President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Leader Raila Odinga will not be taking their maiden train trip to Kisumu from Naivasha on Sunday, May 30 as earlier planned.
Credible sources have told TV47 Digital that the trip has been cancelled because the train Uhuru and Raila were to travel in was not yet ready.
The source says there are some spare parts still needed for the train to be fully functional. The ‘little’ mishap not withstanding, the commissioning of the revamped 217KM Nakuru-Kisumu Meter Gauge Railway will go on as planned.
The President and Raila will then open the new railways terminus in Kisumu, one of the projects he will be unveiling in his five-day tour of the lakeside city.
Uhuru, Raila to commission Kisumu Port
The President will also be commissioning the Kisumu Port, the KSh350 million Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, the Lake Basin Development Authority Mall, a ship at the dry dock, the marine school and the Uhuru Business Park that will accommodate over 10,000 traders.
On May 28, Uhuru is expected to officially open the Mbita Causeway, before leading Madaraka Day celebrations which will be held at the new stadium in Kisumu.
A team from the national celebrations committee led by Interior PS Karanja Kibicho toured the stadium in Wednesday last week to asses its status and said that construction works are on schedule.
Due to the COVID-19 guidelines, only 3,000 people will be allowed inside the stadium during the event.
It is not yet clear whether the newly constructed stadium will host the much anticipated Gor Mahia VS AFC Leopards match to signify its official opening.