improvements witnessed along the border towns. While celebrating these achievements, the focus remains on addressing challenges, particularly the enhancement of infrastructure, to ensure sustained progress and the continued prosperity for the border towns and the entire East Africa region.