According to the farmers, they are worried over the fish fingerlings in the ponds whose growth is being retarded and their quality quality deteriorating due to lack of feeds. There's no shop currently selling fish feeds in the area. Those who were selling the feeds in Busia town have diverted to other businesses.
Suleiman Benzula, the chairman of Busia customs traders association says that over 400 members have abandoned their businesses because of the charges imposed on them by URA. He says that the increment could trigger protests among the affected traders, saying they are overtaxed.
The mayor says that they initially made a proposal to UNRA for construction of a three way road entering in Kenya and another one that connects back to Uganda for about 16Kilometers from the one stop boarder post to Busitema junction, to accomodate the trucks that do import and exports of goods as well as changing the face of Busia town to standard in terms of road networks.
Danis Magezi, the engineer from MATIP-2 in press briefing on Friday morning at the facility board room says they expect maize mill machine to process at least 2 to 3 tons of Maize per hour, in case of any loophole, they shall ask the contractor to rectify.
According to the traders, Kenya’s purported lifting of the ban on the importation of Ugandan maize was only reported on social media and there hasn't been any formal communication to them on the matter.
Samuel Wakul, another trader says that he exported 15,000 tons of maize worth Shillings 70 million but it has been returned. He says most of the maize is still loaded on trucks due to lack of space to store it and keep its moisture content.
Bakhali Magemeso, the General Secretary Busia produce dealers cooperative, says that they are stranded with thousands of metric tons of maize that are loaded on trucks and piled in stores due to lack of market.
Duncan Kakonge, the URA Manager in-charge of Eastern Region, attributes the increase in traffic to the impact of COVID-19 that restricted informal trade since some traders often prefer using porous border points to import and export goods.
A kilogram of Nambaale bean variety has dropped from Shillings 2300 to Shillings 2,100, Yellow and Kanyebwa from Shillings 2800 to Shillings 2600 and Wairimu, which comes from Mutukula now costs Shillings 1820 from Shillings 2000. Soybeans cost Shillings 2,100 from Shillings 2500. The traders are taking soya beans to Lira where it fetches Shillings 2,300.
Douglas Disan Ojambo, a resident of Masafu-Masinya town council, says the new road has attracted investors who had changed the face of most of trading centers along the new road. He says the new road has prompted landlords to replace their old buildings.
Idi Kibaki Muhammad, the Western division LC 3 chairperson in Busia Municipality says that the section allocated to the cloth traders isn't suitable for their business, arguing that they should be allocated alternative space.
the Duncan Kakonge, the URA Manager in-charge Eastern region, says they have decided to halt the operation following complaints from local leaders and a public decry against the enforcement in the region.
The owners of the impounded Kenyan registered motorcycles are being subjected to a fine of between Shillings 300,000 and Shillings 600,000. This has prompted many of the motorcycle owners to hide them for fearing of being impounded by URA and paying the hefty fines.
URA estimates that there are more than 2000 Kenyan registered number plates in Busia District alone. However, Duncan Kakonge, the URA Manager in-charge of Eastern region says that most of the motorcycle owners didn’t go through customs processes to obtain foreign motorcycles and use them on Ugandan roads.
Swaibu Lukuya, the chairperson of Fresh Food Vendors, says the situation in the market has continued to worsen because the old iron sheets and polythene papers they used to roof the shelters are won out.