By Weswa Ronnie
The State Minister for Trade, Harriet Ntabazi is scheduled to visit Lwakhakha Uganda- Kenya Border located at Lwakhakha Town Council, Bubulo East Constituency in Namisindwa district on 24th November, 2023.
Based on a letter seen by our reporter, the purpose of her visit is to assess the border and report back to cabinet then Parliament such that it can be approved as one of the trans-border points in Uganda.
Another reason for the visit is to inspect the first phase of COMESA market which was constructed at Lwakhakha Uganda-Kenya border to promote trade between the two countries.
John Musila, Member of Parliament of Bubulo East constituency says that he lobbied for this border point when the area was still under Manafwa district in 2018 while he was LC5 chairperson of Manafwa.
He adds that the current Lwakhakha border has been allowed by the government for offloaded trucks to use for entry to Kenya as a way of decongesting Busia Uganda -Kenya border.
Musila also says that they want the minister after assessing the border to report to the government that the border is ready to be turned into trans-border point such that transit Heavy goods trucks from Mombasa can pass through there.
The MP adds that if that border is turned into trans-border point, it will help to decongest Malaba border and people from Bubulo east and Manafwa district along Bumbobi- Lwakhakha Road will sell their goods at higher prices.