The Chairman Lakefront Development Corporation, Mr. Edward Rakwar Otieno Ouko together with Mr. Amos Mariba who represented the Nyanza regional commissioner Mr. James Kianda, today chaired a consultative meeting with all stakeholders affiliated to the lakefront to discuss and input the roadmap for the lakefront implementation agenda at Acacia Hotel in Kisumu
This comes after the Governor has gazetted the Kisumu Lakefront Development Corporation as a Special purpose Corporation to drive the rapid development of the Kisumu lakefront.
Also gazetted was the Kisumu Lakefront Development Corporation Board of Directors who are rich with the expertise relevant to drive the Corporation towards the realization of the objectives set.
Speaking during the meeting, the City Manager Doris Ombara outlined some of the Eight thematic zones along the lakefront slotted for development which included: Commercial and Port area with a cruise viewing site, Golf Course, Pipeline and Jetty, two water fronts (Dunga and Usoma) Hotel and Resorts, International Conference Centre , Lakefront Administrative and fish factory with sites for fish handling and redesigning a sewage drainage system with a road and railways along the lakefront.
She further appealed to the business operators who will be affected by such developments that the County will use legislation to achieve its objectives and asked them to give the lakefront development a chance in order to benefit from the opportunities that will come with the opening of the port.
She stated that the Kenya Urban programs (KUP) used 301 million to construct Impala – Dunga road and currently 700million has been set aside to re-plan Obunga slums.
The Chairman of the Africities secretariat Mr. Joe Ager used the platform to inform the business operators of the Africities Summit to be held in Kisumu as from 16th – 22 November, 2021
He added that the steering committee meeting will be held in Kisumu in March chaired by the CS devolution. He called on the business men to work closely with the steering committee to expand their businesses and to create wealth.
He challenged the professional consultants to consider a wider perspective of investments that can be brought into the lakefront apart from tourism such as the expansion of the runway and its direction for it to meet the international standards.
The Chief Executive Officer, Lake Victoria Basin Commission, Dr Matano, on his part urged the stakeholders on optimum use of the lake resource for wealth creation. He advised that all planning of the lakefront development should be pegged on matters sustainability, hence there is need to balance environmental, social and economic aspects.
He urged the implementers to consider enforcing the regulatory frameworks such as the municipal and urban effluent international standard, accidents framework, leakage and flashing time among others. He however pointed out the major challenge affecting the lake is the climate change resulting from prolonged drought and rains.
The CECM for Tourism, Culture and Sports, Achie Alai said her department presented a branding proposal that would rekindle the face of Kisumu and that currently a color scheme and a logo are being worked on to make the city appealing to investors and tourists.
On Sports, plans are underway to construct a FIFA accredited football stadium in the next two years.
The CECM for Lands, Housing and Physical planning, Mr. Dickson Obungu encouraged everyone to participate positively in the planned lakefront development for the benefit of Kisumu County together with the counties neighboring the Lake Victoria, have also joined the team to ensure it succeeds.
While representing the Regional Commissioner, Mr. Amos Mariba urged the corporation to use a multi-agency approach during implementation for seamless coordination. He also asked them to go out and meet the people so that they are well informed of the developments to be carried out in the area and the available opportunities they can explore.