Annual First Lady marathon has been cancelled

Annual First Lady marathon has been cancelled

Annual First Lady marathon has been cancelled

First lady half marathon file photo

The 2017 edition of  the annual first Lady Half Marathon has been cancelled over politics.

In a statement signed and released on Saturday morning, Kenya's  First Lady Margaret Kenyatta noted that “ I have never been willing to politicize this agenda. As a consequence I feel it necessary to cancel the First Lady’s Half Marathon this year”

The four year old race was  founded by the urgent need to support maternal health care  mostly towards drumming up support and raising funds that will go towards reducing the high rates of maternal and infant mortality.

“Four years I ago, I asked Kenyans to join me on a journey: a marathon to end maternal and child mortality across the country,” read the statement from the First Lady.

“Over the last four years, we have worked together—we have run together bonded by our shared conviction that no mother should die while giving life and that every child should live to see their 5th birthday. We have done more together than I imagined possible. We have run marathons and raised enough money to purchase 47 fully equipped mobile clinics delivered to every single County in Kenya,”

According to the First Lady, the marathon had achieved tremendous support and milestones in addressing the need to support maternal care.

Kenyans on Twitter through the hashtag #BoycottBeyondZero criticized the move to stage half marathon this year owing to the crisis facing health sector.

Currently, National hospitals are faced with a huge crisis as doctors continue with their strike demanding for the implementation of the CBA agreement that also includes a hefty pay rise and improved medial care in public hospitals.

However, in her statement , Mrs. Kenyatta remains committed towards seeing  her dream of ensuring the completion of the  Beyond Zero Referral Hospital.

“I remain committed to and will not deviate from my ultimate goal, which is the betterment of maternal healthcare in this country, and, to build the Beyond Zero Referral Hospital. I want to reassure all Kenyans that this is a commitment that will remain with me throughout my life.”

The annual race  had given  opportunities  to several athletes including Wilfred Kimitei who has gone ahead to win bigger races.

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