The Homa Bay governor, Cyprian Awiti has given an assurance on prudent use of resources received by the county’s taskforce on disaster management.
He said the independent taskforce christened Homa Bay County Covid-19 Emergency Fund Committee Chaired by Eng. Ken Onditi has raised more than Sh. 6m to help mitigate adverse effects of the virus. The resources include Sh.2.5m cash money, food items and masks.
Awiti, speaking while distributing relief food to more than 705 flood victims in Kobuya and Wang’chieng’ locations in Karachuonyo constituency on Friday, accused some local leaders of spreading rumours in the county that the resources were being squandered.
“This is an independent committee made of members from various sectors in the society. The resources generated by the committee are meant for fighting coronavirus in Homa Bay and will be utilized prudently,” he reiterated.
The governor dismissed claims that his administration had received some money for fighting coronavirus from the national government.
“We have not received any funds from the national government for covid-19. Those alleging that the money had been squandered are talking about something they don’t know about,” Awiti said, while appealing to the county residents and well-wishers to continue sending their donations to the committee.
Meanwhile, the Karachuonyo MP, Adipo Okuome who distributed relief aid to the same flood victims told politicians in his constituency to stop taking advantage of the war against covid-19 to achieve their 2022 political agenda.
Speaking at Kobuya and Osodo Primary Schools, Okuome called on residents to embrace unity in fighting the pandemic.
“Some political leaders are selling their political agenda in the guise of fighting coronavirus. Let them stop so that we can have concerted efforts in fighting this deadly virus,” he said.
During the exercise, Awiti distributed 100 bags of maize, 50 bags of beans and 30 bags of rice to the flood victims camping at Kobuya location and similar consignment to their counterparts camping at Osodo primary school in Wang’chieng’ location.
Okuome also distributed 5000 masks and 550 bags of rice to flood victims in the two locations.
The MP called on well-wishers to volunteer with more humanitarian aid and support the more than 705 households displaced from their homes in the area.
At the same time Awiti and Okuome appealed to the residents to continue adhering to the government guidelines on the prevention of covid-19.
By Davis Langat