President Uhuru Kenyatta is on Wednesday, February 23, addressing opinion leaders from the Mt Kenya region at the Sagana State Lodge.
The president is widely expected to give directions to the vote-rich region on the direction he will be taking in his succession - ahead of the August 9 poll.
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14:40: Uhuru concludes the public session of the Sagana meeting. Retreats to a private session with the Mt Kenya leadership.
14:16: President Uhuru endorses Raila but at the same time states that if DP Ruto toes the line in future he would be willing to support him.
14:14 : President Uhuru Kenyatta endorses Raila Odinga stating: "What an old man can see sitting a small boy will not see standing on top of a tree. Let's hold the old man's hand and if the other young man also reforms at some point in the future, I have not stopped anyone from supporting him".
14:09 : Uhuru declares support for small political parties that have been formed in the Mt Kenya region. He acknowledged that the leaders are afraid of joining big parties because of what happened to small parties in 2017. He urges the small parties to join the coalition which is supporting Raila Odinga.
14:02 : President Uhuru says he will leave the government to Raila Odinga's hands. The crowd goes into a frenzy as the President adds that he will give him an economy of Ksh13 trillion.
13:59 : Uhuru Kenyatta states that the Arror and Kimwarer Dam billions were used to fund political careers and distributed in churches as part of fundraisers. He adds that church leaders have been taking the proceeds of crime to defend the said thieves.
"You cant be given money that is proceeds of crime from funds that were supposed to construct dams... you are carrying bibles here and lying to the congregation because of Ksh2 million. You will go to hell," Uhuru states.
13:53 : The President addresses the BBI and claims that he was seeking a comeback in government with the BBI. He thanks the Mt Kenya region for voting for him and states that he is ready to go home after his term is over.
13:49 : Uhuru states DP Ruto lied that he was not aware of the handshake. The President tells Sagana III that the DP was very aware of the meeting and he was the last person he spoke to before meeting ODM leader Raila Odinga.
13:47 : President Uhuru claims he used his own money to settle affected families after the contested elections.
"Where were those people when our people were being displaced. Where was I when I was pleading with my people not to revenge? I even had to use my money and funds from my friends to resettle our people so that they would not revenge," he states.
13:45: President Uhuru Kenyatta hits out at his opponents claiming that they are the same people who destroyed the tea and coffee industries. "Those who destroyed your livelihoods in tea and coffee are the ones who are telling you that you are hustlers."
13:40: President Uhuru clarifies that he did not call for the meeting to insult his opponents and critics as it was highly publicized.
13:36 : The head of PDU Andrew Wakahiu asks President Uhuru Kenyatta to allow State officials to deal with Deputy President William Ruto. "For us, we are not politicians but we are asking you as our boss to grant us permission to deal with those who have been attacking from car rooftops."
"Do not answer them they are not on your level. Allow us to give them uppercuts," he stated.
13:03 : Wakahiu introduces Anthony Muthungu, Founder of Kenya's first USB cable manufacturing company, to President Kenyatta. Wakahiu also tells Uhuru the role he played in enabling Muthungu to set up his business.
12:49 : Presidential Delivery Unit Head Andrew Wakahiu is taking attendants through various Jubilee projects.
12:48 : President Uhuru Kenyatta has kicked off his Sagana III meeting by declaring that this is his day and he will showcase to Mt Kenya what he has achieved.
12:47 : The President states he had initially invited a few people for the meeting but when he was informed that a huge crowd had shown up he directed his team to open the gates for everyone.
12:45 : President Uhuru Kenyatta has told off those who claimed Jubilee Party was finished. He has challenged them to look at the size of the crowd that showed up for his meeting at Sagana.
12:40 : President Kenyatta has requested attendees of the Sagana III meeting to allow him to address the congregation in Kikuyu.
12:24 : Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi arrive at the much-publicised Sagana III meeting convened by President Kenyatta.
12:14 : President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives at the Sagana State Lodge for Sagana III.
11.20 : President Uhuru Kenyatta's security team made last-minute changes during the Sagana 3 meeting at Sagana State Lounge.
On Wednesday, February 23, the security team was directed to allow members of the public who flocked to the highly guarded facility without invitation cards.
Thousands of people started arriving at the event as early as 4am causing a major traffic snarl-up, as those who did not have invitation cards were locked out.
By around 11am, those locked outside the gate were estimated to be around 5,000 promoting the organizers to allow them in, a development which also caused delays on the schedule.
The President was expected to start his speech at 11am, but the organizers delayed the address to allow more time to accommodate the gatecrashers.
11:00 : Delegates arrive at the Sagana State Lodge ahead of the Sagana III meeting. Attendees were served breakfast before they proceeded to the sitting area.crash thieves
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