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Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (K L I P)has received a massive financial boost from the Swedish Government

Posted by African Press International on December 4, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO, Kisumu-Kenya

Kisumu Local Interactive Platform (K L I P)has received a massive financial boost from the Swedish Government to cater for the on going scholarship programmes.

Speaking during  a colourful event in a Kisumu Hotel the Director of the body who is also the Vice Chancellor of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University Prof Stephen G Agong applauded the staggering 3.7 Swedish Cronar grant.Prof Maria Nystrom who is technical advicer of KLIP from Chalmers University Sweden also told the audience during her speech that its under the sterling tulelage of Prof Agong Nowander they will continue with their noble gestures to the body.

The body which is only two years old is so far offering 43 scholarships to PHD students from both Jaramogi University and Maseno University and their specialities covers Eco tourism and market places. Speaking on behalf of Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma,the executive in charge of infrastructure Eng Vincent Kodero vowed to tackle the dilapidated state of roads in the county which he said are a hindrance to KLIP envisaged goals singling out Dunga Beach road as an example.

“We now have the money and the good will is there, count that  the said roads as done Kodera told the audience amid applause”.Dunga Beach has been identified as one of the tourist attractive sites.Also through KLIP initiative, another funding to the tune of millions to tackle waste management has also been received and it will soon roll out in the beginning of the year which will be a milestone.

“Ours is to purely champion for residents agenda and im singling out the July 2013 event in Dunga Beach where 25 locals were trained to market their products from within and without the borders”,Prof Agong said.Prof Agong concluded by hailing the county government under stewardship of Governor Jack  Ranguma and all the stakeholders for the support and conducive atmosphere which he said has enabled them achieve alot.”With the prevailing atmosphere expect more he crowned.”

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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.

 

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Kenya: Veteran journalist hospitalised

Posted by African Press International on July 18, 2013

Kisumu City based veteran journalist Leo Odera Omollo has been hospitalised. Odera now aged 76 was hospitalised a fortnight ago at Milimani hospital Kisumu ailing from multiple ailments like mild stroke, hypertension, brain tumour, and diabetes. The mercurial scribe known for his prolific political analysis is a freelance and subscribes to both local and International media outlets.

He has locally worked for the Nation media Group,the then East African Standard,defunct Kenya Times and the Weekly Citizen. In the foreign outlets he is affiliated to the Guardian Newspaper of London, the New York Times (USA), among other online media. Odera has also written for this Online media outlet (API). During his hey days he was closely associated with the late Thomas Joseph Mboya, The doyen of Kenyas opposition politics the late Jaramogi Oginga Odinga, former President Daniel Arap Moi, Kanu mandarins the late Dr Taita Arap Towett and Ezekiel Barngatuny.

Odera hails from Uriri constituency Migori County. During a visit by the press early this week Odera was looking frail though stable and could recognise some of his colleagues. “Mzee has now made a bit of progress comparatively”, said his wife who was glued besides him in his hospital bed.

 

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