State House denies political wrangles in cancelled Ukambani tour

State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena has refuted claims that the postponement of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tour to the region was due to wrangles among top Kamba leadership.

Speaking to Athiani FM Friday, Kanze Dena said that the President’s visit to Ukambani was postponed due to the Head of State’s tight schedule and the rising Covid-19 infections in the Country.

The President is set to visit the region to inspect the ongoing construction of Thwake Dam, Konza Technopolis, launch the Kibwezi-Kitui road and inaugurate the Machakos Convention Centre.

President Kenyatta was scheduled to tour the three counties of Ukambani Tuesday but deferred the visit owing to the upsurge of the Covid-19 infection.

Initially, the trip was planned for last week, with the President set to visit projects in Machakos and Makueni Counties on June 28 and then head to Kitui County on June 29.

She said that the President’s visit was to ensure that all ongoing National Government projects in the region are completed as scheduled.

“The President’s current priority is the successful completion of ongoing projects in the region and across the country before initiating new ones,” she said.

“Akamba leaders have continuously been meeting with His Excellency the President in recent months to identify new projects for the region,” said Kanze Dena.

On Tuesday, President Kenyatta held a consultative meeting at State House with leaders from the Lower Eastern Region comprising the Counties of Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni where they were informed on the revised itinerary for the tour of the region.

She, however, advised residents to differentiate between National and County Government projects so that their concerns are addressed by the right agencies.

“I will inform the President on the compensation concerns raised by residents who ceded their land for the construction of the Kibwezi-Kitui Highway and hopefully, by the time the Head of State visits the region, a solution will have been found,” said State House Spokesperson.


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