Uhuru arrives at Sagana State Lodge for Gema meeting

Wednesday March 18 2020
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President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri for a meeting on November 15, 2019. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

By JOSEPH WANGUI

President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived at Sagana State Lodge, Nyeri County, for the Gema community meeting. The President aboard Kenya Air Force chopper landed at 12.11pm Friday.   

The Head of State was received by Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga, MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) and Kanini Kega (Kieni). Sources said the three were handpicked by State House officials.

4,000 LEADERS

The meeting is attended by over 4,000 leaders drawn from the larger Mt Kenya region. Others are from Nakuru, Lamu, Eldoret, Kajiado and Nairobi.

Apart from elected leaders and poll losers, others present include village elders, Kikuyu musicians and nyumba kumi officials who started trooping at State Lodge as early as6am in hired buses, matatus and private cars. 

National government administrators such as regional and county commissioners, sub-county commissioners and chiefs were not present in the meeting where journalists have been denied access. Also conspicuously absent are Cabinet and Principal secretaries.

Security was high in and outside the premises and guests were barred from entering the meeting venue with their mobile phones, wrist watches, wedding rings, earrings, bangles and goggles. This is to ensure no proceedings of the meeting, whose agenda remains a highly guarded secret, are recorded. 

Among the notable regional leaders absent are governors Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) and Mwangi Wa Iria (Murang'a). They were however, represented by their deputies.

AGRICULTURE

Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga they expect the President to address issues in relation to agriculture such as coffee, tea and dairy farming sectors. 

The master of ceremonies is former Nyeri senator Mutahi Kagwe. 

According to a leaked official programme, other speakers include Ms Wambui Nyutu who will talk on behalf of the youths.

The immediate former Equity Bank Group chair Peter Munga will speak on behalf of the business community, while former Nairobi deputy governor Polycarp Igathe, will represent professionals at the meeting.

Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu, who is the face of Jubilee party faction Kieleweke, will talk on behalf of the regional legislators, while Embu Senator Njeru Ndwiga will represent the senators. Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu was cheered as he entered the venue.

After the meeting the President is expected to visit the Kikuyu community prayer shrine in Narumoru in Mt Kenya Forest.