Nyamira County has identified 3,342 vulnerable people to benefit from a cash stipend to cushion them from more suffering during the coronavirus pandemic.
Area County Commissioner, Amos Mariba while expounding on President’s the 8-point Economic Stimulus Programme said, “we had a formula of identifying the most vulnerable people to benefit from this stipend to enable them get at least basic commodities like food and medication, during this time of hard economic times where almost everyone is affected.”
We are targeting people with very high poverty index where the household head or the bread winner is either a disabled person, widowed, a minor, suffering from a pre-existing medical condition like HIV or cancer, a mentally unsound person or those not benefitting from other government-initiated cash transfer programmes, Mariba clarified.
At the same time, the county commissioner thanked all other well-wishers who had stretched a helping hand to help the needy in various ways across the county, saying this enabled less privileged members of the society to access the most basic needs in their lives, which are beyond their reach.
“We are on high alert to ensure that anyone masquerading as a needy case and wanting to access this endowment, yet he/she does not deserve is promptly arrested and charged in court,” Mariba warned.
The county commissioner challenged members of the the public to seize opportunities arising from the President’ 8-point Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) so that they actively participate in the process of reviving our country’s economy, which has been adversely affected by Covid-19.
He also urged residents to be more vigilant and report any person they suspect could have travelled from counties under the cessation of movement due to Covid-19 so that immediate action to quarantine and test them is carried out in order to safeguard others from contracting the infectious disease.
By Deborah Bochere