, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta heads to Western Kenya on Thursday morning, in a move seen as key to persuade the electorate there to support his re-election bid next year.
According to State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu, the Head of State will launch and commission a number of development projects mainly on manufacturing, water, health, roads and infrastructure.
He explained that President Kenyatta will also issue title deeds on the foot of Mount Elgon and re-open the Pan Paper Mills.
“President Uhuru Kenyatta will return to formally re-open Pan Paper Mills, fulfilling a pledge he made to residents in Bungoma County that he would ensure their lifeblood, shut a decade ago, returned to business,” he said.
“The opening of Pan Paper and a rally at the fabled Pan Paper Stadium brings to an end a process that has lasted months, starting with the sale of the mills to a private entity, and thereafter investment and refurbishment. The mills produced their first paper in 10 years only a few days ago.”
Esipisu indicated that the Pan Paper event will mark the start of a hectic 48 hours during which the President will visit Bungoma, Kakamega and Busia counties.
“He will issue title deeds for Chepyuk settlement scheme and launch a road on the foot of Mount Elgon, launch roads and water projects in Kakamega County, and then launch more roads in Busia County.” he said.
Since the beginning of the month, the Head of State has toured Central and Eastern regions seen as key in boosting his re-election when he seeks a second term next year.
On Thursday, the President’s itinerary will involve:
o Issuance of title deeds at Kopsiro, Mount Elgon
o Launch of Kopsiro-Kapsokony Road
o Commissioning of Pan Paper Mills, Webuye
o Launch of Kakamega-Navakholo-Musikoma road
o Launch of medical equipment for Kakamega County Hospital
On Friday, the President’s itinerary will involve:
o Launch of Ibokolo-Indangalasia-Malaa Road
o Launch of Mumias Water Project
o Launch of medical equipment at Busia County Hospital
o Launch of Malaba-Busia Road
o Launch of Malaba-Moding Road