The country has been engulfed with a black cloud in the month of July as Cancer robbed Kenya three prominent leaders in the same span with Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso being the latest.
Speaking on Monday, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko revealed that there at least 60 serving MPs who are battling cancer.
“Cancer is a serious disease. The reports we have now indicate that there are over 60 MPs with cancer… As leaders, we need to strategize on the way forward and how we will deal with the disease,” claimed Sonko.
He made the disclosure while addressing journalists at Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi following the death of Bomet County Boss Laboso where he claimed that the number of Kenyans suffering from the killer disease is alarming and it is time to talk about it boldly.
Kenya has lost three leaders to cancer in less than a month. Kibra MP Ken Okoth died last Friday and while Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore died on the 1st of July.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, KNBS over 40,000 Kenyans are diagnosed with cancer annually, while at least 15,000 people die of cancer every year.
Governor Sonko’s shocking report has raised a public uproar for the state to revamp its policy on fighting the scourge as a section of netizens now put the blame on the country’s top leadership for failing to invest in cancer treatment infrastructure.
Here is what Kenyans have to say;
And there’re probably thousands of poor Kenyans suffering from cancer who can’t afford treatment because those MPs have failed in their duty to push for reliable health care for all.
— Kioko Wil (@Paka_wa_Mombasa) July 30, 2019
These are the repercussions of THEFTS!!! I for one don’t care about their health PROBLEMS!! These M-PIGS don’t CARE ABOUT THE POOR MAN, THEY STEAL FROM THEIR OWN !MOTHER COUNTRY, and you want me to mourn them?!?! NEVER!! THIS IS THE CURSE OF STEALING FROM YOUR OWN PEOPLE BURE!!
— Hussein Mohamood (@HusseinMohamoo1) July 30, 2019
now do a number on how many other kenyans are suffering from the same but can’t affoed the treatment. These are the same mp’s who should be making healthcare affordable for all
— kevciru (@kevkevinso) July 30, 2019
the so called leaders running away from our decaying health system in our country to seek medication out there and when they die we praise them with all sorts of beautiful English words? A leader is selfless one who will die with his people while fighting.
— mavita (@frankmwillu2011) July 30, 2019
Why the focus on MPs yet there are many Kenyans also getting diagnosed with cancer everyday… ??
— Titled Man 👑🎩 (@Erick_Roberts_) July 30, 2019
while 16 poor Kenyans die of cancer daily and no one talks about them
— binadow (@binadow14) July 30, 2019
Ubaya ya sonko ni kuongea ukweli.
— Erico iz me 🇰🇪 (@Erico_Chel) July 30, 2019