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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

UHURU WAITING FOR RAILA FOR NYANZA TOUR



It now being rumored that the eagerly awaited tour by President Uhuru Kenyatta to Nyanza region was postponed to allow leaders prepare well and to lobby citizens to come out in large numbers to welcome the president and his team.

However, sources now say that the last minute postponement was to allow former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to be part of the tour. Reliable sources intimated that the postponement of the tour was made after intelligence officers prevailed on the President to wait for Raila to come back to the country. The intelligence sources reportedly told the President that he is likely to receive hostile reception on the ground in the absence of the former premier.

However, official communication from State House indicated that the Nyanza tour had been postponed to give the President time to attend a regional business summit in Rwanda as well as commissioning a landmark electricity generation project in Naivasha.

A statement from State House spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said although Uhuru is keen to visit the region, he had been unable to reschedule the two prior planned events. “The President’s commitment to visiting Nyanza to discuss the region’s development remains steadfast.

He is, therefore, consulting closely with elected leaders and other stakeholders from the region, so that a mutually acceptable schedule for an extended visit can be agreed. Once agreed, the dates will be made public,” he said.