Raila surprise inspection as Kisumu prepares for Uhuru visit
SEE ALSO :Raila hails Ethiopian PM AbiyRaila spent most of his time in meetings in Kisumu town and in Bondo. The President is expected to visit Raila’s home in Bondo as a sign of their new-found friendship launched by their handshake at Harambee House in Nairobi. The President will be in Kisumu on December 13 to launch the Universal Health Care. Sources in Raila’s office said Uhuru might extend the visit to Kango Ka Jaramogi in Sakwa, where Raila’s father and the country’s first Vice President Jaramogi Oginga Odinga was buried in 1994. Raila kept off the public and journalists. His supporters have often swarmed him whenever he visits the region, but that was not the case yesterday. He also visited his private home on Riat Hills, where he held a closed-door meeting with local leaders. There were reports that Raila might host senior State officials at the home next week. Uhuru’s next visit to Kisumu will be the first since last year’s divisive General Election that was marked by violence and bloodshed after he controversially won a second term.
Private meetings“Sorry, Jakom cannot speak to you today. He is busy in private meetings,” an aide said. The Standard established that Raila was also preparing to receive a honorary doctorate degree from Jaramogi University of Science and Technology in Bondo next week. There were reports that several State officials would attend the ceremony. The university’s Vice Chancellor Stephen Agong’ said they would be honouring Raila for his contribution to Kenya and Africa. The university has alwritten to Raila asking him to attend its graduation ceremony slated for December 14. Meanwhile, security chiefs have been in meetings to strategise how to secure Kisumu during Uhuru’s tour. Preparations to host the President are in top gear with major city roads and pavements being repaired. Some buildings are being repainted. Yesterday, old cabro paving blocks on Oginga Odinga street and Jomo Kenyatta highway were being replaced. Similar preparations were also going on at Kisumu State Lodge, with deployment of more security officers at the facility. On Monday, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o attended a security meeting organised by State House in Nairobi.
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