“Handshake is Still Alive” Uhuru Hosts Hundreds of Nyanza Leaders Ahead of Madaraka Day

President Uhuru Kenyatta entertains ODM leader Raila Odinga and Nyanza MPs at State House on Friday, May 28, 2021 ahead of Kisumu tour

President Uhuru kenyatta and his political nemensis Raila Odinga have today chaired a State House meeting attended by hundreds of leaders drawn from the expansive Luo Nyanza region ahead of Tuesday’s 2021 Madaraka Day celebrations slated to be held in the lakeside city of kisumu.

Present leaders cut across all ranks ranging from governors, members of Parliament, women representatives, a section of members of County Assembly and deputy governors.

During the development consultative meeting, the region’s support for the constitutional amendment through the building bridges initiative featured in the closed-door discussions which lasted the better part of the morning.

In his speech, president Kenyatta expressed his determination to leave a legacy for a strong, united and a prosperous country adding that together with Raila, they had resolved to pursue the dreams of Kenya’s founding fathers.

” my brother and I are focused on leaving a legacy where young people have steady jobs and are able to access basic needs and become a country where all citizens are proud to be Kenyans.” Uhuru said.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader Raila Odinga and Nyanza MPs pose for a group photo at State House on Friday, May 28, 2021, ahead of the Kisumu tour

 He also promised that his administration will continue rolling-out development programs across the country so that all Kenyans benefit from natural resources.

On the other hand, Raila commended the president for initiating projects across the country saying the revival and renewal of infrastructure across the nation will resuscitate Kenya’s economy.

MP’s Dr James Nyikal, John Mbadi, James Orengo, Junet Mohammed, and Gladys Wanga also spoke at the meeting that was attended by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua, and Cabinet Secretaries Fred Matiang’i (Interior), George Magoha (Education), Mutahi Kagwe (Health), James Macharia (Transport), Joe Mucheru (ICT) and Sicily Kariuki (Water).

Later, the Luo Nyanza leaders addressed a press briefing during which they highlighted the outcomes of their meeting with the Head of State.

During Madaraka day, Uhuru is expected to commission an inland container deport at Kibos and will also launch the Kisumu port, Uhuru market and the revamped Jomo Kenyatta sports complex.

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