Addressing oil spill in Lake Victoria

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Kenya Maritime Authority (KMA) has kicked off a sensitization programme among Lake Victoria stakeholders to monitor and respond to oil spillage in the lake.

The Authority acting head of maritime safety Luke Samba says a number of activities are ongoing in the lake following the refurbishment of Kisumu Port.

Samba says transportation of oil from Kisumu jetty to the neighboring countries of Tanzania and Uganda has intensified in the recent months and cases of oil spillage could be on the rise.

He says water transport in the lake is gaining momentum and the Authority must put in place measures aimed at curbing cases of oil spillage that could be harmful to aquatic lives.

Speaking during three day training in Kisumu bringing a number of stakeholders driven from public and private sectors, Samba says the Authority is capacity building stakeholders in the oil industry and other users in the lake on how to identify an oil spill and the next action to take.

Samba noted that early mitigation of oil spill in the lake will be very instrumental in addressing catastrophes.

He says the training also covers how best oil can be transported in the lake without any spillage that might cause destruction.

By LTN Reporter