Security to register all traders at Busia border

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Security heads in Busia have kicked off an exercise of registering all  traders operating at the border in order to deal with  illicit trade.

The development comes on the backdrop of billions of shillings which to smuggling at the border.

For instance , in the past six months, URA has intercepted goods worth shs1.6billion being smuggled at Busia.

The majority of people engaged in the business are basically illegal traders who cross to Kenya to buy Kenyan goods at a relatively low price to sell to Uganda through mainly porous border points.

While addressing cross border traders at Busia customs, the supervisor customs enforcement  in charge of the Eastern region at URA, Paul Karatunga revealed that the country losses close to 1.6 billion shillings through the border every five months.

"We can't even grantee the quality of the smuggled goods. This is endangering the population"  Karatunga said.

Smuggling of goods at Busia border has been the order of the day for decades.

However, according to  cross border traders, the activity is motivated by high taxes on goods .

" For instance Kenya cement is sold at seven hundred Kenya shillings while Uganda cement is sold at thirty thousand shillings. This pushes Ugandans to cross to Kenya,"  Patrick Kenyatta, the chairperson of Busia cross border traders said.

However, to  end the vice, URA officials together with Busia district security heads are currently engaging the illegal traders in the two border towns of Busia and Malaba to get out of illicit business.

According to Busia RDC, Micheal Kibwika, the registration of illegal traders has kicked off.

" After concluding with registrations, the business community will be sensitized on how best they can do proper business,"Kibwika said.

 

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