Hotels and entertainment spots in Bungoma County are starting to fill up as guests from various parts of the country arrive for the Agricultural Show at Kibabii University in Kanduyi, Bungoma County.

Expectations are high as the county prepares for the Madaraka Day celebrations on June 1, 2024.

“Bungoma County is ready to host the Agricultural Show and receive guests from near and far to participate in showcasing the potential of agriculture in our region,” said Governor Ken Lusaka, emphasizing the significance of the event.

The influx of visitors to Bungoma County has caused hotels in the area to overflow with customers, with room rates doubling.

“The demand for accommodation demonstrates the economic promise of our county and the excitement surrounding the Agricultural Show,” said Vice-Chancellor of Kibabii University Prof. Odeo Ipara.

The manager of Siritamu Hotel, Mr. Kepha Areba, reported a surge in business.

“Customers are flocking in due to the guests attending the Agricultural Show and the upcoming Madaraka Day celebrations,” said Mr. Areba.

His counterpart at Sawan Hotel, Mr. David Mugo, mentioned that hotels are operating at full capacity as guests from various parts of the country seek accommodation during this busy and exciting time before the Madaraka Day celebrations.

Despite challenges in the agricultural sector, Bungoma County remains a hub for agricultural activities due to its fertile land and rivers.

One farmer expressed the goal of “showcasing the potential of the agricultural sector in our region and collaborating with other counties for mutual growth.”

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua and other officials are expected to attend the Agricultural Show.

Additionally, the climax will be Madaraka Day, where President William Ruto will lead the nation in national celebrations.

Military exhibitions, to be led by Chief of Defense Forces General Charles Kahariri at Masinde Muliro Stadium in Kanduyi, are expected to add to the national excitement during Madaraka Day.

“We expect military exhibitions followed by President Ruto’s speech as we commemorate our independence,” said Mr. Eric Wekesa, a resident of Bungoma.

According to statistics from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) in 2019, Bungoma had a total population of 1,670,570, with 49 percent being male and 51 percent female.