Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o has finally spoken about the ongoing demolitions in Kisumu City, saying the exercise is being conducted with a view of upgrading and reviving the Kisumu Port.

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The governor said the move is aimed at reviving maritime transport and tourism in the Lakeside County to spur development not only in Kisumu and Kenya, but the entire East African region.

“The Kisumu Port must be revived, that was said by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. We want to revive maritime transport and tourism for the development of Kenya, East Africa and Kisumu County,” he said.

While being interviewed on Mayienga FM on Monday morning, the governor said that the revival process is in line with his manifesto.

“When I wrote my manifesto, I said two things: we want to revive the Kisumu port and we want to restore maritime transport in the Lake. So when the President comes and says the same thing, does it not mean that we have agreed?” posed the first-term governor.

A section of residents have been crying foul following the demolition of buildings and kiosks in Kisumu hence rendering most of them jobless.

But the governor says kiosks are being put up in various areas of Kisumu County among them besides the Jomo Kenyatta Sports Ground, so that those affected by demolitions get a place to continue with their businesses.