Senator Susan Kihika, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa and Dagoretti South MP John Kiarie [Photo: The Star]
Some MPs allied to Tangatanga have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to introduce a raft of reliefs to cushion Kenyans from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Three legislators allied to Deputy President William Ruto said the relief measures should target at least 4 million households in the five counties currently under a second lock down.
As part of the measures, the three lawmakers want the President to allocate 14 billion shillings worth of funds to support hotels, market vendors, matatus and boda boda operators, and bars.
They were unfortunately cut short by police officers by allegedly not following the precaution measures set by the government.
Speaking to the press, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa made it clear to the police that they had all the safety measures set in place and criticized those who are taking advantage of the pandemic situation to convert their democratic right into a police state.
“To finance mass testing, we propose you reallocate 50 billion shillings from the defence budget and that of the ministry of Interior since greatest security threat at the moment is the pandemic,” he advised.
While backing Ichungwa, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika said, “This way, the most vulnerable of our people will be able to access food for their families even without the tax breaks and therefore rescuing their dignity as human beings.”
John Kiarie of Dagoretti South proposed suspension of loan interests for those servicing loans and a moratorium on principal repayment for a period of at least six months.