With the purchase of waste management equipment worth sh139 Million Kisumu County is set to defend its new title as the cleanest city in Kenya.
Kisumu City leapfrogged Nakuru and Kericho to become the cleanest town in Kenya. In a new survey, the city scored 97 %, followed by Nakuru, Kericho and Machakos, respectively.
The purchase of the equipment will also change the lives of young people as about 300 of them will be earning a monthly wage of sh5000 from cleaning menials within the county.
The Governor of Kisumu Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, launched an assortment of equipment including: wheeled backhoe loader medium duty, truck mounted skip loader, skip loader container, crawler excavator with beaker set, road sweeper tractor towed, side rotary mower heavy duty tractor operated, tipping trailer 4-ton, double cabin picks up, refuse compactor, tipping trailer, agricultural tractors, branded protective clothing, hand tools and light equipment.
In further efforts to continue making Kisumu clean, The City Manager Ms Doris Ombara announced the commencement of the second phase in relocating Kachok Dumpsite, scheduled for Monday 19th November, 2018.
The first phase was completed with the evacuation of 5000 trips of inert waste .the county government has set aside land in Chiga in Kisumu East to set up a waste energy plant using modern technology giving opportunities for employment creation.
Kisumu County will not just be clean, it will have a quick response to hazards such as fire, plans are underway to modernize the Kisumu Fire Station and put up three more in Maseno, Muhoroni and Katito in Nyakach sub counties respectively.
Being a clean city and fires in control, Kisumu city stands a better chance to even host Afro Cities Global Conference in 2021, opening it up to investors and promoting tourism.
Kisumu Governor Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o test drives a waste excavator machine joining him are the county clean up team during a routine sanitation exercise.
By Lorraine Anyango