Brief History of Kisumu
The history of Kisumu can be traced back to early 1901, then known as Port Florence.
Today Kisumu is popularly referred to as the lakeside city because of its strategic proximity to the Lake Victoria, the second largest Fresh water lake in the world.
It is Kenya's third largest city with a population of over 520,000 people and is situated on the north tip of Winam gulf, which in itself is part of Kavirondo Gulf of Lake Victoria.
Kisumu was the major port of Lake Victoria during the commonwealth of East Africa. It was also a transportation center with a railroad line from Mombasa and the water routes of Lake Victoria, and a military and administrative center.
Brief History of KIWASCO
KIWASCO was established through the reforms that took place in the water sector nationally and based on the decision to privatise essential services.
The Company was established in July 2003 as an independent company after the transformation of the water and sewerage department of the Kisumu Municipal Council.
The core objective of KIWASCO is to make the water and sewerage services provision a commercial activity that generates sufficient revenue to sustain operations.
The board of directors is responsible for the overall management of the company, and therefore actively lead the company.
The Managing Director provides strategic leadership and has overal responsibility for the perfomance of the entire organisation, in cooperation with Heads of Department that make up the management team, they include:
- Head of Commercial Services: Thomas Odongo
- Head of Finance: Nicholas Moseti
- Head of Human Resources and Administration: Everlyne Opiyo
- Head of Internal Risk and Audit: Simon Ondigo
- Head of Technical Services: Eng. Moses Jura
- ICT Manager: Shem Otieno
- Supply Chain Manager: Anthony Ogwang