Deputy President William Ruto has asked Members of Parliament to support the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) Ammendment Bill.
Speaking today as he engaged small-scale traders from Nairobi Embakasi West, Westlands, Kamukunji and Makadara at his official Karen residence, Ruto said if passed the bill will enhance the Government’s efforts towards achieving universal healthcare.
Additionally, he said the bill will bring everybody on board to a public health insurance system that will guarantee all a chance to live a decent life regardless of their social status.
“I make this plea on behalf of millions of hustlers and Kenyans at large who will be beneficiaries of the scheme,” he said.
He said time is ripe to implement the universal health coverage program under NHIF bill, which he says is four years behind schedule.
“Many Kenyans have been impoverished by hospital bills. Today, we have a reason to have a brighter future,” he explained.
Meanwhile, Ruto has assured free and fair nominations to political aspirants who are seeking the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) tickets ahead of the 2022 polls.
According to the DP, the UDA party considers everyone as equal as the nominations will be conducted in a free and fair manner with nobody having an upper hand in it.
He further reiterated that there will be no favorites in the nomination process and only those who will win will get the certificates.
“The matter of free and fair nominations is not a favor from the party, it is a right to every member of this party. It is the irreducible minimum that any member can ask of this party…that if they have political aspirations, they must have the space, they must have the democratic right, and they must have the fairness to be able to compete in this party in a manner that everybody is equal,” Ruto said.
Leaders present were MPs George Theuri, Nixon Korir, Millicent Omanga, John Kiarie, Gathoni Wa Muchomba, former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru and several MCAs.