The County Government of Homa Bay, in partnership with the national government, has launched the construction of a dyke wall along River Tende in Rachuonyo North sub county. 

The project, aimed at mitigating flood risks and environmental protection, will extend towards the Riwa Economic Zone.

Hon. Polycarp Okombo, the County Executive Committee Member (CECM) for Trade and Industry, and Eng. Bernard Nyobange, Chief Officer in charge of Roads, officially flagged off the construction during a inspection at the project site on Monday.

"This dyke wall is a crucial infrastructure project that will safeguard our communities and support economic development in the special economic zone at Riwa," stated Hon. Okombo, when he spoke during the launch.

The County Trade and Industry Executive Member, Hon. Polycarp Okombo (Center) breaks ground for the construction of a dyke wall along river Tende.

The dyke wall is expected to serve multiple purposes, including erosion control, pollutant filtration, and protection of aquatic ecosystems. Most importantly, it will provide flood protection for residents of Kibiri ward, West Rachuonyo, and lower Kochia.

Eng. Nyobange emphasized the project's significance, saying, "By controlling flooding along River Tende, we're not just protecting more than 800 homes and livelihoods; we're also creating a more stable environment for economic growth in the Riwa Economic Zone."

The construction is part of a broader initiative to enhance disaster preparedness and environmental conservation in Homa Bay County. 

Local residents have welcomed the project, expressing relief at the prospect of reduced flood risks.

"For years, we've lived in fear every rainy season," said Jane Akinyi, a resident of Kibiri ward. "This dyke wall gives us hope for a safer future."

Officials from both levels of government have assured the public that construction will proceed swiftly to provide protection as soon as possible.

As construction begins, county officials have called for cooperation from local communities to ensure the project's success. They have also hinted at future plans for similar infrastructure projects along other flood-prone rivers in the county.