Written by Rosemary Wachiye
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Greater heights are envisioned in the free interaction between the East African Community (EAC) through trans-border communication, trade, social interactions and culture exchange.
However, EAC members have been challenged to loosen the restriction on its borders and overlook their political boundaries to allow for free exchange to achieve the same.
Speaking at the 3rd commemoration of the late Walter Peter Masibo Saisi, a former Deputy Provincial Commissioner in Nyanza and chair of the Board at Milo Boys Secondary school, his eldest son Andrew Saisi called for unity among the states in the EAC stating that through it there would foster national and international peace that would hence boost the economy.
Saisi explained that the restrictions at the borders in terms of immigration bureaucracies hinder free interaction across the East African borders therefore, pausing as a big barrier to integration.
He said that according to the late Saisi, residents from Eastern Uganda and those of Western Kenya had a common origin and that they spoke the same dialect.
Mr. Abraham Saisi has called for the community to put up more projects that will contribute to the development of the area. He suggested the expansion of the Milo Health Centre to serve the ever growing milo community as well as having a tertiary institution that would offer training to the youth.
Speaking at the same event a close relative to the family Mr.Renson Chakava revealed that the sole reason for the interaction between citizens from eastern Uganda and western Kenya is to foster inter nations unity as well as break the boundary between the nations.
He challenged those learned elites from the area to emulate from the late Mr.Saisi and go back to their home area and contribute towards developing the area further.
"Most learned professionals from the region have relocated to the towns leaving their villages underdeveloped," said Mr.Chakava.
To grace the occasion, there was the Saisi Cup tournament held annually to mark the commemoration where games are played by teams from neighboring Uganda and Kenya.
The Milo secondary school football team scored 3 goals and lost to Manafwa Secondary School from Mbale in Uganda with 4 goals.
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