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Nyanza leaders confident of succesful Uhuru visit

15 October 2014, 18:01 William Korir

Nairobi - Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma is confident president Uhuru Kenyatta's impending visit to the city and region at large will be a huge success.

The president will visit Nyanza next weekend for an official trip where he is set to open a number of development projects in the region.

He was due to be there this week but he postponed the visit due to other pending commitments.

It has been agreed that he will visit next weekend and with the support of area leaders secure, he will attempt to buy some political goodwill from the people.

Ranguma says that despite the false start and past problems, there will be no issues when the head of state arrives in the area.

" The president will get a good reception from area residents. That is a guarantee", he said Wednesday.

" What happened in Migori (The president was heckled by rowdy youth) will not happen again. That was an isolated incident and I think that all in all we have seen the people look forward to his arrival", he added.

Read also: President Kenyatta reschedules Nyanza tour

His statement followed a meeting between the president's advisers and a group of leaders from the region Tuesday, where the details of the visit were agreed.

Ranguma insists that all leaders from the region welcome the president's visit, party affiliation aside.

" I think that it is important that we show tolerance as individuals and that is what we expect from our people when the president arrives", he said.

" Vital to us as a nation is to work with each other and ensure the success of the country and that only happens if we cooperate where necessary", he added.

The leaders who met the State House team included MPs Ken Obura (Kisumu central), Fred Outa (Nyando), James Nyikal (Seme), Olago Aluoch (Kisumu West), Aduma Owour (Nyakach) and Kopiyo K’Oyoo (Muhoroni).

According to Ranguma, all leaders are looking forward to the president arriving in the region.

During his visit, the president will visit various development projects in the region, including the Kajulu water project and also visit Muhoroni to inspect women and youth groups trying to make a difference to society. He is expected to reward some of the groups for their initiatives.

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