Confusion as Kisumu Port Set to be Opened by 6 Presidents Postponed Hours to Launch

The planned opening of the refurbished Kisumu Port was yesterday abruptly cancelled hours to the event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was today expected to lead five other East African presidents in launching the operationalisation of the port, which has been under renovation for the past eight months at a cost of Sh3 billion.

Yesterday, the port launch committee chaired by Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o said the commissioning failed to take place.

The confusion was heightened by social media users who claimed there were plans to disrupt today’s event due to the ongoing demolitions of nearly 3,000 small and medium businesses.

State House said it had received communication from the committee on the postponement, but could not provide reasons for the decision.

“The event was being organised by the port launch committee and they informed us that the event had been postponed. It was not a State House event. It could be because the President has been out of the country and they wanted to give him time to plan his diary,” said State House spokesperson Kanze Dena.

The launch team comprises representatives from the national and county governments, Kenya Airports Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Railways Corporation, Kenya Rural Roads Authority, Kenya Urban Roads Authority, city management, as well as security organs.

But other sources claimed the event was postponed due to delays in completing works at the port.

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