As a result of an unannounced tour of Kisumu County, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Azimio contender Raila Odinga reportedly sparked fear among the presidential security forces in 2019.
Raila revealed in an interview that Uhuru’s security personnel were furious since the tour was not on the Head of State’s schedule.
The unexpected visit, according to Raila, was intended to demonstrate to Uhuru the deplorable condition of the Kisumu port, which had been ignored by previous administrations.
Uhuru only asked to be escorted by a small group of handlers, he continued.
“The president was moved. He didn’t know such existed. After the tour, he ordered the management of the port to come up with a revival plan,” Raila stated.
Further, the Azimio flagbearer stated that the incident paid off as plans to revive the lakeside port kicked off immediately.
The ODM boss expressed that a technical team presented to them a budget of Ksh20 billion but was reduced to Ksh4 billion following ideas to involve disciplined forces in the project.
“After our tour, we went to the villages to look for former employees who had knowledge of MV Uhuru and where vital parts may have been dumped, so as to repair it. It paid off as we were not beginning from scratch.”
The handshake brothers have in the recent past been pictured inspecting various development projects across the country.
Previously, Uhuru has credited Raila for helping him implement some of the projects undertaken during his second term.
The two were observed via a security camera in 2019 visiting a number of projects in Nairobi’s CBD at night.