Two Central Kenya MPs have told President Uhuru Kenyatta that it was time to come out and meet his people in the region to salvage his popularity.
Patrick Wainaina (Thika) and Joseph Nduati (Gatanga) while defending the President’s development record in the region, said central Kenya people are calling to meet their leader to interact and to popularize his projects.
The legislators said while the president was still popular in the region, there has been a ‘bad’ narrative that he had neglected it.
Thika MP Patrick Wainaina said Jubilee government development record in tarmacking of roads, construction of dams among other projects is clear and wondered why the region felt neglected.
He said the investment in road tarmacking in the region has never been seen in previous regimes.
He cited the hundreds of kilometers of tarmac, a mega dam in Gatundu North Sub County and several modern hospitals as some of the projects that have been initiated by the government in Kiambu County alone during Uhuru’s second term.
He said the region is also set to benefit from government-initiated projects like the ongoing reforms in tea and coffee as well as the building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
“Now it is time for the President to come out and meet his people in Central Kenya. There might be dissent due to other reasons but his development record is clear,” said Wanaina.
Nduati said the national government should popularize its projects saying most MPs were riding on them for popularity.
He added that they were ready to accompany the President in the meet the people tour to popularize his projects.
“Your people still like you and need to meet you. Some have been given a bad narrative that you have neglected the region, but they know you are working. It is now time to come out and interact with them,” he said.
They were speaking yesterday after inspecting the Sh 1.8billion Demonte-BAT bypass whose construction is nearing completion.
The 15-kilometer road connects the superhighway to Thika, easing traffic snarl-ups.
By Muoki Charles