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Residents want Othaya hospital to be named after Kibaki

Construction work at the upcoming Othaya District hospital. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG
Construction work at the upcoming Othaya District hospital. PHOTO | JOSEPH KANYI | NMG  

Othaya District Hospital, which is being upgraded to a teaching and referral health facility at a cost of Sh672 million, should be renamed after retired President Mwai Kibaki, residents have proposed.

Led by a close ally of the former president, Gichuki Mugambi, the residents said the hospital is one of Mr Kibaki’s legacies.

Mr Mugambi, who is also aspiring to be Othaya MP, said residents have proposed the hospital be named Mwai Kibaki Teaching and Referral hospital. The retired President also served as Othaya MP between 1974 and 2013.

Mr Mugambi said he would reach out to President Uhuru Kenyatta to have the will of the people fulfilled.

The hospital, whose construction started nine years ago, is expected to have a workforce of more than 800 people upon completion.

It was scheduled to be completed by October 2012 but delayed, forcing the Auditor General to inquire into slow progress.

The one-month audit, which was requested by the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee, started May 29 and is set to be complete by June 29.