Malombe: Why we need a National Dialogue

Kitui Governor Dr. Julius Malombe has said that there is a need for a dialogue between Azimio leader Raila Odinga and President Ruto.

Speaking during the flagging off of a consignment of pharmaceuticals worth 81.5M from KEMSA to different health facilities in Kitui, Governor Malombe stated that the two leaders should agree to sit together and address matters of national importance, especially on how to solve the issue of the high cost of living in the country. He affirmed that sitting down and solving the National issues will be the only solution to solve the ongoing high cost of living.

“We need to be honest and fair, I’m just quoting religious leaders who said that we need to have a national conversation. Let’s sit down and talk because the problem of our country is a problem of all Kenyans. If this country is sick even if you are in Government or Opposition, you are also sick and we are not saying those who are in Opposition or Government are wrong, the solution is to sit down and have a conversation,” Malombe stated.

He added that war can never be a solution to the challenges the country is facing and that’s why there is a need for a national dialogue.

“Even in the Nation where there is war like in Russia and Ukraine, war can never be the solution and can never solve any problem,” the Kitui county chief added.

Governor Malombe also cautioned the medical officers who are used to selling pharmaceuticals supplied to Government hospitals to their private health facilities saying that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) is on their radar and whoever will be found stealing public resources will be held accountable.

“We have received claims that there are people who go to be treated at the Kitui County Referral hospital and instead of getting all the services there, they are referred to other private facilities. We got a letter from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) that some residents are complaining about going to health facilities and are told that there is no medicine yet we have supplied enough for our people. To the medical officers who might have been involved in the acts in the past, you are our sons and daughters, and we don’t want you to get into problem, if you have any challenges bring your plea to us and I promise even if its promotion I will listen to you,” Governor Malombe pointed out.

He also called upon the health management team and decentralized unit officials including the County Commissioner, Assistant County Commissioners, Ward Administrators, Chiefs, and Village administrators to work together in ensuring that all the residents have access to better healthcare.

The Kitui County Government ordered pharmaceuticals worth 113 Million whereas KEMSA
delivered worth 81.5 Million and will be delivering the remaining 31.5 million by April 2023. The pharmaceuticals will be supplied to 309 health facilities across Kitui County.

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