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Kenya wins over sh600 million to boost maritime safety in Lake Victoria – Weekly Citizen

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The Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) has set aside over sh600, 000,000 million ($6m) towards the establishment of maritime rescue coordination center in Kisumu to arrest rampant deaths as a result of Lake disaster.

Multiple results have revealed that Lake Victoria snuffs a shocking 5,000 lives every year with the victims said to be predominantly fisherman across the East African families.

In an exclusive interview with Weekly Citizen, LVBC executive Secretary Dr. Ali Said Matano hinted that part of the fund will be channeled to the construction of numerous search and rescue units within the beaches along Lake Victoria.

Dr. Matano presenting the state of Environment in Lake Victoria Basin, 4th October 2019, Mwanza, Tanzania

The announcement comes as senior government officials and locals heaped praises on Matano for his bargaining power that has seen Kenya grab a number of goodies with a commanding presence at the EAC Partner States.

Other country partners in the catchment area with covers 183,000 square kilometres are Burundi, Reanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

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However the participating countries are Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda which share the 68,800 square kilometre lake

Matano said the move to introduce rescue coordination center and rescue units will guarantee safety for passengers, fishermen and other maritime vessels in the Africa’s largest fresh water Lake.

According to Matano, the  SAR management shall include   officials from the Beach management Units and will also be equipped with speed rescuing boats in case of emergency as well as superior communication system.

He said that the center will specialize in searching and evacuating people and it will make its communication through satellite and disseminate the information to the ports whereby within minutes, the emergency boat will be arriving at the intended area.

Matano added that under the project, selected local women will be sponsor by a body dubbed Association for women in the maritime sector in Eastern and Southern Africa (WOMESA) to train on search and rescue skills.

The women will equally offer expertise to the staff members at different search and rescue units to be constructed along Lake Victoria.

 

 



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