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Kenya: KLIP DIRECTOR URGES SPEEDY GROWTH

Posted by African Press International on August 5, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO.

Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (KLIP) Programme Director Prof Stephen Agong has urged both local and International investors,and entire stake holders to join hands for the aims of KLIP to be achieved as envisaged.Speaking during a colourful dinner party held in Dunga Beach Kisumu in honour of the local populace who have so far exhibited consistent cooperation with the body,

Prof Agong who is also the Vice Chancellor of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University  stressed the need for unity and cooperation among key stake holders in the region in order to achieve the said goals.During the party all the traditional luo dishes were availed ranging from dried fish of tilapia(Obambo), Osuga, mito, omena, busaa,brown ugali, among other delicacies. Local traditional dancers were also not left out to flavour the attentive audience.

Kisumu Governor who is in a foreign trip in the United States was represented by his Deputy Ruth Odinga. Executives of the county like Eng Vincent Kodera of Roads and infrastructure, Tourism Rose Kisia and Education docket were also in attendance. Ruth Odinga vowed to tarmac the dilapidated Dunga route in order to open the area for development and sports tourism.

Dunga Beach is one of the tourism attractive sites of Kisumu.Rose Kisia urged other partners to join hands to ensure that within two years Kisumu is ranked together with Mombasa tourism wise. KLIP was launched in Nov 28th last year by acting Swedish head of Embassy in Nairobi Bjorn haggmark.Sweden has strong engagement for urban development in Kenya through urban cooperation and it also supports cooperation around Lake Victoria.The participation of  Kisumu in the work of Misra Urban Futures another link has been established between Kenya and Sweden.

At present research institutions in Shanghai China,Cape Town South Africa,Greater Manchester in addition to  Kisumu and Gothenburg take part in the global network.Activities in Kisumu will be spear-headed by Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University, Maseno University among other key stake holders.

The research will be conducted on the basis of KLIP.Environmental degradation,poverty are still the challenges Kisumu  share with other rapidly growing urbanization.The infrastructure development and service expansion has not matched the rapid population growth thus proving great challenges to city authorities. KLIP concluded its busy week by a mammoth symposium which all the stake holders attended and fully participated in Kisumu museum.

 

ENDS

 

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