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Irungu Kang’ata wants govt to send Sh10k to poor homes to overcome COVID-19

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Irungu Kang’ata, the Murang’a senator wants the national government to start sending money to poor Kenyans in the wake of COVID- 19 to cushion them from the poor economy occasioned by the stay-at-home directive.

According to the politician, the government should introduce a social security fund of about KSh 70 billion to send to about seven million poor households in Kenya.

Irungu Kang’ata
Irungu Kang’ata

He said the order requiring the public to stay at home would affect most Kenyans who live from hand to mouth and proposed that each family receives at least KSh 10,000 monthly.

“Lock down or the stay-at-home order means hunger and penury and since we have about 48 million people, supposing each has about four households excluding one million persons in the informal sector who may be doing well in life, we remain with seven million households, government should introduce a fund of KSh 70 billion to give each household KSh 10,000 for a month,” he said.

On the source of the fund, Kang’ata urged the State to borrow the money either internally or externally and then channel it directly to the people through Huduma Number, mobile phone service providers and use of census data to come up with an estimated number of households.

Irungu Kang’ata
Irungu Kang’ata

“Huduma Number, mobile phone service providers and census data can help us in coming up with the estimated number of households, this will ensure social distancing directive is maintained as opposed to other proposals on food distribution will see people converge and crowd to certain areas, the proposal on food distribution could encourage corruption,”he added.

He said government should move with speed and pilot the initiative by setting aside an initial KSh 23 billion.

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