By Ebi Kesiena
President William Ruto has assured Kenyans that reforms in the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) is aimed at guaranteeing universal healthcare for all.
President Ruto noted this on Friday when he distributed Christmas gifts to residents of Turbo Constituency and neighbouring areas at his Sugoi home in Uasin Gishu County.
The Head of State said critics of the reforms were up to no good as they are opposed to the transformation of the country.
He pointed out that Kenyans who are not in formal employment will now be expected to pay Sh300 monthly NHIF contributions down from Sh500 monthly.
According to Ruto, the Government was keen to ensure Kenyans do not sell their property to pay for healthcare services.
The President, who was accompanied by First Lady Rachel Ruto gave food items, which included maize flour, cooking oil, wheat flour, rice and sugar among others.
“We have reduced monthly payments to NHIF to make it easy for most people. The Government will pay for those who do not have the means to pay,” he said.
The President said it was wrong for some people to rush to court to stop projects aimed at improving the lives of Kenyans, including the Affordable Housing Programme.
“Under the affordable housing programme, 200,000 houses will be built every year. So far, more than 120,000 people have been employed in the programme,” the President said.
At the same time, the Head of State asked Kenyans to take advantage of the Hustler Fund to start and support viable income-generating activities.
On agriculture, the President said his administration would continue to reform the sector to increase food production.
President Ruto also took the opportunity to wish Kenyans a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2024.