Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Tourism, Najib Balala, recently affirmed the government’s support to ensure that the Lake Victoria waterfront in Kisumu is developed, packaged and marketed in a bid to boost tourism within the western Kenyan circuit.
Balala emphasised the need for a multi-sectoral approach to fast-track the removal of the invasive water hyacinth plant and to revive business on the lake as it is the focus point to boost tourism activities in the western region.
Whilst addressing the regional stakeholders’ forum, Balala reiterated that the county had a number of tourist attractions, such as Kit Mikayi and the national museum and, if developed properly, would open up the region for business and tourism opportunities. He also urged the various counties to collaborate using the regional economic bloc to develop and package tourism products for the market ahead of 2021 Africities Conference.
Accompanying Balala on a tour along the Kisumu pier was Kenya’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga and the Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Keriako Tobiko, who highlighted that the hyacinth menace and dredging of the lake should be a matter of urgency to revive the maritime transport and boost business with the neighbouring countries.
Tobiko said his ministry would do whatever it took to eliminate the hyacinth and also cautioned residents against polluting the lake with effluent from factories and car wash businesses.
Other members who were present included Tourism Principal Secretary, Joe Okudo; Kenya Tourism Board CEO, Dr. Betty Radier; CEO of the Tourism Fund, Joseph Cherutoi; Tourism Finance Corporation MD, Jonah Orumoi; Kisumu County Ministers and more.