First Lady: Safeguard traditional family units from contamination



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First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has called for the safeguarding of the traditional family which has been under constant attack for the last 50 years.

She pointed out that the fabric holding together family units have to be restored in order to stop violence against women, children and even men.

“We must realise the importance of the traditional family unit and restore it legally, culturally and socially” the First lady said.

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The First Lady spoke at the Catholic Church grounds in Ol Kalau town when she delivered the 36th fully kitted Beyond Zero mobile clinic to Nyandarua County.

The appeal was occasioned by her visit to the Kenyatta National Hospital on Tuesday to open the new Gender-based Violence Recovery Ward.

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The First Lady said most of the problems faced by the society today are occasioned by weak family units.

She advised women to inculcate the right values in their children to safeguard the future of the country.

To realise the envisioned strong families, the First Lady said girls should be allowed access to education to enable them make informed and healthy choices.

She also urged county governments to create enabling environments for women to be integrated in the devolved economies.

The First lady said enabling women to access business capital start-ups will empower them to apply skills, initiatives and creativity and therefore unlock their potential in income generating activities.

“A society that excludes women and girls from social, economic and political participation cannot realise its full potential,” the First lady said.

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She lauded Nyandarua County government for its decision to rehabilitate youth, once shackled by alcohol and drugs.

The First Lady said the war against HIV and Aids cannot be won unless the problem of alcohol and substance abuse among the youth was adequately addressed.

The First lady, who believes no woman should die while giving birth, said the cause she is championing will enable mothers and children to access better health care throughout the country.

The First Lady, who overflew the county’s natural endowments including Aberdare National Park, the Aberdare Mountain Ranges and Lake Ol Bolossat which are home to a variety of animals and birds, encouraged the government to package the God-given beauty to attract tourists and generate income.

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Saying agriculture is the County’s economic mainstay, the First Lady emphasized on the need to invest in research, so as to maximize on yield.

On the health front, she acknowledged the upgrading of existing hospitals, health centers and dispensaries in the County with requisite facilities and staff provided for quality service.

Nyandarua Governor Mwangi Waithaka said the county government has spent sh. 1.3 billion in upgrading infrastructure in the health sector.

He said sh. 73 million has been spent to improve facilities at the J.M. Kariuki general hospital in Ol Kalau town.

Mr waithaka said his administration with financial support from Israel plans to construct a children’s hospital.

Other speakers included Nyandarua Senator Muriuki Karue and MPs David Kiaraho (Ol Kalau), Samwel Gichigi (Kipiripiri), and Mburu Kinyanjui (Kinangop).



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