Friday, 31 January 2014



Good Afternoon,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to State House,

In July last year, I made my first State visit to China in the context of exploring every avenue to grow our economy and improve the lives and welfare of our people.

The building of a Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi, and thereafter to Malaba, Kampala, Kigali and Bujumbura topped the agenda during that visit, simply because it was the single most important item on it. This was unsurprising. The railway is transformative. It is the single biggest investment in our economy in 50 years; and the single biggest investment in East Africa in decades.

Geography favoured us with a strategic location, and a large dividend in minerals and hydrocarbons. The railway is a vital part of our efforts to fully exploit these advantages, for it will open up trade in east and central Africa.

The Standard Gauge Railway will reduce the cost of doing business in the region and make the region far more competitive for investment. In particular:

 It will reduce freight transportation tariff charges from their present average of US$0.20 per tonne-kilometre to about US$0.083 per tonne-kilometre.

 It will reduce transit time by freight trains from 30 hours on average to 8 hours.

 It will increase rail transport share in the Northern Corridor, reducing damage to the roads network in that area.

 It is also a core element of our larger Vision 2030, which aims to make our nation a middle-income country by 2030.

Businesses will thrive. Thousands of jobs will be created. I, for one, believe that the delivery of that Vision 2030 can be brought forward a full decade, if we implement our infrastructure development agenda within the tight time-frames we have set for ourselves. We are irreversibly committed to our developmental agenda.

Our partners are ready to make this work. The EXIM Bank of China will provide a commercial loan of $1.6 billion and a concessional loan of $1.63 billion - a total of 3.23 billion dollars - for development of Phase 1 of the project covering the 609 km distance from Mombasa to Nairobi – a massive 20 percent of their total portfolio in Africa at present. It says much of what investors think of our country that one can avail this type of investment to a single recipient.

My government has also made provision in its budget for the fiscal year 2013/14 by creating a Railway Development Fund, supported by a levy of 1.5 percent imposed on all imports. Our goals are clear and noble. We will not walk away from delivering to our people the infrastructure that is critical to changing their lives.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Let me remind you the genesis of the modern, high-capacity Standard Gauge Railway. The very idea was conceived in government six years ago. Consequently, on the 3rd of August 2012, the Government of Kenya approved the development of phases 1 and 2 through a government-to-government arrangement.

Already, Kenya Railways and the China Road & Bridge Corporation have undertaken the feasibility study and preliminary design of Phase 1 of the project. We embraced it as our own, fully acknowledging its transformative role in our economy. We have detailed time-frames for the delivery of this railway. We intend to meet those time-frames.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Too often in our country these days, the very notion of economic progress, such as we are working to achieve, is persistently threatened by conflict sparked and fuelled by commercial interest groups, be they local or international. Conflict, of necessity, commands attention and absorbs us. But as our forefathers say, we must tackle this hostile ideology whose character is ruthless, and method, insidious.

We remain steadfast in our quest to liberate our people from economic bondage. The Kenyan people are the only interest group that we must serve. Development and delivery of realistic programmes is the only way to go, and we shall. Let me make this perfectly clear. The interest of Kenya overrides any and all other interests.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

As I conclude, I would like to urge Kenyans – be they businessmen, parliamentarians or civil society – to serve the good of Kenya rather their own self, or the interests of partisanship.

If we do this – if we serve the country that we love with clear minds and open hearts – then none of our goals is beyond us. Unmatched progress in our part of the world, and the influence that we deserve, will be ours.

But if we want those achievements, we must shun arrogant attacks on the progress we wish to make, and we must be ready to sacrifice.

The Standard Gauge Railway project must and will go ahead for us to achieve our developmental agenda. But we want the process of implementing it to be as transparent and as open as possible. This is a project for all Kenyans.

So, let me as ask all those with information on any aspects they feel are questionable to go to parliament and testify. Give evidence. Or come to me, tell me where the problem is.

We are open to resolving any conflicts in this matter. There comes an hour when the noise must stop, and the work must begin. We are at that hour.
Thank you and God Bless You.  

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Dubai complex - Nyamasaria/Kisumu


Kisumu County Government presented the Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan funded by AFD as part as the 40 M€ KUP

29 January 2014

Yesterday, the governor of Kisumu, Mr Jack Ranguma, presented the Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan, funded by the French Agency for Development (AFD) as component of a larger project called "Kisumu Urban Plan" or KUP. In attendance were Mr Emmmanuel Renoult, first councillor and Mr Yves Terracol, AFD regional director.

Background on KUP:

The population of Kisumu City (3rd largest town in Kenya), which is located in Kisumu County is estimated at 600,000. Urban poverty levels are high with approximately 48% of the population living below the poverty line. Unemployment is estimated at 30% with majority of economic activity taking place in the informal sector. At present, the town does not generate adequate revenues to provide required urban services for its growing population (estimated at 3% per annum).

The town is faced by challenges of urban sprawl, slum expansion, inadequate service delivery and high unemployment levels.

The Kisumu Urban Project (KUP) financed by the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) therefore aims at finding a sustainable solution to these challenges by supporting the improvement of the governance structure of the City of Kisumu (CoK) and improving service delivery. The project’s overarching goal is to improve living conditions for the residents of Kisumu.

AFD Financing : The AFD Board approved funding amounting to 40 million € (concessional loan to GoK, reassigned to the City of Kisumu as a grant) for implementing the project in December 2009.

The Financing Agreement was signed between the Government of Kenya and AFD on 5th July 2010.

Objectives of the project : Contribute to integrated and inclusive urban development through:  Objective 1: Improving capacity for financial management of the CoK;  Objective 2: Strengthening capacity for strategic and participatory planning of the CoK;  Objective 3: Improving living conditions of residents of Kisumu through multi-sectoral investments, including in informal settlements.

Project Description : The project has 5 components:
-  Strengthening capacity for planning and financial management (developing an Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (ISUD); enhancing revenue collection…);
-  Solid Waste Management ;
-  Improving living conditions in informal settlements (water & sanitation, drainage, public lighting rehabilitation of housing);
-  Rehabilitation of markets (water and sanitation, electricity, fencing, shelters, security) ;
-  Rehabilitation and construction of public facilities and infrastructure (roads, cycle paths, health centres).

Five cross-cutting issues are integrated in each component :
-  Good fiscal management ;
-  Protection of the environment ;
-  Community participation (youth / women);
-  Employment creation ;
-  HIV/AIDS sensitisation.


Key Components of the KUP:

Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan (ISUD) for the City of Kisumu

The Integrated Strategic Urban Development Plan comprises of a land use, economic and environmental framework plan for all land within the jurisdiction of the CoK.

The ISUD will allow the City of Kisumu (CoK) to have a simplified master plan (the ISUD Plan) indicating the city’s major urban development options over a period of 10 to 20 years.

Specifically, the ISUD has:
 -  Established an urban reference plan (inventory of all existing assets of the CoK - infrastructure, health, education, social..);
-  Established a strategic zoning plan (identified areas needing protection and identified strategic urbanisation areas);
-  Conducted a commercial infrastructure study (dealing with markets and traders - both formal and informal);
-  Prepared / finalised a Capital Investment Strategy (CIS) for the KUP.

The consultant (Nodalis, France) preparing the ISUD Plan has been working on the ISUD through 2013 through a consultative process and will be in Kisumu week of 27th January 2014 to present the final ISUD Plan, Capital Investment Strategy and also discuss with the CoK the strategy for implementing the initial investments under KUP.

The ISUD Plan will be a legal document guiding the future development and growth of the City of Kisumu.

Technical Assistance Team (TAT)

There is a TAT (SOFRECO, France) in place comprising 3 core experts, based in Kisumu full time for a period of 3 years (since early 2012). The core team comprises an urban management, municipal finance and urban engineer expert. There is also a team of short-term back-stopping experts including a procurement expert, monitoring & evaluation, environmental, public health, architect and quantity surveyor, gender and community sensitisation and institutional development experts, supporting the project on a needs basis.

The TAT is supporting the City of Kisumu in all aspects of KUP project implementation and also plays a key role in strengthening the capacity of the CoK through organising targeted training and on-the-job training (based on a needs assessment). The main focus of the capacity building services will be to strengthen financial management, strategic planning and contract management of the CoK.
Solid Waste Management

As with most towns in Kenya, solid waste management remains a challenge for the City of Kisumu. At present, waste is dumped on a site in the centre of town, in an uncontrolled manner posing both public health and environmental risks. This component of the project will therefore start with a review of the City’s solid waste management strategy in order to identify the best options (technical and financial) for managing solid waste in Kisumu.

The challenge for solid waste management is to identify suitable land for final waste disposal. In response to this challenge, the project has financed a consultancy to carry out a siting study to identify suitable land for a sanitary landfill site.

KUP Status :
A number of “quick-win” projects have been identified for implementation under the Short Term Action Plan (STAP). Consultancies (detailed designs and supervision) for STAP projects are underway. Projects in the STAP include:
-  Rehabilitation of primary schools
-  Roads and drainage
-  Bridges
-  Flood lights
-  Rehabilitation of Health Centres
-  Rehabilitation of Social Centres
-  Siting study for identifying a sanitary land fill site

Some of the first works under the STAP are expected to commence during 2014.

Once the ISUD and Capital Investment Strategy are completed, the major investments will be identified and implemented under the Medium Term Action Plan (MTAP) of the KUP.

The project completion date is September 2016.

-The French Agency for Development (AFD)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014


.........Based on the Commission on Revenue Allocation CRA, Kisumu County is expected to receive Kshs.4.8bn for the FY 2013/14. This allocation has beendetermined based on the county population (45%), poverty index (20%), land area (8%) basic equal share (25%) and fiscal responsibility (2%).



REVENUES                                                                    KShs. (Million)


FEES&CHARGES(FORMER Las)                                  2,372,089.6

TOTAL OWN SOURCES AND BORROWINGS               2,372,089.6

National Government

CRAAllocation                                                                      4,866,678.7

Other GovernmentGrants-LATFEtc.                                       700,031.6

UnspentBalances                                                                        61,200.0

Other Grants                                                                        5,627,910.4

TOTAL REVENUE                                                              8,000,000.0

County Executive                                                                     5,341,746.2

County Assembly                                                                        891,061.2

Recurrent Transfers

Other Re Current Expenditures                                                        61,592,200

TOTAL RE CURRENT EXPENDITURES                                5,275,031.6


COUNTY NON-COMMUNITY ASSETS                                         521,000.0

COMMUNITY PROJECTS                                                             2,203,968.4


TRANSFERS TO EMERGENCY FUNDS                                                 0

TOTAL DEVELOPMENT EXPENDITURES                              2,724,968.4

TOTAL EXPENDITURES                                                              8,000,000.0


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Kisumu's Everline Aboka-Top Model - Profile

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Photos - Swan Centre Kisumu

Section of Kisumu youth express support for Jubilee gov't

Section of Kisumu youth express support for Jubilee

A section of Kisumu residents on Thursday morning poured out onto the streets to express their support for the Jubilee government. The residents, calling themselves Kisumu Youth and Business Community Association, said that they were ready to host President Uhuru Kenyatta in the lakeside city, to discuss development


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Photo: CITY MALL - Kisumu CBD".

also see 

Integrated urban management program in Kisumu - Part of a 16/12/2009 French Development Bank (AFD) Press Release

Board of Directors meeting the 17 December 2009 : AFD deploys nearly one billion euros for emerging and developing countries.

Education and health in Benin, Congo, Togo, the Palestinian Territories and Santo Domingo, water in Burkina Faso and Comoros, vocational training in Gabon, urban management in Ghana, Kenya, and the Philippines: AFD deploys almost a billion euros to support sustainable development at its 17 December 2009 Board of Directors meeting. ...


Kenya: integrated urban management program in Kisumu

The AFD Board of Directors meeting approved the allocation of a 40 million euro loan to the Republic of Kenya for a pilot integrated urban management program in Kisumu (Kisumu Urban Project).

Kenya’s urban population represents 35% of the country’s population and rises by 4% every year. This sharp growth is uncontrolled and has considerable negative effects (pollution, segregation, informal neighborhoods, social tensions…). Kisumu is the country’s third largest city and is located at the crossroads of the main trade flows and main transport links. The city remains weakened by a high level of debt, despite catching up measures, and its human resources are insufficient and poorly qualified. One of the major challenges for the country is to integrate these different areas and improve living conditions for their inhabitants. The project includes five components: capacity building for the municipality, waste management, the rehabilitation of informal neighborhoods, market equipment and public infrastructure and equipment.

- French Development Bank (AFD)


THE COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF KISUMU,Tender:Supply, Installation, Testing and Commissioning of 23 no. 21m High Mast Floodlights,Closing Date:16/4/2014

Thursday, 16 January 2014

A preliminary plan for integration of the lakefront in the city of Kisumu, Kenya -Weitz Center report

A  preliminary  plan  for  integration  of  the  lakefront  in
the  city  of  Kisumu,  Kenya

Mission  held  from  19  June  2013  to  5  July  2013
In  cooperation  with  MASHAV,  UN-­‐Habitat  and  Kisumu  County,  with  the  Weitz  Center  for
Development  Studies

Delegation:  Amandine  Desille  –  Project  coordinator,  Dr.  Yoel  Siegel  –  Community  Economic  Development,  and  Arch.  Guido  Segal  -­‐  Planning

Background:   His   Worship   Samuel   O.   Okello,   Mayor   of   Kisumu,   expressed   the   need   for   further  intervention  of  UN-­‐Habitat,  MASHAV  and  the  Weitz  Center  in  order  to  bring  forward  municipal  platform  and  planning  issue  in  Kisumu,  with  a  pilot  project  focusing  on  the  waterfront.  The  Council  and  UN-­‐Habitat  representatives  mentioned  the  flourishing  redevelopment  of  seafronts  in  Israeli  cities  as  well  as  the  past  successful  activities  organized  with  MASHAV  and  the  Weitz  Center.  Since  2009,   the   Weitz   Center   for   Development   Studies,   within   the   framework   of   MASHAV,   has  implemented  a  municipal  organization  strengthening  tool,  inspired  by  the  Israeli  model  of  ''Municipal  Strategic  Planning  Units''  (MSPU),  which  aims  at  fostering  horizontal  integration,  promoting  strategic  projects  and  operating  as  an  entry  point  for  diverse  development  programs.  Very  positive  feedbacks
were   given   by   the   Municipal   Council,   including   the   desire   of   continuing   the  cooperation   with  MASHAV  and  the  Weitz  Center.

Justification  of  the  project:  According  to  the  Kisumu  Rapid  Urban  Planning  Studio  Workshop's  results:

      - Kisumu  is  a  Kenyan  city  of  approximately  1  million  residents  with  a  growing  rate  of 2.6%  per  year

      - 73%  of  the  total  population  aged  below  30  years  old   - 60%  of  the  population  currently lives  in  informal  settlements

- 70%  of  its  land  surface  is  grossly  underutilized  with  sparse  or  no  development   - Kisumu  economy  relies  on  commerce  and  trade,  transportation,  agriculture  and  fishing

- Poverty  incidence  is  comparable  to  other  Kenyan  cities.   However,  the  report  states  that  due  to  its  central  location,  its  access  to  Lake  Victoria,  and  viable transport  infrastructure,  Kisumu  holds  the  potential  of  becoming  a  hub  for  the  region.  Moreover Kisumu’s  vision  is  tobecome  a  centre  of  knowledge,  tourism  and  commerce  excellence  in  the  East  Africa  region.

 Recommendations  formulated  in  the  report  were  a  basis  for  the  discussion  with  UN-­‐Habitat,  MASHAV  and  the  Municipality  of  Kisumu  and  the  program  developed  here.  The  proposed
program  wishes  to  relate  to  two  specific  aspects  of  the  wider  workshop's  recommendation,  which  are:

- Urban  Economy  and  Municipal  Finance:  The  program  will  assess  the  institutional  need  and
draw   the   roadmap   for   implementation   of   the   relevant   institutional   set -up (economic  corporation;  strategic  planning  unit)

- Lakefront   focus:   The   newly   established   municipal   platform   should   undertake   actions   to   redevelop  the  lakefront  including  setting  criteria  for  the  spatial  planning  of  the  area.

Additionally,   MASHAV,   Weitz   Center   and   UN-­‐Habitat   already   have   a   strong   presence   in   Israel.
MASHAV  currently  carries  out  four  projects  in  Kisumu;  UN-­‐Habitat  already  out  four  projects  in  Kisumu;  and  Weitz  Center  conducted  first  the  MSPU  project.  This  last  project  left  different  footprints  which  are  the  basis  for  a  follow-­‐up  work  in  the  area:
1)  Conceptual  aspects  are  left.  For  instance:  Adoption  of  jargon  from  strategic  planning,  the  lake
concept  shifted  from  curse  to  asset.
2)  Organizational  aspects  are  left.  The  MSPU  still  exists  but  with  less  staff;  There  is  no  process  of
strategic   planning;   However,   there   is   an   impact   at   organizational   level;   The   project   is   in   the
organization’s  memory.
3)  Content  aspects:  Work  that  the  MSPU  did  in  2010  is  a  base  for  other  strategic  documents.
Objectives  of  the  first  visit:  The  first  visit  aimed  at  assessing  the  current  situation,  notably  mapping  of:   local   assets,   stakeholders,   existing   municipal   platforms   and   existing   projects;   as   well   as  establishing  a  taskforce  with  relevant  stakeholders  in  Kisumu.  At  the  end  of  the  visit,  the  taskforce  is  provided  with  objectives,  activities  and  milestones.

Results:  UN-­‐Habitat  and  MASHAV  representatives  carried  out  a  wider  range  of  activities.  First  of  all, in  a  time  of  political  transition  and  reform,  it  was  crucial  to  understand  and  integrate  the  county  vision  in  our  plans  in  order  to  mobilize  county  and  municipal  staff.  The  team  translated  the  county  vision  in  projected  regional  plans.  It  is  worth  mentioning  that  it  was  the  first  time  that  county  representatives  and  staff  saw  a  mapping  of  the  flagship projects  under  the  new  vision.  The  team  provided   local   staff   with   conceptual   programs  and   lay-­‐out   plans   of   three   areas   of   the   Central  Business  District  (CBD):  the current  CBD  including  the  Kenya  Railway  Corporation  lands,  the  northern beach  strip  and  the  southern  beach  strip.  In  order  to  provide  funds  to  sustain  for  the  developments forecasted  in the  planning,  the  team  came  up  with  economic  mechanisms:  first,  the  creation  of an  economic  corporation  called  Special  Vehicle  Project  and  second,  the  establishment  of  a  special  tax zone  in  prime  area.  These  mechanisms  were  very  much  welcomed  by  the  county  representatives  and  staff  but  also  by  UN-­‐Habitat  management.  Finally,  the  key  result  at  institutional  level  is  the  collective  acknowledgement  that  statutory  planning  is  the  main  tool  to  stimulate  economic  development.  This  led  to  a  more  effective  mobilization  of  county  and  city  staff  for  the  follow-­‐up  component  led  by  the  Weitz  Center.  

click the link below to see -
Municipal Strategic Planning Project in Kisumu, Kenya Israeli experts at work in Kisumu


Tuesday, 14 January 2014


Lake Basin Development Authority

The Lake Basin Development Authority (LBDA) was established in 1979 by the Government of Kenya to spearhead development in the Lake Basin Catchment area in Western Kenya. The area covers 39,000km2, representing 6.8% of the total land area of Kenya's 580,000km2. It lies between latitudes 10 16'N and 10 54'S and longitudes 330 55' and 350 51'E. The equator passes across the region.

The Lake Basin region has a population of nearly 12 million people of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds. The major towns in the region with their approximate population in bracket are Kisumu (500,000), Eldoret (200,000) Migori (100,000), Kitale (90,000), Kakamega (80,000), Nandi Hills (80,000) Bungoma (75,000), Webuye (73,000), Kisii (70,000), Kericho (70,000), Homa Bay (60,000), Busia (60,000), Mbita (50,000) and Siaya (45,000).

The topography of the region is undulating and is characterized by high ridges and escarpments and a few mountain peaks, with elevations varying from 1134m a s l on the shores of the scenic inland Lake Victoria to 3,950m a s l in the highlands, the highest point being the Mt. Elgon on the Kenya-Uganda border.

The climate of the region is generally mild with minimal monthly variation in temperatures between 190C and 250C throughout the year. The rainfall is governed by a modified equatorial climate characterized by long rains (March to June) and short rains (September to November). The average annual rainfall varies from 700mm along the Lake Victoria shores to 2000mm in the highlands.

The region has fairly good road network for internal transportation as well as providing connections to other parts of the country and beyond. Railway transport exists between the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi and Kisumu and Nairobi and Eldoret through to the neighbouring Uganda. There is an international airport at Eldoret and a regional airport in Kisumu with airstrips serving all the major towns. The scenic Lake Victoria provides water transport facilities to the neighbouring countries of Uganda and Tanzania.

The region is connected to the national electricity grid. The net electric power generation for the country is estimated at 5,032MW against a demand of 4,234MW. The electric power supply in the region and the country is, therefore, sufficient for domestic, commercial and industrial consumption.

The region is endowed with abundant water available in the Lake Victoria and the several rivers in its catchment. This resource provides opportunities for investment in hydropower, irrigation and tourism development. The region also has rich arable land suitable for commercial agriculture especially in horticulture, sugar cane, rice, wheat, tea and coffee. The land is additionally suitable for livestock production. Investment in these activities provides opportunities for the establishment of agro and livestock based industries. The Lake Victoria provides immense opportunities for investment in the fisheries sub-sector. The Lake provides 90% of the country's fish catches, accounting for between 100,000metric tones and 200,000metric tones annually. Minerals in the region include gold deposits, Kisii soapstone for making ceramic tiles and sculptor and limestone for cement manufacture. The region's diverse ethnic, cultural and historical heritage provides abundant tourism attraction

opportunities. At the same time the region is endowed with unique physical features and game parks which provide additional opportunities for investment in tourism.

The LBDA has prepared feasibility studies for the exploitation and utilization of these resources, which are available to interested investors. Apart from the studies undertaken the LBDA is willing to enter into partnerships with interested investors in setting up commercial ventures. In addition development partners interested in financing development projects and programmes for the socio-economic empowerment of the local people, are welcome.

This Strategic Plan (2005-2010) formulates the strategic objectives for the Authority and identifies projects and programmes required to meet the objectives. The capital investment required to implement the project and programmes is Kshs. 440 billion. From among the projects and programmes some have been identified for implementation through concept paper, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies are now require funding for detailed study and implementation. The funding requirement has been estimated at Kshs.177 billion which should largely come from donors and development partners. These projects and programmes are meant for the general development of the region and can be funded through the Authority or any other preferred institutions.

The Authority also has several institutional enterprises under its docket for income generation. The operations of these enterprises have been constrained by lack of funding. Business plans have been prepared, which if financed, can greatly enhance the operations of these enterprises and improve their income generating capacities and ensure the Authority's future sustainability as required by a current Government Policy for State Corporations. A total of Kshs.966.5 million is required as capital investment in these enterprises. The Authority is therefore looking for strategic investors to go into public private partnership arrangements in the management of these enterprises.


LBDA Rice Mill
The Authority has established an ultra modern Rice Mill at Kibos in Kisumu City with a capacity to mill 24,000 tonnes of paddy per annum. The mill complex has a number of facilities including seed cleaning and drying unit, rice milling and packaging plant,17,000 tonnes bulk storage, a seed treatment and packaging plant, office, canteen, dispensary, changing rooms, weighbridge service roads, borehole water supply and security perimeter wall, enclosing an area measuring 8.23 ha.

The Rice Mill was constructed with the aim of encouraging small scale farmers in the region to produce paddy rice. The potential for paddy rice production is very high (over 21,000 tonnes), in the region and the Rice Mill provides a ready market for the paddy rice farmers. More paddy can be sourced from other parts of Kenya like Mwea and countries like Tanzania and Uganda. The market for milled rice is readily available within Kisumu City, the whole of Nyanza and Western Provinces and other parts of the country.

Water Bottling Plant (Rice Mill)

The Rice Mill has enough room to house a water purification plant, including a reliable source of water and storage facilities. There is a potential for purifying and bottling 4,000 litres of water per day. The bottled water currently retails at Kshs 60 per litre.

Kisumu City and its environs provide a ready market for the commodity. There is currently no such facility in the region, and such an investment would readily fill the gap.

Cement Production

The project can be initiated within a joint venture framework with a number of investors. There are adequate quantities of raw materials for the production of cement in the region, with the Koru area in Nyando District (Nyanza Province) having enormous limestone reserves estimated at approximately 65 million tonnes.


Kenya still lacks adequate tanning capacity and is at the moment still exporting raw or undressed hides and skins. Western Kenya is known to account for 38% of the total hides and skins produced in the country. There is currently no operational tannery in the region (including Uganda and Tanzania). Based on the quantities of hides and skins currently being produced in the region, there is good scope for the establishment of a central tannery, preferably in Nandi District. This could be linked to smaller tanneries to be established in various districts in the region to process the large amount of hides and skins produced.􀳦 Leather from the proposed plant would open up possibilities for establishing a shoe and other related leather industries. The tannery would process hides to full chrome tanning and mainly produce leather and split leather from hides for the shoe industry. It would also be possible to manufacture almost any type of shoe leather except sole leather. The special types of leather to be produced would be of very high quality for the world market. Depending on the demand in the market for modern fashion leather goods, high quality leather in various colours would be added to the range of production. For the local market the factory would produce the popular types of leather currently being consumed

 Instant Coffee Factory

Kenya has no processing facilities for instant coffee because coffee growing is mainly concentrated in the former white highlands where Arabica variety, which is not suitable for instant coffee production, is grown by large estates for export.

The Robusta coffee, which is suitable for the production of instant coffee, does well only in the low lands around Lake Victoria. Its production, however, has not been promoted ostensibly due to lack of a foreign market. Robusta grows very well in the districts of Siaya and Southern Nyanza in Nyanza Province and Busia, lower parts of Kakamega and Bungoma in Western Province. About 2000 tons of Robusta Coffee are produced annually in this region and marketed through Kenya Planters Co-operative Union (KPCU)

On its own accord, the Authority has been actively involved in the promotion and expansion of Robusta coffee growing in the region by providing seedlings to farmers from its nurseries.

This intervention is expected to produce enough raw materials to support the establishment of an instant coffee processing plant for the local market.
The consumption of instant coffee in the country is popular with international hotels, tourist lodges, and resorts. It is also consumed in substantial quantities in offices and affluent households. Overall consumption rate of this commodity is estimated to rise at an average of 3% per annum.

The proposed project may be located in Busia district. The district is within the Robusta coffee growing triangle of Busia, Siaya and lower parts of Kakamega district. The district will serve as nucleus estate for the proposed plant. The proposed site, Matayos, in the district has adequate infrastructural facilities such as electricity water and road network to facilitate transportation of raw materials from the outlying coffee-growing districts.

Fruit Canning and Vegetable Dehydration Project

The development of fruit and vegetable processing industry in Kenya could become a third important outlet for horticultural produce in addition to the existing local and export markets. Horticultural farming is actively practised in the Lake Basin region. The proposed unit aims at utilizing the excess supply of various horticultural produce which otherwise gets spoilt or fetch very low prices in both export and local markets when in-season.

The processed products from the project will be for both export and local markets. It has been observed that production of certain horticultural produce with potential for processing has fallen due to an over saturated market supply. The growing of these crops will be revived by winning back the farmers confidence by providing them with an alternative outlet for the produce.

The project can be initiated within a joint venture framework with a number of investors. There are adequate quantities of raw materials for the production of cement in the region, with the Koru area in Nyando District (Nyanza Province) having enormous limestone reserves estimated at approximately 65 million tonnes.

Granite Stone Production

Granites are divided into two groups based on the coloration i.e, light coloured (leucocratic) and dark coloured (Melanocratic). The colouration is essentially due to the relative variation in mineral composition. A commercial subdivision of these two groups exists based on the construction industry’s market and names in use in Kenya are:-

 Black granite (essentially composed of dark /black minerals).

 Red Granite (essentially composed of minerals of brownish – reddish appearance)

 Green granite (essentially composed of dark minerals, largely greenish in colour)

 Green, multi coloured granite (composed of various minerals but predominantly the dark coloured varieties)

 Yellow granite (essentially composed of the light variety minerals predominantly yellowish in appearance)

 Vihiga granite (composed of a good mix of minerals dark and light coloured and showing a spotted/mottled appearance).

Granites find their use essentially in the building industry, either as dimension or facing stones. They can also be used as roadstones for road construction.

Cutting of granite is an expensive undertaking as it involves the use of powerful and big diamond cutter blades and grinders/polishers. This exercise is currently only being done in Nairobi. As such, quite often large boulders are ferried from Western Kenya to Nairobi. It is, therefore, a cost cutting and very viable venture to set up a granite cutting plant in Western Kenya.

Clay Drainage Pipes, Pottery and Roofing Tiles

i. Clay Drainage Pipes

The principal raw material for the drainage pipes is basically the clays. These are available in many locations of the region, such as the Kano Plains (Nyando & Muhoroni), Kodera Forest (Rachuonyo), Sironga (Nyamira), Kapsabet (North Nandi) and several other wetland areas.


Western Kenya is endowed with suitable clays for the manufacture of pottery items of high quality that can appeal to the tastes of tourists and catering establishments. These pottery units can be established in various locations in the region to produce individual specialized items. The raw material requirements are, clay (Kaolin), broken glass, glaze, firewood and sundries.

ii. Clay Roofing Tiles

The provision of adequate and decent housing is a major objective of the Clay Roofing Tiles Project. The Kenya Government has taken measures to aim at finding solutions to this problem. Various studies have revealed that Kenya has not been able to provide more than 10% of the estimated housing requirements in any one given plan period since independence. In striving to provide decent housing, building materials should be made available and at reasonable prices. This can only be possible if the much extensive clay resource can be exploited towards this end. The raw materials for clay roofing tile production include clay, water, firewood and used oil.
Hydro Electric Power Generation & Irrigation Development

The Government of Kenya has liberalized the power sector by allowing Independent Power Producers (IPPs) into the energy sector in order to increase power production through private sector involvement. The Lake Basin region has six major rivers flowing into Lake Victoria from the highlands in the Rift Valley; viz, Sio, Nzoia, Yala, Nyando, Sondu-Miriu and Kuja. These rivers drain some 40,000 Km of Western Kenya. The rivers have immense potential for hydropower and irrigation development as indicated in the table below:- Project Hydro Power Potential (MW) Irrigation Dev. Potential (ha)
Multi Purpose Development Project (Sondu/ Miriu River)
The hydro power potential has been identified at 94.6. MW with the Magwagwa dam.􀳦 A component based on the run-of river, currently under implementation, will produce 60MW and a further 21 MW at the point where the tail race waters rejoin the Sondu/Miriu river The project has a potential to irrigate 11,000 ha of the Kano plains and 4,000 ha of land in Nyakach and Rachuonyo, a total of 15,000 ha from tail race discharge waters of the hydro-power component.
Kuja River Multi-purpose Projects (Kuja River) The project has a hydro-electric power generation potential of between 10 to 18 MW There is a potential of irrigating 15,000-20,000 ha of land from the hydropower component
Nandi Forest Multipurpose Project (Yala River) This will generate 50 MW of hydro electric power This project has a potential of irrigating 17,000 ha of land in the Nyanza Sugar Belt.
Moi’s(Hemsted) Bridge Multipurpose Project. (Nzoia River) This will generate 60MW of hydro-electric power The irrigation potential in this project is 6,900 ha in the Kerio Valley and 11,430 ha in the Nzoia Basin.

Total 224.4 70,330

Establishment of a Cruise Ship on Lake Victoria

The rebirth of the East African Community has greatly increased the potential for growth of the Western Tourism Circuit. The Lake Victoria, the second largest freshwater lake in the world, naturally fits into the Western Tourism Circuit and has high potential for water sports, lake cruises, floating luxury steamers, bird watching and beach hotels. Kakamega forest hosts a unique species of trees, insects, birds and reptiles co-existing in this lovely ecological attraction. Mt. Elgon provides an added opportunity for mountain climbers to the extreme North-West

The LBDA is proposing going into a joint venture investment with any interested investor, to establish a luxury cruise ship in the Lake that will cover the Western Tourism Circuit of Kenya, stopping at various picturesque spots on the beaches of Lake Victoria, to enable the visitors make excursions into the hinterland. The cruise ship would provide luxury accommodation for tourists interested in enjoying the cultural East African hospitality and water sports and even fishing for the more adventurous.

Establishment of Sugarcane Production and Processing Industries

Keny produces between 450,000 tones to 490,000 tons of sugar, while consumption is estimated to be 600,000 tons annually and still growing

Kenya as a country, therefore, still imports between 110,000 to 150,000 tones of sugar to meet its domestic demand for the country. The potential for sugarcane growing is, however, vast in the region and has not been fully exploited. Potential areas with between 10,000 ha to 15,000 ha of land suitable for cane development and establishment of sugar processing factories have been identified in Homa-Bay and Busia districts. 

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Friday, 10 January 2014

Municipal Strategic Planning Project in Kisumu, Kenya Israeli experts at work in Kisumu

Municipal Strategic Planning Project in Kisumu, Kenya
A delegation of Israeli experts arrived in Kenya to conduct a preliminary plan for integration of the lakefront in the city of Kisumu within the framework of cooperation existing between MASHAV, UN-HABITAT, Kisumu County and the Weitz Center for Development Studies.
Based on the Israeli experience in redeveloping seafronts in several coastal cities in Israel, and on the existing successful cooperation between the parties, Kisumu’s Municipal Council expressed their interest in implementing a one-year pilot program focusing on the city’s lakefront, based on the Municipal Strategic Planning Units (MSPU) model, which aims at promoting strategic projects operating as an entry point for diverse development programs. - MASHAV

Israeli experts at work in Kisumu