First Lady Margaret Kenyatta today said she was both devastated and heartbroken when she visited Chiromo mortuary on Wednesday to condole relatives of the 148 students butchered by terrorists at Garissa University College a week ago.
She said it was heartbreaking to see the efforts of parents to raise and educate their children brought to such a tragic end by terrorists.
The First Lady described the killings as both barbaric and senseless adding that it was a painful experience for the relatives to be subjected to the process of identifying and sorting the bodies of the victims at the mortuary.
“ It was a devastating experience and my heart goes out to all the relatives who have been forced to undergo this most painful experience”, said the First Lady from Kakamega town where she delivered the 22nd Beyond Zero Mobile Clinic to the County.
She said she was presiding over today’s event with a heavy heart because of the senseless killings of innocent students.
The First Lady extended prayers of comfort to the injured survivors of the macabre slaughter and wished them quick recovery so that they can start rebuilding their shattered lives. Ten of the Garissa University victims were from Kakamega County.
She asked Kenyans to appreciate their diversity and cultivate tolerance in a multi-cultural setting.
“As Kenyans we must learn to appreciate our diversity and shun the ignorance of intolerance for the sake of our children and the future”, said the First Lady.
Turning to the Beyond Zero initiative, the First Lady said the primary purpose of the campaign is to save the lives of Kenyan mothers and children so that the latter ultimately grow to be the pride and joy of the nation and contribute positively to the future of the country.
She said the delivery of mobile clinics alone to all the 47 Counties will not bring the desired results and called on the participation of all the stakeholders to achieve the objectives of the Beyond Zero campaign.
“Success requires all actors in the health sector, especially county governments to expand this program to every corner of our country”, she said
“It is this commitment that will secure our dream of bringing preventable deaths of mothers and children to zero”, added the First Lady.
The Mobile clinic handed to Kakamega County was sponsored by Equity Foundation and received by the Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya.
The Beyond Zero initiative aims to reduce maternal and child mortality in Kenya which remains unacceptably high. The country loses more than 108,000 children annually before they celebrate their fifth birthdays.
The campaign is driven by the principle that “no woman should die while giving life” which the First Lady has used as a mantra to mobilize awareness and resources since the beginning of last year.