The 2019 excellence award for town and county cleanest city in Kenya goes to Kisumu City.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o has today received the Excellence Award on behalf of County following the city’s led clean-up program.
The awards were presented by the Town and County Planners Association of Kenya (TCPAK) at the World Town Planning Day (WTPD) celebrations held at Acacia Premier Hotel, Kisumu.
The first city manager award was also presented to Ms. Dorice Ombara who is the county’s city manager.
The WTPD is an annual international day that marks the accomplishments of planners and their contributions to their communities. On the 8th of November annually, planners around the world participate in World Town Planning activities. a practice that began in 1949.
Construction of the Impala Dunga road is set to continue following the intervention of the County government and the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
Speaking in Kisumu, where he joined Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili in inspecting the construction of Impala -Dunga road, the Kenya Wildlife Service Director-General, Brigadier (Rtd) John Migui Waweru expressed confidence in the government’s ability to expedite the road’s construction in Kisumu.
Once complete the road is set to open up access and increase tourist traffic within the Impala Sanctuary and Dunga beach and it will also boost the economy of Kisumu.
According to the Deputy Governor, the county government is ready to partner the KWS in stepping up conservancy efforts in the region.
The road works is underway and construction is expected to be completed by mid-November 2019.
The improved road network in the County is aimed at spurring socio-economic development among the residents. This is in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 blueprint and the Governor’s manifesto that pledges to construct and maintain roads within the County.
A major County face-lift has been commissioned to revamp the Jomo Kenyatta highway and Ang’awa avenue under the ongoing non-motorized transport project in Kisumu city.
The project which is under Kenya Urban Support Program (KUSP) is among other two projects which include the construction of modern fire stations and reconstruction of rotary youth centers.
The department of Lands, Housing, Physical planning and Urban Development revealed that the project is aimed at redesigning roads within the city which would take in pedestrians, motorists and cyclists, expansion of drainage systems, putting up of street lights, planting of flowers and green vegetation in the city roundabouts and also the creation of service ducts beneath the roads.
Speaking during an interview with the County directorate of Communications, the chief officer Mr. Steve Gome stated that 240M has been allocated for the project out of the 770M given by the world bank for the financial year 2018/2019.
He also mentioned the relocation of street vendors along the major roads under reconstruction as one of the major challenges they are facing in this transition period.
By Wendy Noel