Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has called on the government to find ways of cushioning the poor in case the country goes into lockdown over coronavirus.
Kang’ata said while most leaders seem to support the idea of a lockdown to combat the spread of COVID-19, the issue needed to be approached with caution to ensure the poor did not suffer.
Kang’ata said millions of Kenyans live hand to mouth and disconnecting them from means of earning livelihood could culminate in mass starvation.
“I propose, as we head towards lockdown, government does a social security cash transfer of 10k per low income family,” wrote Kang’ata on Facebook.
In his hypothetical analysis, Kang’ata estimated the government could use KSh 70 billion to distribute to 7 million poor families during the one month period.
It seems we are headed to a total lockdown. Every leader seems to support this idea.Lessons drawn from other countries…
He dismissed the thought of relief food distribution saying such an approach would be riddled with corruption.
On Tuesday, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe slammed Kenyans for being indisciplined and avoiding to follow the regulations on public transport and other tenets of social distancing.
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the lockdown will take effect from midnight Thursday, March 26.
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