No tribalism in graft war, says President as he begins Kisumu tour

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President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing residents in Kisumu. (PHOTO/PSCU)
President Uhuru Kenyatta addressing residents in Kisumu. (PHOTO/PSCU)

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said tribalism shouldn’t be connected to the ongoing war on corruption, and that a thief is still a thief, despite the tribal background. Speaking in Ahero, Kisumu, during the tour of the County, President Kenyatta said he has joined hands with the former prime minister and AU envoy Raila Odinga in the fight against corruption. He said those who are corrupt belong in jail, “We want to make sure that those who are corrupt will not walk on our lanes, they belong to jail,” he said, “People shouldn’t bring their tribal claims in the war on graft. A thief is a thief..you stole alone, you didn’t steal with your community.”

President Kenyatta in Kisumu.(PHOTO/PSCU)
President Kenyatta in Kisumu.(PHOTO/PSCU)

The Head of State, who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Raila Odinga as he addressed residents, said politics that brews unhealthy competition and rivalries shouldn’t be entertained and that the handshake between him and Raila will soon show its fruits. “We want competition which will enable us to make sure that every community, every Kenyan is part of the government, that’s the way of bringing lasting peace and development,” he said.

The President will launch the Universal Health Care pilot programme, aiming to inch Kenya towards the target of Universal Health Care. Universal Health Care is meant to ensure people have access to quality preventive, promotive, curative, rehabilitation and palliative health services. “We want to ensure every Kenyan can find healthcare wherever they are…we want every Kenyan to have a health insurance card to enable them to go to a hospital and get treatment without pay,” said President Kenyatta. Three other Counties were chosen for the UHC pilot programme, which will see Kenyans get inpatient and outpatient services, are Machakos, Nyeri and Isiolo. The pilot programme will provide vital lessons which will be considered before rolling out the programme countrywide.