Luo elders eagerly waiting President Kenyatta's visit
16 October 2014, 12:42
Nyanza - Elders from Nyanza region have said they are ready to receive President Uhuru Kenyatta when he tours the region.
The region's council of elders said they were eager to have the President in the region and that it would be a good opportunity to bring to his attention the need for industrial development in the area.
Some of the issues they plan to bring up include the revival of the Kisumu Cotton Mills (KIKOMI) which was closed down in 1990s.
Led by their Chair Riaga Omollo, the elders also criticized a section of leaders from the region, who requested for the postponement of the president’s visit to the region citing short notice.
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They said the Members of Parliament who had called for the postponement of the President’s visit to the region had no right to do so stating the President can visit any part of the country at whatever time he wishes to.
President Kenyatta was expected to start a three days tour of the region but the meeting was postponed at the last minute due to a busy diary.
Some leaders from the area are also reported to have requested for more time before the visit.
"We will appeal to the President to help equip the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Referral Hospital to be able to offer better medical care to people in the region," the leaders said.
They also want Kisumu District Hospital elevated to Level 5 status.
Other issues they plan to bring before the President include compensation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and development of maritime transport on Lake Victoria.
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