Long queues of trucks in Busia town is an eyesore

 Malaba border

The long traffic snarl-up caused by trucks along the northern corridor highway at Malaba border town in Busia County. 

Photo credit: Brian Ojamaa | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • One of the monumental eyesores, Dave Tumbula moans, is the long queues of trucks waiting daily for clearance in Busia town on the Kenya-Uganda border.
  • The move by Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) to publicly list and shame insurers who frustrate clients by delaying payment of claims is great, says Japhet Tonui.

Congestion • One of the monumental eyesores, Dave Tumbula moans, is the long queues of trucks waiting daily for clearance in Busia town on the Kenya-Uganda border. “I can’t wait to see how the recent link between the SGR and the old MGR line will clear this perennial mess. The congestion denies residents their right to enjoy a walk through their town. We’ve suffered for too long.”

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Heavy trucks • The section of the Emali-Loitokitok road between Emali and Simba Cement factory has started to wear out due to suspected overloaded trucks, says Joram Mkunde. He says something is amiss. "Instead of the virtual weighbridge being focused towards Emali to capture the heavy trucks, it was set towards Loitokitok, where there are no such heavy vehicles." His contact is [email protected].

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Sleepy children • Cara Brook is “totally appalled” by the stories of mistreatment of young children in boarding schools. Says she: “A friend of mine sponsors three children in two boarding schools. They are woken up at 4am. How on earth can the young children learn anything on so little sleep? The minimum recommended sleep for adults is eight hours.” Her contact is [email protected].

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Rogue insurers • The move by Insurance Regulatory Authority (IRA) to publicly list and shame insurers who frustrate clients by delaying payment of claims is great, says Japhet Tonui. “It will unlock the industry’s potential as customers will go only for insurers who really mean business. The multi-million-dollar  industry is a key plank in economic progress.” His contact is [email protected].

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Bad start • This year is unfolding into another annus horribilis for the long-suffering Kenyans, remarks Robert Mukirae. “The promises by President Uhuru Kenyatta to cut power prices by end of 2021 have been just that — promises. Epra gazetted new electricity tariffs for December, the highest in 40 months. Kenyans are in for another five torrid years. His contact is [email protected]

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