The lakeside City of Kisumu is set to host 4 African Presidents for the mega launch of KShs 3 billion Kisumu port, next Thursday.

The facelift is expected to restore the glory of the once vibrant East Africa hub, an area previously perceived as deliberately marginalized by the state.

The former Premier will host President Uhuru Kenyatta (Kenya), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), Felix Tshisekedi (Congo) and John Magufuli (Tanzania).

Last Thursday, Raila, President Kenyatta and DP William Ruto, visited the port to inspect the progress of the repairs, after the burial of the late Bomet Governor, Joyce Laboso.

Last month, President Kenyatta made an impromptu visit to the Port of Kisumu en route from Tanzania.

During the impromptu visit, he was unimpressed with the slow pace of the work that was being undertaken.

Kisumu Deputy Governor, Mathews Owili, stated that the president ordered the contractors to speed up the renovation and complete it in three weeks. “He cautioned the contractors after expressing concern about the speed with which they are doing the job. He is serious about this port and that is why he insisted it must be done faster,” he told reporters.

“He wants everything to be in place before the launch and he is very strict to the departmental heads in charge,” he added.

KPA plans to make the port a regional hub for East Africa to serve Mbita, Homa Bay, Mfangango island, Muhuru Bay pier, Luanda K’Otieno, Usenge beach, and Port Victoria.

Lake Victoria is the second largest freshwater body in the world with 13 ports.

The government is also setting up an industrial park in Muhoroni, Kisumu county, that is expected to create jobs and open up the region

Other key projects the region has received since the famous March 2018 handshake include the construction of the Koru-Mamboleo road, Kabunde airstrip where KShs 128 million has been allocated to pay off the landowner and KShs 4 billion allocated to the blue economy.

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