President William Ruto on Friday, March 24, pledged to construct an airport in the Gusii region to serve Kisii and Nyamira residents.
The Head of State made the promise during his three-day tour of the South Nyanza region.
President Ruto said a team from the Kenya Airports Authority will tour the region to help the local leadership identify the best place to build the facility.
"We had a meeting with the local leaders and we agreed that officials from KAA will visit the area and identify a suitable location for the airport so that the locals can travel with ease," Ruto said.c
Ruto's bag of goodies
Earlier, the president launched the construction of the Gamba-Kegogi road in Kisii county.
The seven-kilometre road will connect Kisii to Ahero at Oyugis and ease movement of people and goods and services to the market.
The President also launched the Sirari corridor accessibility and road safety improvement project and the construction of lot two of Kisii Ahero A1 road.
The Head of State said the government will get rid of slow contractors and fast-track construction of roads in the region.
“I have had talks with your leaders and we have agreed that we will work together to complete all stalled projects so that we can change the face of Kisii and counties," he said.
The President said the government is investing heavily in the digital economy, agro-processing and value addition and housing to create jobs.
President Ruto said the national government and the Kisii county government will work together to create an Industrial Park to promote agribusiness in the county.
“The park will help us in value addition, aggregation and secure markers for farmers,” he said.
The President pledged to work with all elected leaders from the region to develop the region regarded as a stronghold of opposition leader Raila Odinga.
"I am ready to work with all elected leaders in the country in matters of development, I was elected to deliver my mandate, and that is what I will do, I am employed by Kenyans," he said.
Ruto was accompanied by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Road Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen, his Education counterpart Ezekiel Machogu, Governors Simba Arati (Kisii) and Amos Nyaribo (Nyamira), MPs, MCAs among other leaders.
Additional reporting by PCS