President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday August 30 landed in Kisumu County for a short 40 minute visit to inspect the Ksh3 billion refurbished Kisumu port.
Three military aircraft landed at the port before President Kenyatta disembarked from one of them.
The President’s first stop over at the port was at the MV Uhuru which has ferried over 17 million litres of diesel to Uganda. More is expected once the port is fully operational.
The two-metre gauge railway from Nakuru to Kisumu is expected to be repaired soon as the region warms up to the opening of the port.
Uhuru was surrounded by his security detail and aides and could be seen chatting with Nyanza Regional Commissioner Magi Mutindika who was walking by his side as they strolled around the port.
President Kenyatta later bordered the aircraft that flew him to the port and took off.
At least five vehicles which had been deployed at the port left after the Head of State took off.
Reports indicated he was headed to the Kisumu International Airport from where he would be flown to Mombasa.
There were no county officials present during the short visit. Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o was reported to be in Nairobi.
Last week Interior PS Karanja Kibicho revealed the COVID-19 outbreak had slowed down the preparations to launch the mega project.
Kibicho noted that as soon as the virus eases down, the President will announce a date for the official launch.
Beforehand refurbished Kisumu port was set for commissioning in January even as reports indicated that operations at the facility had already kicked off.
MV Uhuru, a cargo vessel at the port had already started shipping oil to neighbouring Uganda.
Port authorities confirmed that over 800,000 litres of diesel were loaded in 22 wagons from the Kisumu depot and exported to Uganda.
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