There was drama on Tuesday, April 18, during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s function in Kisumu as guests scampered for safety after a snake appeared at the dais.
According to reports, the reptile, a small grass snake, the non-venomous type and which is common in the lake region, caused a stampede after a guest spotted it at Kisumu State Lodge.
Several high profile guests, including Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario, and Nominated Senator Joy Gwendo, left their seats upon hearing about the reptile.
Police officers attached to the president’s security however acted swiftly, they captured and killed the snake albeit it being harmless.
It is also said that Uhuru had not yet taken his seat to preside over the 58th National Drama Festivals State Concert at the lakeside city.
On the same day, business on Kisumu’s Oginga Odinga Street came to a stand still as residents lined up, eagerly waiting for the Head of State with some noting it is rare for Uhuru to visit the city.
President Kenyatta last visited Kisumu, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Raila Odinga’s home turf, back in February 2016.
But as crowds gathered on the sides of the road, other businesses went on as usual, their owners said Uhuru “comes and goes”.
Meanwhile, ODM’s political affairs secretary Opiyo Wandayi, who is also Ugunja Member of Parliament, laughed off the visit saying it was belated and non-beneficial.