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Kenya COVID Fund Raises Ksh.3.7B in donations

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COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund chair Jane Karuku and official Absa Managing Director Jeremy Awori receive a Sh6 million donation cheque from gaming firm Betika Head of Business John Mbatiah (second right).
The Kenya COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has so far received Sh3.2 billion worth of cash and other donations.
Out the Ksh3.7 billion received by the committee so far, Ksh. 3.2billion is in cash while Ksh. 500million is in kind.
The Fund’s chairperson Jane Karuku said the committee will procure Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) in the coming days that will be distributed to key health centers, refugee camps in the country and counties on a need basis.
“Hopefully, we will start distributing PPE’s by Wednesday next week,” she said. “Our estimation is that what we will buy will be sufficient for two months across all the 47 counties,” said Karuku said after receiving donations from various corporates, including Kenya Manufacturers Association (KAM), Teachers Service Commission (TSC) Naivas Supermarket, Kikuyu Council of Elders, Bank of Baroda, Kenya Tea Developmjent Authorityand the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK).
President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Board on Monday, March 30, 2020. The President commissioned the Board on April 2, 2020.
The principal objective of the Fund is to mobilize resources for an emergency response towards containing the spread, effects and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The resources seek to support the government’s efforts in the supply of medical facilities and equipment and support for vulnerable communities with their immediate needs, including food.
Members of the Board are Mr. Michael Joseph (Board Member Safaricom PLC and Chairman Kenya Airways); Mr. Wachira Waruru (MD Royal Media Services); Dr. James Mwangi (MD and CEO Equity Group); Mr. Joshua Oigara (CEO Kenya Commercial Bank Group); Dr. Narendra Raval (Chairman Devki Steel Mills); Mr. Jeremy Awori (CEO Absa Bank Kenya); Mr. Mohammed Hersi (Chairman Kenya Tourism Federation); Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga (CEO Kenya Association of Manufacturers); Dr. Fred Matiang’i (CS Interior and Coordination of National Government); Wycliffe A. Oparanya (Chairman, Council of Governors and Governor Kakamega County) and Mr. Kennedy W. Kihara (PAS Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet).

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Safaricom on a COVID-19 Sanitation Mission in Counties

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Launch of a Sanitation Booth in Kitui

Nairobi, 23nd May, 2020… Thousands of people in Kenya’s six counties are expected to benefit from sanitation booths set up by Safaricom Foundation in partnership with Scope International to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The sanitation booths have been installed at Kenya’s border to Tanzania at Isebania in Migori County and at the Ugandan border in Bungoma and Busia Counties.

Additionally, ferry users will benefit from booths set up in Homabay and Siaya Counties. In Kisii County, the sanitation booths have been set up at the main bus stage, the Migori-Kisii-Homabay junction and the Nairobi-Kericho-Nyamira transit.

 In Kisii County, the sanitation booths have been set up at the main bus stage, the Migori-Kisii-Homabay junction and the Nairobi-Kericho-Nyamira transit.

 “We are aware that cross border infections are one of the weak links that exists as well as crowded areas such as the ferry and bus stops. This is the reason we decided to put up sanitation booths in these places to minimise the risks,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation.

 An estimated 60,000 people are expected to use the sanitation booths installed at a cost of KES 1.1 million daily across the six counties..

 “We are glad to have partnered with Safaricom Foundation on this project which prioritises hygiene among vulnerable communities. We hope that the booths will help reduce the spread of the virus,” said Stella Mbuga, Operations Officer, Scope International.

 Safaricom Foundation has been actively involved in efforts to help people cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Uasin Gishu County, the Foundation donated personal protective equipment to health workers while students in Kawangware and Dandora received devices for e-learning purposes.

Safaricom has already donated KES200 Million through the Safaricom and M-PESA Foundations towards providing Cash transfers for food to support vulnerable communities as well as thermal cameras worth KES 10 million to the Ministry of Health installed in various border entry points.

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Lang’ata tops COVID-19 Cases Tested on Monday

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Lang'ata Member of Parliament (MP) Nixon "Jenerali" Korir

The the total number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 1,286 after 72 more patients tested positive for Covid-19 in Kenya on Monday, May, 25th, 2020.

The new cases include 70 Kenyans, one Somali national and a Ugandan following the testing of 2,711 samples over the last 24 hours.

In Nairobi the cases are recorded as follows: Langata (21), Dagoretti North  (15), Kamukunji (4), Kibra (4), Embakasi East (2), Kasarani (3), Dagoretti South (1), Makadara (1) and Mathare (1).

The 11 cases in Mombasa are from Nyali (4), Mvita (3), Kisauni (3) and Changamwe (1)

In Kiambu, the seven cases are from Limuru (2) and one case each in Githunguri, Kabete, Ruiru, Thika and Kikuyu.

In Isiolo, the case was recorded in a mandatory quarantine facility while in Turkana the patient is from Kakuma.

So far, the country has tested a total of 61,971 samples.

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President Uhuru Announces Economic Recovery Steps over COVID-19

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Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced measures the government intends to take to help Kenyans survive the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The measures announced by the president will be worth Ksh53.7 billion ($503 million).
To address this challenge in the short term, the government intends to rehabilitate access roads, footbridges and other public infrastructure.
“Ksh5 billion ($50 million) has been set aside to hire local labour for this undertaking,” he said.
The government has given Ksh6.5 billion ($65 million) to the Ministry of Education for hiring of 10,000 more teachers and 1,000 ICT interns to help in the digital learning programme.
According to the president, the government will buy locally manufactured vehicles worth Ksh600 million ($6 million) to promote local car assembly firms.
“This is expected to sustain the operations of local motor vehicle manufacturers, and the attendant employment of workers,” Mr Kenyatta said.
Another measure outlined is fast-tracking payment of outstanding VAT refund and other pending payments to SMEs.  Ksh10 billion ($100 million) has been set aside for this.
In addition to this, we will inject Ksh3 billion ($30 million) as seed capital for the SME Credit Guarantee Scheme. The intention here is to provide affordable credit to small and micro enterprises,” the President said.
The government announced soft loans to hotels and related establishments. “The tourism component of the stimulus programme will also engage 5,500 community scouts under the Kenya Wildlife Service at a cost of Ksh1 billion ($10 million).
“Additionally support will be made available to approximately 160 community conservancies at a cost of Ksh1 billion ($10 million),” Mr Kenyatta said.
The government will hire 5,000 more healthcare workers with diploma and certificate education level for one year to enhance public health system, the President announced.
President Kenyatta pledged to provide the necessary support for healthcare workers in the fight against Covid-19 disease which has now claimed 50 lives in Kenya with 1,192 infections.

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