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Old December 24th, 2013, 11:12 PM   #21
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Old December 24th, 2013, 11:19 PM   #23
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Unease in Kisumu as construction rates rise
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The Kisumu County Government has raised construction approval fees by 100 percent in a move that has attracted protests from the building and construction sector. Players in the industry are to pay the new rates following a decision by the County Assembly to pass its 2013/2017 Finance Bill.
The county government has also imposed a 100 per cent increment on most construction work charges. In the Bill, the minimum architectural charge for buildings below 46 square metres has risen from Sh1, 800 to Sh3,600. The highest, 867 square metres but not exceeding 930 square metres, rose from Sh14,000 to Sh28,000. The minimum charges for structural fees for residential housing doubled from Sh1,200 to Sh2,400 while the highest charge shot up from Sh13,000 to Sh36,000. Occupation certificate fees were also doubled while the old rate for renewal of the certificates was retained.
The double rates will lead to high cost of housing meant for commercial or residential purposes. Players have subsequently implored the county government to reverse the rates, which would affect the general development and growth of the sector. The director of Ounga Commercial Agencies, Mr Eric Ounga, says the county has realised some gains in development, but increasing rates would only burden prospective investors adversely.
“Tenants of residential houses constitute the largest number of clients in the construction industry and are likely to be affected most,” he said. The director said the county government should tone down bureaucracy first and lower the rates to attract investors. He said that the government can also develop if investors are given incentives. Other real estate and property dealers have also condemned the rise in construction rates.
Gulf Fabricators managing director, Mr Gordon Kaoko, said it will be extremely impossible for players to move forward given that they had hopes that the county would be a better place to invest in. He said what has further dented Kisumu’s image is the influx of land fraudsters who have fleeced hundreds of people of millions of shillings under the guise that they would sell them parcels of land in the outskirts of the town. ““Such crooks should be handed heavy sentences in order to serve as a warning to the rest,” Kaoko says.
The new charges come at a time when the cost of buying land in Kisumu city and its environs has skyrocketed, with players in the real estate industry wondering whether market prices will be friendly to investors in the next coming years. An acre of land in the posh Millimani area today fetches between Sh60 to Sh70 million.
A half-acre goes for Sh30 million while a quarter of the same costs Sh15 million. At Riat hill a quarter of an acre goes for Sh1.5 million while a half an acre goes for almost Sh2 million while an acre fetches as much as Sh4 million. The storey is the same at Kogony where a quarter of an acre goes for Sh2 million while a half an acre attracts Sh4 million and higher.
A land agent in Kisumu, Mr George Okwatch, says demand for land has been on the rise in recent years, more so after the upgrade of the Kisumu International Airport. “This is the reason why the prices of land are high at Kogony,” he says. Okwatch says that it is the same with Riat Hills where people have been scrambling for land since they want a panoramic view of the lake and the airport. Kajulu has been attracting prospectors since it is closer to town and has the desired infrastructure. Property prices are also higher in areas such as Kibos and Ogango since infrastructure has been improved of late. - By FREDRICK ODIERO

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Talking Developer to build Sh0.7b estate in Kisumu

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Housing shortfall in Kisumu Town is set to ease after a local developer Victoria Estate Ltd set rolling, plans for the construction of a state-of-the-art estate worth Sh 730 million . The Director of Ounga Commercial Agencies Erick Ounga said the estate would be constructed to European standards and will compete with high class estates in Nairobi.
Speaking yesterday to KNA in his office in Kisumu,Ounga said the estate will be built in a 10-acre piece of land and would comprise 80 town houses ranging from two to four bedrooms. He said the ground breaking ceremony would be presided over by Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and his deputy Ruth Odinga on December 20.
The director said the tender for the project had already been awarded and the contractor was expected to be on site by next week. “We are going to do a landscape, gardening, swimming pool, shopping malls, jogging area and a gym within the estate,” he said. Ounga said the houses would be connected with an intercom system. He called on the county government to attract more investors to build more houses to meet rising demand within the lakeside town.
“We should not underrate local investors’ capacity to carry out projects of this magnitude. They need to be brought on board,” Ounga said. The town has been experiencing a construction boom in the wake of several infrastructural upgrading projects including the Kisumu Airport and the Kondele and Nyamasaria by-passes. - By KNA

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Post KEMRI TB LABORATORY LAUNCH DECEMBER 2013

KEMRI Launches a TB Laboratory for Western Kenya
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Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) on Tuesday launched a Tuberculosis laboratory to serve Western Kenya region.

The high capacity facility situated at Kisian area in Kisumu County was constructed at a cost of over shs. 200 million, through the support of Centre for Disease Control, (CDC) and other partners.

Speaking during the official opening of the laboratory, the Director of KEMRI, Dr. Solomon Mpoke said that the facility will provide services in tuberculosis management, diagnosis and monitoring of drug resistance.

Dr. Mpoke added that the facility which is the second one to be constructed in the Country will greatly benefit the local residents in addition to the surrounding Counties.

“We only have such a facility in Nairobi,” he said adding that the construction of the Kisumu one will be of greater benefit to the entire Country.

He added that the laboratory will handle TB under negative pressure that ensures safety is guaranteed to both workers and patients a part from producing quality results within one day.

The Director explained that the laboratory is linked to other health facilities through courier and email services.

“Patients need not to come to the facility but only the specimen are brought for diagnosis and results relayed to them trough the same medium,” he explained.

Prof. Ruth Ndwati, KEMRI chairperson noted that TB drug resistance still remains a major public health problem alongside HIV and other diseases.

Prof. Ndwati urged health service providers to collaborate with the local communities to ensure that patients complete the doses prescribed for them to avoid drug resistance.

“Having this facility is an achievement,” she said that there was need for commitment by staff and support by management for success to be achieved.

She stated that no broad study has been done to show TB prevalence in the Country but disclosed that 5,000 cases of drug resistance are recorded in Nairobi annually especially in slum areas.

The chairperson reiterated that undiagnosed TB is dangerous and urged those who experience persistent coughs for two weeks to seek medical test.

Meanwhile, KEMRI laboratory technician, Albert Okumu said that the laboratory will go a long way to validate whether stool or urine can be used for diagnosing TB cases.

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Exclamation Kisumu to get modern rail transport system

There are plans to develop a modern metropolitan commuter railway network within Kisumu with linkages to key urban centres in surrounding counties in the lake region. Kenya Railways managing director Nduva Muli said.

He said Kenya Railways which is charged with rail development under the Vision 2030 development plan is currently undertaking feasibility studies.

The project will be positioned in Kisumu city and serve Vihiga, Nandi, Kericho, Nyamira, Kisii, Homabay and Siaya counties respectively.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting in Kisumu, Muli said the first area will involve routes within the city and will link the town to areas such as Nyalenda, Nyamasaria, Kondele, Mamboleo, Airport and Otonglo.

The second phase will see the network linked to Nandi, Nyando, Siaya, Nyamira and Homabay counties.

“Kisumu is easily accessible and within reach to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Northern Tanzania and Southern Sudan making it a natural hub for trade and a strategic transport route in the East African region”, said Muli.

The Kisumu railway system which is expected to be completed in the next four years will open up the region for growth and reduce over reliance on road transport which has reduce investment in the city due to high cost.

The railway project is part of the corporation plan to develop commuter railway services in three cities in the next three years as a major step forward in attracting investment in the counties.
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Kisumu is set to be the economic hub of western Kenya, thanks in part to thriving property development in the city.

The Kisumu International Airport has improved the county’s real estate outlook, with demand for residential and commercial housing in its environs on the rise. Investors are now expanding their developments to the outskirts of the town, with most properties being set up in Kondele, Mamboleo, Riat Hills, and Bandani.

At a cost of Sh850 million, the Milimani Hotel is being refurbished and the new ultra-modern Victoria International Conference Centre constructed on a five-acre tract along the Dunga beach of Lake Victoria.



The conference centre is expected to have 50 executive lakeview apartments to add to the rooms, luxury tourist boats to the airport, and a parking space for 200 cars.

The highway connecting Kisumu International Airport to the Nairobi road through Kondele is one of the main infrastructure changes fuelling investment.
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Sh200 million ultramodern TB laboratory put up in Kisumu

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THE Kenya Medical Research Institute and Centre for Disease Control has put up an ultra modern Sh200 million Tuberculosis laboratory in Kisumu town.

The facility is the first of its kind to be awarded International ISO certification in the country. The laboratory received international accreditation, ISO 15 189 in handling TB procedures on Tuesday.

Kemri director Solomon Mpoke said the laboratory will handle TB management and diagnosis.

Speaking during the official launch of the ISO certification at Kemri/CDC headquarters at Kisian in Kisumu county, Mpoke said the facility will serve Kisumu and the country at large.

He was accompanied by Kemri board chairperson Ruth Nduati, Kemri centre director for Kisian John Vulule and the TB laboratory director Albert Okumu.

“The laboratory will handle large volumes of TB testing and patients will have results within a very short time,” Mpoke said.

He said the laboratory has been linked with other facilities to enable doctors to get the results within a day as opposed to between six and eight weeks it used to be.

Nduati said the lab is capable of receiving more than 100 samples for testing per day and results of the tested sputum released immediately.

Okumu said the ISO 15 189 standard places specific demands on the quality and competence of medical laboratories.

He said the accreditation is a mark of achievement and recognition that the laboratory follows internationally accepted standards in its procedures.
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The project is situated 1.5 km away from Victoria lake in Kisumu, Kenya. It is also 3.0 kilometre away from Kisumu international airport.

The project comprises variants from small studio apartments to duplex high end apartments which gets a lake view. It also comprises a serviced apartment for international tourist.






















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