Uhuru Set Last Tour To Kisumu

The visit comes just days before the general election, and analysts believe it will also serve as a final appeal to Mr Odinga's backyard to support his candidacy.

President Uhuru Kenyatta will likely make his final visit to Kisumu County as Head of State, in what is seen as a farewell to residents with whom he has developed a strong bond over the last four years.

He will, of course, be accompanied by Raila Odinga, the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential candidate.

Their reunion on March 9, 2018 relieved the tension that had built up following the contentious 2017 election.

The visit comes just days before the general election, and analysts believe it will also serve as a final appeal to Mr Odinga’s backyard to support his candidacy.

The President’s presence is intended to strengthen his relationship with Mr Odinga and reassure locals that he will entrust his handshake partner with the task of moving the country forward through life-changing projects and initiatives such as those seen in Kisumu.

Following the handshake, Mr. Kenyatta has made more trips to the Lakeside city more than he has ever made individually or during his tenure as President.

He appeared to have fallen in love with Kisumu, and at one point jokingly asked to marry a lady from the county.

“I was telling Raila here and with the permission of my wife, maybe I can get someone from this side of the Lake to take care of me, so that I can visit confidently knowing someone will prepare for me ugali,” said Mr Kenyatta in 2020.

Following the Handshake, many development projects were launched in 2018 and those that had been stalled for years were relaunched.

According to the Government Spokesperson’s Office, the President will preside over the commissioning of the Kisumu Ship Yard and the floatation of the MV Uhuru II Wagon Ferry on Tuesday next week during his visit.

The construction of the new MV Uhuru II cargo vessel added to the increased utilization of the revitalized Kisumu Port.

According to Kenya Railways and the Kenya Ports Authority, the vessel will have a carrying capacity of 1,800 tonnes, which is 540 tonnes more than the refurbished MV Uhuru I.

Transporting cargo by lake costs $20 per tonne, compared to $36 by road.