BY UPESI NEWS REPORTER ,NAIROBI JAN, 2017-President Uhuru Kenyatta paid a visit to ailing Kenyan football legend Joe Kadenge at his home in south B in Nairobi on Sunday in what seems like fulfilling his wish.
Kadenge had urged the Head of State to call on him following his latest health scare and President Uhuru honoured the request before he flew out of the country for official duty in India.
The visit was surrounded with uncertainty with reports suggesting Kadenge would be taken to State House but in the end, it was the President who showed up to the delight of the man who made the phrase ‘Kadenge na mpira’ (Kadenge with the ball) a household refrain on radio during his heyday.
The Head of State gave Kadenge Ksh2m to top up the fundraising effort towards his plight that started following his hospitalisation on Boxing Day three days after collapsing during a family outing.
He was also offered a comprehensive National Hospital Insurance Fund card and can now access treatment anywhere where it was announced he will be be going to the Nairobi Hospital for eye surgery
Uhuru was flanked by Cabinet Secretary for Sport, Culture and the Arts, Dr. Hassan Wario, Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko, Principal Secretary for Sports Joe Okudo and Director of Digital Dennis Itumbi who addressed the press after the Head of State departed the Mariakani Estate home of the football star that is under threat from grabbers.
“I pray for the President and call for unity ahead of General Elections,” Kadenge said while handing Uhuru a copy of his biography and two jerseys with his favorite Number 7 one for the President and another to take to the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.
Wario told the media Uhuru has ordered operationalising of the Heroes Council in three weeks to deal with matters affecting legends of the past who have served the country with distinction.
“There will be a meeting next week between the Ministry of Sports and National Treasury to discuss the same,” Wario declared.