Devolution conference: Rains hamper Uhuru’s travel, trending stories as governor’s meet in Kakamega

President Uhuru Kenyatta being shielded from the rain by bodyguards [Courtesy]

The 5th Annual Devolution Conference kicked off on Monday in Kakamega and since then social media has been abuzz with matters surrounding the week long conference.

On Monday 23rd, Govenors and Senators took part in a curtain raiser football match ahead of the official opening of the Devolution Conference by President Uhuru Kenyatta. Governors were beaten 5-0 by Senators in a football match held at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega.

Migori Governor Okoth Obado and Senate Majority leader Murkomen tussle for the ball

The Senate football team led by Speaker Kenneth Lusaka outshined the Governors squad, with Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malalah bagging a brace in a match that was part of the pre-devolution conference activities.

Others who scored include, Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen,  Kajiado County Senator Hon Philip Mpaayei and Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.

Come Tuesday, the President failed to make it to Kakamega to officially open the conference due to bad weather. Kenyans on social media did not waste time retrieving an old photo of President Uhuru Kenyatta campaigning in the rain in Nyahururu for his re-election during the October 26th repeat presidential election.

President Uhuru campaigning in Nyahururu

Netizens reasoned that the President not being able to physically preside over the opening of the devolution conference in Kakamega due to bad weather was not convincing. They argued that the head of state would have gone the extra mile just like he did when he was hunting for votes.

The users were convinced that the resident should have used the road if the Tuesday morning weather was not appropriate for air travel.

Owing to the bad weather that hampered flight visibility, President Uhuru Kenyatta addressed the delegates at the conference via live video link from State House Nairobi.

It would have been unrealistic for the head of state to travel by road to Kakamega and spend about 10 hours on the journey at the expense of his busy schedule.