Through the Kisumu Lakefront Development Corporation (KLDC), a Kshs 70 billion Lake Victoria Ring Road is soon to be constructed to replicate major highways along coastlines in cities like Rio and Capetown. The project is anticipated to open the lake front and spur investments in eco-tourism and transport across Busia, Siaya, Kisumu, Migori and Homa Bay.
A non-motorized ring road will be built from Dunga Beach to Ndeere Island will pass Camp David (resort), then from Bumala at the Busia border with Uganda, to Muhuru Bay at the border with Tanzania. The challenge remains as counties bordering the lake initiate moves to reclaim some of the pieces of land grabbed along it.
As the National Land Commission (NLC) is fast-tracking the project, Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) sites delays in funding which has affected its implementation. KURA will undertake the design, construction, and supervision of the infrastructure comprising of non-motorized traffic. The strolling path will also comprise 4 meters wide tract, and 3-meter-wide walkways and an 8 meters paved carriage way.
According to KURA Director General Eng. Silas Kinoti, “building of infrastructure is one on the most powerful tools in creation of jobs, and a plain field for all businesses.” He elaborated that KLDC projects to build infrastructure will be enablers of all other economic activities. This marks realization of better infrastructure aimed at changing people’s lives.
Fishermen remain optimistic that the project will come to life after several years of waiting. The political class has also been lobbying for the project. Should it become a reality, it will be a major breakthrough in opening up several beaches and bays that have been secluded as a result of a poor road network.
A source privy to the developments said NLC is yet to process the parcels that are likely to be affected. The commission was expected to undertake a survey on families that will be affected by the road to pave way for compensation as well as identify public land grabbed by investors. Beach Management Unit officials said they had submitted a proposal to President Uhuru Kenyatta to fast-track the project.
Tom Guda, the national BMU chairperson, said they had been eagerly awaiting the start of the project to open more shipping and logistics opportunities to beaches and landing sites. The NLC is expected to undertake a survey on families that will be affected by the road to pave way for compensation as well as identify public land grabbed by investors.