By Faith Famous Nekesa
Western Kenya leaders have started preparing to receive President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is said to be planning a tour of the region next month. Eugine Wamalwa,cabinet secretary for Devolution has asked the residents of the region to prepare for the president as it will be a development tour as several projects will be launched.
He added that commissioning of key projects including planned constructions
of the Gold refinery in Ikolomani consistuency which is budgeted for sh.100 million among other projects.
The President, Uhuru Kenyatta will also be touring Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties. Wycliffe Oparanya,the chairman of governors in the Western region confirmed the president’s tour but said that the preparations are being handled by the State House in Nairobi.
Governor Oparanya said the meeting will be attended by all leaders from the region irrespective of their party affiliations as the agenda will be to set a common agenda to present to the president.
The planned tour comes hot when divisions have intensified among key local politicians as campaigns ahead of next year’s presidential poll take shape.
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula are pushing to popularise Okoa Kenya Alliance while Mr Oparanya, who is also the ODM deputy leader, has asked voters in the region to back the coalition in 2022.It is still unknown whether the two will be
attending the planned leaders meeting.
Aside from the Kakamega Gold Refinery, other key projects likely launched include the construction of a granite factory in Vihiga County and the Sh1.7 billion Vihiga Cluster Water project, funded by the Belgian government.