President Uhuru Kenyatta has created one more sub-county in Narok, bringing the total number to seven.
The President, who broke tradition to usher in the New Year at his new home in Transmara West, Narok County, announced the creation of the new administrative unit. It was hived out of Transmara West Sub-county.
It has been the tradition for Presidents to spend the New Year at State House, Mombasa while addressing the nation, but he welcomed his new neighbours to what close sources say might be his retirement home in Oloolmongi, Lolgorian Ward.
The Head of State issued his New Year address to the Nation at the 1,000-acre-plus ranch with the world-famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve on the background.
He bought the ranch last year from Olerien and Kengani group ranches. He also purchased another piece of land where he is building a tourist lodge.
Sources who attended the function said they were ordered to leave their mobile phones behind with the security at the gate as photography was strictly prohibited.
Before ushering New Year, the Head of State had attended a private function attended by Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, MCAs Kuyo ole Kijabe (Kimintet) and Michael Seme (Lolgorian).
During the private meeting, sources say, the President promised locals of goodies, among them, that the government would employ an assistant county commissioner from the region.
Mr Kenyatta also promised job opportunities for the youth, as well as the establishment of a primary school and connection of electricity.
Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina on his Twitter handle thanked the President for choosing to stay in Narok County over the holidays.
“Welcome ... Mr President and thank you for choosing Narok County as a place to celebrate the New Year and also to retire! ”
The senator, who also spoke to the Nation on phone, thanked the President giving Narok a new sub-county.
The President has roots in the local community; his great-grandfather, Magana, married a Maasai woman — Susana Musana.
After renaming her Wanjiru, the two sired a child,Muigai, who later fathered founding President Kamau wa Ngengi (Jomo Kenyatta), his first born brother Kung’u Muigai and the last born, James Ngengi.