Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua came to the rescue of the sick Mukami Kimathi, who was held hostage at a Nairobi hospital for non-payment of hospital bills.
Mukami Kimathi was taken to a Nairobi-based hospital on January 5 with symptoms of pneumonia. She was hospitalized and discharged after a week on January 14.
However, the hospital did not allow her to leave its facility because she had failed to pay the Ksh 1 million hospital bill that had accrued during the seven days she was hospitalized.
Her family accused the political actors of deception even after being asked to contact the Embakasi central MP, Benjamin Gathiru.
Before Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua promised to offset the Ksh 1 million bill, Kenyans took to social media to ask for a mechanism to transfer their donations so that Mukami Kimathi could be discharged from the hospital. Philanthropist and gospel musician Karangu Muraya begged the government to intervene and help the elderly woman on his Facebook page. Karangu attached a clip of Mukami Kimathi while in hospital. Well-intentioned Kenyans asked her to give them a bill so they could transfer her donations and she could be discharged.
The Kikuyu Council of Elders, Wachira wa Kiago, also stated that remnants of the Mau Mau movement could be cursed for not helping Mukami Kimathi. He called on the people of Kenya to join hands to raise funds to get her out of the hospital. On Monday morning, Rigathi Gachagua acknowledged that Mukami Kimathi's problem was brought to the attention of Central MP Embakasi while he was in Nyanza on a development business trip.
The DP also assured Kenyans that he would look into the matter when he returned to Nairobi, but he has now instructed Embakasi's central MP to seek urgent intervention.
"In this regard, I have instructed the MP for Embakasi, Hon. Benjamin Gathiru aka Major Donk, to urgently consider his situation. When I return to Nairobi later today, I will take the time to visit our mother to check on her progress and assess possible interventions to make her life more comfortable," Rigathi Gachagua said.
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