Mixed bag of fortunes for residents as port opens on Thursday
SEE ALSO :Kisumu medics moved in shake-upIt housed a cocktail of businesses from eateries, stationary, beauty and barber shops, as well as second-hand cloth lines. The demolitions came barely a month after the famous Lwang’ni Beach eateries, Akamba Lane shops and a number of other temporary establishments within the central business district were demolished. Tabitha Ougo, a trader at Winmatt, said most of them were caught flat-footed as they had not imagined the demolitions would reach their premises. “We were very reluctant as we didn’t know we would be affected, and as traders we don’t know how we are going to start rebuilding our lives,” she said. But even as the traders cried foul over the demolitions, other would-be beneficiaries of the Sh3 billion port project were already salivating for its operationalisation.
SEE ALSO :Dunga is new fish centre after Lwang’niSome of the residents were putting final touches to their documents for applications for about 30 job opportunities — on temporary basis — which have been advertised by Kenya Railways Corporation.
Refurbished vesselsThe advertisement, made on August 6, sought candidates who will work in MV Uhuru, one of the main vessels already refurbished. Interviews for the positions were set to be conducted yesterday at the Kenya Marine School in Kisumu. County Director of Communication Aloice Ager said preparations for the opening of the port were in top gear. “We have done our part as the county government, which was to open the lakefront,” said Ager.
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