The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Kidero to Prioritise Health and Education of Children

OUTGOING Mumias Sugar chief executive Evans Kidero has said he will prioritise education of children and their health if elected as the first city governor. Kidero, who has declared interest in the seat said public education among city council schools will be improved to sort out the current decongestion.

"The classes currently hold in excess of 80 pupils and I am vowing that if elected, I will try, together with your participation to bring down the number to 30 and it will be free of charge, as per the UN convention and through our new constitution. "If one class has 80 pupils and they do eight exams which translates loosely to 640 exam papers, which teacher can comfortably mark those exams," he said.

Addressing women and youth leaders at the Christian Church in South B, Kidero said that in the UK and US, pupils go to school without uniform. "I know many of you mothers here agonise on how to buy uniforms to take your children to school. If elected, I will cushion that so as to see all children below the age of 15 in schools, and if one does not take her child to school, we will ensure she is arrested, as she will have no reason not to take a child to school," he said.

He told the gathering that he will make available a 300 capacity bed maternity hospital in every constituency. "Very few people in Nairobi can today afford the exorbitant maternity fees paid in private hospitals and the wide gap between the "haves" and the "have nots" will be my major priority to see to it that services are brought closer to you.

"If I was born in a humble background but since then I have risen to where I am currently to seek your votes, then I believe the children you have borne can also make it under my leadership," he said.

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