The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Healthcare Costs to Fall Under Cord - Raila

The Cord presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga yesterday said no sick Kenyan will be denied medical acre for lacks of funds. Raila said during a public rally at the Kitui stadium yesterday.

He said his Cord government will ensure medical care is affordable. Raila and his running Kalonzo Musyoka also vowed to end food insecurity and reliance on relief food by the people of Kitui.

The two said water from rivers cutting across Ukambani will be used for irrigation faming. The PM said no Kenyan wil suffer hunger as the Cord has "good and workable plans" to improve the welfare of all Kenyans.

"Kitui is regarded as a semi-arid area but we will introduce irrigation projects in the model of what is happening in Isreal. We have a master plan to end hunger not only in ukambani but the entire country," said the premier.

He further said there were plans by his government to economically empower youth and women. As he noted that the current youth development fund and the women youth enterprise fund flopped because of poor planning, he said his government would have a more water tight programme.

"The youth will be trained in entrepreneurship after which they will be given grants to start business. This will apply to both the youth and women," said Raila.

He told the people of Kitui to support the cord because kalonzo who hails from the area help a substantial position in the cord alliance.

He said Kalonzo unlike the current state where is the vice president will have a bigger say in running the cord government as a deputy president.

"Ours will be a consultative government where we will constantly consult one another because his position is important ant equally powerful in running the government effectively," said Raila to wild applause of the crowd.

He also announced that the tarmacking of the Kibwezi -Kitui road will be will kick off this year. He recalled that he launched the project when he was the minister of road years ago and regretted its delay in implementations.

The Wiper Democratic Movement party Chairman David Musila had asked Raila to priority the road projects once he takes office after the March 4 elections.

Klaonzo had pointed out that the cord govermrnt would weed out corruption. He also hit out at leaders of a parallel alliance for seeking leadership to perpetuate corruption and protect the wealth they had grabbed from the people of Kenya.

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