The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) President Mr. Richard Ngatia has urged government affiliated institutions to cooperate for ease of implementation of government projects and programmes in Trans Nzoia County.
He made the appeal while on a working tour in Kitale, where he met County Commissioner Mr. Samson Ojwang and Governor Patrick Khaemba, in Kitale town on Monday.
Addressing the press at the County headquarters, Ngatia regretted over the slow pace of implementation of some key programmes occasioned by what he described as sibling rivalry involving state owned departments failing to work as a team.
Echoing on sentiments made earlier by Governor Khaemba and County Commissioner Ojwang, he cited the Kenya Railways Cooperation refusal to donate land for construction of a modern market that could accommodate business people displaced by ongoing upgrading of roads within Kitale town.
“The people of Kitale stand to lose a modern market as well as the Sh100 million set aside by the China Roads Construction Company for the market,” Ngatia regretted.
Ngatia urged management of the company to reconsider its hard stance, saying the proposed market would not only expand business opportunities in the area but also boost the devolved unit’s revenue collection.
“It is our humble appeal to Kenya Railways bosses to consider allocating part of its land territory to the government to enable smooth implementation of projects aimed at bettering lives of Kenyans,” he remarked.
The KNCCI boss further asked Kenya Forestry Services (KFS) to release 50 hectares of its land to enable the national and county government construct important social amenities at the One Stop Border Post at Suam.
“The 50 hectares requested are meant to put up a business township with accompanying social amenities at the border post,” explained Ngatia.
“The Ugandan side at the one stop border post stands to reap maximum benefits if our Kenyan side fails to put up basic business structures that go with border posts,” he added.
It is within public domain that the KRC and KFS have rejected proposals to have their land properties hived for purposes of allowing construction of government and donor funded properties in Trans Nzoia.