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.
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The National Government in partnership with the County Government of Kisumu has rolled out Phase Two of the National Hygiene Program dubbed “Kazi Mtaani” in Kisumu today.
At least 7,500 vulnerable youths from Kisumu alone have been absorbed into the Sh. 10 billion program that will enable them cater for their daily needs amidst the ravaging effects of the Global Corona Virus pandemic.
The Principal Secretary in the State Department of ICT Jerome Ochieng’ this afternoon officially launched phase two of the initiative in Otonglo, Kisumu County alongside Kisumu Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili. The PS who had earlier on paid a courtesy call on the Governor said the program has been upscaled from the initial 5 settlements in Phase One to 17 under Phase Two. He highlighted that the number of project beneficiaries have also been increased from 2,600 to 7500 across the county. Phase Two is set to cover the three sub counties; Kisumu West, Kisumu East and Kisumu Central.
The program set to be rolled out in all the 47 counties received a tremendous increase in its budgetary allocation from Sh. 760 million to Sh.10 billion. This the PS says will enable them employ at least 283, 000 across the Country.
Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o appreciated efforts by the National Government in addressing the issue of unemployment among the youth by enabling them earn something little to take care of their daily needs during this hard-economic time.
Under the partnership arrangement, Governor Nyong’o said that the County through the Department of Environment will take responsibility and provide the cohorts with County Equipment to carry out their activities and return once the work is done.
Under Phase One, the youths were asked to report with their working tools a situation that is currently being handled by both Governments.
“the National Government is trying as much as possible to facilitate the issue of equipment and is working closely with the counties to ensure youths are provided with the necessary equipment including protective gears”. Said PS. Ochieng.
The PS lauded both the National and the County Governments for their close partnership to ensure that the youths are actively involved and left to loiter around.
He challenged the youths to use wisely monies earned from the initiative by engaging in more income generating activities urging them to take advantage of the opportunity to form special groups that will allow them access more resources from the National Youth Fund.
The youths are set to receive a revised daily wage of Sh.455 shillings released biweekly through mobile money transfers for a period of six and a half months when the program comes to an close. The project will inject Sh. 37.5 million shillings into the Kisumu’s economy, something that cannot go unnoticed bearing in mind the struggling economy at this time.
This phase of the program will focus on both skilled and semi skilled activities embarking on a more sustainable approach. In collaboration with the Counties, the program will undertake legacy projects such as beautification of urban areas (tree planting), construction of access roads using cobble stones and rehabilitation of public spaces, such as schools and hospitals. Already, Kisumu County has 50,000 seedlings to be planted within the program.
All the leaders called on the youths to adhere to the requirements for safe working by following all the laid down protocols to combat the spread of Covid – 19.
Also joining the PS during the launch were members of the County Security Team led by the DCCs, Deputy County Commandant, Kisumu West MP Olago Aluoch, Officials from both the National and County Government.
Mama Ida Odinga Trust is seeking out partnerships with County Governments’ nationally to roll out a three-month campaign to address rising teenage pregnancies and child marriages.
Dubbed Linda Kesho, the program aims to halt new cases and stir up a national debate on the prevalence.
Kisumu is one of the four counties involved in the program, piloted by the NGO, others are Siaya, Kilifi and Narok.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the last four months have seen an upsurge in the percentage of teen pregnancies countrywide with Kisumu recording 3500 cases between January and June this year, according to reports from the Health Department.
In a meeting today with a delegation from the Trust, Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili expressed concerns over the rising number of teenage pregnancies in the county.
According to statistics from a recent survey by the National Council on Population and Development, one in five girls aged between 15 and 19 in Kenya is either pregnant or has given birth already. He called for a collective responsibility and active engagement at the grassroots to ensure all cases are recorded, following a national directive issued by the Head of State.
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday ordered a probe on the rising cases of teenage pregnancies and gender-based violence across the country. This will ensure all pregnant school girls are registered to access free and post-natal care offered by the government.
To stem the wave, the County Government through the Department of Gender has brought onboard key stakeholders to actively engage and sensitize the youth on reproductive health. In addition, the county government has laid out an elaborate approach to expedite judicial processes in dispensing justice to affected victims.
The project will be spearheaded by County First Ladies through administrative structures with support from their county units.
By Collins Owuor
The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) is carrying out a one-month exercise to map out riparian lands in Miwani Special Economic Zone.
Kisumu is one of the three counties spearheading the SPEZ initiative as a flagship project to stimulate and revive economic development in the region. The mappingis already complete in Lamu and Mombasa.
Led by NEMA’s Deputy Director, for Environmental Planning &Research Dr. Charles Lange, the delegation is set to visit Miwani and collect initial information for the mapping after which the findings will be presented to the county government and relevant stakeholders.
According to Lange many wetlands lie in the SPEZ and they must be protected to prevent investors from flouting environmental laws through encroachment. He made the remarks this morning during a courtesy call to Kisumu Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathew Owili.
The development of the SPEZ will spur industrial development in line with the government’s Big Four agenda.
Dr. Owili assured NEMA of the County Government’s support in making the process successful for Kisumu and the region.
The SPEZ will link farmers, fishermen & the business community with business enterprises which will be located in the area. It will also create jobs and improve the economy.
The County Government through the Department of Lands has already allocated 1000ha for the project in Miwani.
By Collins Owuor
The County Government in partnership with Pharmaccess and Maseno University have launched a digital platform to trace and manage COVID-19 infections.
Kisumu become the first county in Kenya to roll out the application that is currently being used to manage COVID-19 related cases in multiple countries in Europe and Africa.
Dubbed COVIDConnect, the mobile application will enable Kisumu residents carry out self checks for corona related symptoms from the comfort of their homes and work places. The app is branded Luscii and is readily available for free on Google and Apple Play Store.
The developments are among the new protocols initiated by the county government to contain the virus spread; others include mandatory testing of staff working within prosperity house. The same will be applied to the county assembly including the rotational fumigation of county offices.
Speaking during the app launch at Maseno City Campus, Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o lauded the developments a game changer in revolutionizing COVID management in the health sector.
The containment measures have demanded a great deal of innovation that has seen the county government launch a toll-free call center at the varsity.
According to the Governor the innovations will boost capacity for early detection of suspected cases, testing and containment saving space for high risk patients in hospitals.
In his address Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili stressed the county government’s commitment to robustly enforce mechanisms to ensure all set guidelines on Covid management are adhered to.
Users are expected to sign up for the service on a daily basis and record their symptoms including; sore throat, fever, breathing and coughs. The data is then analyzed by standby doctors who in turn provide the user with required medical support.
So far, the county has recorded 24 COVID-19 positive cases with 21 of those being imported and three from community transmissions, eleven patients have since recovered and discharged.
The county government has already up scaled its preparedness to handle the virus by procuring 300 new beds to boost the isolation capacity which stands at 87.The beds will be distributed for use by the weeks end.
Maseno Vice Chancellor Prof. Julius Nyabundi called for more collaborations in areas of research between the Varsity and the county government to effectively win the war on COVID.
Present were Pharmaccess Country Director Isaiah Okoth, County CEC’s among other varsity and county officials.
In a joint address they urged members of the public to keep adhering to set government measures to keep the virus at bay.
By Collins Owuor
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