Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua stood out during a meeting between President Uhuru Kenyatta and governors at State House on Wednesday, June 10, 2020.
According to a statement sent by PSCU, President Kenyatta challenge the governors to build 30,500 isolation beds in one month; making that 300 beds in each county.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe urged the county bosses to emulate Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua who has commissioned jua kali artisans to fabricate Covid-19 isolation beds.
“The Ministry of Health will continue to work very closely with county governments so as to ensure we have win-win outcomes in every part of the country,” CS Mutahi added.
In addition to raising the isolation bed capacity, the meeting which was also attended by Deputy President William Ruto tasked county governments to review their fiscal and strategic plans for the 2020/21 financial year to include Covid-19 prevention and control measures
President Kenyatta urged the two levels of government to work very closely with each other to find proper solutions to the Covid-19 economic and health crisis.
“When this summit sits, its only business is Kenya. No party affiliations; no political distancing; and no ethnic divisionism. The summit becomes the soul of Kenya. That is why the pronouncements of this gathering, whenever we meet, become articles of our faith in ‘Project Kenya’,” Uhuru rallied.
“This opportunity is also a blessing in disguise. We must embrace it and grow it. If we fight Coronavirus from the ground up; from the County up to the National levels, we cannot fail. We will succeed,” the president added.
To address the growing public pressure to re-open places of worship including churches and mosques, the summit agreed to involve the Council of Governors in the ongoing consultations being undertaken by an inter-faith council.
To ensure the smooth reopening of schools and other institutions of learning, the summit agreed to involve the CoG in the ongoing education sector stakeholder consultations.
The consultations led by Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha will lead to the issuance of a new school calendar in line with the recent Presidential directive to re-open schools in September 2020.
The summit also resolved to reconvene on Wednesday, June 17 to review guidelines for the gradual re-opening of the economy, containment measures currently in place and protocols for the progressive re-opening of places of worship.