After two years absence, the First Lady Half Marathon is back after its launch that was held on Tuesday (4) at the State House, Nairobi.
The launch which was graced by Ida Odinga the wife to the former prime minister, Raila Odinga, Rachel Ruto the wife to Deputy President William Ruto, various stake holders, sponsors and local celebrities.
The race is set to be held on 10th March 2019 and it will mark four years March since it started. Questions arose when the main stake holders or the office that is mandated to run athletics events in the country was not in attendance. When we did a follow-up to Athletics Kenya office we were told that they were not aware of the event. “It’s really not right for AK not to be invited in such an event. Athletics Kenya is the custodian of athletics in Kenya and it paints a bad picture.”
If the race won’t be competitive then AK have little say in such event but if there will be prize money attached to it then something is not right, the AK coach who did not want his name know concluded.
The First Lady’s Beyond Zero campaign seeks to raise funds for maternal healthcare. It was launched in 2014 and has helped to provide fully equipped mobile clinics to all 47 counties.
Beyond Zero is a flagship programme by the First Lady that aims to save the lives of mothers and children by preventing unnecessary maternal and child deaths.
The campaign also aims to eliminate Mother to Child Transmission of HIV (eMTCT) by 2020 besides scaling up the war against new HIV infections amongst adolescents.