He endorsed Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua for his exemplary service to the residents of his county and working with the National Government to enhance development.
Citing the upgraded ultra-modern level 5 Machakos Hospital which he commissioned today, President Kenyatta said it was offering key services that were previously non-existent.
“When we provided medical equipment to treat cancer, kidney illnesses, ICU and laboratory services, Governor Mutua did not hesitate to take the equipment,” he said. “The services offered in Machakos hospital now are similar to those at Kenyatta National Hospital.”
The President was referring to the Sh38 billion medical equipment that the Government will acquire for county hospitals.
The Head of State spoke when he addressed a capacity packed Stadium in Machakos town.
He said unlike Governor Mutua, some governors decided to “play politics with the health of the people” and have refused to accept the equipment.
“What kind of leaders are these?” President Kenyatta asked.
Extolling the benefits of the partnership between the National and county governments in provision of health services, President Kenyatta cited the case of a kidney patient who had left his family in Machakos to live in Kibera, Nairobi, so as to access dialysis at Kenyatta National Hospital.
“Now he is getting the service in Machakos and he is back home because of the equipment provided by the National Government,” the President said.
Deputy President William Ruto told other governors to go to Machakos and learn about devolution.
He pointed out that when the Government signed a Sh38 billion contract for county hospitals, some governors opposed it saying “they were the ones who should have tendered for the equipment”.
The Deputy President urged the people of Machakos to support Governor Mutua because of his good job.