By Irungu Mwangi – Kna Kerugoya
The Kirinyaga County Government has allocated Kshs 1, 811, 250,115 for the County’s health sector, signaling its commitment for the improvement of the sector, recently dogged by controversy.
According to Governor Ann Waiguru, the money will go towards hiring casual workers and other services required for the improvement of health services in the county.
Governor Waiguru said the County has allocated another shs 90 million as bursary for needy students and a further Shs 160 million to the ward development fund
“Every member of the county assembly will now have shs 8 million to spend on the projects of their choice,” Waiguru said
Waiguru was speaking shortly after assenting to the county supplementary appropriation Bill at the County headquarters in Kutus.
“We have set aside shs 90 million for the procurement of drugs for our people and from now on I don’t want to hear of patients complaining of poor services.” she said
Finance and economic planning was the second best beneficiaries with shs 387 million with Agriculture getting Shs300 million, money which will go towards assisting farmers doing avocado and poultry farming. The program is expected to be generating income within the next three years when the trees mature
Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS) has also assisted the County with 1000 early maturing avocado seedlings.
The Governor warned against the introduction of politics into the running of the county’s service sectors, claiming that her political detractors would always seize any opportunity to derail her development efforts.
“Let us not play politics with people’s health, I urge them to stay away from our health institutions and let the people of Kirinyaga get the services they deserve”, the governor insisted. .
She said as from now, Union members who have taken the county to court, will be required to make their own arrangements upon receiving their salaries
“We have stopped remittance of dues to doctors Union’s, as a retaliation measure for allegedly sabotaging my leadership.” she said
“I will from now hence forth be paying all the medics their full salaries and it will be upon them to make their own arrangements on how the Union will be getting its dues, “an agitated Waiguru said.
“It is unreasonable for the employees to bite the very finger that feeds them, I am not wrong in stopping their deductions” she quipped amid cheers from the crowd
“I am disturbed by the manner in which the KMPDU reacted over the recent filthy situation in our medical care facilities but what they did not tell Kenyans was that some of their members were saboteurs who were rocking the boat from within, “she said.
She said stringent measures have been put in place and from now henceforth, a special monitoring Unit on daily basis will ensure any slight shortcoming was addressed within the shortest time possible.
“A special truck has also been budgeted for whose main task will be to collect the medical waste from all our facilities and transport the filth to the incinerator for disposal, “she said.
‘Some elected leaders in this county are fighting us after we declined to give them tenders for the supply of the hospital equipment. Next time they try this, I will name them,” Waiguru warned.
The failure to give bursary by the County Government in the past was not taken well by the members of the county assembly with some even threatening to institute a motion to impeach Governor Waiguru.
The issue escalated when some county officials including the Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri accused MCAs of using bursary money to advance their political goals.
Instead of the normal practice where the MCAs allocates the bursary fund, Waiguru had come with her arrangements putting in place committees to vet the applicants, a move argely seen a direct attack to the MCAs
Governor Waiguru is on record having said the county had to do away with the culture of giving piecemeal allocation but instead focus on sponsoring fully the deserving students, a move adamantly opposed by the MCAs
Kirinyaga woman rep Wangui Ngirici is also recorded telling Waiguru to swallow her pride and dialogue with MCAs to end the stalemate over bursary funds allocations.