Kisumu residents have something to smile about again since the march handshake between opposition leader Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta. The region which was sparked with violence during the 2017 elections is slowly developing since then.
In the latest goodies in the Luo city which is a 6 h 5 min (341.1 km) via A104, the city has been installed with traffic light for the first time which has brought excitement from the residents and motorist.
The installation of the traffic lights is in line with ongoing upgrades aimed at controlling traffic at a number of intersections and pedestrian crossings.
Sh1.5 billion has also been set aside to construct the bus terminuses at Nyamasaria, Mamboleo and Otonglo, the key entry points into the central business district to solve the congestion in the city.
The Kenya National Highways Authority (Kenha) started installing the lights in three key junctions along the Kisumu-Kakamega highway following roads upgrade and increased traffic flow with the onset of devolution.
The traffic lights are being installed 18 years since the lakeside town was declared a city by former President Daniel arap Moi.
Reports indicate that the county is planning to spend Sh100 million to instal traffic lights and another Sh100 million for CCTV cameras to enhance traffic surveillance. Kisumu has no traffic lights.
Boda Boda operators have also asked the county to allocate them designated spots to pick up and drop off passengers to avoid conflicts with the askaris.
Well, this is a revelation. …
Kisumu has never had street lights before… So you guys have just been crossing the roads using your ‘I know my rights’ moods. 😂
How has it taken so long, even after Kisumu became a city?
— Peter Oduor (@RealPitaOduor) May 23, 2019