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PARLIAMENT TO SUMMON CS TOBIKO OVER UNUSED WATER HYACINTH HARVESTER AT KISUMU PORT


Serious concern have been raised over the neglected water hyacinth harvesting machine at the Kisumu Inland Port. 

The machine is said to have been idle since it was purchased by the Lake Victoria Environmental Management Project (LVEMP II) an issue that has sparked furry among the members of the Parliamentary Committee on Regional Integration and Northern Corridor.

Speaking this week during their tour in a bid to visit East African Community agencies in the country, the committee headed by Dr Gideon Ochanda said they are not impressed by the inepitude witnessed at the port as far as the machine is concerned.

Among other findings, the committee says it will write a comprehensive report regarding the state of the machine which has been lying idle despite the high cost of purchase and the fact that water hyacinth still remains a menace at the lake.

They further said that after filing the report and presenting to parliament, the committee will then summon the Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko and his Principal Secretary to shed light on the sorry state of affairs at the port and to give reasons on the malfunctionality of the machine.

The machine was bought at a cost of 70 Million Shillings three years ago and since it was launched its has never had significant operations.