On Saturday President Uhuru Kenyatta was requested by Governors during the launch of Universal Healthcare in Mombasa, to declare a second lockdown over the spiking figures in the second wave of the deadly coronavirus.
However, the president said that he will not put the country on lockdown considering how this pandemic has affected so many families economically. President Uhuru assured the governors his administration will be firm in the coming days and rough on politicians holding political rallies across the country.
The President affirmed that not even William Ruto will be spared and the time for condoning him is over. The security council meets today and the Deputy President is not welcome. Starting Wednesday the government will be tough and Ruto’s rallies will be teargassed if he goes ahead to hold such meetings against the set covid-19 protocols. President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration believes Ruto’s political rallies are contributing to the spread of covid-19.
Separately while in Mombasa, the Head of State reminded those charged with the responsibility of managing health sector funds to utilize the resources prudently and warned of dire legal consequences for individuals found culpable of misuse.
“Any person who attempts to defraud the NHIF or abuse its processes will be dealt with accordingly as provided for under our laws,” the President said.
During the occasion, President Kenyatta who is also the current chairperson of the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA) kicked off a national anti-malaria campaign and received a progress report on the operational reforms being undertaken at Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, and host Governor Ali Hassan Joho also spoke at the event that brought together a cross-section of health sector stakeholders.
CS Kagwe reiterated his Ministry’s commitment to delivering the Government’s UHC promise while Governor Oparanya, who is also the Chairperson of the Council of Governors said the health intervention is President Kenyatta’s most important legacy project.
Governor Joho thanked the national government for working closely with the devolved units in the delivery of health services, especially during the current Covid-19 period.
He said the Ministry of Health had become more accessible and responsive to the health needs of counties saying other arms of government should learn from the ministry’s leadership team.
Also present was Head of Public Service Dr. Joseph Kinyua, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, and his ICT counterpart Joe Mucheru among other senior Government officials.