Governors need Sh800m for free maternity

By: MATHEWS NDANYI

North Rift governors want the government to release more than Sh800 million for free maternity services.

Their chairman Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) said delaying the money is disrupting the services in public hospitals.

“Uasin Gishu is owed more than Sh117 million. If the money is released, we will use it to improve maternal healthcare,” he said.

Mandago was speaking when he commissioned projects in Kaptagat ward on Friday.

“We want each ward to have a level three hospital that will effectively handle most ailments,” he said.

Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba said the county has not received more than Sh200 million while Nandi hospitals have not received Sh187 million.

The Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital, which delivers 50 babies every day, is yet to receive Sh200 million.

Meanwhile, counties have been urged to involve the public in budgeting, planning and implementation of development programmes.

I Choose Life Africa CEO Mike Mutungi said more public participation will enable the counties to easily implement projects with the help of residents.

He said his organisation will help the counties develop strategic plans to strengthen devolution.

Mutungi spoke when Mandago commissioned a strategic plan for Kaptagat ward, which was developed by the NGO.

“Our constitution is all about people owning what they want to do. Through devolution, residents are excited to participate in development,” he said.