President Uhuru Kenyatta made an impromptu yet low key visit to the port side of Kisumu where he inspected the progress of the rehabilitation works.
A fleet of three military helicopters landed at the Port of Kisumu a few minutes past 1 pm, carrying the head of state and his entourage.
The event was a low key where the media and the public were barred from.
Accompanying the president was Nyanza Regional Commissioner Magi Mutindika who later saw off the president with reports indicating that he is headed to the coastal town of Mombasa.
Media reports indicate that the president also visited the Naivasha dry port yesterday.
The government pumped 3 billion into the refurbishment of the port that has already been ferried over 17 million of petroleum products to Uganda.
Some of the works launched by the president last year include installing of cargo handling apparatus, tarmacking of port yard and installing new ramps for deploring boats to the lake.
The president had promised to inject life into the port of Lake Victoria established in 1901,
and seeks to increase trade relations between Kisumu and other ports in East Africa.
The major products to be shipped using the port include oil, rice, building materials and cooking oil.
Before the country was locked down due to the effects of covid-19 pandemic, Kenya Ports Authority was on the final stages of preparing for the opening of the port by the president and former prime minister.
The Uhuru-Raila partnership continues to bear fruits for the lake region as the rehabilitation of the old Nairobi-Kisumu railway line is already underway.
Since the handshake, the president has made frequent visits to Kisumu, where residents have welcomed him with open arms unlike after the 2017 general elections when hostility towards his leadership was at an all time high.
While the president was in Kisumu with Raila, Deputy President William Ruto flew back to the capital after a two day visit of Mombasa County.
Ruto is in Nairobi’s Eastlands for a church service at AIC Pipeline for a worship service and thereafter lead a fundraising towards the building of a church and a primary school.