President Uhuru Kenyatta, on New Year's eve, broke the tradition of presidents crossing over the year in Mombasa and instead chose his newly acquired 1,000-acre new home located in the Maasai Mara area, Narok County.
Daily Nation on Saturday, January 2, reported that the Head of State gave his annual end-of-year speech at the expansive ranch overlooking the Maasai Mara National park.
The new home is located in Oloolmongi, Lolgorian Ward which is speculated to be Uhuru's retirement home after he leaves office in 2022.
The president reportedly bought the ranch from Olerien and Kengani group in 2020. He is also said to have purchased another parcel of land where he intends to set up a tourist lodge.
During a New Years' invite-only event, the president's protocol team ordered all guests to leave their phones at the gate of the ranch to keep photos from leaking to the public.
Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina, on Twitter, welcomed his new high-profile neighbour congratulating him for choosing Narok.
"Welcome to Narok County Mr. President and thank you for choosing Narok County as a place to celebrate the New Year and also to retire!
"Sasa badilisha hiyo kura yako iwe ya Narok (Now change your voting location to Narok)," stated Ledama.
The ranch is located next to the Masai Mara Game Reserve.
During his stay at the ranch, Uhuru also created one more sub-county bringing the total to seven.
The Head of State has blood ties to the region since his great grandfather married a Masai Woman who gave birth to Mungai, the father of Jomo Kenyatta.
In a meeting attended by leaders from the region, the head of state is said to have promised to employ an assistant county commissioner from the region.
Other amenities such as schools are expected to be put up in the region.