Saboti MP asks State to help Kenyans living in slums

Friday, May 8th, 2020 19:14 |
Saboti MP Caleb Amisi at the Trans Nzoia county Commissioners office after donating food worth Sh14 millions towards slum dwellers in his constituency

By David Musundi

Saboti MP Caleb Amisi has asked  the government to direct its focus on Kenyans living in the slums as the country grapples with the Covid-19 pandemic which he says may have far reaching implications if not seriously handled.

The MP said the government’s measures to tackle the pandemic should not only take into consideration the varying levels of need, especially those of vulnerable populations in the country but have others facing starvation in slums taken care of.

Speaking to the People Daily Thursday after donating assorted consignments of foodstuffs to be distributed to his constituents which has the largest slums, Amisi said he was deeply concerned by the practicability of the health measures put in place, adding that the measures had blatant disconnection  with the reality of some sections of the population.

He said the densely populated informal settlements of Matisi, Kipsongok, Mitume and Shanti may not be able  to follow the ministry of health’s guidelines "even if their lives depended on it" owing to the structural challenges in the slums.

The MP faulted the government for its failure to take preventive measures early, arguing that the restriction on movement and observation of the health guidelines including mass testing  could pose financial disability and starvation  for a majority of Kenyans.

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