President Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri a few minutes to midday to address a meeting of local leaders and members of the public.
Uhuru arrives at Sagana State Lodge as attendees exceed capacity [Video]
Members of the public were allowed to enter the venue
President Kenyatta convened the meeting on Wednesday to address the political direction of his Mt Kenya backyard ahead of the Jubilee National Delegates Conference in Nairobi.
Photos from Sagana State Lodge showed that thousands thronged the venue as the organisers struggled to handle the population that exceeded the estimated capacity.
The venue was set up to accommodate about 5,000 people but a hundred more could be seen outside the compound.
Shortly after arriving the event started with prayers after which the head of state was immediately invited to the podium before the commencement of the official program.
“I am very surprised. I had planned for a certain number of people but now…we saw that it is only fit that even those who exceeded the capacity be allowed in because this is place belongs to the citizens,” he said.
President Kenyatta also said that local politicians would only be given a limited time to speak so that the meeting's agenda would focus on his address.
He added that he would give them a platform to campaign after he kicks off grassroots activations in the region.
President's Delivery Unit Secretary Andrew Wakihiu took the gathering through projects that the government has achieved in Mt Kenya counties.
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