Former Members of Parliament Association (FOPA) Wednesday urged Kenyans to support the political leaders in their quest to promote National Healing and Reconciliation
The leaders who gathered for a healing and reconciliation meeting with National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) commended President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister (PM) Raila Odinga for burying their hatchet and uniting Kenyans.
Led by NCIC Chairman Mr. Hassan Mohamed the leaders urged Kenyans to embrace one nation, one people and one destiny theme of 2018’s National Cohesion and Integration Conference.
Mr. Mohamed encouraged Kenyans to embrace the unity pact brought by the handshake adding that it brought peace and cohesion to the country.
We want to commend President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for their agreement to bring Kenya together and it is now time for Kenyans at the grassroots level to embrace their neighbors and bury their differences, he said.
Outgoing NCIC Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo said he will strive to ensure Kenyans we re united no matter where they are, urging them to be patriotic.
Kaparo further, decried tribalism saying it had affected the stability of the country, and condemned the killings of each other for political power.
I look forward when a Kikuyu can be elected in Nyanza and a Luo being voted for in Central Kenya, since they have a good agenda and they are Kenyans, Kaparo said.
FOPA chairman Dr. Humphrey Njuguna encouraged the former parliamentarians to have continuous engagement that will impact positively in the country and beyond.
Dr. Njuguna noted that the biggest challenges that government have is having a free and fair elections, ethnicity and corruption.
For this to be realized, there must be continued nurturing of skills and talents and advancing certain key areas such as free and fair elections, legislative agenda, good governance, national cohesion and advancing the devolution concept, he said.
He added that we should uphold the law and encourage public trust.
He added that they had formed a partnership with National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to roll out a Comprehensive Medical Insurance Cover to their members, insisting on their vision to see this model replicated to other groups and associations.
This will be realised through creating awareness and mobilizing groups such as Boda boda Association, Matatu Saccos, Women and Youth groups among others. Dr. Njuguna said.
NHIF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Geoffrey Mwangi said they were committed to the sensitization of its packages to FOPA and other individuals.
Mr. Mwangi said the agreement with FOPA members was to give them a medical cover that offers Shs1million for inpatient and more than Shs300,000 for outpatient services.
He also urged unregistered members to do so and extend the knowledge to the counties to join the new package.
Speaking at the same event former vice president Kalonzo Musyoka praised FOPA members for their togetherness in national healing and cohesion as he condemned those looking down on the handshake.
NASA leader Raila Odinga said ethnicity was the major thing failing our country as well as wealth gaps, ethnic discrimination, post-election violence, corruption, unemployment, poverty among others, adding that the issues required proper attention.
We live in a country where it is hard to get a job because of our names. We need to change that, he said.
Source: Kenya News Agency