Baraka Karama and George Odiwuor @Peopledailyke
President Uhuru Kenyatta will today visit National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga’s stronghold ahead of next month’s polls.
Uhuru will for the first time since 2002 visit Raila’s backyard in search of votes barely 26 days to the election. He and his deputy William Ruto did not set foot in the region ahead of the 2013 elections. In 2007, now Retired President Mwai Kibaki also avoided Raila’s backyard during his re-election campaigns.
Today, Uhuru is expected to visit Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori counties to commission and inspect several government projects. Yesterday, State House Spokeman Manoah Esipisu said during his visit to Homa Bay and Migori, the President will emphasise on the strong economic foundations undertaken by Jubilee during its tenure.
“Tomorrow, the President will visit people in the Nyanza counties of Kisumu and Homa Bay, to talk to them about his action plan to deliver more jobs and lower prices by building the strong economic foundations necessary for the prosperity and transformation of this nation,” Manoh said.
In Homa Bay, the President will emphasise investment across all of Kenya to bolster growth, citing the Sh25 billion foreign investment for a hyacinth-to-electricity plant to provide cheaper and more reliable energy for all local residents. In Kisumu, Uhuru will attend the ground-breaking ceremony for a new brewery estimated to cost Sh15 billion.
Later, he will visit Siaya, which has benefited enormously from investment in roads and electricity. The President will be making his seventh and first visit in Kisumu and Homa Bay counties respectively since taking over power in 2013. During his last visit in Kisumu in April, Uhuru promised to return to the lakeside city to seek for votes for his re-election.