Posted June 6, 2021 1:18 pm by

Counties in the Lake Victoria Basin have a huge potential to take advantage of the city status of Kisumu to maximize the utilization of existing opportunities to scale up development. The city status and associated infrastructural development including port, airport, hospitality and the manufacturing sector does not only open the basin to other countries to export goods, but also offer the region the chance to pull together the regional block thinking that was meant to unlock the region.

A number of people have already been using the improved airport in Kisumu to access the other counties both for business and related, the port to transport goods to the neighboring countries and will use the re-opened railway from Nakuru-Kisumu-Butere and later to Malaba for the movement that is critical for growth. The challenge lies in the County Government of Kisumu maintaining the status and providing leadership-not just using resources from the county, but engaging the national government and related public agencies to maintain the infrastructure that is required of a city.

The leadership of Kisumu City has to provide leadership on behalf of the 12 other counties in the region in reaching out to national institutions such as Kenya National Highways Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, Ketraco, LBDA, KAA among others, to address the issue of fewer paved and tarmacked roads, inconsistent energy and electricity provision, inadequate clean water for drinking and cooking and a dead manufacturing sector.

For already, the leadership of Governor Prof Anyang Nyong’o is showing leadership by working with the National Government, to exploit the vast opportunities available for water and air transport including landing facilities and airfields are essential factors for investors. It is not surprising that counties like Busia, Vihiga, Bungoma, Nyamira, Siaya among others have no functional air transport facilities, manufacturing facilities yet they have vast opportunities for the production of foodstuffs and value addition that is critical for export.

The commissioning and launching of several infrastructure projects in Kisumu County by President Uhuru Kenyatta must be seen in the bigger scheme of things and is a continuation of government projects that go over many years. Many go beyond the handshake and lie into the realization of vision 2030 thinking and yearly government projects. In addition, some of the projects being done through the Public-Private Partnerships, where the leadership of the county has gone out to woe investors.

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