NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya plans to begin dredging Lake Victoria in the next two
months to boost marine transport in east Africa, an official
said on Monday.
Abala Wanga, CEO of Lake Region
Economic Bloc, told Xinhua in Nairobi that the water level in
Africa’s largest fresh water lake is very shallow now to
accommodate large cargo and passenger ships.
"The dredging process at Kisumu Port, to at least eight
meters deep and 80 meters wide, will revive the marine transport
between Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania," Wanga said during the
validation of the policy on establishment of Kenya’s county
He said that funding will come from the national government
as well as international donors, noting that siltation from
pollution has greatly affected marine transportation at Lake
Wanga noted that currently only very small boats are plying
between the ports of Kisumu in Kenya, Musoma, Mwanza and Bukoba
in Tanzania, and Entebbe and Jinja in Uganda.
Once the dredging process is complete, he said, marine
transport between the east African countries will become cheaper
than through use of land transport.
When the Kisumu Port is rehabilitated, Kenya will be able to
export over 1 million liters of petroleum products and 1,000
ship containers per day to the rest of east Africa, Wanga said.
He said removal of water hyacinth will begin soon because the
weed has made it difficult for ships to navigate the lake.