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October 22, 2018

Kalonzo's wish list to Uhuru during State House visit

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at State House on September 9, 2018. /PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka at State House on September 9, 2018. /PSCU

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka's visit to State House on Tuesday could benefit the Kamba community if his wish list is anything to go by.

The meeting came hardly a week after Kalonzo told the President Uhuru Kenya that he wanted to get fully involved in the peace deal he signed with Raila Odinga.

Bungoma senator Moses Wetang'ula, who has been a strong critic Uhuru and Raila, especially after the March 9 handshake, also attended the function.

Kalonzo said he was not after political power but development, and the Big Four agenda.

Read: [VIDEO] Kalonzo, Wetangula meet Uhuru at State House

 “I'm not interested in the “nusu mkate” kind of arrangement, but rather an agenda to move the country forward,” Kalonzo said.

Top on his wish list is fast-tracking of the Kibwezi-Mutomo-Kitui-Mwingi-Kandwia -Gatunga–Usueni Road.

He also wants the completion of Wikithuki Irrigation Scheme in Tseikuru and the Tseikuru Airstrip.

The NASA co-principal said the Kiambere-Mwingi Water Project and Sanitation Project Systems (phase two) should be fast-tracked. 

He said since he is the one who initiated the project, he is available for consultation.

The former Vice President said the High Grand Falls Dam traversing Tharaka/Nithi and Kitui counties, which will revolutionise agriculture and alleviate poverty, should be completed.

Read: I also deserve handshake goodies like Raila, Kalonzo tells Uhuru

Others projects are coal mining in the Mui Basin, purchase of ndengu, cowpeas and pigeon peas by the National Cereals and Produce Board. The pulses are produced in the Lower Eastern region that includes Embu, Meru and Tharaka Nithi.

Kalonzo applauded the progress on the Konza City and Thwake Dam project in Makueni county.

President Uhuru promised to follow up on the issues.

Kalonzo reiterated that he will continue supporting the President in the fight against corruption, the agenda of inclusivity and ethnicity.

He was accompanied by more than 30 Wiper elected leaders.

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