By Farah Adan:
President Uhuru Kenyatta is at last set to visit North Eastern region three years after assuming the highest office in the land
Uhuru’s three day itinerary is set to begin from Mandera County on Thursday morning from where he will then proceed to Wajir and thereafter Garissa.
Security has been beefed up in Mandera ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s expected visit to the border County.
Uhuru is expected to launch several projects including Mandera’s tarmacking of the Rhamu-Elwak road and the construction of housing units for victims of the Garre/Degodia clan clashes.
Wajir has nothing much to celebrate although local sources indicate Uhuru may officially launch the County sponsored Tarmac road, Medical training college, Huduma center and several other facilities at the local hospital.
Garissa will get the president officially launch the connection to the National grid among other projects and also visit the Garissa University College, more than a year after the deadly terror attack in which more than 140 people were killed..
The President has previously pitched tent in several regions and when the itinerary was first announced, North Eastern region was conspicuously missing in the list of region he was to visit in the next few months.
Uhuru however postponed to a scheduled visit to Ukambani with State house attributing the delay to non-completion of key projects he was to launch. The postponement is however attributed to divisions in the Ukambani leadership.
The leaders met the President at State house, Nairobi on Wednesday to discuss the visit rescheduled to next month.
President Uhuru’s visit to North Eastern comes in the wake of growing feelings of abandonment by area residents who pegged their hope of development on his administration given the per-election pledges.
Many now look forward to receiving the President in anticipation of what goodies he may ship in to a region local residents feel matters least to his campaign strategists if the pecking order of visits is anything to go by.