Kenya, India to partner in cancer treatment, says Raila

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said Kenya and India have agreed to invest heavily in Cancer treatment to contain the major killer disease in the country.

Raila who has just returned to the country from a visit to India noted that apart from engaging in a bilateral discussion on how to improve international trade between the two nations, he also held talks with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on how to up-scale treatment in Kenya.

The NASA leader and Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) supremo made the remarks Monday during the burial of former Migori Senator late Ben Oluoch Okello at his Kanyimach home in Rongo Constituency.

Okello, a former Radio journalist and a first time senator died of cancer two weeks ago at the MP Shah Hospital.

Raila regretted that cancer had become one of the most dangerous diseases in the country that the government must allocate a lot of resources and efforts to tackle.

He said India, had agreed to help Kenya improve health services and cancer was one of the major agenda that they tackled when he toured the country recently.

Meanwhile, Raila made a scathing attack on parliament, accusing the legislative arm of the government of arrogating itself investigative powers.

He told members of Parliament to refrain from taking up the work of the investigative institutions to summon government officers accused of corruption for grilling.

What you are doing is wrong and it is conflict of interest imposing yourselves as investigators yet we have trusted and capable institutions that can do the work perfectly, he said without mincing his words to the surprise of dozens of MPs and senators who sat with him at the podium.

Raila said the legislators have no capacity of investigating corruption issues to the core and that is why a committee recently came up with a shoddy report on sugar cartels, raising high tempers in the August House and among Kenyans.

On the famous handshake, the ODM leader reiterated that he and President Kenyatta took the painful root with a view to unite the nation that was in the brink of going to the dogs.

It was a painful decision but we had to take that route to save the nation that was highly polarized and divided to the core. The two of us resolved to take back the nation to its feet by reducing the tension in the country for the sake of giving Uhuru space to fulfil his Big Four Agenda of development, he told the mammoth mourners.

Raila asked all those against the move to support it noting that by the end of President Kenyatta’s term, the country will be hundred percent united.

He said they had set a nine point memorandum to address all that was ailing the nation, including steps to address political issues that were forcing the country to plunge into violence every election year.

A 14-man committee that was selected to analyse and come up with a solution towards this course was already at work and will soon table its report for full implementation.

During the funeral, attended by National Assembly Speaker Ken Lusaka and several MPs and Senators, including Irungu Kan’gata, James Orengo and Mutula Junior, Raila reconciled Migori Governor Okoth Obado and his political nemesis and former Cabinet Minister Mr. Ochillo Ayako by asking them to shake their hands publicly.

It was cheers and ululations as the two who ran cut throat campaigns for the gubernatorial seat shook hands with broad smiles as Raila and mourners watched.

Source: Kenya News Agency