President Uhuru Kenyatta (left) meets legendary football star Joe Kadenge when he called on him at his at his home in Mariakani Estate Nairobi. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGUPresident Uhuru Kenyatta (left) meets legendary football star Joe Kadenge when he called on him at his at his home in Mariakani Estate Nairobi. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU
By DAVID KWALIMWA

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday evening experienced life on the other side of the capital when his official visit to Eastlands was twice interrupted by power failure.

The Head of State was visiting ailing football legend mzee Joe Kadenge at his Mariakani home in South B, Nairobi.

He was accompanied by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and Sports Cabinet Secretary Hassan Wario during the two hour visit that commenced at about 6:30pm.

Kenya's legendary football player Joe Kadenge greets President Uhuru Kenyatta when the head of state of paid him a visit at his home in Mariakani Estate Nairobi. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU

Kenya’s legendary football player Joe Kadenge greets President Uhuru Kenyatta when the head of state of paid him a visit at his home in Mariakani Estate Nairobi. PHOTO | MARTIN MUKANGU

The President donated Sh2 million to a hospital kitty initiated by former Kenya international Sammy Sholei.

A fund raising drive that culminated in last Friday’s harambee at Nairobi Railway Club realised Sh1.6 million with the President’s donation bringing Kadenge’s kitty to Sh3.6 million.

HEROES COUNCIL

At this meeting President Kenyatta also ordered for the immediate operationalization of a Heroes Council fund to take care of ailing and aged sports men and women. Sh300 million will be set aside to kick start the project.

The Government, President Kenyatta said, would also cater for all medical expenses incurred by mzee Kadenge, with the legend scheduled to attend an eye operation in Nairobi this week.

In his thanksgiving Kadenge prayed for the President and the First Lady, and handed each one of them a signed AFC Leopards shirt.

This meeting between the President and football legend arrives days after the ailing Kadenge expressed his wish to meet the president in an online video last week.

Kadenge, who is considered Kenya’s greatest football player, has been receiving treatment for several ailments over the past year.