President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday outlined a raft of development initiatives in Ukambani, a move intended to woo the opposition-leaning region to the Jubilee coalition. The President hosted as many as 10,000 leaders and professionals from the region and listed the projects he intends to initiate or commission in the coming months.
As a sign of his commitment towards fulfilling his development pledges, President Kenyatta invited several Cabinet secretaries to address the delegation. The CSs gave status reports of ongoing projects under their various ministries and specific timelines when they are expected to be completed.
Cabinet secretaries who were paraded before the delegation included James Macharia (Roads), Eugene Wamalwa (Water), Jacob Kaimenyi (Lands), Charles Keter (Energy) and Joe Mucheru (ICT). Once the CSs were through, President Kenyatta promised that he would personally tour the region in early June to launch the projects.
“I will return to all the three Ukambani counties in the second week of June to launch the various road and energy projects,” he said. He also promised to tour the region from June 19 to June 21 to inspect ongoing projects.