ODM leader Raila Odinga has promised universal healthcare from next year if he becomes president.
He said quality healthcare remains a pipedream for many Kenyans decades after independence.
Raila said his administration would increase the doctor-to-patient ratio to international standards. “We will upgrade facilities and evenly distribute doctors to cover the entire country,” he said.
Under his watch, the ODM chief said, doctors will have better terms to enable them serve Kenyans full-time and reduce maternal deaths.
“We don’t want someone working for government and also having a private practice. You must choose to work full time,” he said.
He was addressing concerns by women leaders that some doctors leave their workstations due to harsh work conditions and poor pay.
Meanwhile, a caucus of women dubbed “Azimio la kina mama” threw their weight behind Raila’ presidential bid. The pro-handshake women leaders announced countrywide campaigns to popularise Raila and his Azimio la Umoja drive.
Raila urged women to turn out in large numbers and vote in next year’s General Election. He was accompanied by his wife Ida and daughters Rosemary and Winnie.
Led by Public Service and Gender Chief Administrative Secretary Beatrice Elachi, the women said Raila is better placed to succeed President Kenyatta.
They said women were pushing for the inclusion of their agenda into Raila’s manifesto, even as they seek to field 5,000 female candidates in next year’s elections.
To meet the elusive gender rule in government, former Nyeri Woman Rep Priscilla Nyokabi proposed that Raila’s administration, if he wins, fills half of Cabinet and Principal Secretaries appointments with women. “This is a journey of unity and peace. Today, women join the Azimio la Umoja train,” said Nyokabi, also a commissioner at the National Gender and Equity Commission.
“We affirm our commitment that we are with you in this journey because we know we are safe in your hands,” added Kabondo Kasipul MP Eve Obara. Nyokabi said: “We want to thank you for believing in peace and showing us peace. We are safe in Raila’s hands.”
Murang’a Woman MP Sabina Chege admitted they had to demonise the ODM leader in Mt Kenya for Uhuru to win, saying they had now embarked on a journey to undo the 2013 and 2017 campaign propaganda against Raila.
“We have called you names. On behalf of Central voters, I ask for forgiveness. We do not have a reformist, a person who has fought for democracy as Baba,” Sabina said.
President Uhuru Commends The Police For Their Role In Covid-19 Containment
President Uhuru Kenyatta has praised security sector agencies led by the National Police Service (NPS) for doing their part leading role in the containment of the outbreak of Coronavirus in the country over the last two years.
Despite the enforcement of public health measures not being at the core of NPS’s regular operations, the President said heroic acts by police officers supported by sacrifices made by Kenya’s gallant health workers helped forestall a national catastrophe.
“Over the last two years, the whole world has walked through the valley of the shadow of death as we combated the Coronavirus pandemic.
“However, the firmness of our resolve as a nation helped to contain the surge of infections within our borders. In keeping the invisible enemy at bay, I thank the law enforcement agencies for the role they have played in enforcing the Covid-19 regulations and protocols,” President Kenyatta said.
The Head of State spoke Monday afternoon when he presided over the 57th passing out parade of 2,619 new administration Police officers at their Embakasi A Campus in Embakasi, Nairobi County.
He said the seamless manner in which the NPS adapted to the new demands imposed by Covid-19 is a reminder of the fluid nature of the contemporary law enforcement environment and urged the new officers to continuously improve their competencies.
“You will be required on occasions to operate in new and challenging operating theatres, and to address dynamic situations that call for new skills and approaches,” President Kenyatta told the new officers that included 2,215 men and 395 women graduates respectively.
Once again, the President reiterated the Government’s commitment to continue with the ongoing NPS reforms noting that since 2013, over 45,000 new police officers had joined the service significantly boosting the entity’s human resource capacity.
Besides growing police numbers, the Head of State said the Government continues to allocate adequate finances, improve staff welfare, build officers capacity in technical and specialized areas as well as expand housing and healthcare provision as part of the comprehensive reforms.
At the same time, President Kenyatta cautioned the new officers against engaging in corruption and other workplace vices, and assured them that the Government’s would shield them from unjust condemnation.
“The Government is committed to continuing to uphold the dignity of police officers. So long as you do what is right and in accordance with the law, devoid of corruption and other ills, rest assured that you will be protected from any form of undue harassment or vilification,” he said.
Mbagathi Way Finally Renamed Raila Odinga Way
ODM leader Raila Odinga has been honoured after the Nairobi County government renamed Mbagathi Way after him.
The renaming comes after the County Assembly in early October approved a motion to rename the road after the former Prime Minister.
During the debate, Makongeni MCA Peter Imwatok said Raila deserved the honour after fighting the country’s democratic and economic development.
He said deserving leaders should be recognised while they are alive, not when they die.
“He fought for greater democratic space, good governance, rule of law and development of infrastructure, including detention without trial for 10 years,” said Imwatok who moved the motion.
Addressing the Press after the House session, he promised to initiate talks with the executive to ensure the road was renamed.
Nominated MCA Mary Arivisa also proposed that other public institutions along Mbagathi Way be renamed after the ODM leader.
Raila in August 2005 commissioned the construction of the road using concrete and cement.
Hailed by proponents as cost-effective in the long run, concrete roads are 40 to 50 per cent more expensive to construct compared to traditional bitumen roads but last for 40-50 years with minimum maintenance.
Unlike the reactions that met the renaming of a city road after COTU boss Francis Atwoli, Kenyans online said the ODM leader deserved even more.
It is the fourth time that a road has been renamed after a public figure this year.
Other roads that have been renamed are Accra road after the late Kenneth Matiba in March, Eastleigh First Avenue after the late Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji, Kapiti Crescent road in South B after Joe Kadenge and Dik Dik Road renamed after Atwoli.