The Kisumu Port is ready for use and all is set in the lakeside city ahead of its launch tomorrow. The National Government in conjunction with the County Government of Kisumu are working round the clock and putting final touches to ensure the opening ceremony is a success. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, Tanzania’s Pombe Magufuli and Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo are expected to open the port upgraded at a cost of Sh3 billion.
While touring the port on Tuesday to look at the final preparations, Transport CS acknowledged the fact that opening the Kisumu Port will be a great stride not only for the country but also the region. He also explained, with the growing demand for oil products in the region, Kisumu Port will come in handy in distribution of oil to all the five countries.
“Kenya Pipeline Company has improved its throughput to the Kisumu depot with the recent launch of a nine six-inch pipeline and a lot of this will be going into the region though lake vessels. We are looking at liquid products to keep the port busy as we explore a permanent rail link,” he said.
Kenya will heavily rely on Uganda, Congo and Rwanda to keep the port busy as these three countries will directly be making exports through the Kisumu Port, then their cargos shipped outside the country through Mombasa Port or the Kisumu International Airport. Exports through the port will include fertiliser, cement, rice, edible oil and general dry cargo such as spare parts.
”We will float the available opportunities to leaders of the neighbouring nations during the launch. The opportunities will be of mutual benefit for all the countries. This will be the single most largest infrastructure project in the region bringing together all the our presidents,” the CS added.