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Health CS James Macharia heckled at in Othaya

23 April 2014, 09:04 Joseph Njung’eh

Nyeri - Health Cabinet Secretary, James Macharia was heckled at by a group of youths at Othaya stadium amid the political tension in the area.

The youth affiliated to area parliamentary seat aspirant Peter Gichuki King’ara heckled at Macharia when he made sentiments ostensibly to campaign for Mary Wambui who is defending the seat.

The CS had toured Othaya District Hospital which stalled last year in February and which King’ara has been using to accuse Wambui of failure.

The multimillion facility was initiated by retired president Mwai Kibaki who was the MP for the area.

A young man who led the group was arrested by plain cloth police officers and taken to Othaya police station.

The CS asserted that it was Wambui’s effort to set up the hospital since she also mobilized non-governmental organizations to support the project, a statement that displeased King’ara’s supporters at the event.

He stated that Wambui has been a regular visitor to his office seeking his intervention to ensure the hospital gets government funding.

“Let us give credit where it deserves and speak on facts. Wambui has visited my office eight times seeking government’s funding and intervention to ensure Othaya hospital is completed,” the CS asserted.

Macharia was forced to cut short his speech due to the booing and jeering against his statements.

Efforts to promise the residents that President Uhuru Kenyatta would tour the area soon were futile as King’ara and his team begun leaving the stadium.

It took the intervention of Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua to calm the crowd down.

Gachagua on his part urged the residents to coexist peacefully awaiting the D-day when they will make their own decisions.

He cautioned some MCAs who also took the platform to campaign for Wambui stating that the event was not meant for playing politics.

Macharia however announced that the hospital which is worth KES.500 billion would be complete within the next three months.

The hospital will have 200 beds with the CS noting that once completed it will decongest other major health institutions in Central Kenya including Nyeri PGH and Thika Level 5 hospital.

He said government has already pumped in KES.61 million so as the facility can be in operation in phase one while phase two will require KES.211 million.

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