President moves to reassert himself in Mt Kenya backyard
SEE ALSO: Renewables top 90pc of Kenya’s powerUhuru launched the construction of Sh1.8 billion Naivasha-Njabini road, expected to be completed by August 2022. “This new road will improve the economy of this region,” he said, adding that it will help reduce travel time between Nakuru and Nyandarua counties. Another project he commissioned yesterday was a potato factory in Olkalaou, where he also assured dairy farmers that the Ministry of Agriculture was working to rescue them from the low milk prices. President Kenyatta said he will continue to spearhead efforts to unite Kenyans and that no one will stop his bid to build lasting peace. “We cannot afford to continue having a cycle of violence and destruction of property after every five years. I am determined to bring all Kenyans together,” the President said. Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia hailed the new factory, terming it a milestone in the agricultural sector. Cooling plant
SEE ALSO: Uhuru launches Naivasha SGR operations“The county produces more than 70 per cent of potatoes consumed in Kenya. With this cooling plant, I can assure you we can store our potatoes for a period of over one year,” he said. He said the county government had set aside Sh700 million to purchase road equipment. “We want to supplement what the national government is doing in terms of road construction by having our feeder roads constructed. We are committed to making sure our feeder roads are well maintained so that our farmers can deliver their farm produce to the market,”he said. Other leaders at the tour were Woman Rep Faith Gitau, Ol Kalou MP David Kiaraho, his Kipipiri counterpart Amos Kimunya and Ol Jororok’s Michael Muchira. In Meru today, the President will be laying the foundation stone of the New KCC factory in Kangeta, Igembe Central. The project is a brainchild of Munya who last weekend had inspected the earthworks at the site in the miraa growing region. But local leaders said the President was likely to tour a few more projects and hold some roadside rallies before speaking to local leaders at an unconfirmed location. Among those lobbying for inclusion in the programme were miraa farmers who want the President to tour the Muringene market, the first government funded miraa complex whose construction was launched by Kiunjuri days before his sacking. “If he can visit any of the sites of the Miraa crop enhancement projects, it would be a big statement of his unwavering support for the improvement of the Miraa crop,” said Kimathi Munjuri, chairman of Nyambene Miraa Traders Association. Igembe Central politician James Mithika, who is also a director at the Kenya Railways Corporation, said Igembe and Meru would be waiting to receive the President. Imenti North MP Rahim Dawood said Uhuru would be warmly received. “I will assure the President that we are looking forward to his being the chief guest at the BBI rally planned for February 15 and to tell him we are fully behind his stand and waiting for his political direction,” said Dawood. The MP said Uhuru needed to stay on until he can comfortably manage the Mt Kenya succession. “We will also ask the President to help us complete the Meru town bypass and have funds allocated for the 22 kilometre Meru dual carriage way,” he said. [Allan Mungai, Wainaina Ndung’u, Kennedy Gachuhi and James Munyeki]
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