Kenyatta:Sh 250 million for the vulnerable on weekly basis

The Government has revealed that there Sh250 million every week to support the vulnerable groups in the country who have been worst hit by the impact of coronavirus.

President Uhuru Kenyatta in his address to the nation on Saturday  said the government opted to use the cash transfer program as opposed to the traditional form of relief of providing physical foodstuffs.

A further Sh1 billion has also been set aside for flood control measures after devastating effects caused by heavy rains across the country.

“And to mitigate the impact of deforestation and climate change, and to enhance the provision of water facilities, my administration will rehabilitate wells, water pans and underground tanks in the Arid and Semi-Arid areas,” he said, setting aside Sh 850 million.

The government also intends to engage 5,500 community scouts under the Kenya Wildlife Service at a cost of Sh1 billion.

Additionally, he said, support will be made available to approximately 160 community conservancies at a cost of Sh1 billion.

There is also Sh3 billion set aside for the supply of farm inputs through e-vouchers, targeting 200,000 small scale farmers, with a further, Sh 1.5 billion allocated to the flower and horticultural producers to access international markets.

Well off businesses urged to honor their obligations in order to cushion the vulnerable

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui accompanied by CEC member for Finance Peter Kityenya addressing media in Nakuru on Thursday.PHOTO/NGPU.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui has decried the continued loss of revenues at counties due to the COVID-19 pandemic which he says has paralyzed businesses.

Addressing media in Nakuru on Thursday morning, Governor Kinyanjui was categorical that despite all the negative impact of the COVID-19, the counties still have to operate and offer essential services.

He however appealed to businesses that are financially able to honor their obligations in terms of paying taxes for their licenses in order to cushion the vulnerable segments of the society.

“Because counties have to operate and offer essential services, it is important for businesses that are financially able, to honor their obligations in order to cushion the vulnerable segments of the society” said Kinyanjui.

He added that the impact of the COVID-19 in counties continues to be felt with reduced economic activities and dwindling revenue sources noting that the month of March is very critical to county revenues as most organizations pay their licenses in the first quarter.

But with the closure of many businesses and a dramatic decline in returns, Kinyanjui noted that many businesses are struggling to keep afloat and hence delays in payment of their obligations.

He however said the County has an obligation to listen to these business concerns and hence there will be adjustment on county budgets to reflect the financial realities.

The drop in revenue will reflect in reduced implementation of budgeted projects in counties with Nakuru the projected drop in revenue being over Kshs.800m.

While noting that escalating Health costs and protection of vulnerable groups will bear a heavy load on counties, Governor Kinyanjui called for a collective responsibility to overcome the situation.

He decried that despite concerted efforts by Government in the fight against COVID-19, there is a glaring gap in the appreciation of these measures by a section of the population.

“We must all invest in change of behavior to reflect the modern day reality of COVID-19. The tendency to use the poor state of economy as a justification for non-compliance must be discouraged at all cost. The burden of disease will have far more devastating consequences in poor nations than rich countries” said Kinyanjui.

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