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Kirinyaga residents benefit from Sh.45 million bursary

The Kirinyaga Governor, Anne Waiguru on Wednesday May 6, 2020 hands over food aid to some elderly people at Kangai ward in Mwea East Sub County. At the same time, she launched disbursement of Sh. 45 million bursary fund for the needy and bright students across the county. Photo by Irungu Mwangi/KNA.

Bright and needy students in Kirinyaga have benefit from Sh.45 million set aside by the county government.

The  money, already being disbursed will go to over 25,000 students who will find the money in their various school accounts on resumption of learning after the Coronavirus pandemic.

During the distribution of the cheques at Kangai ward in Mwea East Sub County on Wednesday, the County governor, Anne  Waiguru said each of the county wards will have an allocation of Sh.2.25 million.

Waiguru said 60 percent of the beneficiaries were secondary school students, while the rest went to learners in universities, colleges and vocational training institutions.

“School principals and chairmen of boards of management will receive the cheques on behalf of the beneficiaries,” she said.

The governor said the lists of beneficiaries will be posted on notice boards across ward administrator’s offices in the region, as well as schools in order for them to know the amount allocated to every student.

Waiguru said the devolved unit was also assisting the vulnerable families hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, through giving of relief food and non-food items to the elderly and other needy cases in Kangai ward.

“We are also giving them masks to enable them protect themselves against the deadly virus,” she said, adding that relief programme has been rolled out across the county.

At the same time, Waiguru said as part of the wider “Wezesha Kirinyaga” empowerment programme, the county government has issued boda boda riders with helmets, reflectors and face masks.

“The riders will also be incorporated in the transport and logistics arm of movement of Wezesha products,” said the governor.

She said due to the motorbike riders’ vulnerability as public transport providers, the masks will help reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission amongst themselves and their clients.

Area  ward representative, John Gitari said the County government has also provided Sh.100 million for a tomato factory to be constructed in Kangai ward.

He said the devolved government had also committed Sh. 8 million for the completion of Ndaba dispensary to be completed in the next one month.

By  Irungu Mwangi

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