President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to lead the nation in celebrating the upcoming Mashujaa Day at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County.
State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said among the key issues the President would address include the security challenges in the disputed Migingo Island between Kenya and Uganda that has sparked serial diplomatic strain over constant harassment of Kenyan fishermen by Ugandan forces.
President Kenyatta will also pronounce government’s revival plans of the troubled sugar sector in the Western and Nyzanza regions.
In what seemed as a preparatory move lastweek, the president met a delegation of Western leaders at State House ahead of the Saturday’s celebrations.
“As promised by President Kenyatta, the pledge will be honoured on October 20 when the Head of State will preside celebrations of Mashujaa Day at the Bukhungu Stadium in the scenic Kakamega County. As you know, last week leaders from Western region visited President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. The leaders welcomed the President to Western where they also informed him of issues that they want addressed to the benefit of the region’s residents. Sugar and maize matters took center stage during the discussions. The other issues were security of fishermen in Lake Victoria together with institutions of higher learning in the region, infrastructure among others.” Dena said.
The Western leaders delegation led by kakamega County Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was transformed into a taskforce are expected to submit their revival plans findings to the president in a months time.
“In the report, the President said he would like to see recommendations that bring lasting solutions to the challenges faced by cane farmers and the sugar milling companies including Nzoia and Mumias,” said Dena.
According to President Kenyatta’s itinerary, among the key projects he will unveil in Kakamega County is the CT Scan and MRI Centre, one of the flagships projects of the national government under the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) which is one of the Big Four delivery Pillars.
Meanwhile, Dena said the much-touted direct flights from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (Jkia) to New York, USA will commence in a fortnights time, State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena said.
The agreement was reached during the bilateral talks between President Uhuru Kenyatta’ and his host US President Donald Trump at the White House upon a month ago.
“The two leaders also discussed the direct flights from Nairobi to New York by Kenya Airways. It is a flight that has been awaited and now Kenya Airways, the Pride of Africa, will commence the flights officially on October 28. It is no doubt that it is a move that will lead to the growth of the tourism sector and business not only in Kenya but the whole continent of Africa.” Dena said.
President Kenyatta will witness the start of the inaugural direct flights to New York in partnership with Kenya Airways and KQ will reward two Kenyan youth who have excelled in different fields with tickets to board the dream liner.
The two leaders also resolved to enhance trade and investments in Kenya and in Africa and to bolster relations between the two nations.
“The Kenya-US partnership in peace and security especially in the Horn of Africa region. President Trump affirmed that Kenya and the US will continue to work together to grow their partnership in trade, investments and security.
Additionally, the two leaders also discussed the direct flights from Nairobi to New York by Kenya Airways. It is a flight that has been awaited and now Kenya Airways, the Pride of Africa, will commence the flights officially on October 28.
It is no doubt that it is a move that will lead to the growth of the tourism sector and business not only in Kenya but the whole continent of Africa.
And in the sidelines of the 78th Ordinary Session of the United Nationas General Assembly, President Kenyatta held bilateral talks with leaders of Austria, Jamaica, Portugal, and the UN Secretary General António Guterres among others to woe investors into the country.
And on Friday, the President will host his Namibian counterpart President Hage Geingob who will be in the country for a State Visit.