Uhuru will not relent in visiting Nyanza, assures Kuttuny
15 September 2014, 13:47
Migori - President Uhuru Kenyatta will not relent to visit Nyanza region even after a section of local residents recently disrupted his tour of Migori County, Political adviser Joshua Kuttuny has assured.
Kuttuny confirmed that the head of state was still scheduled to visit Migori County in three weeks time to inaugurate Lowa Kuja irrigation scheme worth KES 5 billion and roads projects worth KES 24 billion.
“The President was not given a chance to inaugurate these projects last Monday but he is coming back in the next three to four weeks,” said Kuttuny.
Rowdy youth disrupted the function, forcing the President to leave without initiating earmarked projects.
Speaking at a meeting attended by Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma, MPs Ken Obura, Shakil Shabir and Women representative Rose Nyamunga, Kuttuny challenged local leaders to exercise politics of maturity, lest they remain marginalized.
“President Kenyatta is easy-going and ready to listen and if you stay close you will gain a lot,” he said.
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“I stayed close to former President Mwai Kibaki and got a 40 km road in my constituency recapped while at the same time remained close to Raila Odinga who helped me to set up a water project for my constituents,” he advised.
Kuttuny spoke against confrontational politics saying it was a major drawback to development in the Nyanza region.
“The President will soon invite Kisumu County leadership, including Governor Jack Ranguma and MPs to plan for development of this area but you will hear some saying the President wants to buy them,” said Kuttuny amidst laughter from the crowd.
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Governor Jack Ranguma, MPs Obura, Shakir and Women representative Rose Nyamunga told the President to treat the incident as an isolated case and not to be deterred from touring the region.
“We must give the President due respect,” said Nyamunga.
On his part, Obura said Kisumu County had acute youth unemployment and asked the President to help the County revive stalled projects of Kisumu Cotton Mills (KICOMI) and Kenya breweries plant.
The leaders were speaking over the weekend at Kisumu social hall where the PS for Devolution and Planning, Peter Mangiti disbursed cheques worth KES 6.7 million to women groups from Kisumu County.
Kuttuny said the government was revising guidelines for Uwezo fund so that there are fewer bureaucracies to enable youth easily access the funds.
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