Kisii leaders welcome Ruto's Thursday visit to the region

The President will tour the region beginning Thursday.

In Summary
  • The President is expected to commission a number of development projects and also attend Machogu's homecoming.
  • Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua is also expected to accompany Ruto during the tour.
Okeng'o Nyambane, Kisii governor candidate Ezekiel Machogu and Charles Matoke at Deputy President William Ruto's office.
DIVIDED AZIMIO TIDES: Okeng'o Nyambane, Kisii governor candidate Ezekiel Machogu and Charles Matoke at Deputy President William Ruto's office.

Leaders from Kisii county have welcomed President William Ruto's planned three-day tour of the region from Thursday.

The President is expected to attend Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu's homecoming ceremony on Saturday.

He will also hold talks with elected and opinion leaders as well as commission a number of development projects in both Kisii and Nyamira counties.


Communication Authority of Kenya director of the board Okeng'o Nyambane termed the visit long overdue saying the region is excited to host the President.

"We welcome our President to the Kisii region and assure him of our commitment and support for the Kenya Kwanza agenda," Nyambane said.

Nyambane, who is among the latest beneficiaries of Ruto's recent appointments, said leaders and professionals from the region are united to receive him.

"As a community, we are excited about the President's tour and look forward to listening to his development agenda that seeks to ensure that no part of this country is left behind," he said.

Kisii County Assembly Speaker Phillip Nyanumba said the President's tour of the region is a major milestone whose benefits cannot be gainsaid.

"I join hands with other leaders to welcome the President when he visits this region. This is like his home and as leaders, we want to assure him that we look forward to his generosity as Head of State," he said.

Kisii County enjoyed relative calm on Monday when Azimio protests rocked several towns across the country.

There were no demonstrations across the county, signalling plans to receive the President this week.

Leaders from the region including governor Simba Arati have closed ranks to plan for the President's tour and have prepared a raft of issues they would want Ruto to address.

The tour comes after Ruto made strategic government appointments to leaders from both Kisii and Nyamira.

He picked retired Kisii governor Joash Maangi as Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary.

Former West Mugirango MP Vincent Kemosi was also appointed as Trade and Industry CAS as well as Millicent Omanga who landed the Interior CAS post. 

The President also appointed former Kitutu Masaba MP Shadrack Moses as Solicitor General besides other parastatal appointments.

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