Three politicians blasted the Daily Nation on Wednesday the 18th of November 2020 further accusing them of reporting a false story.
The local daily had indicated that the lawmakers had requested for a chopper hotline after the late Matungu MP Justus Murunga passed away while going to the hospital.
However, the three legislators poured cold water on the Daily Nation’s article terming it as wrong. According to them, it is only one leader who asked for the hotline while the others advocated for a better healthcare system.
Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja noted that the press only focuses on negative news to make it interesting for the Public.
“Majority dwelt on the improvement of facilities at the sub-county for all. Of course, that would be boring to report,” Sakaja said.
Makueni senator however differed with Sakaja after he claimed the legislators deserved to have a hotline.
“We (the MPs)are demanding for helicopter evacuation, while my friends in KMPDU (Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union) are asking for allowances and Protective gear for doctors trying to save COVID patients. We deserve the vitriol directed at us by the Public.”
Stop focusing only on the negatives.
Zuleikha Hassan, Kwale Women representative, also noted that only one MP asked for the chopper hotline. She further reiterated Sakaja’s words adding that the other legislators were for improved healthcare systems.
Zuleikha went on to question why the press tends to focus on only the negatives and ignore other useful contributions.
Kwanza MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi also requested the house to have ambulances for legislators residing in Nairobi and its environs.
He went on to note that the late MP Murunga lost his life as his family struggled to take him to a nearby hospital. Doctors at the Matungu Sub-County hospital could not take Murunga since the facility lacked oxygen. He died en route to St Mary’s Hospital which is 10 kilometres away.