NAIROBI, 15TH MAY 2018: Kisumu county is the best performing city-county in the country.This is according to a study carried out by Trade and insight for Africa Research company (TIFA).
In its report TIFA placed Kisumu as the best performing County with a score card of 56 per cent (C+) followed by Mombasa 53 per cent (C) with Nairobi County coming last with a score of 44 per cent (D+).
According to the report Nairobi city residents held the opinion that households’ welfare had not improved in the last four months despite devolution, with 40 per cent of Nairobians saying it had remained the same.
The report based the findings on thematic areas such as Street lighting, clean water, ECDE, Environmental, cleanliness, County health, services, trade, environment, Youth polytechnics, market centres, bursaries, feeder roads and Sewerage systems as service delivery indicators.
Kisumu residents have however received this results with mixed feelings.
"We can actually feel the difference since the current administration took over, we have a much cleaner city and services are more efficient," said Carol Odera a female entrepreneur in the city.
Some of the residents who talked to Urban Radio however feel there is not much to celebrate about yet.
"Should we celebrate when we lead among poor performers? It's more than five years since the advent of devolution and we are yet to see the intended benefits. Here in Kisumu we are next to the lake but we still don't have piped water in most parts of the county. Our hospitals still lack basic medicines," explained Otieno Odawo, a trader at Kisumu's jubilee market.