What President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to Nakuru means

President Kenyatta and DP Ruto addressing residents of Kamara in Nakuru County. [Photo/PSCU]

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto have started their official tour of Nakuru County amid high expectations by the residents and political leaders.

Ahead of President Kenyatta’s visit, the leaders held meetings to put together an agenda to be presented to the president during his visit.

Led by Deputy Governor Joseph Rutto, Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, County Speaker Susan Kihika and several county government officials, the leaders reportedly held a meeting Tuesday night to prioritise on key issues that need the President’s attention.

Reports further indicate that Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua was also forced to cut short his trip to Netherlands on Tuesday and jet back to the country to be present in the county during the President’s visit.

According to Nominated Senator Martha Wangari, there are already key concerns that have been raised and will be presented to the President during a breakfast meeting scheduled for Thursday at State House, Nakuru.

Top on the agenda is the dilapidated state of some of the roads in the county, water shortage and increased rate of unemployment.

Wangari added that even though the health sector has been devolved, they would seek government help to improve the sector and address the high cases of infant mortality.

While President Kenyatta will be focusing on development projects during his visit, it is expected that he will use the opportunity to rally the county to support his candidature in the 2017 elections.

Nakuru County voted overwhelmingly for President Kenyatta in the 2013 General Election receiving 494,239 votes against Raila Odinga’s 105,660 votes, according to data released by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

Before making his way to Nakuru, President Kenyatta visited Eldama Ravine in Baringo County where he commissioned the Chemususu Dam.

The President’s tour will begin with stops at Makutano, Kamara and Total Junction where he will address public gathering before launching the rehabilitation works for Molo-Olenguruone (C7040) road.

Later on Wednesday, President Kenyatta will address a public rally at Molo Stadium before launching the Nakuru three interchange along A104 road at the Nyahururu-Njoro turnoff and Mau Summit junction.

He will then proceed to address roadside meetings at Elburgon, Njoro and Nakuru towns.

On Thursday, President Kenyatta will launch medical equipment at the Rift Valley General hospital at 10:30AM before leaving for Nyandarua County where he will launch rehabilitation works for Dundori-Oljororok road.

From there, the Head of State will travel to Laikipia County to commission the Nyahururu Water Project.


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