President Yoweri Museveni and his Kenyan counterpart on Saturday commissioned the newly constructed Busia One Stop Border Post which is hoped to ease clearance of goods and passengers crossing the eastern border.
The post which is funded by foreign development agencies under the Trademark East Africa is expected to reduce the clearance time at the border from 20minutes to just five.
The Border Post which is about 200 kilometers from Kampala and 430km from will be the second busiest entry point in Uganda.
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,” said the President. “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,” he said.
The president went on to thank Trademark East Africa for funding the project and expressed optimism that it will go a long way in improving trade between Uganda and Kenya.
Kenyan President 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.