• During the launch, the head of state expressed optimism that rail transport will boost Kisumu’s status as an economic hub in the western Kenya region.
• He also called on Kenyans to vote for peace-loving leaders in the coming general election.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday commissioned the new ultra-modern Kisumu Railway station.
During the launch, the head of state expressed optimism that rail transport will boost Kisumu’s status as an economic hub in the western Kenya region.
He noted that restoration of rail transport in Kisumu will not only lower the cost of ferrying goods along the line but also stimulate growth of industries that will create jobs for the youth.
“Because of this rail, the cost of travelling from Mombasa to Kisumu will reduce. Also the cost of transporting goods from Mombasa to Kisumu will reduce and that is of benefit to the people,” Uhuru said.
The President is on a two-day working visit of the county, which will also mark his last official tour to Kisumu as head of state.
He also called on Kenyans to vote for peace-loving leaders in the coming general election.
Uhuru who addressed a section of the lake side city residents said that the country could not have made significant progress in infrastructure development and other sectors of the economy without peace.
President Kenyatta urged residents of the county perceived to be Raila Odinga's stronghold to turnout in large numbers and vote for the Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate and other leaders allied to them.
“We want our country to continue being peaceful. There are two paths one can take. One is to divide Kenyans, peddle lies, plant the seed of hatred and insult others. That path leads to destruction, poverty and bloodshed. I do not think that is the path we want to follow," Uhuru stated.
"There is another path. This is the path of peace, ensuring justice for all, standing for the truth and uniting all Kenyans. That route ensures respect, progress and national unity. That is the path we should follow."
Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani who was also present said the commissioning of the new Kisumu Station, which is part of the 217 km Nakuru - Kisumu railway rehabilitation project, is a game changer in reviving the western region’s economy.
The CS said when the history of Kenya is written, the name of President Kenyatta will feature prominently for his focus on infrastructure development in the country.
Other projects the president launched include; the Dada Export Processing Zone Limited, a garment manufacturing factory for the export market.
This he said will create hundreds of jobs for Kisumu residents.