Uganda, Kenya launch one stop border post
Uganda’s president and his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday commissioned the Busia One Stop (OSBP) Border Post effectively adding a major exit point between the East African countries.The Busia OSBP is part of the East African Community (EAC) regional initiative, implemented jointly with Kenya and Uganda, supported by development partners through Trademark East Africa.
Speaking at the launch, President Yoweri Museveni rooted for tighter security at the post to stop criminal elements.
“I was smuggling weapons through this border here,” . “You should have scanners. We are working to put monitoring stations. We shall have a Lake Victoria monitoring plan too. We need eyes to see what is happening on Lake Victoria,” Museveni said.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on his part stressed the need for improved trade between the neighboring countries.
“Promoting trade between us as countries in the East African region is our role as leaders. It’s going to be easier now that we have this Busia One Stop Border Post,” he said.
Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is the implementing authority of the OSBP project in Kenya, while Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) implements in Uganda.
The two authorities have observed that the OSBP has brought about increased efficiency, interagency cooperation and improved coordination of all the border regulatory agencies.
According to the Martin Saka the acting Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority, the Busis OSBP commissioned yesterday will bring together all government agencies from Uganda and Kenya under one roof to complete all entry and exit formalities for both passengers and cargo.
He said the OSBP seeks to ensure faster border clearance and limited duplication of border agency interventions.
Saka added that it will also facilitate freedom of movement of persons and goods across the East African countriea and reduce the cost of doing business.
The Busia OSBP is the second busiest entry point in Uganda and is situated approximately 200km from the Uganda capital Kampala and 431km from Kenya capital Nairobi.
The OSBP handles transit traffic to and from the Great Lakes region countries of Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, DRc and South Sudan
It is among the 13 border posts in the East African region that have been converted from ‘two-stop’ border posts into single premises entity or OSBPs.
The other OSBPs are Namanga, Taveta/Holili, Lunga Lunga/Hororo and Isebania/Sirari on the Kenya-Tanzania border, Malaba on the Kenya-Uganda border as well as Moyale on the Ethiopia-Kenya border.
Others are Mutukula, Rusumo, Nemba-Gasenyi, Ruhwa, Mirama Hills/Kagitumba and Kobero-Kabanga.
Source: Journal Du Cameroun