The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to lift some of the Covid-19 containment measures for economic growth.
National Assembly Minority Leader John Mbadi, and Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Nassir on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 moved a motion in the National Assembly advising the government to lift the night travel and curfew hours in a bid to allow the country to recover from the Covid-19 effects.
The duo stated that the government should enforce less stringent containment measures to allow the economy to grow.
The Orange party also urged the Government to bar non-vaccinated individuals from accessing workplaces and other key areas.
“This House, therefore, urges the National Government to roll out a mass vaccination campaign that includes restricted access to work premises by non-vaccinated employees,” an excerpt of the motion reads.
The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua made it mandatory for civil servants to receive a Covid-19 jab by August 31, 2021 or face disciplinary action.
Speaking in Mombasa County, on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, Raila asked the Parliament to consider raising the debt cap beyond Ksh. 9 trillion to allow the government to borrow more loans in a bid to boost the ease of doing business and acquiring Covid-19 vaccines for Kenyans.
“We should vaccinate a huge population and open the economy like in the UK. In Kenya, we have vaccinated nearly 1 million individuals only. No matter how expensive purchasing the drugs would cost, if we have to borrow, let us do so,” Raila stated.
In their motion, the ODM asked the government to roll out a Covid-19 Economic Stimulus Program comprising Kazi Mtaani for urban areas and a new Kazi Mashambani for rural areas.
“The current unprecedented challenges call for extraordinary but necessary solutions,” Public Investments Committee Chairman, Nassir advised.