President Uhuru Kenyatta announces free maternity services in public hospitals


Nairobi, Kenya: The government has announced free maternity services in all public heath facilites starting today, June 1st 2013

President Uhuru Kenyatta delivered the good news during Madaraka Day celebrations at the Nyayo National Stadium to mark 50 years of independence.  User fee in all public dispensaries have also been waived in line with Jubilee manifesto.

Uhuru also assured Kenyans of his commitment to ensuring national unity inorder to fight ethnic tension and rivalry.

“National Unity is a key pre-requisite for the realisation of Kenya we all desire. I assure Kenyans that uniting our people is my passion’, the president said.

He added: “A united Kenya has a tremendous potential for growth”

The Head of State also ordered redeployment of Provincial Commissioners to other national duties as part of restructuring  the Provincial Administration in line with the constitution.

In order to fight poverty, Uhuru said the government will work in partnership with private sector to ensure modern agriculture, improved infrastructure among other measures to uplift the living standards of the poor.

In terms of security, Uhuru vowed to ensure that every Kenyan is secure adding that more police officers have been redeployed to vulnerable areas. He further said that the State will continue to expand the generation,  distribution and transmission of electricity

“We want to ensure that electricity is affordable and widely available for all”, Uhuru said.

In ensuring devolution is implemented,  the president said that the National Government will continue to give support to County Governments.

Other key leaders who attended Madaraka Day clebrations include Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero and Mining cabinet secretary Najib Balala

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