Background and history

Basic City Information
The City of
Kisumu:

Kisumu, the third largest city in Kenya, is the headquarters of Kisumu District, as well as
Nyanza Province respectively. It has developed progressively from a railway terminus and
internal port in 1901, to become the leading commercial/trading, industrial, communication
and administrative centre in the Lake Victoria basin, an area that traverses three provinces of
Nyanza, Western and western Rift Valley. In addition, Kisumu serves as the communication
and trading confluence for the Great Lakes region - Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi

City Area: Covers an area of approximately 417 Km², of which 297 Km² is dry land and approximately
120 Km² under water

City population
density:

828 per Sq. Km
City growth rate: Estimated at 2.8% p.a.

City’s main
function:

Principally, the leading commercial/trading, fishing, industrial, communication and
administrative centre in the Lake Victoria basin.
Transportation hub for the western region, linking Kenya to the East African Countries via
Rail, Road, Water and Air
Inland depot for oil and containerized cargo serving the wider great lakes region
Host to Lake Victoria Regional Bodies including the EAC Lake Victoria Commission
The City Council
Role:

The City Council's main functions: - Mobilize internal and external resources and, within
existing regulatory framework, direct the resources towards addressing the following basic
social needs of the populace in the City;
- Provide social services esp. water supply and sewerage services;
- Infrastructure development (roads, parking spaces, houses etc.);
- Environmental sanitation, garbage collection and disposal;
- Housing, Health, Education, Welfare - Markets, recreation and Sports
A recent shift towards nurturing an enabling environment for the enhanced participation of
the citizens in urban development
Economic /
Poverty profile:
Employment
• High levels of skilled and unskilled unemployment. With 30% unemployment rate, 52%
of the working population engaged in the informal activities have their monthly wage in
the range of 3,000-4,000Ksh
• 48% of the urban population live within the absolute poverty bracket (Nat. Avg. 29%).
• Main sources of income for the urban poor include;
- Wage employment in manufacturing and processing plants
- Petty/informal trades
- Urban livestock and agriculture (mainly subsistence level)
- Public transportation (non-motorized e.g. ‘Boda boda’)
Housing
• The city lacks adequate shelter with approximately 60% of the urban population resident
in the peri-urban and informal settlements lacking basic services.
• High congestion with 150 rooming/housing units per hectare in informal settlements
• Approx. 75% of peri-urban inhabitants live in temporary and semi-permanent structures
Kisumu was established as a settlement towards the end of the 19th century. In 1903, the township boundaries were gazetted and some 12,000 acres, including water, set aside for its development. The new township reverted to its original name, Kisumu, in substitution of the colonial name Port Florence. As the third largest urban centre in Kenya today, with an area of 417 sq kms, Kisumu has grown from humble beginnings to its current status. By 1976, the municipality had a total area of 53 sq kms. When the boundary was extended to include the densely populated peri-urban settlements of Manyatta and Nyalenda, plus a large portion of largely rural land. This new boundary covered 157 sq kms of water and 260 sq kms of land.

Kisumu Municipal Sub-locationsKisumu Municipal Sub-locations

Kisumu’s residential land use can be divided into five groups:
1. High-class residential areas of Milimani (former European residential area)
2. High-income residential areas of Tom Mboya-Kibuye (former Indian residential area)
3. Low and middle income public housing (Municipal, Railways, Kenya Post, Kenya Power, other)
4. Kanyakwar residential area
5. Peri-urban unplanned and slum settlements
6. Rural extended boundary areas

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Know your Councillor

H W SAMUEL O OKELLO

NOMINATED
Mayor
+254722412520

H W D/M BENSON OKELLO ODONDI

SOUTH WEST KISUMU
Deputy Mayor
+254733763621

PAMELLA OMINO

AERODROME
254733792214

YUSUF MASUDI ODONGO

KISUMU CENTRAL
Chair Education
+254735647603 /+254726656149

ERICK OTIENO ORICHO

WEST KAJULU
Chair Water & Sewerage
+254736719437/ +254715202045

ELLY SHIKUKU OKACH

MARKET
+254722494911

PAUL ACHAYO

MIGOSI
254723588429

ISAAC RAPHAEL OGINGA

MILIMANI
+254723438704

CAROLINE AWINO OWEN

KISUMU EAST
Chair Environment
+254722213852

JOHN ONDELE ADOYO

MANYATTA
254723069251

GRACE MUSEWE WAFULA

NOMINATED
Chair Social Services & Gender
+254722887984

AGNES NYAGOL

CENTRAL KOLWA
254726462988

BENARD MUGA

KISUMU NORTH
Chair Finance & General Purpose
+254723551928

PAMELA AGUTU OGEMBO

KIBUYE
Chair Housing Development
+254734513494

MOHAMED CHAMGIWADU

KALOLENI
Chair Health
+254723713333/ +254733713333

WEDA GEORGE NYAMBUNE

NOMINATED
254723251070

MISACHI PRISCA AUMA

STADIUM
254722931165

ROBERT ORUKO OTUGE

EAST KOLWA
+254723991297

ISAYA OMWANGO ONYANGO

RAILWAYS
Chair Works
254735767914

TOM MBOYA OGOLA

KONDELE
254727799724

JAMES ODHIAMBO OYOLLO

NORTH KISUMU
+254726005644

NARESHKUMAR RAMBHAI PATEL

NOMINATED
Chair HIV/AIDS
+254722206499

JOHN OSUMBA OLUM

NOMINATED
Public Officer
254729882529 / 254733956142

MICHAEL AURA

NOMINATED
Chair Planning
+254722710020

ISAIAH WILLIAM MIRERA

NOMINATED
Chair Inspectorate
+254734854662 / +254720064917

JOSEPH NYAMWAYA OSIR

KOGONY
Chair Children & Youth
+254735616158 / +254723316049

ONUNGA JACKTON

NYALENDA ‘A’
Chair Tourism,Heritage and ICT
+254711313954 / +254724309019

JOHN ONGE’LE

NOMINATED
Chair Staff & Establishment
+254722279081

ROMANUS ADHOCH

NYALENDA ‘B’
254720686948