Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho kept his word of lending a hand to the vulnerable families within Mombasa county.
Joho kick started relief food distribution to the needy in various parts of the county on Monday.
The governor has set aside 200 million shillings for the program with the private sector and other well-wishers chipping in to ensure the program becomes a reality.
The whole program would cost at least 700 million shillings.
Joho’s efforts have been recognized countrywide after the Governor stepped forward in mobilising locals, leaders and the civil society in fighting Covid-19 in the County.
He elected a special committee to oversee the relief food mobilisation program.
Those targeted are slum dwellers, widows, orphans among other vulnerable families.
“The committee should ensure the relief food and other basic needs reach the targeted people,” he said when launching the exercise.
The governor has further appealed for more support from well-wishers, the private sector and individuals.
Service for humanity
“I do not need to repeat why we are struggling to ensure our people don’t die of hunger, let’s strive in attain our humanity objective,” he said.
From Monday, human rights activists, the special committee together with the Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch have been distributing relief food during the day and night to locals.
KRCS Mombasa branch Chairperson Mahmoud Noor said the move was necessary and that the vulnerable families had already been singled out.
[Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid (left) with KRCS Mombasa branch Chairperson Mahmoud Noor distributing food to Mombasa residents. Photo/courtesy].
He said with the current transparency in the distribution, all the targeted people will be covered.
“However let’s all stick to the safety and health measures provided so that we curb the spread of the deadly disease,” noted Mr. Mahmoud.
On his part, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said Covid-19 has posed a major economic challenge and more needed to be done to ensure the needy families are helped out of the situation.
“Since we do not know how long it will take for us to get back to our normal operations, we have to sacrifice for our people,” he noted.