Uhuru tour of Kisumu pushed to next weekend


ManoahEsipisuPresident Uhuru Kenyatta postponed his planned tour of Nyanza which was to start today due to a busy diary, State House said on Tuesday.
Now the President will visit Kisumu County next weekend to inspect development projects.

Earlier, Kisumu County leaders had requested President Kenyatta to briefly postpone the visit to give them an opportunity to organise and mobilise locals to welcome him.

State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu explained the reasons for the postponement of the tour.

“Unfortunately, the President has been unable to reschedule pressing prior commitments in time. He will not be able to travel to Nyanza this week as had earlier been anticipated. There are two particularly vital engagements which are incompatible with an extended visit to Nyanza this week,” said Mr Esipisu.

He added that President Kenyatta was also expected to attend an East African business summit to be held in Kigali, Rwanda from on Wednesday.

On Friday this week, the Head of State is expected to attend the commissioning of the Ol-Karia IV geothermal power plant in Naivasha.

The President’s political adviser, Mr Joshua Kutuny, said the tour would start towards the end of next week.

Mr Kutuny said Mr Kenyatta would give cheques to various women and youth groups.

The President will also inspect the Kajulu Water project developed by the Lake Basin Development Authority and inspect road projects.

“He will be in Muhoroni to address farmers and issues affecting them then meet local leaders to discuss the revival of various factories that collapsed years ago,” said Mr Kutuny.

On Tuesday, Mr Kutuny, the President’s chief political adviser Nancy Gitau and the Inspector General of Police met seven MPs from the region and Governor Ranguma to discuss the visit.

MPs Ken Obura (Kisumu central), Fred Outa (Nyando), James Nyikal (Seme), Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West), Aduma Owour (Nyakach), Kopiyo K’Oyoo (Muhoroni) and Woman Representative Rose Nyamunga attended the meeting.

Mr Kutuny praised the leaders for the positive response to the presidential visit.


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