Speaking from the Anglican Church of Kenya's All Saints Cathedral as he presided over a St. John Honours Ceremony for volunteers recognized for their exemplary efforts in their service to humanity today on March 24th, President Uhuru Kenyatta made a fresh order to the Ministry of transport and bodaboda riders in the country, as he left his audience in stitches with a funny reaction after finding challenges reading Latin phrases in his official speech.
The President had started his brief and straight to the point speech by appreciating the key role that the St. John Order has been playing in the country especially in its life-saving and emergency response mission.
He also appreciated Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for recognizing thirty one members of St. John Kenya for their outstanding and distinguished contributions to the Order's mission and commitment to serving humanity.
He then acknowledged the long-standing partnership and cooperation between the State and St. John Kenya with regards to management of ambulances as well as training on disaster and emergency response.
To see into it that this partnership and cooperation is even strengthened further, the President gave four orders to be effected by the State and the Association in partnership with various stakeholders.
The first order was that the Ministry of Health establishes a framework of cooperation with the St. John Priori's 26,000 volunteers for them to offer healthcare and emergency preparedness and response down to the community level.
The second order was that the Ministry of Health establishes a national trauma center and provides support for equipping of the highway trauma centers in the country for further strengthening of cooperation with the St. John Ambulance.
The third order that he gave was that the Ministry of Transport shall cooperate with St. John Ambulance to train at least two hundred thousand bodaboda riders in the country on first-aid and structured approach to major medical incidents to boost first responder capacity in the country.
The fourth order was that the Ministry of Health in conjunction with the National Treasury and the Attorney General's office shall formulate amendments on the St. John Act Cap 258 of the laws of Kenya to deepen the partnership between the State and St. John by providing a framework for exchequer support to the association.
As he was finalizing his speech, the President once again congratulated the awardees for their sacrifices while serving humanity.
He even recognized that "may the sacrifice that each of you make be an inspiration to many more living by the Order's commitment to service."
While trying to read the St. John of Jerusalem Knight's motto, the President did well with the "Pro Fide" part but "Pro Utilitate Hominum" part gave him challenges and he hilariously confessed that "eh, hii Latin sioni mimi".
His audience went into stitches right away as he left the podium in smiles as well.
Watch him speak at minute 1:14:00 of the video in the link below.
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