President hopes to boost support base in Kisumu tour

President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Tuesday tour Kisumu, the stronghold of ODM leader Raila Odinga.

State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu confirmed the Head of State’s visit to the region.

“He is attending the National Drama Festivals gala,” Mr Esipisu said.

Even though he did not divulge more information regarding the tour, the Sunday Nation learnt that President Kenyatta is expected to extend his political mission in the Opposition stronghold ahead of the August 8 elections.


The President is on a mission to widen his support in Western Kenya and is expected to visit Vihiga County, the political base of National Super Alliance (Nasa) co-principal Musalia Mudavadi.

“The President is reaching out to every corner of the country, not just Vihiga. It is important for him that he visits all counties, sees how government investments are impacting ordinary people,” Mr Esipisu said.

Last month, President Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto toured Kisii and Nyamira counties where they launched government projects and campaigned for his re-election bid.

“The bottomline is that the President understands the daily grind that our people go through even as he works to grow the economy. He feels them, as we’d say. He is working hard to improve lives,” Mr Esipisu added.

During his visit to Kisumu on Tuesday, the Head of State is expected to have dinner with local leaders and address the public in Kisumu town.

“We will convince him to walk and talk to Kisumu residents and encourage them to maintain peace in the forthcoming elections,” Jubilee Party nominated Senator Joy Gwendo said.

She said President Kenyatta was concerned with various development projects not only in Kisumu but across the country.

“The issue of the water hyacinth choking Lake Victoria is of major concern to the President, especially due to its economic value to the community,” the senator said.

During his address at the Kisumu State Lodge last Sunday, Mr Esipisu said the government had allocated Sh200 million to get rid of the water hyacinth.

He noted that the Ministry of Environment, through the Lake Victoria Environment Management Project, was working to remove the weed.

“It is an invasive species, which implies that it grows expeditiously. Consequently, it has been a problem getting rid of the plant,” he said, noting that the harvested hyacinth would be used to make packaging materials.

President Kenyatta has tried to make inroads in Nyanza, especially in Kisii and Nyamira, and also in western Kenya in a bid to boost his support in the regions.

The President has now targeted the two Bunyore constituencies of Emuhaya and Luanda in Vihiga.

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