President William Ruto Tuesday commended the role religious organizations play in the provision of social services.
He said the government appreciates the contribution of faith organizations to the provision of health and education among other issues and is committed to continuing to be partners.
Speaking when he met health and education representatives of faith-based organizations at State House, Nairobi, Ruto pledged that the government would work with the institutions to deliver efficient and cost-effective health services as well as relevant education.
The leaders were led by Anglican Archbishop Jackson ole Sapit, Mombasa Catholic Archbishop Martin Kivuva, Bishop Robert Lang’at of the Africa Gospel Church and PCEA Moderator Thigu Mutahi.
“The institutions provide 40 percent healthcare in Kenya and must be core in our plan and roll out of the Universal Health Care program,” he said.
Ruto singled out the critical responsibility religious groups and leaders have in instilling values in schools and colleges; especially in the institutions that they sponsor.
Ruto pointed out that the representation of religious organizations in the running of educational institutions is, therefore, guaranteed.
He asked religious leaders to partner with the government and other stakeholders in the fight against drugs, alcohol and other vices affecting the youth.
“On matters social, on matters moral, you have more leverage than the government. Alcohol and drugs have permeated our society and it is hurting our youth and leaders,” Ruto said.