Parliament to draft a law that regulates drugs and medical care prices in Kenya – Sabina Chege

The Parliamentary committee on Health will formulate a law that will control prices of drugs and medical care in both private and public hospitals.

The committee’s chairperson Sabina Chege has said the exorbitant costs of accessing medical care in the country has locked out many patients who cannot afford it.

Chege said it is unfortunate that some hospitals charge more than Sh. 100,000 for vital health services such as cesarean sections.

“High drugs prices is also a major issue that has been seriously affecting Kenyans who suffer in silence but this will now be controlled by the law,” she said.

The law, she said, will also compel the government to directly provide drugs to the counties through Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa).

Chege noted that this will regulate the drugs being used in hospitals and protect patients from counterfeits.

The MP said some of the diseases that have been on an increase in the country such as cancer have been caused by recklessness in the health sector.

The law will also ensure that funds set aside for health are channeled directly to health facilities to avoid diversion to other functions by county governments.

“What is currently happening is county governments have been using health funds to do other activities without giving special attention to health functions,” she said.

She further pointed out that the law will seal many loopholes that exist in health policies and streamline the sector at the national level while compelling county governments to ensure what is set aside for health is invested in the sector.

Through the law, community health workers will be empowered to treat people in their homes to reduce congestion in hospitals.

Speaking at Rurii stadium in Mathioya during Jamhuri celebrations, Chege however noted that cartels that have controlled the sector for a long time are trying to frustrate the formulation of the law.

She said Murang’a County will benefit in the second phase of the Universal health care coverage that is being piloted in Nyeri, Kisumu, Isiolo and Machakos and is being launched in Kisumu by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Chege also noted that the national government has procured a CT scan machine that is being installed at Murang’a level 5 hospitals and will be launched by the President as a New Year gift to locals, saving them the agony of travelling to Nairobi for the services.

“I have been going round hospitals trying to see how I can work closely with the county government because sometimes I get people who donate equipment that can improve services in health facilities,” she said.

She said she is also partnering with the county leadership to spearhead an NHIF registration drive that will ensure every household is registered.

“NHIF resolves a lot of issues patients face when trying to access medical care especially when its an emergency. We get so many people who get admitted in hospitals an accrue bills amounting to millions that they cannot pay,” she said.

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Mafisi Wa Bunge! See How These Popular Politicians Were Caught Salivating At Woman Rep Sabina Chege’s Buttocks

Just a few days after being sworn in, first-time Kenyan MPs are already grabbing headlines for both good and controversial reasons. Should we brace ourselves for more?

A photo of one of the beautiful female politicians, Murang’a Woman Representative Sabina Chege walking away as male MPs drool at her has gone viral.

In the photo, Sabina is walking away as Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen follows behind. Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot, who is also in the picture can be seen staring at Sabina’s backside and that has left social media users tongues wagging.

Here is the photo

 

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Check out the reactions

“Fisi ni fisi hata parliament lol,” a Facebook user wrote.

“Aaron amechanganyikiwa kabisa!” another one posted

“When leaders belong to team Mafisi Sacco see how they are staring at Sabina Chege,’ someone else wrote.

Zimbabwe MP waves used panties in parliament

A Zimbabwean lawmaker held up a pair of used female underwear in parliament during a televised debate as she sought to highlight the plight of poor women unable to afford new garments. Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga, of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), produced a plastic bag and took out two samples during a ministerial questions session on Wednesday.

“I would like to ask the minister of finance, what is the government policy on the importation of second-hand underwear which may harm women’s health in the long term, but are cheap?” she said. “If you look at the two pairs of panties that I have here: these ones are brand new and cost two dollars or more, but these ones, which are secondhand, cost one dollar for two pairs.”

In response, Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa chided Misihairabwi-Mushonga for her actions but promised to look into the issue. “Before I answer this important question, I believe the honourable member should have not gone that far to make her point,” he said. “Anyway, I will see if I cannot make an intervention during my mid-term policy statement next week.”

Misihairabwi-Mushonga was later ejected from the chamber for confronting a ruling ZANU-PF lawmaker whom she accused of making sexist remarks during her presentation. Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downturn for more than a decade, creating dire poverty and mass unemployment.

Cheap second-hand clothes have flooded into the country, often imported from Mozambique and Zambia. Some of the garments are made in China, while some are reportedly charity donations from Europe. In 2012, then finance minister Tendai Biti called for a ban on the import of used underwear citing health risks and the threat to human dignity.

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Langata land grabber named in new scandal

A lobby group is set to hold a peaceful demonstration in Nairobi over the rising cases of land grabbing.

The Kenyans for Justice and Development Trust (Kejude) said it will organise a march from Freedom Corner in Uhuru Park to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto’s offices at Harambee House.

The purpose of the march is to demonstrate the failure by the government to unmask and hold accountable the notorious individuals behind the grabbing of public land.

The lobby group added that it will reveal the name of a known land grabber during the march whose date has not yet been set.

They also gave a list of 14 parcels of land which were allegedly grabbed by the same person.

1.  He grabbed the playground at Lang’ata Road Primary School (and attempted to fence it in 2001 but was stopped by the Narc government.)

2.  He erected Airport View Estate on Mbagathi Road on land grabbed from Kenya Prisons.

3.  Ring Road/ Rhapta Road leafway – he grabbed land meant for a public road next to Hunger House and is currently embroiled in a case with a Somali businessman over the same land.

4.  He erected the old Safaricom House on Waiyaki Way on land meant for the construction of Westlands Sub Fire station.

5.  He erected the new Safaricom House on Waiyaki Way on land grabbed from the Provincial Administration Police.

6.  Grabbed land belonging to KARI Waiyaki Way – the former Veterinary Land next to Kenya Sugar Board Building.

7.  He established Aquila Flower Farm in Naivasha on 300 acres of land grabbed from ADC.

8.  He grabbed Oltukai Lodge in Amboseli National Park.

9.  He grabbed 7 acres of land in Upper Hill Nairobi that had been set aside for the East African Community.

10.He grabbed Railways Senior Staff Houses along Ngong Road, opposite China Center.

11.He grabbed public land on which he erected Eka hotel on Mombasa Road.

12.He grabbed the parking space between Kenindia House and Utalii House and sold it to Mt Kenya University.

13.He grabbed the wetlands opposite St Mary’s gate on Muthangari Road, Westlands, and developed houses on them.

14.He was the grabber of the six plots in Karura Forest which he surrendered following an onslaught by the late Nobel Laureate Prof Wangae Maathai.

Parliament approves Nkaiserry appointment

Members of parliament on Thursday afternoon took a break from the pandemonium that characterized the special sitting to approve the appointment of Joseph Nkaissery as Interior Cabinet Secretary.

The house which had since morning bitterly disagreed on the security bill, with debate turning violent at times, put their differences aside to overwhelmingly vote for Nkaissery’s approval.

Nkaiserry will now officially take over from Joseph Ole Lenku at the Interior affairs docket after swearing in.

Senator Muthama Roughed Up Inside Parliament

Chaos disrupted Thursday’s security bill special sitting causing the National Assembly to adjourn twice. The house will resume at 2:30pm. Caught in the mayhem was Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama whose trousers were torn in the process and one of his leg injured. Reports indicate that a number of MPs and senators from both Jubilee and Cord attacked each other inside parliament. Here are some of the photos:

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MPs almost come to blows in parliament as they debate security bill

Speaker of the National assembly Justin Muturi was on Thursday morning forced to adjourn a house session after members of parliament turned rowdy.

The members from the opposition side had become unruly, and tore into shreds copies of order papers as they debated the security bill which was on its third reading in the house.

Members from both sides almost came to blows after moving from their seats to the center aisle and were only separated by the sergeant at arms assisted by parliamentary orderlies.

The speaker was forced to order a 30-minute break after it became clear that order could not be restored.

He had tried in vain to call the house to order as those from the opposition shouted him down.

 

Tear gas and chaos shut down Nigeria’s parliament

Nigerian police fired tear gas and prevented the Speaker of the lower house of parliament, who has defected to the opposition, from presiding over a session on Thursday.

Senate President David Mark shut down the national assembly, postponing debate on a bill to extend a state of emergency in three states hit by insurgency, after the chaos erupted.

“After a due consultation with my colleagues in both chambers of National Assembly on this ugly development we have therefore agreed that today’s session be suspended forthwith,” Senate President David Mark said, adding that the assembly will reconvene on Tuesday.

Nigeria, Africa’s top oil producer, is battling a currency crisis exacerbated by falling global oil prices, as well as the Islamist insurgency in three northeastern states.

Parliament was convening for the first time since Speaker Aminu Tambuwal, whose post is the fourth most powerful in the country, switched political sides before presidential elections in February to join the opposition to President Goodluck Jonathan.