•Ruto will officially open a municipal market in Homa Bay town.
•The construction of the market was funded by the national government.
Nyanza residents are optimistic that President William Ruto will address the issue of stalled projects in the region during his tour of Kisumu.
Some of the projects were initiated by the Jubilee government but remain stalled.
The President will be launching various projects, including the construction of affordable houses in Homa Bay on Friday.
Besides the housing project, President Ruto will officially open a municipal market in Homa Bay town. The national government funded the construction of the market.
However, in Kisumu, locals said the President should come out clear on the status of the projects that have so far stalled.
The projects include Ahero interchange, Mamaboleo flyover, Mamboleo-Miwani-Chemelil Road, Kisumu Port and even the Special Economic Zone.
"Some of these projects were lined up by the Jubilee administration. Some have stalled and construction of other projects is yet to start," said Mark Oluoch, a businessman.
He added that those projects are crucial to the people of Lakeside city.
"We know there is also a Sh2.5 billion Kabonyo Kanyagwal fisheries and aquaculture research centre that is set to be launched anytime and we are happy about that. But let him come out clear on the plans he has for the other stalled projects."
However, Fred Ochieng noted that they will welcome the President as usual, terming it as a normal visit by the head of state.
"We have elected leaders and we hope they will use the opportunity to push the region's development agenda to the President," he said.