Muranga senator Irungu Kang’ata has asked president Uhuru Kenyatta to give Kenyans money if they want to motivate them to stay at home and work safely from home.
Speaking on Wednesday, March 25, the vocal senator stated that the measure would cushion the largest part of the economy currently being the informal sector.
The senator noted that the majority of Kenyans population live on a daily bread basis.
“Even as we push people to Lockdown that they stay at home, we must remember that most people live hand to mouth,” claimed Kang’ata
The senator highlighted that the informal sector accounted for a large part of the economy which would be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“The informal sector is around 80%, these are people without any social support. If you tell them to stay at home, it is a choice between death from Coronavirus or death from hunger,” Irungu stated.
The senator proposed that the government either distribute food to these people or give them money, highlighting that in his opinion, cash handouts were better.
“I am of the view that cash transfer programmes are better than the distribution of food to the poor during a lockdown,” Irungu stated.
As per the Senator’s account, he wished for Kenyans to receive Ksh10,000 to handle the effects of the pandemic.
“I am proposing Ksh10,000 per family that is enough to meet basic needs for a person immediately within the poverty line set by the United Nations,” Irungu provided.
The senator believes the amount would cater to seven million Kenyans across the country who fall under the most vulnerable category economically.
“This will cater to 7 million people, multiplied by Ksh 10,000 which would amount to Ksh70 billion,” stated the senator.
The senator was convinced that the country had enough money to cover the amount if it placed its other projects on hold for the duration of the pandemic and channeled the funds towards his social welfare proposition.
If President Uhuru buys this suggestion, then it will be certain that a number of people urged to stay at home even during the curfew will receive cash from the state to cushion them against starvation.