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Government bans direct relief food distribution

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[Haki Africa's rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta distributing food to locals. Photo/Atrash Bwana].

The government has banned direct distribution of relief food to the needy.

The government took the step after Friday’s Nairobi’s Kibra chaos where three people were seriously injured in a scramble for food incident.

The food was taken to Deputy County commissioner’s office by ODM leader Raila Odinga.

The distribution exercise turned political and chaotic forcing police to take charge in dispersing the crowd.

In a statement signed by the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i on Saturday, the government said it has suspended with immediate effect the distribution of the relief food so as to prevent further spread of Covid-19.

Health threat

“The scramble of food poses health threat and the violation of physical distance order witnessed during the distribution has prompted the government to act,” read part of the statement.

Well-wishers, non-governmental organisation and county governments across the country have been mobilizing for food and other reliefs to be distributed to the less fortunate families during this time of Covid-19 threat.

All the reliefs will be channeled to central distribution point under the local administration led by the County commissioner for distribution.

Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho launched a 700 million shillings food program to vulnerable families in the county.

The distribution of the food is going on.