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Nyanza residents read mishief in last minute Uhuru snub

14 October 2014, 12:28 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Residents of Nyanza province are not surprised the president has put off his proposed tour of the region, saying it was not entirely unexpected.

State House early Tuesday tried its best to cover up the mess that had been created with the announcement of the trip to Nyanza and then the quick cancellation a few days later.

Most puzzling was the fact that things such as tents and other facets of such a high profile visit had already been set-up by State House officials.

So what forced the cancellation?

According to State House, the president was forced into the last minute cancellation due to pressing matters such as the East African business summit, at which the President will be a key contributor.

The summit will be held in Kigali Rwanda, starting Wednesday to Friday this week.

Then apparently, there is the commissioning of the Ol- Karia IV geothermal power plant and President Kenyatta will visit the site this Friday to commission the installation.

Thus the cancellation of the tour.

Read also: President Kenyatta reschedules Nyanza tour

Speaking to a number of residents though, the last minute cancellation has not been taken well.

" The president has given the illusion that other things are more important than coming to Nyanza. The trip here has been planned from last week. Did they not know back then that there would be other commitments?", Oluoch Ongera a Kisumu based Boda Boda operator posed?.

Others felt that it was too late to convince members of the public of the new commitments.

" I thought the president has a team that looks at such matters. Why did they not advice him appropriately", Isaac Ochieng from Chemelil asked.

The president's adviser on political matters Joshua Kutuny said that the change was necessary and could not be avoided.

" As you can see, he just had to attend other events. I urge Kenyans to be patient and await the president next week," he said.

The president has already had a run-in in the region, following the incident in which he was heckled in Migori last month.

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