Russian President Putin pumps 725M Shillings on Hyacinth Removal from Lake Victoria Days After Russia-Africa Summit

The Russian Government has invested a whooping 724M shillings for the removal of the stubborn water hyacinth weed from Lake Victoria. The excercise will cover approximately 14,000 acres of Lake Victoria, starting from the counties of Busia, Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay and Migori. This funding follows the Russia- Africa Summit which was held in Sochi, Russia last week and was attended by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

In January this year, ODM leader Raila Odinga launched the dredging and hycinth removal in the lake. Kenya Ports Authority head of Inland Waterways Javan Wanga said the exercise would cover 62 kilometres and will take at least 30 months to complete. The shoreline would be drilled to at least six metres to allow berthing of heavily loaded ships.

Kisumu Deputy Governor Mathews Owili and officials of Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Pipeline Corporation, Kenya Railways Authority, Lake Victoria Basin Commission and Lake Region Economic Bloc were at the port to receive the vessel.

Mv Mangoe Tree administrator Frank Nenard, however said the removal of the stubborn weed would start after three months as they await two hyacinth harvesting machines to be shipped from China.

In the meantime, he pointed out, the firm will hire and train locals to clean-up the lake. “We will need to remove the hyacinth weed before starting the dredging,” Mr Nenard said.

Mr Wanga said there are plans to put up a barricade around the gulf to effectively control the weed.

“The hyacinth harvester is envisioned to stay around for the next 10 years and we hope to eradicate the weed by the time,” he said.

Dr Owili said the dredging and removal of the hyacinth are just part of the plan to transform the lake infrastructure.

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