Narok County is set to host President William Ruto on Sunday during an interdenominational thanks giving prayer day that will be held at William Ole Ntimama Stadium.
This will be the President’s first tour of the county since he was elected in office and residents are expected to attend in large numbers as four out of the six elected members of parliament in the county are from his UDA party.
Area County Commissioner (CC) Isaac Masinde confirmed that all is set for the big day and asked locals to turn up in large numbers to welcome the head of state.
“We have agreed with all the religious leaders that on Sunday, all the church services will be done at the stadium,” said the commissioner while addressing journalists today.
The CC said the thanksgiving prayers were crucial since the county had historic peaceful elections despite the hotly-contested gubernatorial race.
“This county has all the reasons to thank God for the peace and unity that we witnessed before, during and after polls; some people had predicted that chaos would erupt but we thank God that everything was peaceful,” he said.
The church service, he said, will start at 9.00 am, and locals are expected to be seated by 8am ahead of the President’s arrival for the occasion where over 10, 000 people are expected to attend.
While addressing the media two days ago, Narok governor Patrick Ntutu welcomed all peace-loving Kenyans to join the president in the thanksgiving prayer meeting on Sunday.
Ntutu confirmed that the president will be accompanied by his deputy Rigathi Gachagua and a host of leaders mainly from the Kenya Kwanza team.
Narok residents have welcomed the move terming it as a show of humility by the president who attributed his victory to God.
“We can see that our president, despite having won the top-most seat, is a prayerful person. We will attend the meeting in large numbers as we thank God for the prevailing peace in our country,” said Murani Ole Mintila, a resident of Narok town.
By Ann Salaton