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Aids activist Muriuki pushes for EALA job

DR Joe Muriuki. FILE PHOTO | NMG
DR Joe Muriuki. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The first Kenyan to go public on his HIV status 30 years ago is lobbying MPs to approve his nomination to the regional parliament.

Joe Muriuki, a lecturer of epidemiology at Mount Kenya University (MKU), is among 15 persons nominated by the ruling Jubilee Party to fight for nine slots in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

MPs are set to elect nine representatives with Jubilee producing five while the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) will have four slots.

Nasa presented 12 nominees who will fight for its four slots in EALA.

Mr Muriuki and other candidates seeking a seat in the Sh1.4 million a month job lobbied MPs at Parliament Buildings ahead of the election on Wednesday next week.

“My main agenda is to represent 1.6 million Kenyans living with HIV/Aids in the regional assembly. I want to help about 11 million East Africans living with HIV in the six countries get access to locally produced generic drugs and end dependence on donors,” he said.

Mr Muriuki wants the EALA to enact laws that will facilitate the production of ARVs locally the way India is doing.

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