President Uhuru Kenyatta is soon set to launch the new revamped Kisumu Port after Transport Principal Secretary Esther Koimett on Wednesday confirmed the completion of the project.
According to the PS, who spoke to journalists during a tour of the facility on Wednesday, the port is now ready for use and will be commissioned by president Kenyatta soon.
“We have toured the port and I can say the renovation works are now complete and a dry run has already been done,” she said.
Esther Koimett was accompanied by four other principal secretaries who are in the steering committee of the Kisumu Port regeneration. These include; Infrastructure Principal Secretary Paul Maringa, Joseph Njoroge (Energy), John Omenge (Mining) and Dr Gordon Kihalangwa (Public Works).
A Blue Economy conference is set to be hosted in Kisumu on Friday, ahead of the launch, which the PS said will provide a roadmap on the operationalization of the port.
The Sh3 billion facelift of the Kisumu Port is expected to enable trade in Nyanza and western Kenya as a regional economic hubs.
The Completed works include concreting of the port yard, construction of the quayside, repairs of the linkspan, repairs of the dry dock and rehabilitation of all buildings.
The port is expected to reignite the triangular trade between Kisumu, Jinja in Uganda and Tanzania’s Mwanza Port.
According to Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) Managing Director Daniel Manduku, Kisumu port can handle 50,000 TEUs or an equivalent of 200,000 metric tonnes.
The port will handle all types of cargo which, includes both containerized and conventional Cargo.