President Uhuru Kenyatta will fly into Kisumu for this year’s Madaraka day celebrations and is expected to find a full in-tray of demands from elders, businessmen and professionals from the area.
The caucus of elders drawn from around the region also plan a street protests in defiance of opposition leader Raila Odinga. A pained Odinga while speaking at a series of rallies in Kisumu recently, failed to whip up his usual euphoria as cold faces looked at him with undisguised hostility.
Nyanza has indeed changed, a visibly alarmed Odinga was heard telling his close aides. His attempts to whip up emotions through talk of BBI and journey to promised land of Canaan fell flat on its face! There was no usual clapping and euphoria as it has been before.
Many Kisumu residents are also bitter with county governor Professor Anyang Nyongo for embarking on a reckless wave, demolishing pricy properties worth millions and business premises.
The residents are further angered that Raila does not seem to “care” about their plight caused by one of his close advisers and yet wants them to assume ‘all is well” when the president comes calling!
They have vowed to ‘bite the bullet” and table their demands at Jomo Kenyatta Sports Complex before the president rises to give his keynote address. And this is what they are demanding from the president after he invokes ‘executive power” to revoke all demolitions and compensation of all who have lost property;
1). Immediate completion of the Kshs. 25 billion Koru Soin Dam to stop the annual perennial floods that wreak havoc on residents during heavy rains.
2). The stalled construction of the Kshs. 3 billion Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at Miwani, which is yet to take off years after a foundation stone was laid.
3). Nakuru-Kisumu Railway Line that has displaced hundreds of residents whose houses and business premises have been brought down.
4). Kisumu Inland Container Depot which is now on and off.
5). Kisumu Passenger Train Terminus that stopped functioning years back.
6). Construction of Kisumu-Butere railway line which would promote inter communal trading and enhanced economic activity.
7). Refurbishment of Kisumu Port and MV Uhuru.
8). Construction of a new Kisumu Ship Yard.
9). Commissioning of the Kshs. 476 million Maritime Marine School.
10). Ground breaking the Mamboleo-Muhoroni-Kipsitet Road
11). Commissioning of the Kshs. 4.2 billion Lake Basin Mall Project.
12). Construction of the proposed Kshs. 600 million Uhuru Business Park and Market Complex that is still incomplete.
13). Improvements of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Grounds formerly Jomo Kenyatta Sports Grounds
14). Commissioning of the East Africa Community (EAC) Lake Victoria Basin Commission Headquarters in Kisumu at a cost of USD 1.35 million.
15). Commission of the ADB funded Sirari Corridor Ahero-Kisii road done at a cost of Kshs. 9.5 billion.
16). Launch the Kshs. 227 million last mile connectivity project in Siaya.
17). Commissioning of the Kshs. 1 billion Kodiaga – Nyangweso – Wagai – Onyinyore / Akala Road.
18). Commission Kshs. 3 billion Isebania-ikerege-kehancha-Ntimaru-Gwitembe-Ang’ata-Lolgorian Road.
19). Approval of Kshs. 350 million for South Nyanza Sugar Company.
20). Granting of a charter to Tom Mboya University College as well as commission construction of the administration and tuition block project.
21). Ground breaking of the Kshs. 2.5 billion Mbita-Sindo-Kiabuya-Karungu Road.
22). Inspection of the dredging of Mbita causeway.
23). Launch four feeder ports of Asembo Bay, Kendu Bay, Homa bay and Sio Port.
24). Commissioning of the Kshs. 2.2 billion Siaya -Bondo Water and Sanitation project.
With such a full in-tray it’s not clear how the President will be able to address the vast, wide ranging demands on extensive projects some of which have taken years to complete despite funds being released by the Treasury.
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