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Activists want Mombasa Gov’t to account for Covid-19 graffiti

[The anti-Covid-19 Graffiti works at Buxton area in Mombasa. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Mombasa County government has been tasked to account for all the funds spent in scribbling graffiti images on Coronavirus in various parts of the county.

Mombasa based activist Lubna Nassir termed the program insignificant to the public and an embezzlement of public funds.

“We want the county government to disclose in detail the amount of money used in making the drawings in strategic areas in this county the government used public funds and must account for,” she said.

The graffiti images on Covid-19 drawn by the county government have sparked a public debate arguing that Kenyans are informed about the corona virus.

Relief food

According to Lubna, the program is irrelevant and asked the county government to concentrate more on social affairs including donating relief food to residents.

She claimed that most of Mombasa dwellers have not benefited from the Covid-19 relief food donated through the county emergency response committee.

She also wants the county government to account for the relief food meant to cushion less fortunate families during the Coronavirus pandemic period.

“The food that is supposed to reach the vulnerable families has not trickled down to the targeted group. Is this food meant to reach only selected few?” she quizzed.

The human rights defender also took issue with those quarantined at the Technical University of Mombasa- TUM claiming that the victims are going through a hard time.

She argues that she has received phone calls from some of them on the plight facing them at the institution.

“There are distress calls from some of those under quarantine at TUM. They are calling for help as some spend most of their time without food supplies,” she said.


Meanwhile, Abdallah Bilal an Old Town resident says the funds could otherwise be used to purchase face masks and sanitisers and issued for free to the public.

He also wants the county government to allocate a special kitty for the elders and youths within the county.

“There are hundreds of the elderly and youths in Mombasa County who have no source of income. It is high time that the county prioritises on such people and not Covid-19 graffiti,” he noted.