Uhuru, Raila Train Ride to Kisumu Cancelled


  • President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga were expected to take their maiden trip to Kisumu from Naivasha using the revamped railway gauge.

    However, in a question and answer briefing with journalists, State House spokesperson Kanze Dena stated that the duo will not be using the train due to unavoidable circumstances.

    Instead, she stated, the president and first lady Margaret Kenyatta will be received at the Kisumu International Airport on May 30, 2021 for a three day tour.

    A train on a test ride on the Nakuru- Kisumu Railway line.

    A train on a test ride on the Nakuru- Kisumu Railway line.

    Kenya Railways

    Earlier, media reports indicated that the trip had been cancelled following engineering setbacks.

    During his tour to the city, the president will officially open complete National Government projects, inspect ongoing initiatives and launch new projects.

    Some of the projects he is expected to commission include; Kisumu Port, the Jomo Kenyatta International Stadium, the Lake Basin Development Authority Mall, a ship at the dry dock, the marine school and the Uhuru Business Park.

    On the second day of his visit, the president will be accompanied by his Burundi counterpart Evariste Ndayishimiye and first lady  Angeline Ndayubaha.

    “He will join President Kenyatta during his tour of the various National Government Projects in Kisumu County and the Nyanza Region,” Kanze stated.

    The two first lady’s will be engaged in a number of programs whose details will be shared on a later date.

    The president has appealed to Kenyans to continue observing the Covid-19 containment measures while observing the 58th Madaraka Day Celebrations.

    “His excellency appeals to the passionate residents of Kisumu City to give the best account of themselves by avoiding situations that may compromise national efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic,” Kanze stated.

    State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena

    State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena


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