TURKANA – The County Department of Lands, Physical Planning, Housing, and Urban Areas Management welcomed a team from the Border Management Secretariat, a multi-agency of various entities that made a courtesy call to the County Executive Committee Member for a consultative meeting.
The Border Management Secretariat’s meeting was keen to request for land to establish a new Point of Entry and Exit (POE) at Todonyang, Turkana North.
Peter Akono, a member of the County Executive Committee, expressed his support to working with the multi-agency team, to advance a streamlined front for the County Government’s development agenda on matters related to land.
CEC Akono insisted that in order for an organization to acquire land for any development, Law on Community Land Act is very clear and that the established legal procedure must be followed to the latter.
This was in response to the Kenya Revenue Authority’s (KRA) request for land to establish a point of Entry and Exit.
In order to ensure the local community’s interests are protected and that locals are socially included, he also said that the County will need to sign an Agreement with KRA in order to get the maximum benefit from the development project.
Kennedy Nyaiyo, the team leader of the Border Management Secretariat, informed the CEC that a survey was carried out throughout the country to identify possible border crossing sites while describing the need to establish a new Point of Entry and Exit.
“The border control facilities main infrastructure will be an establishment of a customs border station at Todonyang. The Point of Entry and Exit will play a significant role in facilitating trade, security movement of cargo, people and also promote facilitation of transit trade”, stated Nyaiyo.
According to Nyaiyo, Todonyang was among the five identified new Points that were approved by the National Advisory Security Committee.
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