The Kisumu Port, also known as Port Florence will be opening this month on 15th approximately two weeks from now. On Saturday, President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and AU Envoy made a secret visit to the port after the burial of Governor Joyce Laboso. Those who accompanied the three say the construction works are complete and it is only the state opening which remains.
On Monday last week KPA managing director Daniel Manduku confirmed they have started taking equipment that includes forklift trucks, mobile cranes and tractor-trailers to Kisumu.
“Currently, manual labour is used at the port to transfer cargo stored in the warehouse to vessels. Therefore, we need 15-tonne mobile cranes, forklifts trucks and tractor-trailers to support cargo handling,” he said.
The state is working round the clock in conjunction with Raila Odinga’s office to ensure the port opening ceremony is a success. A number of invitations have been sent and already four Presidents have confirmed their attendance. Tanzania’s John Maghufuli, DR COngo’s Felix Tshekedi, Uganda’s Yuweri Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame have all confirmed their attendance. This will be the single most largest infrastructural project bringing together all the five countries.
Kenyan Report has established there is an increased activity in the Lakeside City of Kisumu with top state officials trooping in and out of town to make sure everything goes according to plans. Country’s security agencies are also shifting their base to Kisumu for the duration of the visit as well as for the port security. Already Kenya Navy has plans to open its barracks in Kisumu’s Kodiaga area.
The Kisumu Port expansion started early this year when the government pumped a record 3B shillings to the project. It is envisaged, once opened, the port will open up Kisumu to the rest of Africa due to its strategic position. All the four East African countries will fully depend on the port for trade. The port is estimated will be creating 10,00 jobs.