The Murang’a government officials on Monday snubbed the groundbreaking ceremony of a hospital spearheaded by Kandara MP Alice Wahome.
The Sh1 billion Bildad Kagia Level 4 Hospital is situated in Kandara town.
Speaking during the ceremony, Wahome said the county government is opposing the hospital project on grounds health has been devolved and she should not intervene in health matters.
The MP said she has always involved the county government in planning the project. “They have indeed approved the project’s structural and architectural plans. They are aware of it,” Wahome said.
She said she will not abandon the hospital as it is her brainchild and a pledge she made to the residents.
“Health services were devolved, I agree, but infrastructure and health are two different things,” Wahome said.
“They should swallow their pride, join us and fund the project for public good.”
The hospital is funded by the CDF, the county and national government as well as well-wishers.
“I’m not looking for political mileage with this project. I am delivering my promise to the people of Kandara,” Wahome said.
She urged Governor Mwangi Wairia to support the project.
Health executive Susan Magada could not be reached for comment.
Speaking on the phone, Deputy Governor Gakure Monyo said the project should not be politicised to divide Murang’a people.
“The project is of great benefit to the whole county and we can collaborate for their sake. It is a great idea” he said. Ithiru MCA Kimani Kibocho said the county government set aside Sh15 million for the project, which he termed “too meager”.
Architect Benson Mwenje, who attended the function, said the facility will have a 240-bed capacity and a morgue with a capacity of 30-40 bodies.
“It will have two blocks with in-patient and out-patient sections, a fully-fledged theatre, a minor one, a state-of-the-art lab, an expanded maternity ward and other specialised clinics, including eye and dental clinics,” he said.