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Maua residents welcome the President’s speech

The President’s speech that included the cabinet changes and pronouncement on the proposed National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) has been received with mixed reactions by Maua residents.

The residents have hailed the president for moving CS Peter Munya to the agriculture docket from trade.

“We are happy that Munya is in charge of agriculture and since he comes from Meru region, he understands the challenges facing miraa farming and will deal with them accordingly,” said Josphat Mwenda, a resident in Maua.

Most of the residents also expressed their appreciation after the president suspended the new NHIF rules that sought to put a limit to the number of dependent’s per card to one and five children, waiting period of ninety days for voluntary members and the fine of 50% for late payment among others.

Robert Kirinya, a husband to three wives termed the proposed rules as insensitive since his card could only cater for the first wife and the first five children.

“I have three wives and all of them depend on me for health coverage thus my NHIF card should not be limited to just one wife and a few children. So the president has done us good by suspending the rules,” said Kirinya.

The President suspended the regulations for further consultations.

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