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Dunga (or Tako River mouth) is a wetland situated about 10 km south of Kisumu town on the shores of Winam Gulf, Lake Victoria. At the western limit is a beach, used as a major fish landing point. Papyrus Cyperus papyrus stands stretch south-eastwards along the shore from here for about 5 km, in a strip that varies in width from about 50 to 800 m. A number of streams drain into the lake through the swamp, the main one being Tako River.

This site is one of the most reliable sites in Kenya for the scarce and threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler. All but one of Kenya’s nine Lake Victoria Basin biome species have been recorded here, and it is especially important for Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Canary, all papyrus endemics.

The swamp is predominantly Papyrus (Cyperus papyrus) which forms distinctive habitat type for papyrus specialist birds. The birds include the restricted range endemics like the globally threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler (Chloropeta gracilirostris), the near threatened Papyrus Gonolek (Linarius mufumbiri), White Winged Warbler (Bradypterus carpalis), Carruthers’s Cisticola (Cisticola carruther) and Papyrus Canary (Serinus koliensis).

Tich Nam Enterprises Limited of Great Lakes University of Kisumu would like to recruit GREEN TEAM members to help spearhead environmental
conservation initiatives ranging from energy conservation, water conservation ,waste management and tree planting within its catering outlets and the University as a whole.

These initiatives are aimed at reducing production costs, ensuring sustainable hospitality services and fostering environmentally friendly community with utmost care and concern for the Biodiversity.

The academic establlishment is a fully chartered university with its main campus located beyond Mamboleo on the Kisumu - Miwani Road. It has four other campuses and teaching sites; Kisumu City, Nairobi, Kokise, Kisii, Mbita, Mfangano, Mumias, Oyugis, Sondu, Siaya, Kapsabet and Garissa.

The main aim of GLUK is to develop effective managers of development initiatives in the Great Lakes Region of Africa. GLUK also equips its students with additional skills aligned and designed for Kenya’s vision 2030.

GLUK is highly regarded in its unique methods of programme delivery and research both linked to problem solving and community service focusing on health, food and income security.

Terminus of Mombasa/Uganda Railway

The route of the Uganda Railway is broadly followed by the present day main line of Kenya Railways which runs for nearly 600 miles (965 km) from Mombasa, the country's major port on the Indian Ocean coast, to Kisumu, via Nairobi and Nakuru. Some regarded the railway as the fulfilment of the prophecy above, which was quoted by His Excellency Jomo Kenyatta (later to become the first President of Kenya) in his book Facing Mount Kenya? The Indian Ocean was a big water to the east of the Gikuyu [Kikuyu] country, and Lake Victoria was a big water to the west. The story of the Uganda Railway is set within 'East Africa', a geographical area which covers broadly the present day countries of Kenya, Tanzania (which includes the island of Zanzibar) and Uganda.

On 20 December 1901, Lord Salisbury, the British Prime Minister, received a telegram advising him that the rails of the Uganda Railway (UR) had finally reached the shore of Lake Victoria. The telegram came from Port Florence, the lakeside terminus, which lay some 584 miles (940 km) by rail from Mombasa. The sender of telegram was George Whitehouse, the railway's Chief Engineer,- who had arrived at Mombasa in December 1895 to start directing construction. Whitehouse had named the terminus to honour his wife, but it soon look on its present name of Kisumu. The arrival of rails at Port Florence was seen as a major event in the advance of the British Empire in East Africa. However, it wasnol until 17September 1904—following completion of work on a short tunnel — that the Uganda Railway was regarded as completed on its final alignment.3 Some 85 miles of temporary track diversions had been used to bypass bridge and other construction sites, due (in part) to the political need to force the railhead forward;4 in addition, station sites and steel viaducts were still to be completed. The following paper concentrates on construction activities up to the arrival of the rails at Port Florence in December 1901J

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