Wajir Women REP Fatuma Gedi Announces A Safety Net for Her County’s Corona Affected Residents.
The Wajir Women Rep Hon. Fatuma Gedi has announced an economic safety net for people who will be greatly impacted by the current measures imposed by the national and county governments to combat the Corona Virus pandemic. The Women Rep who announced the measures on her Facebook account and was talking to her people said her office will strive to help people maintain the Stay-at-Home directive by the government. The national government has directed people not to venture out of their homes and closed business premises and other gathering places in order to reduce the spread of the virus. The County governments of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa have also banned the sell and consumption of miraa.
The Women Rep who supported these measures said that this restrictions will affect the lives of most of her County people and will impact negatively on the poor. She announced measures that she said will mitigate the suffering of the people.
In what she called an Economic Stimulus Program from her office, a first by any political office in the land, the mitigation measures she announced includes:
Alternative Livelihoods Project for Miraa Traders (Women). The Women Rep said that her office has carried out a study of the Women affected by the ban and acknowledged the need of an alternative income by these women and their families. She said her office has set aside relief fund that ”will help these women throughout this trying period”.
”In the event of a total lockdown, it is my duty as the elected County MP to ensure that the vulnerable persons are taken care of. I, therefore, announce Relief and Nutrition Support Project of Kenya Shillings 10 Million to support the vulnerable households. The monies will be used to purchase food items and livestock” said the Women Rep announcing her safety net measures.
The Women Rep who appealed to other well wishers to help her office towards achieving the objectives of the project said she will try to roll out more help as the situation continues to unfold.