Un­planned kiosks make Bu­sia town ‘unattrac­tive’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Western -

Bu­sia Gover­nor Sospeter Ojaa­mong (pic­tured) has ac­cused Ur­ban Plan­ning of­fi­cials of abet­ting the mush­room­ing of kiosks in Bu­sia town. Speak­ing in his of­fice af­ter the swear­ing in of nine Bu­sia Town Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee mem­bers on Mon­day, he said the trend is wor­ry­ing. “The big ques­tion is, who li­censed them to op­er­ate? It ap­pears there is col­lu­sion be­tween some of my of­fi­cers and the op­er­a­tors, which we have to find out. Kiosks are mush­room­ing even at the bus stage, where com­muters board ve­hi­cles. Plan­ning of­fi­cials need to be proac­tive and give res­i­dents the best ser­vices,” Ojaa­mong said. He said the com­mit­tee should strive to make Bu­sia at­trac­tive for Kenyans and East Africans. “That is the di­rec­tion to go. We need to plan and re-ar­range Bu­sia and Mal­aba bor­der towns,” Ojaa­mong said. Bu­sia town has build­ings more than six decades old. We need mod­ern struc­tures, good drainage and wa­ter sys­tems and plan­ning for busi­ness, res­i­den­tial and in­sti­tu­tional de­vel­op­ment,” he said. The gover­nor said Bu­sia and Mal­aba town com­mit­tees should re­store “san­ity”. He said the build­ings should be painted with uni­form colours. Bu­sia Town Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Sheila Ki­tuyi urged the gover­nor to help up­grade the town into mu­nic­i­pal­ity sta­tus as it hosts the county head­quar­ters.

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