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Uhuru receives grand welcome in western Kenya

24 June 2015, 15:42 William Korir in Mumias

Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta was welcomed to western Kenya with aplomb, the picture of a smiling president and deputy William Ruto adorning his short and rare trip to the region.

The President was met by huge crowds when he arrived in Kakamega town where he addressed crowds whilst on his motorcade.

Led by Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba, who introduced him to locals, the President cut a figure of happiness as he laughed at jokes and waved at people.

Ruto too could not help but smile as they received a better than they expected reception.

" I am sure the President is surprised by the welcome you have given him," Ababu said as they snaked through Kakamega town.

In Mumias, it was only going to get better.

The president and his team was met by Luhya leaders from across the divide, with opposition chiefs Moses Wetangula and Musalia Mudavadi meeting him on arrival at the Mumias Sugar factory.

Other leaders not necessarily associated with the president or his Jubilee coalition were also present, and the President could not help but mention his delight at the extremely warm welcome he received.

" I have to say I am grateful to see leaders put aside their differences to come here and welcome me as well as work to see the betterment of the people of this region, he said.

On his part, Ruto too was grateful for the welcome.

" I see you have welcomed us well. We thank you and will continue to do our best to ensure Kenyans are given their due," he stated.

Observers too were surprised with the turnout.

" It was surprising to see and the President looked impressed. I a happy to see the leaders putting aside their political affiliations to ensure that the region comes first," Wafula Wasike, a political sciences lecturer in the Luhya region told News24.

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