President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday at State House, Nairobi hosted leaders from the greater Kisii reto discuss development in the region ahead of this year's Mashujaa Day celebrations.
The national celebrations will be held at Gusii Stadium in Kisii County and the Thursday meeting gave the Head of State an opportunity to, jointly with the region's leadership evaluate the progress of national government development initiatives.
Led by Governor James Ongwae (Kisii County) and his Nyamira County counterpart John Nyagarama, the leaders engaged the President in a detailed conversation on a number of projects including roads, water supply, education and fresh produce markets among others.
In a memorandum presented by Governor Ongwae, the leaders who included chairman of the Kisii professionals John Simba and chairman of the community's council of elders James Matundura, thanked the Head of State for the various development programs initiated by the Jubilee administration in the region.
The leaders listed several key roads, water works including the upgrading of Kisii water supply system, hospitals and fresh produce markets at Daraja Mbili and Nyakoe as some of the Government's projects that are helping uplift the economic wellbeing of the greater Kisii.
At the same time, the Kisii leaders requested the President who was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Dr Fred Matiang’i (Interior), James Macharia (Infrastructure) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health) to fast track the implementation of ongoing projects.
Rehabilitation of the Kisii to Sotik road and Suneka airstrip, waiving of coffee factory debts amounting to Shs 650 million and establishing a soapstone value addition facility in the area as some of the projects the leaders asked the Government to prioritize.
Leaders caution against divisive politics
The Kisii leaders also cautioned politicians engaged in divisive politics saying those spreading hate and sowing division among Kenyans are not welcome in their region.
"We intend to maintain the statehood of this country together, the way you're doing it. We intend to put this nation together so that generation after generation will have a place where to stay unperturbed by anybody.