Kisumu puts up Uhuru welcome billboards ahead of Tuesday visit

Uhuru Kisumu visitKisumu has gone flat out to give President Uhuru Kenyatta a kingly welcome to the lakeside city on Tuesday.

Billboards with Uhuru and Deputy President William Ruto’s portraits have been up while streets are being painted and cleaned.

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma has appealed to residents to welcome Uhuru who will be opening the second annual devolution conference at Tom Mboya Labour College.

Speaking at Kisumu International Airport on Saturday, Ranguma said the conference will boost the county’s hospitality and transport industries.

“When Kisumu gets many visitors that is when we will have economic and development growth,” he said.

Most hotels are fully booked ahead of the conference.

Kisumu has the capacity to host the 6,500 delegates expected, said William Orondo, Western chairman of the hoteliers association.

“We have been assured that two-thirds of the budget will be spent here,” Orondo said.

He spoke at Royal City hotel on Thursday during a briefing by the Kisumu business community and the chamber of commerce.


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