President Uhuru Kenyatta while commissioning projects in Nairobi on Wednesday, June 7th stopped by Ruben FM, a community radio station in Mukuru slum for an impromptu chat with presenters and staff – interrupting a sports show discussing the ongoing Euro 2020 tournament.
The President was launching a level 3 hospital in the Mukuru kwa Ruben area – one of five hospitals he commissioned on the same night. Others include two level 2 hospitals at Gichagi and Gatina and Level 3 hospitals in Kwa Ndege and Our Lady of Nazareth.
He was accompanied by top officials including Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) Director-General, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Badi.
At the radio station, the presence of Uhuru in military gear along with his aides caught presenters and staff by surprise, with a few excitedly pulling out their cameras.
Uhuru went on to have a brief on-air conversation with the presenter Shaffie Zele on topics including the new hospital, wrapping up the chat by promising the presenter a proper interview – to which Zele responded that he didn’t have the President’s contact.
Many online hailed Zele for his professionalism and composure while undertaking the impromptu interview, with video of the visit widely shared on social media.
Ruben FM, on the other hand, wrote: “It was an honor to host the president at Ruben FM yesterday during his impromptu visit in Mukuru Kwa Ruben. Great interview by Shaffie Zele.”
The hospitals project has been in the works since last year. In his Jamhuri Day speech in 2020, Uhuru stated that the project worth over Ksh2 billion would result in the bed capacity of Nairobi County-run hospitals increasing by Ksh280.
He noted that it was in line with the Universal Health Care (UHC) plan that forms one of the four pillars of his ‘Big Four’ development agenda.
Nairobi Metropolitan Services (NMS) in February announced that the President would commission 24 hospitals in the city- 19 of which were to be built from scratch at a cost of Ksh70 million each, while five were to be refurbished at a cost of Ksh300 million.
The facilities are located in Soweto, Kayole, Uthiru, Kiamiko, Ushirika, Viwandani, Majengo, Mathare, Korogocho, Kawangware, Gitare, Mukuru kwa Njenga, Mukuru kwa Reuben, Kibera and Githurai 44.
Watch video of part of Uhuru’s trip to Ruben FM below: