How August 2022 Elections in Kenya will Impact Real Estate Market in Busia

Busia County is a border county with the neighboring country of Uganda. Busia County has 351,048 registered voters. We want to look at how the upcoming polls will impact the real estate market in Busia given that it has been Raila Odinga’s stronghold for a long time.

Facts about Busia

Busia County is located in Western Kenya. It shares its Western, North, and North Eastern border with Uganda and Lake Victoria to the South West. It borders three counties; Bungoma County and Kakamega County to the East, and Siaya County to the South East. According to the 2019 Kenya Population and Housing Census, the population is 893,621. The average temperature is 220C and the rainfall amount ranges between low of 750mm and highs of 1800mm per Annum. The County is endowed with vast tracts of arable land, livestock, forests, and water Form Rivers Malakisi, Malaba, Sio, and Nzoia. Main economic activities include agriculture, tourism, fishing along the shores of Lake Victoria, trade, and commercial businesses. Agricultural products include livestock, maize, cassava, millet, sweet potatoes, beans, and rice.

Places to visit in Busia

Some of the best places to visit in Busia include:

  • Kakapel National Monument
  • Samia Hills
  • Kavirondo Series Rocks
  • Namenya Hills
  • Yala Swamp
  • Sie Steko Swamp
  • Emakina Hills
  • Chelelemuk Hill
  • Bumbe Beach
  • Bukoma Beach
  • River Nzoia Delta

Busia Town

Situated about 430 km from Nairobi along a highway that connects Kenya to Central Africa, Busia is the capital of Busia County. The town is an important centre for trade across the region, supporting a thriving market for farm produce and poultry products. The main economic activity in Busia Town is trade with neighbouring Uganda. Near the town, the county economy is heavily reliant on fish farming. The town is endowed with various hotels and health facilities.

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Estates in Busia

Some of the residential estates in Busia include:

  • Galilee Estate
  • Gesterd Estate
  • Mwari Estate
  • Burumba Estate
  • Mtongwe Estate
  • Omeri Estate

Busia Real Estate Market

The urban population is rapidly growing in Busia County, so there is a need for low-cost houses. There are many opportunities in real estate development including residential and housing estates, mortgage facilities, office complexes, and more. Bridging the gap between human resources to achieve affordable housing for all is the way to go.

While campaigning in Busia, Raila Odinga promised the residents of the county that he will negotiate with President of Uganda Yoweri Museveni to open the Kenya-Uganda border after which container terminals will be built in Malaba hence preventing trade commodities being exported to Congo from delaying the border for long.

This will facilitate a continuous supply of goods thus boosting trade. Besides those dealing with perishable goods will evade losses. If implemented, the economy of Busia County is projected to experience tremendous growth which will in turn spur the real estate market in Busia. With almost the same idea, DP Ruto has promised Busia residents modernization of the Busia border point to make it the region’s business gateway.

Ruto who has led the Kenya Kwanza in a series of campaigns in Busia County said the alliance values the contribution that informal cross-border traders play in supporting livelihoods and driving the country’s economy.

Hotels in Busia

Some of the best hotels in Busia include:

  • Border Palace Hotel
  • Homepark Motel
  • Dasar Comfort Hotel
  • Trailer Safari Inn
  • Drimz Hotel Busia
  • Hotel Rastopak
  • Rock Classic Hotel
  • Mamikki Hotel Apartments
  • Golden Tripod Hotel
  • Kanfi Hotel

Roads in Busia

The 28-kilometre Busia-Malaba road has not only provided a faster way for people to travel but has also attracted infrastructural development. The road which is already 98 per cent complete has attracted the establishment of commercial plots and peri-urban settlements. Some of the shopping centres that have come up due to the road improvement include Amerikawi, Angorom, Alupe, Amaase and Machakusi.

A leisure tour by the writer revealed that some of these centres have also introduced petrol pumps, Agro vets, small open-air markets and modern private health clinics. Paul Edebe, a civil servant based in Busia says that before these infrastructural developments came about, it was quite a challenge for drivers plying that road. The real estate market and development have tremendously grown along the busy road.

Construction Sector in Busia

There have been a number of construction activities in Busia County in the recent past. But lately in April, The National Government and the Busia County Government embarked on a Programme to ease congestion by expanding bed capacity at the Busia County Referral Hospital (BCRH).

A Sh100 million Medical Male Surgical Ward will be built at BCRH, strengthening provision of quality health services to the area residents. The County Chief Officer for Health and Sanitation Jonathan Ino acknowledged that there was acute shortage of beds in local public hospitals, such as BCRH, which initially had only 60 beds in the male surgical ward.

The expected additional 48 more beds will be a big boost to county health sector. There will be enough space to accommodate patients who require surgery. Being an Azimio la Umoja stronghold, the coalition party has promised completion of the project if elected into government.

Conclusion

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