By Lorraine Anyango
We knew it as one of the oldest and most popular open-air markets in East and Central Africa.
Its name was synonymous with Kisumu County, besides being one of the top revenue earners in the region. Then came the Coronavirus, that saw County and Public Authorities shut down the Market.
But even if Coronavirus subsides, Kibuye market will never be the same again, if on-going plans to construct it into an Ultra-Modern market is anything to go by. Already, it has been fenced and work is set to begin, according to Kisumu City Manager, Ms Doris Ombara.
Funded by the World Bank, Kibuye will be built to an international standards, with a Five -Level architectural plan, to accommodate different kinds of traders and modern facilities.
Once completed, this will be one of the most auspicious projects built through a successful collaboration between the governor, Prof Peter Anyang’ Nyong’os government, the national government and international donors.
Kisumu County is working closely with the French Government, the World Bank and the German government, among other organizations in improving the livelihoods of the people.
The first phase of modernizing Kibuye market will cost Ksh 200 million. Plans are underway to advertise tenders in the next seven days for the work scheduled to start and be completed within 12 months.
An expansive market with a permanent perimeter wall and strong grills, a parking bay, an off loading and loading area, five gates with revenue collection points and modern ablution blocks, this is the new face of the famous Kibuye market.
Aware house mounted with CCTV cameras where all good that come in must dock, to be weighed, graded and costed, modern spacious sheds for the whole sale area with proper sheds, work tops and running water for washing produce.
This replaces the muddy, ruggedly uneven, quaint and busy 13.6 acres Kibuye Market that has served the larger East African region for decades.
This move comes in to secure the market as well as ease off traders currently using the stadium parking lot to sell their wares and allow the stadium to resume its function.
“The City Board will give us consent to advertise this coming week so that work commences immediately.” Says Ombara.
“Sitting here for the last five years, I can tell you Kibuye is another illegal government by itself unfortunately, managed by very high level cartels which must dislodge it.” She emphasized stating that the county government is moving fast to reclaim ownership of Kibuye market.
“The 13.6 acres are government’s land, so no cartels can dictate to the government not to fence it, adding that the market belongs to the government of the day. “ The dislodge has started with a clear demarcation of where Kibuye starts and ends.” She said
The county government already relocated traders and put up a chain link fence engaging the National youth service, this was done amidst resistance by the cartels. Ms Ombara added that the county government has a right to put up beacons indicating the demarcation of Kibuye market.
To harness the area under contention Governor Nyongo’ paid for the services that were offered by National Youth services and through the special deliver unit bought materials that were used to fence off the area.
The cartels have been opposing the fencing of the market to bar the government from collecting revenue. “ones the market is built, lorries will pass through a gated area, we will take their details including phone numbers, the good they are carrying and then they will pay.” She said.
She said that the county is losing revenue because lorries are coming in from different points, “We don’t know how many lorries have come in, some suppliers are renting houses in the near- by estates where cartels sneak in and buy the goods so that revenue collectors don’t get access.” She said.
Ms Ombara also said that the county will break the cartel of brokers who impose and market prices on both suppliers and retailers, noting that they were not legitimate in revenue collection.
This trend has discouraged farmers in the villages from growing produce only to throw it to the brokers.
The whole sale areas will be upgraded to deal with overland flow, pickling pathogens and increasing rate of due to contamination.
“It’s priority for us to put up decent sheds with proper drainage, stand pipes, taps, racks for wares display to avoid mess and contamination that can result to cholera outbreak.” Ms Ombara pointed out.
However, the fight to reclaim and secure Kibuye market will not be done with until over 300 permanent residents illegally occupying the market are moved out. “These people abandoned their homes and villages to come and take residency of the market.” Ms Ombara said.
The mabati stalls are homes, people pay rent there to illegal land lords who are collecting rent on government market land because it’s not fenced, they want it as a free for all.
This new development in Kibuye will also see the 1.5 acres within Kibuye known as ‘Migingo Island’ removed. “It’s a place where there are brothels, music 24 hours, chagaa within the market, this too must be dislodged.” Ms Ombara added.
There are also planned civil works including access lanes and drainages, lighting and about 6 fire hydrants coming in handy when responding to fire emergencies, since Kibuye is prone to fire accidents.
Eventually when the market is completely done it will take about 5 billion shillings , since it’s a county, country and regional market, there are troops from south Sudan, Dr C Congo ,Rwanda, Kampala every week . And with the opening up of the port, The market is bound to attract even more people.
The market will also have a clinic and provisions for required licenses for operations while the parking lot comes in handy to aid in revenue collection which will later be channeled the development envelope to fund projects undertaken by the county.
“We want it to be done as a commodity-based market which has order, a map and people can easily locate one’s premise within the market as similar business will be clustered together.” She added.
Officer in-charge of gender Mrs. Adah Omedi flanked by Director services, Madam Fiona Okwri during the sensitization against early pregnancy and distributing of sanitary towels to the young women in Seme
The County gender team paid a visit to the GENO Community Home based Care (CBO) on a Youth and adolescent sensitization forum in North Seme Ward, Seme Sub-County.
The team, under the directorate of Women, Youth and PWDs Affairs and which was led by the Officer in charge of Gender Mrs. Adah Omedi, flanked by director Social Services, Madam Fiona Okwiri, conducted a sensitization forum on early pregnancy and early marriages and also issued free sanitary towels to the young women in the area.
Speaking at the forum, Mrs. Omedi called on parents and the community to collectively stop early marriages adding that a wraparound social support can be a safe space for children, especially girls, who will be supported to navigate issues they face at school and home and to help them realize their full potential to boost their own well-being and that of the communities and County as whole.
“With greater opportunities, focused group discussions (FGD) and support from parents and communities, girls won’t be driven by circumstances into early marriage.” said Mrs. Omedi.
The early pregnancy rate and Early marriages in Kisumu county is troubling even with a strong healthcare system that guarantees confidentiality, a non-judgmental approach, and support of the adolescents.
Since COVID-19 containment measures were put in place in Kenya, Media reports have confirmed that several adolescent girls may have visited health facilities for antenatal services, including closing schools and restricting movements, access to sexual and reproductive health information and services.
Amid the pandemic, girls and women have continued to suffer SGBV cases and early marriages causing devastating consequences. The pandemic made it difficult for women and girls to access sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information and services, including contraceptives.
According to the WHO, complications relating to pregnancy and childbirth are already the leading cause of death for girls aged 15-19 globally. Adolescent girls face heighten risks such as early marriage in the world of COVID-19 that may cause them to become mothers earlier than is desired or recommended.
The team also called attention to the importance of continuity of sexual and reproductive health services during COVID-19, particularly for the adolescent girls.
By Matilda Atieno
County Executive for Roads, Transport and Public Works Dr. Joyce Osogo during the launch of machine based road maintenance at Ong’ayo in Kisumu West sub county(Photo: David Wadulo)
Residents of Kisumu West sub county can now breath a sigh of relief after yesterday’s launch of the machine based roads maintenance pilot program in the area by the County Executive for Roads, Transport and Public Works Dr. Joyce Osogo.
The program dubbed “accessibility our priority” will ensure that at least 5km access roads in each ward within the county are excavated, reshaped, side drained, gravelled and compacted.
Kisumu west is the third sub county where the program is set to be implemented after Muhoroni and Nyakach as the rest to follow suit.
The action plan comes at a time when the access roads have been rendered impassable due to heavy downpour experienced in the recent past.
Roads maintenance is an intergral component of Governor Prof Anyang Nyongos development Manifesto.
Residents of Ong’ayo ward who will benefit from the road projects, doing business, taking patients to hospital and even transporting corpses home for burial has been a daunting task due to the poor conditions of the road.
Speaking during the launch, CECM for Roads and Public Works, Dr. Joyce Osogo, outlined the access roads to be maintained to include:Ong’ayo Otonglo-Pombo, Obambo -Kabibi, Obambo -Ogal, Wadhguen- Kawiti Otete, Rabuor -Nametsa, Kadidi Wanguola Maringo, Nyahera-Geta, Awach bridge – Ndemra and Sianda – Gee.
She cautioned the community members not mix development with politics but always consult her office on matters that may require her attention for amicable solutions to be reached.
She further called on the residents to support the project by ensuring the security of the machines.
The County Executive for roads was flanked by her counterparts from Marketing and cooperatives Professor Judith Attyang who promised to build a modern market in the area to boost trade. The county Executive for Education Mr. John Awiti on his part pledged to put up an equipped Vocational Training Center in the area to sharpen the artisan skills of the youths.
The County Assembly Speaker Hon. Elisha Oraro who is also the immediate former MCA of the area called on the people of Ong’ayo ward to know the roles of both the MCAs and the Executive so that they are not confused over roles of the two.
He reiterated that the role of the MCA is representation, legislate, and oversight while the Executive is implementation.
He urged the people to attend public participation meetings where they can prioritize their needs for purposes of budgeting.
He added that the pilot program on road maintenance is a trial to see the much that can be done with the limited budget given compared to the works done by contractors that is quite expensive and covers only a few kilometers.
After completion of the access roads, youths and women in the locality will be engaged to maintain the roads as a source of livelihood.
The function was also attended by a host of MCAs, representatives of the area Member of Parliament Hon Olago Aluoch, Hon Rosa Buyu, the sub county administrator, the five ward administrators in the sub county, Assistant Chief of the area Mr John Ndege , Chief Officer Roads Eng. Moses Ogeda with a team of county Officials
from the department among other invited dignitaries.
By: Emily Mikwa
CoG Chair Wycliffe Oparanya with Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o during the weekly update on Preparedness of County Governments on Covid – 19, Prosperity House, Kisumu ( Picture by Lennox Omondi)
Council of Governors Chairman H.E Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has called for a concerted effort from all stakeholders in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.
Addressing the nation and members of the Press from Kisumu County Headquarters at Prosperity House, Governor Oparanya reported that all the 47 county governments have now been affected by the novel COVID-19 pandemic. With the soaring numbers of positive cases across the nation, Oparanya said the County Governments have continued to enhance their response measures towards the disease. He appreciated the support extended to the devolved units by the Ministry of Health especially in assessing the Counties’ level of preparedness and overall status of healthcare which highlighted some of the challenges counties are grappling with, one of which is stigmatization.
He noted that the Council has tried to create awareness on the disease but a lot still needs to be done to defeat the enemy.
” As Council of Governors, we have striven to create awareness on Coronavirus through radio and TV programs conducted on a weekly basis. However, we note that this is not enough hence there is need for complementary effort from stakeholders”. Governor Oparanya said while appealing to the media fraternity and civil society organizations to partner with the devolved units and conduct civic education on COVID-19 through their different platforms, a step he says will help in providing the public with the needed information.
In line with the Council’s mandate on sharing of information on performance of counties, the Chair outlined that they have continued to provide a platform for sharing of best practices through Community of Practice Forums in different sectors. Some of the key areas handled over the last one week include; active quarantine facilities where 40 counties reported on the status of the active facilities. Currently, there are 818 in the facilities having released 1,044 who were previously confined. According to Oparanya, a total of 10,498 tests have been carried out in 40 counties whereby 1,106 tested positive. Out of this positive cases, 177 are healthcare workers.
The counties have also trained and sensitized an additional 1,272 workers and 1,505 community health workers. Other interventions include: implementation of home based care under which 37 counties have recorded 630 patients; gender interventions whereby the Council launched the Women’s Empowerment Index, County Poverty Profiles and County Budget briefs that detailed the needs of women and children in all the 47 counties in addition to the distribution of sanitary towels to the isolation and quarantine facilities.
Governor Oparanya also called on the public and stakeholders to register to take part on the upcoming multi-agency County Governments Virtual Conference that shall take place on the last week of August to take and share notes on how they have managed the pandemic and continue to provide government services. On the same note, he confirmed that the Lake Region Economic Block shall on 19th August, 2020 unveil the COVID-19 Advisory and Strategy Committee at the LREB Head Office, a ceremony that will be graced by the Cabinet Secretary for Interior Fred Matiang’i.
On the same breath, Governor Nyong’o updated the press on the status of Corona virus disease in Kisumu County confirming that the county has so far recorded 123 positive cases. Out of these, he reported the county had discharged 58, 10 of which were under home based care program.
He noted with concern the number of cases arising from community transmission which stands at 70% of the total infections with about 10 health workers having been infected.
The two leaders emphasized on the need for personal responsibility and concerted efforts in dealing with the disease. They called on all citizens to behave in an extraordinary manner as they continue adhering to existing protocols to stay safe.
BY Nancy Juma
Health CEC member Prof. Boaz Nyunya togther with Dr. Monica Oguttu Executive Director Kmet unveils the Kisumu County FPCIP 2019-2023 (Picture by David Wadulo)
The health and sanitation department today unveiled the Kisumu County Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan (KCFPCIP) 2019-2023 in a function that was convened in partnership with KMET and stakeholders in support of the FP service delivery commitment.
The first KCFPCIP launch is a bold commitment in support of county reproductive health programs that are set to ensure that family planning is integrated into relevant sectors. The FPCIP is a roadmap to articulating and guiding the who, what, when and how much it takes to achieve the 2019- 2023 commitment.
It is also a great stride in creating increased access to reproductive health, improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness of reproductive maternal newborn child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) service delivery to improve maternal and child health outcomes.
Speaking during the launch, the CEC Member for Health Prof. Boaz Nyunya welcomed the document adding that the department purposes to enhance the reproductive health status of the people by increasing equitable access to reproductive health services, improving quality, efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery at all levels.
Most importantly, Prof. Nyunya pointed out areas of concern including addressing the burden of unintended pregnancy among women of reproductive age, improving access to quality family planning services and aligning to Universal Health Coverage (UHC) as a priority. To realize this, CECM confirmed that the county signed a memorandum of understanding with NHIF which will see 45000 household indigents benefit from the UHC.
“If properly implement the family planning program can enable the county to achieve development goals including improved maternal health, combating HIV/AIDS…” Said Prof. Nyunya
The CFPCIP is a 5-year actionable road-map designed to help Kisumu County achieve its family planning goals that can be realized through the department’s commitment to increasing the total contraceptive prevalence rate in the county. It is developed to address the country’s family planning programming needs as it provides a clear picture of the financial resources needed to reach FP2019-2023 goals.
In her address, the Executive Director of KMET, Dr. Monica Oguttu, acknowledged the critical role of CIPs in transforming family planning commitments adding that FPCIP is a preventive measure that will help prevent most maternal deaths.
Jane Owuor the County Reproductive Health Coordinator indicated that the CIP is an advocacy tool that will help in raising the visibility of family planning in the county provided that family planning is integrated into relevant sectors, in both service provision and advocacy.
The chief Officer Health and sanitation, Dr. Joseph Okweso and his Director Mr. Fredrick Oluoch also echoed their commitment and support of the document, promising to ensure its implementation across the county.
By Matilda Atieno