President Uhuru plans to visit Nyanza on development agenda

PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta will visit Nyanza to initiate various development projects. Uhuru will look into the expansion of irrigation schemes in the region and the revival of the Kisumu Port. He will visit sugar companies during his four-day tour.

The President will explore ways of getting rid of water hyacinth in Lake Victoria. The hyacinth hampers fishing and movement of water vessels.

Director of Political Affairs at the President’s office Joshua Kuttuny said Sh800 million has been set aside by the government for the expansion of rice irrigation schemes in Siaya county.

“The amount is part of the Sh425 billion Uhuru secured in China last month,” Kutuny said. He said Uhuru wants marine services to resume at the Kisumu Port.

Kuttuny said during the visit scheduled before the end of the year, the President will visit Sony Sugar in Migori county to address problems facing the firm including privatisation plans.

He said cane farmers in the area have complained about delay in payments. Kuttuny said the President is concerned about unemployment in the region.

“Uhuru is committed to reviving stalled industries, not only in Nyanza but in Kenya, to ensure the youth get jobs,” the former Cherangany MP said.

During the opening of the Kisumu Agricultural Show last month, the President in a speech read by Secretary Felix Koskei, said his government will construct 11 earth dams in Nyanza at a cost of Sh38 million.

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