The county government of Nakuru has announced that it will be rolling out relieve food program to support livelihoods during this harsh economic times occasioned by COVID-19.
Addressing media after holding a meeting with the County emergency response team on Covid-19,Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui said the county government will give Sh 250 million towards the same.
He however was quick to add that they will be working with well wishers and private sector to ensure families that cannot afford meals will be able to get something during this difficult moment.
“The county government together with private sector will be launching humanitarian food support program to help livelihoods.
Kinyanjui adding that a committee will be formed to spearhead the same.
The humanitarian support food program will target mostly low income areas of Nakuru town.
On the recent imposed dusk-to dawn curfew,G Kinyanjui commended the residents of Nakuru for complying with the same.
He once again appealed to the residents to appreciate that the curfew is in their best interests.
“We call on public to appreciate that it’s in their best interest.We are working with employers to ensure compliance.
While noting the economic harsh time facing Kenyans and more so those who depended on flower farms such as Naivasha and parts of Njoro,the county boss said as county they are concerned and will be looking for mechanisms to promote livelihoods.
He added that the same is being felt in the hotel sector which is largely affected with staff being sent home.
Meanwhile,the county government of Nakuru will enhance We are isolation centers.
Governor Kinyanjui says this includes ensuring that they are humane to ensure no more suffering from stigma.
He says counseling will also be included on the same where volunteer counselors will provide the services.
While noting that the virus had been confirmed in 5 counties so far,the Governor Kinyanjui said Nakuru county continues to stand in solidarity with them.
He however stated that the county government as a measure will ensure restrictions in movement from such counties.
Kinyanjui adding that there will be screening at borders for those entering Nakuru.
“We are quiet concerned that we restrict the movement from the affected counties.We shall work with counties from Western region to ensure screening before entering Nakuru.
Meanwhile County executive will soon push the county assembly of Nakuru to pass a budget that will help relieve the residents.
He says there are many businesses in Nakuru and the county is concerned about their success since they help in terms of revenue collection.
“We are concerned and we shall ensure survival of the businesses beyond COVID-19” he said.
On his part Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui reiterated that the curfew is for the best interests of the citizens.
He noted that the curfew is being complied to apart from a few areas of Bondeni and Racecourse.
“We have had challenges in Bondeni and some parts of Nakuru West. but we can confirm to you majority of residents are complying” he said.
The county Commissioner calling on youths to ensure they comply with the curfew.
He revealed that Roadblocks will be mounted and crackdown on vehicles operating within the curfew times.