Pharmacists war with MPs threatening Uhuru’s big four

Health committee chair Sabina Chege

A heated medical feud between medical practitioners and Members of Parliament has decided to shake President Uhuru Kenyatta’s foundation in the big four agenda.

The Pharmaceutical Association of Kenya (PSK) has formally complained to the National Assembly over alleged intimidation and threats by members of the health committee, whom it says want to stifle the proposed budgetary allocation to the Health ministry for the 2019/20 financial year.

In a letter to House Clerk Michael Sialai, PSK President Dr Louis Machogu warned the threats will adversely boomerang against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s universal health coverage goal, one of the four pillars of his Big Four Agenda.

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The legacy of the President, who is serving his second and last term, is centred on health, affordable housing, manufacturing and food security.

“We note with great concern that members are seen to be watering down health standards and best practices for medicine handling,” states the February 26 letter copied to House Speaker Justin Muturi, committee chairperson Sabina Chege and Head of Civil Service Joseph Kinyua.  

“They have further gone ahead and threatened the ministry to cripple its delivery of the Big Four agenda. This is shameful and saddening and we wonder, whose interests are the committee’s?” the letter of 2019, reads in part.

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