ODM leader Raila Odinga last evening secretly sneaked in Kisumu to visit the collapsed Kisumu Cotton Mills (KICOMI) and later the Kisumu Port which is undergoing reconstruction at a tune of Sh 3b. Unlike the previous visits to supervise the ongoing construction of the port, Raila was accompanied by few local leaders with a heavy security detail and no journalists were allowed on site.The port is set to open for operations this August.
Raila’s visit to KICOMI is said to be setting grounds for revival of the company, two weeks after RIVATEX got its engines back roaring. Odinga was driven into the company’s compound with just two vehicles and no convoy.
After leaving the collapsed ginnery, Odinga headed to the Kisumu Port where he inspected the berthing bay where the hyacinth dredger is docked.He also inspected the MV Uhuru cargo ship and later held a brief meeting at the marine school.
Mr. Odinga was accompanied by acting MD Kenya Railways Phillip Mainga, Nyanza regional commissioner James Kianda and Kisumu deputy governor Mathew Owili, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed was also present.
The revival of Kisumu Port is not only expected to boost the economic activities within Kisumu and neighboring counties but also the entire East and Central African region, a move which will lead to the creation of massive employment opportunities as well as economic growth.
Upon its completion in August, the port is expected to be opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta, an event in which five regional heads of state are expected to attend.
Currently, the port has been cordoned off from the public as construction work continues after President Uhuru demanded for a speedy completion of work.The precincts have been given round the clock security by Kenya Police and the Kenya Navy.