The newly acquired dredging ship that docked at the Kisumu port is expected to hit the ground running with plans already set to have it de silt clogged waterways around the lake
The commissioning of the 70-meter-long vessel was presided over by H.E the Right Hon. Raila Odinga in Kisumu today. He was accompanied by Deputy Governor, Dr. Mathew Owili, Uganda state minister for roads Aggrey Bagiire, and several regional leaders.
The duo expressed confidence that the current development would go a long way in restoring maritime transport within the Lake region.
In his address Odinga lauded the talks between him, President Uhuru Kenyatta, and Yoweri Museveni of Uganda responsible for kick-starting the hyacinth removal process.
The dredging will enable the constructions of a canal whose width and length are 80m and 63km respectively.
Plans are also under way to restore port activities within the lake front. This expected to open up Kisumu as an ideal investment destination.
According to LREB Chief Executive Officer Aballa Wanga restoring port activities will commence in four phases.
Hyacinth removal will be first followed by, the dredging of water pathways, rehabilitation of the Kisumu port and thereafter, the rehabilitation of the Nauru Kisumu railway line.
The dredging will also happen in Kendu Bay, Homabay, Sio Port and Karungu in Nyanza.