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Coca Cola company partners with Kisumu County govt to improve cleanliness

09 February 2015, 11:35 Oduor Omondi

Kisumu - Coca Cola Company has entered into a partnership with Kisumu County Government to ensure high level of cleanliness at its bus park and Jubilee market.

Speaking during the official launch of the exercise, Equator Bottlers’ Commercial Manager, Paul Odeyo said that the KES 3.5 million project was intended to last for a period of one year.

“Kisumu bus park and Jubilee market holds approximately 500 small scale retailers and vendors so cleanliness needs a boost to facilitate the suitability of the environment around them,” he said.

Odeyo added that the exercise was part of the company’s efforts to ensure protection of environment for the survival of business communities.

He noted that over the past 10 years, economic planners had realized the importance of small scale sectors in development hence the need to focus on promotion of small scale traders as a way of encouraging broader participation in the private sector.

The manager pointed out that the company put up 25 street lights at the bus park at a cost of KES 3 million early this year after refurbishing the market stands and sewage system last year.

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Kisumu City manager, Doris Ombara urged the local residents to change their attitude and radicalism as it scares away investors.

Ombara observed that the local residents had been resistant to investors and advised them to team up with development partners.

"Let us not make Kisumu an insecure state because investors will be scared away,” she warned.

She added that the clean-up exercise would be climaxed by the removal of Kachok dumpsite in the next few months.

The City Manager also disclosed that her office would use KES 700 million donated by the French government to renovate and improve its markets through Kisumu Urban Project.

Ombara claimed that dirty politics had been a stumbling block in the removal of the dumpsite which she argued was a health hazard to the local residents.

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