In a move that is likely to cause uproar among human rights groups and political rivals, a group of legislators allied to the deputy president have faulted the head of state on his recent restrictive measures which he imposed to curb the spread of the Corona virus.
Instead, they have proposed that in order for the government to get a more clear picture of the infection rate in the country, they should roll out a mandatory testing program which would be carried out across the entire country. Upon completion of this, the members of parliament proposed that it be followed by a countrywide vaccination drive, so as to protect all that will have tested negative in the prior testing campaign.
The leaders represented by Kikuyu Member of Parliament, Kimani Ichungwa, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika and Dagoretti South MP, John Kiarie were speaking in a press conference in Lavington earlier this week.
They asked the president to set up a lifetime fund that will offer stipends for food rations to a minimum of four million Kenyans across the five counties.
“In as much as we respect him taking advice given by the healthcare experts, these measures will adversely affect the livelihoods of millions of people,” said Kihika.
She noted that despite the containment measures not being his prescription, the president owes people and families a duty of care.
“It is indeed his responsibility as head of state to ensure he not only protects the health and lives of people but also their livelihoods and dignity as human beings,” said Kihika.
Since it will not be plausible to offer tax breaks to sections of the country as only five counties are affected, Kihika said the stipends will rescue people’s dignities and be able to feed.
They also asked the government to offer support to the businesses affected by the containment measures such as hotels, suppliers, bars, those in the transport sector, and the entertainment sector by wavering loan interests for those servicing loans and a moratorium for principal repayment for at least six months and further support of government-sponsored business finance capital.