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    Protests in Kenya Cripple Trade in Border Towns of Malaba and Busia

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    Protests in Kenya Cripple Trade in Border Towns of Malaba and Busia
    • June 26, 2024 • 27 days ago
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    The ongoing protests in Kenya have severely disrupted trade in the border towns of Malaba and Busia, where usually bustling roads are now deserted and the movement of perishable goods has come to a halt.

    Ongoing protests in Kenya have left hundreds of traders in the border towns of Malaba and Busia in a state of uncertainty and distress. These towns, usually busy with trucks of produce, now witness a contrast. The only trucks seen moving are empty ones leaving the country, signaling a great disruption in trade moreso that of perishable goods and produce.

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    The economic impact on these border towns is great. Malaba and Busia, key transit points for goods moving between Kenya and its neighbors, are now eerily quiet. The once-busy roads, including the Busia-Jinja-Kampala road, appear unusually deserted. The typical sight of trucks filled with fruits, vegetables, and other perishable goods has been replaced by empty trucks leaving the country, reflecting the severe disruption caused by the Kenyan protests.

    Traders dealing in perishable goods are the most affected. The inability to move their produce to markets in time has resulted in substancial losses. The lack of trucks to transport goods means that perishable items are at risk of spoiling, worsening the financial strain on the traders who rely heavily on timely deliveries. The situation is dire, with traders expressing their concerns and frustrations, praying for a swift solution to the ongoing unrest.

    "We are facing serious losses," said a trader in Busia. " We hope the leaders talk to the protesters and resolve this issue as quickly as possible. If the issue persists for even a week, things will not be the same."

    Rebecca Kadaga, the Minister of East African Affairs, has reassured traders that the East African countries have an agreement to allow trucks and other vehicles to move in and out of their territories despite the current turmoil. However, this assurance has done little to alleviate the concerns of the traders who are dealing with the daily challenges of the disrupted trade routes.

    The protests have also led to an increase in prices, particularly for fuel, which is essential for the transportation of goods. The fuel supply, which passes through Kenya into Uganda, has been severely impacted. Traders are worried about the rising costs and the potential for further economic hardship if the situation is not resolved soon.

    The impact of the protests extends beyond the immediate financial losses. There are concerns about the long-term effects on trade relationships and economic stability in the region. The traders are urging the concerned authorities, particularly those involved in East African Affairs, to take action to address the root causes of the protests and restore normalcy.

    The coming days will be important in determining the economic stability of these border towns, Uganda and the broader East African region.

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