Thousands of Kisumu residents on Thursday thronged the city to receive president Uhuru Kenyatta and the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga during their visit to the city.
The visit that comes a day after the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) final report was submitted to the two leaders in Kisii county.
Speaking to Nyanza Daily as they waited for the two leaders to address them, most of the locals said that they have come in large numbers to show their appreciations for the developments that they have witnessed in the County after the 2018 handshake.
In his speeches, ODM party leader Raila Odinga urged the Nation to read the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report and fully support it for the betterment of the country’s economy growth and unity. Raila said that the referendum is set to take place soon and urged Kenyans to come out in large numbers to support the initiative.
The Kisumu visit assembled most Nyanza leaders, including Governors, Members of parliament, Senators, Women representative and Members of county assemblies among other dignitaries.
President Uhuru Kenyatta in his speeches acknowledged the city as the home of sports champions in Kenya. Uhuru said that the youths need to be equipped with facilities that can help them realize their goals for their talents.
“We need to equip our youths with International standard facilities to see them prosper in their respective sports talents.” The President said.
The president also announced that the refurbished Jaramogi Oginga Odinga international stadium will be launched in April 2021, inviting the Kenya’s Gor Mahia and Fc Leopard football clubs for a derby match that day.
In addition, Uhuru directed the Interior cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi to ensure the road leading to the stadium is well revamped to meet the international standards as well.
He also urged Kenyans to read and support the BBI report for the unity purposes.
President Kenyatta proceeded to inspect and commission most of the National Government financed projects in the county, including the newly refurbished Marine training institution inside the port, Jomo Kenyatta International airport among others.