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UPDATES: Universal Health & other highlights of Ruto's Mashujaa Day speech

The first Mashujaa Day was marked in 2010 under Kenya's new Constitution, replacing what was formerly Kenyatta Day. Follow live updates from the national celebrations presided over by President William Ruto at the Kericho Green Stadium.

14th Mashujaa Day marked with national celebrations at the Kericho Green Stadium in Kericho County
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08:30

Happy Mashujaa Day! Today's celebrations are being hosted at the Kericho Green Stadium in Kericho County.

Early morning scenes at the Kericho Green Stadium as members of the public join national celebrations of Mashujaa Day 2023
08:31

Media reports indicate that 6 people, including a child, were injured during a stampede as gates opened at the Kericho Green Stadium, Friday morning. All injured persons have since been hospitalised.

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08:35

Dignitaries present at the Kericho Green Stadium for the national Mashujaa Day celebrations.

  1. Chief Justice Martha Koome
  2. Attorney General Justin Muturi
  3. National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetangula
  4. Senate Speaker Amason Kingi
  5. Prime CS & Foreign Affairs CS Musalia Mudavadi
  6. Interior CS Kithure Kindiki
  7. Health CS Susan Nakhumicha
  8. Tourism CS Alfred Mutua
  9. EAC CS Peninah Malonza
  10. Education CS Ezekiel Machogu
  11. Defence CS Aden Duale
  12. Public Service CS Aisha Jumwa
08:40

Choir entertains guests at the Kericho Green Stadium during Mashujaa Day celebrations on October 20, 2023 [Image: Selestus Mayira]

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09:00

Host Governor, Dr Erick Mutai 'Equalizer' arrives at the Kericho Green Stadium. Together with President Ruto, the governor will today officially open the 10th presidential State Lodge in the county.

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09:10

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua accompanied by his spouse Pastor Dorcas Rigathi arrive at the Kericho Green Stadium for the national Mashujaa Day celebrations.

DP Rigathi Gachagua's Mashujaa Day message
09:15

President William Ruto and First Lady Rachel Ruto have arrived at the Kericho Green Stadium to preside over Mashujaa Day 2023 celebrations.

President Ruto has dedicated the 2023 Mashuja Day to healthcare workers as he is set to announce the details of the recently ratified Universal Health Coverage laws.
09:25

President Ruto inspects the Guard of Honour

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10:40

Community Health Promoters take an oath of service led by Health CS Susan Nakhumicha

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10:44

President Ruto and DP Gachagua flags off Afya Nyumbani trucks loaded with medicine. They are part of the Community Health Promoters programme.

10:50

Governor Mutai: 'Kerich' in our language means 'medicine'. So thank you Mr President for choosing to launch the Community Health Programme in our county.

10:55

"We are starting a new dawn between the collaboration between Angola and Kenya with this first-ever visit of an Angolan Head of State to Kenya," Angolan Minister for External Relations Tete António

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11:00

"We're celebrating the 60th Mashujaa Day in Kericho County, one of the colonial hotspots in the country, whose people were stripped of their right to land. We join together with the people of this county and the country at large to celebrate the gallant men and women who fought to restore our freedom and dignity," Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua

11:10

President William Ruto: Mashujaa Day is a celebration of the power of individuals to change the course of history and the destiny of a nation. It is a reminder that nations are driven forward and changed by individuals who believe they can make a difference and change the status quo.

11:15

Ruto: Our heroes today are in farms, markets, factories, offices, in construction sites, and many other places. Our heroes are using their creativity to create content and shape culture. They are playing on fields, running on tracks and working across many other fields.

11:30

Ruto: In the Kenya Kwanza plan, delivery of primary health services at the community level will start with Community Health Promoters and we are proud that they are represented in this Mashujaa Day. Their work will include:-

  1. Basic preventive and promotive healthcare
  2. Health education
  3. Basic first aid for the treatment of minor injuries & ailments at household level
  4. Referral for facility-based healthcare
11:47

Ruto: We are implementing a per-household payment system, where a flat-rate applies to everyone regardless of their income.
For example, an individual earning Sh10,000 had to pay Sh400 to NHIF, a hefty 5% of their earnings. On the other hand, those with salaries of Sh100,000 or more contributed Sh1,700, a mere 1.7% of their income. 
The Social Insurance Fund corrects this anomaly and makes sure that every citizen pays for health a percentage of their income and at an equal percentage of their income.

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12:00

Ruto: Let's dedicate ourselves to nation-building endeavours assured that as long as we are implementing the Bottom-Up national transformation agenda, your government stands with you and will walk the road of growth and development with every Kenyan until we accomplish our purpose and fulfill our mission.

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