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DP Gachagua ditches Airforce one, flies commercial to new Kakamega Airstrip

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has led by example boarding the maiden commercial flight that departed from the Wilson Airport heading to Kakamega Airstrip.

Speaking during the press address at the Wilson Airport on Wednesday morning, the DP said that the step made is part of the government’s plans to ease the way of doing business in the country.

The DP said that the Kenya Kwanza government of President William Ruto has listened to the grievances of the western region residents who have been crying for such kinds of developments.

“The leadership of Western Kenya have been crying for many years but there was nobody to give them a ear. Less than a week after the President listened to them, this is happening,” Dp Gachagua said.

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He said that the government is keen to make possible, air transport across the country, which will open up tourism opportunities as well.

“What is happening today is a clear indication that air transport is no longer a luxury for the chosen few. Air transport in this country is now a necessity to reduce the cost of doing business.”

Also, the DP said that the President has instructed the Cabinet Secretary for Transport Kipchumba Murkomen to ensure that by the end of his term in office, all the counties should be having a functioning airstrip.

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This comes days after President Ruto launched projects in the Western region where he was accompanied by several leaders from the area.

This means that the flights will be operating directly from Kakamega to Nairobi, hence, reducing the initial movement from Kakamega to Kisumu Airport.

The airstrip was under rehabilitation and is now open for the western counties, the farmers, and any other ordinary person in the country as said by President Ruto.

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The function was attended by the Transport CS among other government officials.

The DP flagged off the flight and aboard the Fly Skyward Express airline with his team.

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