By KAHONZI KALIWA
Over 1000 families in Msambweni sub – county have benefited from food relief from the Australian owned mining company Base Titanium.
Base Titanium Programmes Relations manager Pius Kassim said the families are from 25 villages in the area that are at risk of starvation during this COVID-19 pandemic period.
The manager further revealed that the second phase program is meant to benefit locals living around the company who did not benefit from the first distribution phase.
“We have more than 1200 packaged food that will be distributed to the locals by our COVID 19 committee so that the targeted people benefit, “Kassim said.
At the same time the company is also distributed face masks to the locals to ensure that they adhere with the government directives on curbing the spreading of covid_19.
The efforts by the mining company comes at a time when Kwale county is experiencing a shortage of relief food due to the delay caused by county assembly on approving the supplementary budget of shillings 160 million.
Earlier the company donated food and non-food items worth six million shillings to the Kwale County emergency kitty in order to cushion vulnerable families as the country fights the corona pandemic.
Kassim revealed that the organisation was in process of putting in place several multi litres hand washing units across the county.
“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.
This comes after President Uhuru ordered that there shall be no movement in and out of three coastal counties of Kilifi, Mombasa and Kwale.
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 include: 15,000 three ply surgical masks which will be distributed to front-line workers – doctors, nurses and police officers manning roadblocks and 1,200 litres of hand sanitisers.
The kitty was proposed by the executive to buy relief for the residents who are currently facing a food crisis.