Africities Summit is just around the corner and the Africities Convention Center in Mamboleo Show Ground is still under construction at 36% complete. According to the Secretariat, the project will cost around KShs 1.4 Billion in Phase one and upon completion at Phase 2 of the outdoor theatre, it will cost around KShs 1.8 Billion.
“So far, the government has put 1.2 Billion for the construction of this convention center.” Alloyce Ager, Africities Secretariat. This will include the main auditorium, 15 breakaway rooms, 60 exhibition spaces, a VIP lounge, an amphitheater, a cultural centre, a health center, press rooms and a picnic area to accommodate even a par or playground for kids.
The theme of the Africities 2022 is, “The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063.”
According to a meeting with the Executive Committee of the ninth edition of the Africities Summit to held in Kisumu led by Governor Anyang Nyong’o, in a meeting held with a delegation from Cameroon, “the construction will be ready in April. Accommodation arrangements are in top gear with over 9,800 room capacity in and around Kisumu.”
In his update, the Governor highlighted preparations including fine-tuning the beautification of various parts of the city. On the other hand, City Manager Abala Wanga has been spotted in recent days supervising the preparation works along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway, facelifting for Ofafa Memorial Hall and seeing to the completion of Kibuye Market, the Fire Station and Nyamasaria Bus Park.
This week, the management aims to commence works at the Ofafa Hall which will include a perimeter wall, civil works, gardening and beautification of the one-acre compound. According to Mr Abala, “We will also be renovating and upgrading the hall to include the elder’s lounge, a cafeteria and a cultural corner.” Traders are expected to occupy Kibuye market in the first week of May.
The event is set for 17 to 21 May 2022, and will gather African communities and local authorities representatives, as well as financial institutions, civil society groups and development partners at continental and international level in an effort to address its two goals: define appropriate shared strategies in order to improve the living conditions of people at the local level; and contribute to the integration, peace and unity of Africa starting from the grassroots.
The summit is organized with support from the African Union (AU), the Government of Morocco, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the European Commission (EC), among others.