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President Kenyatta cancels Ukambani region tour over COVID-19 fears

President Uhuru Kenyatta has canceled his two-day tour in Ukambani region citing fear of COVID-19 infections spike.

Kenyatta was to visit the region on Tuesday, July 6.

The region’s Governors, Alfred Mutua(Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana(Makueni) and Charity Ngilu(Kitui) expressed anticipation towards the President’s visit. “We discussed and agreed on a common development agenda to be presented to the president when he tours our region next week,” said Kibwana on June 29.

President meets Ukambani leader at State House

Following the 2018 handshake between him and ODM Leader Raila Odinga, the Ukambani region has also been appealing Uhuru for some goodies.

This saw a meeting at State House on June 14, where President Kenyatta promised to back one NASA chief as his successor. He also announced a tour in the region on June 28 and 29.

On June 25, President Kenyatta visited Kitui during the official opening and dedication of the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Protection at Museve.

In anticipation of the President’s visit, Governor Mutua thanked him for launching various projects in the region including; Kibwezi-Kitui road, Thwake dam project, Konza Technopolis, Yatta dam, and the Mbooni KMTC construction.

This has seemingly been part of President Uhuru’s legacy plan, in which he has been launching projects in various regions.

From May 31st to June 2nd, President Kenyatta alongside Raila visited Nyana region, where he launched projects such as Kodiaga-Wagai-Onyirore/Akala, and Nyangweso-Muhanda road circuit, and Siaya-Bondo water supply.

The visit was cited as the main factor in the COVID-19 infections spike in the region. Currently, Nyanza and Western region counties are under strict protocols including banning of worship, 7 pm curfew and so on.

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