BY KAHONZI KALIWA
The Australian owned mining company Base Titanium has moved in with speed to assist families in Kwale that could be facing starvation due to the outbreak of Covid 19 Pandemic.
The mining company donated food and non-food items worth six million shillings to the Kwale County emergency kitty inorde to cushion vulnerable families as the country fights the corona pandemic.
This comes hot on the heels after the area Governor Salim Mvurya made a passionate appeal to well-wishers and partners last week to give relief food to 67 percent of the residents who are in dire need.
Murvya, however revealed that his government has planned to allocate a total of shillings 160 million in her budget to be used in the war against the spread of the corona virus.
Speaking during the handing over of the donation at Kwale headquarters Base Titanium Community Relations Manager, Pius Kassim said his company saw it wise to chip in with food supply’s as many of locals could not fend themselves for they were rendered jobless.
Kassim revealed that the organization was in process of putting in place several multi litres hand washing units across the county.
“These units will go a long way in assisting the locals to comply with the government’s directive of washing hands at all times.” He pointed out.
The relations manager also disclosed that the mining firm will be supply police officers manning roadblocks within the county with drinking water.
“As the cessation of movement which was put in place last week by the government take effect, we are aware the security personnel have a difficult time manning especially the border points and that is why we decided to assist them too.” Said Kassim.
Last Wednesday President Uhuru ordered that there shall be no movement in and out of three coastal counties thus Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale. Nairobi is also affected by the directive.
On his part Mvurya observed the food will go a long way in feeding the hungry people of Kwale during these harsh times of combating the Covid 19 disease.
“Indeed this gesture by the mining company is very commendable as I call upon other well-wishers to come forward to help my government and the people of Kwale.” Said Murya who was accompanied by the area county commissioner Mr Karuku Ngumu.
The governor added that the distribution team would start working on the modalities with the Red Cross on how the food stuff would reach mwananchi at the grassroot level.
“The medical personal protective equipment (PPE) will be released to the health department immediately as we remain on course in facing this pandemic.” ordered Mvurya.
Among the items donated included 27 tonnes of dry maize, 13.5 tonnes of beans, 5 tonnes of rice, 1,000 litres of cooking oil.
Other items which were handed to the county administration are: 15,000 three ply surgical masks which will be distributed to frontline workers – doctors, nurses and police officers manning roadblocks and 1,200 litres of hand sanitizers.