Fish jetty to anchor blue economy in Busia County

In a show of support for local development initiatives, President William Ruto officially inaugurated the Kes130 million Mulukoba Fish Landing Jetty in Bunyala, Busia County.

The President applauded Busia County Governor Dr Paul Otuoma’s economic turnaround plan, which aims to enhance food security and empower residents financially. The new jetty, a cornerstone of this agenda, is set to contribute significantly to the region’s blue economy and complement ongoing efforts in agricultural productivity and industrialization.

Dr Ruto reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritize blue economy initiatives across the county. He emphasized that his government’s focus will shift toward policies, programs, and development agendas.

Govt to build 18 fish jetty’s across Kenya

The President noted that the Mulukoba Fish Landing Jetty is just one step in a broader plan to construct 18 more landing sites across Kenya’s water bodies, a move expected to invigorate economic activity and create opportunities in various regions.

The President further elaborated on the comprehensive blue economy plan, highlighting the establishment of the State Department for Blue Economy. This initiative aims to harness the economic potential of water bodies, estimating a substantial revenue of roughly Kes120 billion when correctly implemented.

Dr Ruto also addressed concerns about insecurity and harassment of fishermen on Lake Victoria. He revealed ongoing diplomatic efforts, including discussions with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, to address the long-standing conflicts surrounding the shared resource.

In his remarks, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua echoed President Ruto’s sentiments, commending the head of state’s commitment to Busia County’s development. He challenged local leaders to emulate Governor Otuoma’s partnership with the national government. Gachagua praised the Governor’s alignment focus on collaboration for the greater benefit of the community.

Governor Otuoma, in turn, expressed gratitude to President Ruto for recognizing Busia County as a pivotal hub for development. He cited the commissioning of the County Aggregation and Industrial Park (CAIP) and the anticipated establishment of an Export Processing Zone (EPZ) at Nasewa in Matayos Sub County as key achievements.

President noted that the Mulukoba Fish Landing Jetty is just one step in a broader plan to construct 18 more landing sites across Kenya’s water bodies.

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Ward-based revitalization program

Dr Otuoma reiterated his overarching vision to rejuvenate the county’s economy and outlined his commitment to the ward-based revitalization program, aligned with the “Kenya Kwanza” agenda.

The Governor emphasized the immense potential of the blue economy to drive sustainable development in the region. He praised President Ruto’s commitment to economic growth and expressed optimism about the transformative impact of such collaborative endeavors.

As part of his visit, President Ruto also inaugurated a surgical ward at Busia County Referral Hospital, constructed by the Kenya Defence Forces. Additionally, he inaugurated a library at Alupe University in Teso South, reaffirming his administration’s support for educational and healthcare infrastructure.

The event marked a significant milestone in the economic trajectory of Busia County, symbolizing a harmonious partnership between local and national authorities to usher in a new era of prosperity, economic empowerment, and sustainable development for the region.

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