Mombasa governor Hassan Ali Joho has launched a sh. 700 million emergency relief program in case there is a total lockdown in the country.
The program that is set to benefit a total of 227, 444 vulnerable households will cover all the six Sub counties of Kisauni, Nyali, Mvita, Likoni, Changamwe, and Jomvu.
Speaking in his Mombasa office on Thursday, Joho said the initiative will help those in need of the reliefs adding the county government has already mapped out areas of concentration.
He said some families in the county are living in informal settlements and in case of a total lockdown the county government will be in a position to help such families access basic needs mostly food.
The success of the Joho’s ‘Emergency Household relief and nutrition support program’ will highly depend on the cooperation and response from individuals of goodwill.
“I have talked to the County assembly speaker Mr. Harub Khatri to institute an immediate motion in the assembly and pass a supplementary budget that will enable us to set aside 200 million shillings to initiate the program,” noted the county Chief.
He said the initiative will highly help the vulnerable in the county.
However, Joho sent a stern warning to business owners who will hike prices of basic commodities that they will be pursued and their business licenses revoked.
“In fact, we must all sacrifice, the situations need everyone’s contribution in preventing Coronavirus in the country,” noted Joho.
He appealed to the corporate organizations and individuals in the county to contribute in cash and or in-kind so as to make the program a success.
Tom Mboya primary school in Tononoka has been named as the collection point of all, the reliefs collected.
Nothing but prayers
Joho has named a five-member committee that will be Chaired by Abdul Samji with its members being Kenya Red Cross Society Mombasa branch Chairperson Mr. Mahmoud Noor, Said Salim Taib of Kitui Flour mills, Jacqueline Waihenya and the Coast regional manager ABSA Kenya Julian Muga to oversee the implementation of the program.
Joho and Mombasa County commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo will also sit in the committee as members.
Meanwhile, Joho has urged locals to observe the safety and health guidelines provided by the government through the Ministry of health,
“Let’s observe hygiene standards by washing our hands, maintain social distancing, use sanitisers and do not forget to pray for our nation over the Covid-19 threat,” noted Joho.