President Uhuru Kenyatta and the D.P William Ruto yesterday toured Taita Taveta County to inspect the ongoing building of the standard gauge railway. The two were accompanied by a number of Cabinet Secretaries and other senior government officials.
They awakened the sleeping County with 13 fleet of choppers. Several senior Government officials flew to the site of a presidential event near Voi in private helicopters. Each of the Cabinet secretaries arrived in a private helicopter that landed and was neatly parked near Tsavo River.
They were followed by Ruto, who came in yet another helicopter, while the President and his aides arrived last in two helicopters.
The President and his delegation were on an inspection tour of the ongoing Standard Gauge Railway ‘SGR’ project.
It was revealed that the Government has started negotiations with the company building the Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi for the extension of the line to Naivasha, a 120km extension.
The aim of the extension is to attract investors to set up industrial complexes at the specially designated zones near Olkaria, the Government will offer them subsidised power tariffs. The industries will harness the geothermal power from Olkaria.
The President also revealed that plans were ongoing to disburse over 4,000 title deeds to the landless people of the county. This will facilitate compensation for the land take for SGR.
Claims however later emerged that some of the local leaders were denied a chance to accompany the President during the tour. Led by Taita Taveta County Senator Dan Mwazo, MPs Joyce Lay Women Rep and Voi Mp Jones Mlowa they said that they were harassed by the Presidential security. They asserted that someone is playing foul over them as their counterparts from the neighbouring Kwale County were ushered in without obstruction.