Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has announced the postponement of the Afrocities event from April to May 2022.
CS Wamalwa says the decision follows a request from the UN Habitat.
Afrocities event has been allocated Kshs. 100 million in the current financial year.
Kisumu positioned as the first intermediary city to host the event requires all partners to come onboard as preparations continue which CS Wamalwa says will be complete in May thus postponement will provide humble time to finish the works.
This comes as the Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) Managing Director Alex Gitari remains upbeat on the aviation sector recovery with the rollout of mass vaccination as well as deployment of covid protocols in Kenya’s main airports supporting domestic and international travel.
Speaking during the official launch of the Renegade Airlines Wilson – Kisumu route Gitari said passenger traffic through the airport slumped from 27000 in seventh months to July 2019 to 100,000 by December 2020.
Nonetheless, Gitari says with continuous relaxation of covid rules and slow reopening of the economy, the western aviation hub has recorded 296,000 passenger traffic surpassing 2019 record as more airlines open route to the region.
Kisumu County Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o welcomed Renegade Airline to Kisumu, with the assurance of the airline to fly to Homabay and Suneka being a key statement that position Kisumu city as a lakeside investment hub East African region.
He urged KAA and the international travel agencies to fully accord Kisumu Airport International certifications that will boost traffic in the region as the lake city plans to host the 9th Afrocities Summit is an assurance of investment preparedness in hosting international meetings.