March 27, 2020

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Set Sh 100 Billion To Cushion Kenyans From Prevailing Economic Crisis- Thika MP Petitions Government

Thika MP Patrick Wainaina address journalists outside his office in Thika

Thika town Member of Parliament Patrick Wainaina now wants the National Government to set aside Sh 100 billion to cushion unemployed Kenyans from harsh economic times precipitated by the advent of Coronavirus scourge.

Wainaina has also petitioned the government to impose a freeze on all deductions made by Kenyans to the government such as NHIF and NSSF for the next three months.

He said that eighty percent of Kenyans live from hand to mouth and poor measures by the government will plunge the country in a very thin economic position.

The law maker said that at least 10 million Kenyans in the lower cadre should be given Sh 3,000 every month for the next three months to sustain their livelihoods during the wide-ranging spell.

Speaking in Thika when he donated Sh 5 million worth, 200 water tanks, a Coronavirus awareness vehicle and an ambulance to support fight against the virus in Kiambu County, Wainaina stated that while Kenyans should brave for a mandatory lock down, the government should device considerable mechanisms of supporting its citizenry during the indefinite period.

He said that the plague was a redefining moment for Kenya which is lowly rated financially and in medical equipment to rise up to the occasion and avert further transmission of Covid-19.

“To the leaders, this is the time to act. We don’t want to wait until we have a hundred deaths. We want to get rid of this at the infection level,” he said.

The MP also wants China, where the virus emanated to take responsibility for the deaths of thousands of people across the world.

“The Chinese ate meat but we are left to wash the hands. Chinese must have responsibility to the world and more so Kenya,” he stated.

He insisted that if the Kenyan government will set aside Sh 100 billion, the Chinese government should aid Kenya which has been affected with Sh 100 billion worth medical and protective gears to avert further spread of the disease.

“We need to see some commitment from China, we do business with them, we have supported them when they needed us and it is now their time to stand with our nation,” he said.

The legislator pleaded with Kenyans to stay at home as the only major solution to evade being infected and spreading the disease.