President set to tour Nyanza for two days
President Kenyatta is set to launch a number of projects in Luo Nyanza during a planned two-day tour of the region.
The tour is seen as an effort to woo the region that is a stronghold of Cord leader Raila Odinga.
The visit in the first week of March will see the President launch a Sh24 billion housing project by the Lake Basin Development Authority.
NOT A SINGLE SEAT
The others are the Kimira Oluch smallholder farms improvement project in Homa Bay and the Sh1.8 billion Siaya-Bondo water supply and sanitation project in Siaya County.
Luo Nyanza overwhelmingly voted for Mr Odinga in last year’s election and President Kenyatta’s TNA did not win a single seat.
The last time President Kenyatta was in Kisumu was for the burial of then Knut secretary-general Okuta Osiany, and on his way to the memorial fete of Musalia Mudavadi’s father in Vihiga last Saturday, he landed at the Kisumu International Airport.
Director of Political Affairs in the President’s Office Joshua Kuttuny, who made the announcement, said the Government was keen on reaching out to all regions and implement the Jubilee manifesto.
Nominated Senator Joy Gwendo called on the people of Kisumu to rise above politics and address the President on their development agenda.
TNA secretary-general Onyango Oloo said the visit was not politically motivated, but was part of the commitment of the government to spearhead development in the country regardless of voting patterns.
“There is no political motive behind the visit; this is just part of the government’s mandate to work with all Kenyans in matters of development,” Mr Oloo said.-nation.co.ke