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Kenya: New Firm to Run Kisumu Ethanol Plant

The East African (Nairobi)
22 May 2007
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The Kisumu Ethanol Plant is now to be run by a new subsidiary of its majority owner Canada's Energem Resources Inc. The subsidiary, Energem Biofuels, will be charged with boosting production.
Energem Resources holds a 55 per cent stake in the Kisumu Ethanol Plant.Previously, the plant fell under Energem's logistics and supply division. Placing of the Kisumu facility under the new subsidiary is part of a reorientation, Energem says, that will see the Canadian firm focus its business on the midstream oil and gas infrastructure and biofuels sectors.
The reorganisation will also optimise the firm's business outlook and help raise its market value. Currently, the company's shares at the Toronto Stock Exchange are undervalued.
"The review examined the options available to the company for a restructuring, repackaging and relaunch of Energem in a form that would be more functionally effective, with respect to unlocking value in the equity markets," Energem said in a statement last week.
"The company believes that its core sectors have enormous potential and scalability across Africa," it added.
Two months ago, Energem announced that the Kisumu plant had resumed full capacity production following a closure in December 2006. Energem had shut down the plant to carry out modifications and maintenance in light of the limited availability of molasses feedstock at the time.
Production was restarted in the third week of January, picking up to the full capacity - 60,000 litres of potable alcohol per day - by February.
The bulk of the alcohol is sold to secondary manufacturers in the Kenyan market, although Kep has started exporting to Uganda and Rwanda.
According to Energem, the prices of potable alcohol recorded this year are better than last year's, while molasses feedstock availability may improve following good rains in western Kenya's sugar growing region.
Last week, Energem said the enhanced performance of its Kisumu facility had confirmed projections that the plant could serve as the linchpin of its bio-products line on the continent.
The imminent positioning of the Kisumu plant as a major biofuels producer in the region comes at a time when interest in clean fuels has risen globally.
Proponents of biofuels say that their increased usage would lead to a lower rate of global warming, as they release lower quantities of greenhouse gases. This argument has seen the European Union set a target of using biofuels in 10 per cent of its cars by 2020, creating a large potential market for the fuels.
However, some experts have cautioned that widespread adoption of biofuels could have far-reaching effects on global food security as agricultural areas are turned into fuel sources. Adoption of biofuels could also speed up global warming as rainforests, especially in regions such as South America and Central Africa, are cleared to make way for fuel crops. Rainforests mop up greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide...

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Kisumu Port (Formerly Port Florence)



Kisumu alongside Nakuru Is among the top Kenya's cleanest cities
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Kisumu Millennium City Project (UN-HABITAT 1st Millenium City)

UN-HABITAT officials present outlined the broad five-year development strategy for Kisumu. The outline took note of the fact that the challenge was to translate the vision into a reality adding that an MDG- based plan would provide the focus to achieve this and that the major hurdles in Kisumu include water and sanitation.
The agency said that Kisumu would be an ideal location to launch the Millennium Cities initiative because the start-up process has been ongoing with the many initiatives in the region. They noted that the Commission for Africa formed by British Prime Minister Tony Blair had identified rapid urbanization as the greatest challenge for African countries after the HIV/AIDS pandemic. As such, there was need for the Millennium team to try and achieve the MDGs both in the villages and the cities.
The UN Millennium Project is a three-year initiative conceived of by the United Nations to analyze policy options and develop a plan of implementation for achieving the MDGs. The goals provide a set of clear targets for reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation, and discrimination against women by 2015. They were adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000.
The meeting addressed by Professor Sachs coincided with a conference of experts organized by UN-HABITAT to discuss ways of financing action plans identified by local communities in the area.
The city was founded in 1901 with the coming of the Uganda Railway. Its population has since grown to over half a million people, some 60 percent of whom live below poverty line. Professor Sachs emphasized that the challenge on Kisumu was to move from the planning stage to mobilizing resources for investments to meet the Millennium Development Goals. The Millennium Initiative will work with the people of Kisumu to identify and prioritize existing problems/issues and create a comprehensive, MDG-based economic development strategy to improve the standard of living of city residents.
The Mayor, Ms. Prisca Auma said Kisumu had embraced the MDGs because of increased poverty in the city. She identified the critical need to develop a comprehensive urban strategy for Kisumu to respond to the rapid urbanization and environmental degradation as a key challenge for the city.
She thanked UN HABITAT for its support in helping develop the Kisumu City Development Strategy (2004-2009), which she said represented the priorities ordinary people faced with a growing population and new urban development problems.

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A world away, Kenyan village rallies for favorite U.S. son

By Rob Crilly Special for, USA TODAY
NYANGOMA KOGALA, Kenya — If Barack Obama, Democratic contender for the Illinois Senate seat, had grown up in his father's village in rural west Kenya he would have attended Kogalo Secondary School. Like the other village children, he would have run across its playgrounds and squinted at his books in the unlit classrooms.


Next year, the school will become the Barack Obama Secondary. It's just one example of how the U.S. Senate race has electrified a country where politics, torn apart by tribal rivalries and corruption, has become a dirty word. Pastor Jared Waloga, the school's deputy principal, explains the plans for the name change. "It is a matter of pride that one of our own has got into such a position," he says. (Related story: Obama extends reach beyond Illinois race)

As the children head home for lunch, they follow a path that cuts through the Obama compound, a collection of brick huts set among mango trees.

Said Hussein Obama, the uncle of the young state senator, has a radio tuned in to Voice of America for election news.

He has become the family spokesman since his nephew spoke in July at the Democratic convention in Boston. Since then, visitors from the media have made their way to the family home after Obama described how he grew up the son of a Kenyan goat herder.

His father, also called Barack Obama, left the village after winning a scholarship to study in Hawaii. There he met and married Obama Jr.'s mother, who was originally from Kansas. The elder Obama went to Harvard, left his wife when his son was still a toddler and later returned to Kenya.

While the young Barack Obama grew up in Hawaii and Indonesia, after his mother remarried, his father earned a reputation as an economist and a place in the ruling elite. The elder Obama died in a car accident in 1982. He was buried near the hut where he grew up.

The family compound sits among the hills of Nyanza Province, in the village of Nyangoma Kogala. The Obama land covers about 30 acres. Sweet potatoes and beans thrive in the fertile soil. But this year's corn crop has been hit hard by drought.

Inside the hut, Sarah Hussein Obama, 83, speaks proudly of Barry, as she has nicknamed her stepgrandson. "When he came for the first time, it was to see the grave of his father. ... It was impressive to see him identify so much with this place," she says.

He brought his wife, Michelle, on a second visit in 1992. "He was the sort of person who wanted to know everything. He wanted to know why things were the way they were," Sarah says, speaking in the language of her Luo tribe.

With the pride in Obama, there is a growing sense of expectation. Kenya has been let down by generations of politicians. Now they have a new hero, untainted by tribal rivalries or party infighting.

The wave of optimism that spread through the East African country two years ago, when Daniel arap Moi's corrupt reign as president ended, has largely disappeared.

Big things were expected of the president, Mwai Kibaki, but he has assumed a low profile after being injured in a car crash. His coalition has been the subject of demonstrations. Allegations of government corruption have emerged since he took office.

All of this makes Obama's appeal nearly universal.

His uncle says, "In order to develop, we need aid from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The U.S. Senate carries a huge amount of weight, so it is important that one of our own will be there."

In Kisumu, 40 miles from Nyangoma Kogala, people agree Obama could help Kenya.

"He's the Luo who wants to be a senator, the only black African," says Frederick Otieno, leaning against his bicycle on Oginga Odinga Street. "We will get support from America, as Africans, as Kenyans and particularly as Luo."

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Kisumu and its Diversity




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Kisumu and its Diversity/Projects



Some Projects Planned for Kisumu

Jumuiya House/Guest & Conference house

Jumuia Guest House Kisumu is currently being renovated. It will be reopened in November 2007



The following facilities will be offered:

Accomodation
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Kenya: Airliner Cashes in On Lucrative Kisumu Route




The Nation (Nairobi)

28 May 2007
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A new airliner has launched direct flights on the Nairobi-Kisumu route.

Jetlink Express, a Kenyan-owned low cost carrier established three years ago, becomes the fourth carrier to enter the route after Fly 540, East African Airlines and Kenya Airways.


The carrier, which is expected to fly at least 5,000 passengers per month, will have two return flights daily to the lake-side town, one in the morning and another in the evening.

Managing director Elly Aluvale, said the entry of the airline will establish a competitive environment, which is healthy for customers.

"Customers have been complaining that the cost of flights to the Kisumu was too high. We hope our entry will reduce these costs to manageable levels," he said.

Mr Aluvale said there was growth in the number of passengers plying the route and hoped that the company will receive the lion's share of the cake.

"Six months ago, the total market share for the Kisumu route averaged 9,000 per month, but with the increased capacity on the route the market has grown to some 15,000 passengers per month."

Said Mr Aluvale: "The number is set to rise as we head towards the elections. That's why we need to reposition ourselves to benefit from this market."

Speaking during the opening of their Kisumu office at the weekend, Mr Aluvale said the company had launched an expansion and modernisation programme aimed at enhancing their operations and consolidating its position in the industry.

The carrier is in the process of acquiring two seater Canadian regional jets on a three-year leasehold at a cost of 500,000 US dollars (Sh35 million) to increase its airlines fleet
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Kisumu Entertainment

Uganda: Kisumu's Active Life (A little old article but I found it ineteresting)


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November 18, 2006
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As one settles into Kisumu's hustle and bustle, the sound of luo songs against modernised musical instruments fill the air. Occasionally, it is contemporary Kenyan music or any other Kadongo Kamu version of luo music. The sound of Suzanna Owiyo's hit Kisumu 100 in praise of the city conveniently plays in a nearby stall.

Along one of the busiest streets, traders sell their items. The busy part of the city is very colourful and congested - what with shoes, bags, hardware displayed on the pavements. Sheets, towels, blanket and duvets on sale are hung against the street walls or on strings.

These items come in different colours and patterns against the blazing heat and the incessant sound of bicycle bells, car horns and noisy touts who only make the city even more alive than it actually is. When you think Kisumu City, think a city on the edge of Lake Victoria, think fish, think boda boda bicycles and some of the oldest cars in the region especially Peugeots.

With a lake in the vicinity, fish is a delicacy and has a fish market of it's own. Yet this market seems small because on the streets, you will easily find people selling fish especially along the streets near the municipal market and the second hand market- called Kibuye. The Western Kenya regional Capital is in a way very similar to any town in Uganda. Like Entebbe, Jinja and parts of Kampala, Kisumu rests at the shores of lake Victoria and one can easily view the lake.

Like Entebbe, it has an airport and fisheries organs, which also makes it similar to Jinja. Like Kampala, it has a museum and the British Council. It connects the coast to Uganda through the Uganda Railways. Like Gulu, Lira, Apac and most luo speaking towns, the people speak a lot of dholuo, a luo dialect which is slightly similar to those in Uganda.

Shopping pot

Kisumu compared to Kampala has mordern shopping malls like Swan Centre, United, Mega City, Mega Plaza among others. It also has numerous supermarkets with unique items and affordable prices compared to Kampala. Nakumatt Nyanza in Mega Plaza with another branch in Mega City creates a big impression of the city.
These supermarkets seem to come with everything from perishables, household items and books to clothes, travel accessories and jewellery. Meanwhile at Nyanza Apparels, one can access numerous items personalised and branded apparel. Kisumu also has a crafts market, where unique African jewels, shoes, carvings in wood and soapstone, bags and utensils among others can be found. Kisumu is the third largest city in Kenya after Nairobi and Mombasa.

According to history, it was founded in 1901 as Port Florence, the main in-land terminal of the Uganda railway which was only recently sold to investors.

Kisumu is host to numerous regional offices of various businesses and organisations. For instance, the least one could expect would be the British Council Office, thinking that there is only one in Nairobi. Prices are affordable and depending on where one is, there is a chance to bargain. Food compared to Uganda seems very expensive and of a limited scope. Your delicacy will mainly be fish, beef (of all kinds), chips, Ugali (posho) and chappati and vegetables on a daily basis.

Finding all the variety in Uganda there would be a miracle. The town has fair and affordable accommodation facilities dominated by guesthouses and just a few hotels. There were no clear forms of entertainment in the town, although the people seemed to have an active social life.

The city, which is far smaller than Kampala is obviously better planned especially for the housing, which is more organised, compared to the latter's randomly sprouting and spread houses.

Kisumu which is rather slower in motion than Nairobi and Kampala is at least six hours from Kampala by road at a realistic fee. It is a good destination or stop over for anyone.

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hey , dis thread is doing reli gr8. BTW i was jus lukin 4 sum pic 2 post on this thread and i came across a web cam of kisumu city, the webcam doesnt accualy show movin images bt it updates the picture every 3 minutes
i thouht it was appropriate to post the link into this thread http://www.westkenya.com/index.php?pagenr=111
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thats a nice collection kisumu ndogo, do you have any pics of the local shopping centers?
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