April 28th 2017

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Busia governor protests harassment by Ugandan forces

"Elected leaders and those aspiring for various seats in the coming elections should educate residents on the need to live in harmony and embrace peaceful co-existence. We have planned a meeting that will involve elected leaders, aspirants, national and county government representatives," he said.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comMonday, 30 Jan 2017 15:36 EAT

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong with his Deputy Governor Kizito Wangalwa addressing the press in his office early today.

Busia and Uganda security teams will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) over security concerns at the common border, Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong has said. Addressing the press in his office early today after holding a closed-door meeting with Busia security team led by County Commissioner John Chelimo, the governor said arbitrary arrests of Kenyan businessmen by counterterrorism and Uganda Revenue Authority enforcement officers at Busia and Malaba border points had prompted the meeting.

"Many businessmen have complained of harassment from Counter terrorism and URA enforcement officers. They buy goods worth Ksh3,000 but end up paying hefty fines of over Sh40,000 after being arraigned in a Tororo Court. The meeting will also deliberate on the best way forward for the national and Busia county governments and Uganda Government in addressing emerging issues at the common border," he said.

The governor, who was flanked by his deputy Kizito Wangalwa, said their meeting with Busia security team was aimed at strengthening relations between security organs, the county government and residents. "Elected leaders and those aspiring for various seats in the August 8th elections should educate residents on the need to live in harmony and embrace peaceful co-existence. We have planned a meeting on February 10 that will involve elected leaders, aspirants, national and county government representatives," he said.

He said there is need by leaders to preach peace and county residents to maintain peace. "Residents should not be forced to elect unpopular leaders. They should be left to exercise their democratic rights," he said.

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