A partnership between the Embassy of Russia, the United Nations in Kenya and the County Government of Kisumu have determined to clear the water hyacinth in Lake Victoria following an injection of Ksh. 700 million by the Russian government towards the project.
The pronouncement was made during a courtesy call to Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o and his Deputy Dr. Ochieng’ Owili by the Russian Ambassador to Kenya, H.E Dmitry Maksimychev, Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee -UN Resident Coordinator and Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and ASAL, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa.
The project which is cognizant of the current activities that have led to large – scale pollution of the world’s second-largest lake, seeks to attract private investors especially in the converted products from hyacinth, to providing inputs, equipment, finance and market development.
The overall goal of the project is to benefit an estimated 4.5 million people sharing the lake in the five riparian counties of Kisumu, Busia, Migori, Homa Bay and Siaya.
More importantly, Kisumu seeks to partner with the Russian government in telemedicine, a move that is set to improve service delivery to the residents.