Suleiman Barasa, a resident of Bulumbi village, says that they were digging a spring well and landed on gold cores. He explains that using his experience as an artisanal miner for the last ten years, they crushed the gold core and found two points of gold.
In January this year, Masinya sub-county secured two-2 acres of land in Bunyuhe village for the market expansion to accommodate 1,500 traders.
Councillors passed a resolution to evict all traders who were operating on the streets in Mugasia trading center to reduce congestion and traffic jam, especially during market day on Sundays.
Lawrence Edraku, the officer in-charge-OC Majanji police station, says that they got a report from the army about the arrest of fishermen who were found using illegal fishing gear despite the fact they hadn't yet been brought to the station.
Li Pingfei, the Zhongao-Zhongen site engineer says that they faced a challenge of changing the project site because the initial site allocated to them by Busia district local government had issues of land disputes which prompted them to look for a new site and they delayed to begin the construction because they took some time to developed another new project design.
Suzan Wandera, the Busia town deputy mayor, says that they don’t have alternative parking space to decongest trucks in the streets. They initially had plans to open parking yard in Sofia village but was again given to the ministry of health to construct the modern border laboratory.
Tan Chun Chi, the general manager of the Wagagai gold mining company, says that the investment has reached US $60 million. He explains that they have been lagging behind in the construction due to the lack of the two licenses and expect to double their speed because they expect to begin gold production by July 2023.
According to the traders, they are no longer selling their goods because of the long queue of empty trucks that have blocked their clients from seeing displayed goods in their shops. The truckers also dump garbage and also even excrete in front of their shops, something that poses risk to their lives as they can easily contract diseases.
According to the union, most of the voters who turned up for the elections were reportedly non-members who had illegal boda-boda identity cards. The cards were allegedly issued by George Byansi, one of the contestants for Busia municipality.
Marijuana farming is common in Buhehe, Masaba, Masinya, Masafu and Lumino sub-counties. While addressing farmers at Dabani sub-county headquarters, Mugeni said that once the government embraces his proposal to include a marijuana processing facility in the export zone market, they are ready to source potential cannabis investors to produce drugs and create jobs for locals.