More shocking revelations of government neglect of Luo Nyanza as it now emerges that Kisumu State lodge is not safe for government meetings.
The facility itself is in a forgotten neighbourhood with part of the fence being sing’enge – barbed wire.
No government activity has gone on in that facility, remaining, for over 40 years, neglected just as the region it is situated in. When news first filtered in the lakeside city that the President would be chairing a full cabinet meeting at the state house, or lodge, many residents laughed off the whole thing, asking, bemused, what the whole cabinet will sit on.
“Are there even chairs in that gumba?”Â a resident asked. ”Gumba” is the Luo word for a ghost house, or home, where people no longer live in. It can be because the occupants passed on or moved far away.
And yet, sadly, it is true that Kisumu state lodge is Â ghost house. Interestingly, in a city that has endured almost half a century of opposition to mindless dictatorships, no one has ever bothered to invade the state facility.
“People don’t remember that house. Just like the government forgot about our existence here, we also forgot about the presence of the government here,” added Mama Anyango, selling her fish in Kibuye Market.
When news first filtered that Uhuru would address a cabinet at the lodge, a contingent of Kodiaga prisoners were assembled to clear the grass and bring in furniture as well as renovate the dilapidated main building.
Because the lodge, just like the projects the president were to launch are not yet ready, the trip has been postponed.