SAGANA MEETING

Uhuru meets Kirinyaga leaders in Sagana ahead of Mashujaa Day

Meeting comes amid rivalry between Waiguru and Kibicho over the preparations.

In Summary

• Waiguru has hardly been seen with Kibicho in the ongoing preparations.

• The PS dismissed the allegations and asked the governor to stop dragging politics into the national event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived at the Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri county on Monday for what State House has described as a series of official engagements with leaders.

Among the leaders who met the president are those from Kirinyaga county who are expected to discuss preparations for Wednesday’s Mashujaa Day.

Interior PS Karanja Kibicho and Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru are among the leaders meeting the president.

This year’s Mashujaa Day will be held at Wang'uru Stadium in Mwea.

Uhuru urged Kirinyaga leaders to unite and work together as a team to achieve faster development and prosperity for their County.

The comes amid rivalry between Waiguru and Kibicho during preparations.

Waiguru has hardly been seen with Kibicho in the ongoing preparations, with the governor claiming that she has been sidelined.

However, the PS dismissed the allegations and asked the governor to stop dragging politics into the national event.

Meanwhile, the President cautioned the leaders against politics of deceit and empty rhetoric saying good leadership emphasizes peace, cohesion and unity of the people as enablers of development.

He said the various multi-billion development projects being implemented by the Government in Kirinyaga, among them the Sh8.5bn Thiba Dam, would help to transform the economy of both the County and the Country.

“We have fulfilled these projects because of the cooperation and peace among leaders which has ensured that we not only transform the lives of the residents of Kirinyaga but also all citizens of Kenya.

“Our rice farmers are now getting better prices for their produce. With Thiba dam we will be able to increase rice farming acreage to meet the local demand. We need to grow and eat what comes from our County," Uhuru told the leaders.

On recent reforms in the tea and coffee sectors, the President said the changes would ensure that farmers earn more from their produce going forward.

“The prices of farm produce are increasing. I have no doubt that next year tea farmers will be celebrating better prices which they have never had since we started growing tea in our country. All this is happening because of work and not because of empty rhetoric,” the President said.

Waiguru, who read a memoranda by the leaders, among them elected officials, religious leaders and professionals, thanked the President for his visionary leadership which she said had helped transform the lives of Kirinyaga residents through the various development projects implemented by the national Government.

The Kirinyaga Governor said the ongoing dualling of Kenol-Sagana-Marua highway, construction of Kutus-Kianyaga-Kiamutugu- Githure and Karima-Kianjege-Mukangu roads as well as Nyamidi Bridge will enhance mobility in the region.

“This good interconnectivity to urban centres has invigorated business and opened up the county tourism in the beautiful scenery and tours especially for Mt.Kenya and Aberdare tourism circuit,” Governor Waiguru said.

Mashujaa Day, also known as Heroes' Day, is observed on October 20 as a public holiday to collectively honour all those who contributed towards the struggle for Kenya's independence or positively contributed in post-independence Kenya.

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera will arrive in the country on Tuesday for a three-day State visit, accompanied by the First Lady Monica, and will be the chief guest at Mashujaa Day celebrations.