Deputy President William Ruto has assured Tongaren residents in Bungoma County that Jubilee will improve electricity connection in the region. “It’s our aim to ensure that in three years, all homes in Tongaren and Bungoma in general, will be connected to electricity,” said Deputy President Ruto. He said that the previous governments, ever since the colonial rule through to the grand coalition government, only manage to connect 25,000 houses to electricity, yet Jubilee has managed to advance the number from 25,000 to 65,000, “Has work been done or not?” he posed. He faulted ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi for criticizing the Jubilee project, saying that they can still connect electricity to grass thatched houses, the same way they can for mansions.
The Deputy President was addressing Tongaren residents in Bungoma County on Monday as he wooed voters in the region. He also said maternity charges will be fully catered for by the government, “Every pregnant lady should go to the hospital and the government shall cater for the charges,” said DP Ruto, adding that it doesn’t matter if one is well endowed financially or not. He said that every woman who delivers a baby will be given a year-long insurance so that she can be treated along with the baby without paying any charges.
He noted that the youth are the most burdened when it comes to catering for the elderly in the society, given that they provide everything ranging from food to shelter, saying that the government will provide money for the elderly. “In order to reduce the burden from the youth who bear the weight of catering for their ageing parents, we’ve decided to give the elderly who are 70 years and above in the society cash every month and health insurance,” said Ruto.