COVID-19:IDPs call on government to put more measures besides tax relief

IDPs officials led by Stephen Muthama addressing media in Nakuru.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Internally displaced persons have  called on the government for other alleviating measures apart from tax relief to help relieve Kenyans of the distress brought by the global COVID-19 outbreak.

The IDPs said the implications of the ongoing pandemic will be severe enough to cause massive job losses.

According to them, at  the moment causal laborers who depend on their daily earnings are already feeling the heat.

Led by the Internally displaced persons initiative (IDIPIS) organization Chief Executive Officer Stephen Muthama,they said  the consequences of the virus outbreak on the economy could lead to an increase in social vices and insecurity unless the government intervened soon.

“We are calling on government to come up with other measures besides tax relief.The consequences of the virus outbreak on the economy could lead to an increase in social vices and insecurity unless the government intervened soon”he said.

He however welcomed the government’s move to impose stringent measures and guidelines on how Kenyans should behave adding that protection of life is paramount.

Muthama wants the state to offer support to the displaced persons who mainly depended on causal jobs for their daily needs adding that with the order to stay indoors many will suffer.

He said some of the members are finding it hard to even pay house rents saying the cost of living has gone up adding that they need assistance to help them out of the biting situation.

“Our members finding it hard to even pay house rents and the government needs to step in”said Muthama.

Similar sentiments echoed by Susan Wairimu who said a lot of families are staring at tough economic times adding that with children being at home and most jobs coming to a halt, families are stranded.

Since business activities had been gravely affected by the crisis, she wants the government to intervene and try to cushion the current situation by providing lasting solutions on how a food program can be rolled out to ensure no life is lost due to hunger.