President Ruto allocates contested Kenyatta University (KU) land to WHO despite oppossing the plan during Uhuru Kenyatta regime.
Kenya has allocated 30 acres of land and Ksh741 million to support the establishment of the World Health Organization Regional Office Of Africa(WHO-AFRO) Regional Emergency Operations and Logistics Hub.
The initiative, which is a component of the Operations Support and Logistics pillar, seeks to close a crucial gap in the region’s response to public health emergencies.
Principal Secretary Mary Muthoni during a meeting with Norwegian representatives hosted by the Health Ambassador John Aren Rottingen remarked that the center will enhance emergency responses across the continent.
The WHO-AFRICA is currently managing over 142 ongoing emergencies including disease outbreaks and humanitarian crises.
The ministry underlined that Africa’s nations should give priority to medical emergencies.
Even while operations, supply chain management, and logistics make up more than 70% of emergency response activities, they have mostly gone unfunded.
The hub’s development in Kenya has the potential to improve regional coordination and develop into a focus of excellence for emergency operations.
This is the second time Kenya is allocating KU land to WHO after first attempt by Former President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Uhuru had in his last days in office allocated the land to WHO, a decision the Kenyatta University management objected to the move which saw Vice Chancellor Paul Wainaina suspended.
VC Wainaina was later reinstated after a court order in November 2022.
William Ruto, the then deputy president with his allies in Kenya Kwanza oppossed the plans, capitalizing on the issue on their campaign rallies.
The government had donated 200 acres of KU land to WHO to build the state-of-the-art emergency hub.
Uhuru had defended the government’s decision to award the global health organisation land and Ksh500 million.