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Busia Customs Road too Narrow for Trucks, Border Community Complains

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.

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Residents of Busia town have urged government to expand the a one-1 Kilometer-Km custom road to reduce traffic jam and accidents.

Busia Customs road is the main road that connects to Kenya from the junction at Busia central police station to the main entrance of one stop boarder post then it connects to Busia county in Kenya. 

It's the town's busiest street, located in Marachi village, south west parish in Eastern division of Busia Municipality.

The road is 30 meters wide and was constructed by Uganda government in the late 1980's and the national roads authority has been handling it's maintenance.

According to residents, the road is narrow due to congestion of trucks that park along it while waiting to be cleared before proceeding to Kenya. This has contributed to an  increase of accidents along the street and the congested trucks are also a haven for criminals especially in the evening.

Suleiman Benzula, a resident of Marachi village and also a trader says that other road users face difficulties during rush hours due to congestion of trucks along the road.

This is because the road is narrow and congestion of trucks denies other people space.

Benzula added that trucks also block their clients from seeing displayed goods in the shops on the street. "If the road is expanded, it will reduce congestion and traders shall do their businesses well," she implores.

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Jorum Nkuruziza, a boda-boda cyclist at custom road stage says that they spend most of the time struggling for space with other road users due to the congested trucks. Passengers shun sitting on the bicycles or motorcycles due to fear of accidents, a move that leaves boda-boda riders into losses.

They also want government to expand the road so that they can also get back to good business.

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Livingston Wabwire Mabachi,the L.C.1 chairman Marachi village says that the congestion along the road has contributed to increased number of travelers using porous points especially in his area which has many porous routes.

He appealed government to come up and do expand the road.

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Hassan Bwire Opio, the Busia town mayor says that both Jinja and Custom roads are too narrow to accommodate the jam of heavy trucks that do import and exports leaving a traffic jam which has interfered with the  economic well being of traders operating along the streets.

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.

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Allan Ssempewa, the UNRA public relations officer couldn't be reached for a comment as he couldn't answer several call attempts by our reporter.

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