Each Kenyan should be given Sh10000 during this period — Irungu Kang’ata explains why
By Vincent Kejitan
| March 27th 2020
Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata this week opined that it
would be difficult to implement a lockdown in Kenya because a significant
percentage of the population lives from hand to mouth.
Kang’ata said he supports the idea of staying home to avoid
spreading Coronavirus but it is easier said than done.
He added that those who are employed and on a monthly salary
can afford to stay home because they will still get paid but most casual
labourers will suffer.
The senator proposed two solutions to this; distributing
food to Kenyans and giving each Kenyan Sh10000 for upkeep.
"The informal sector is around 80%, these are people
without any social support. If you tell them to stay home it is a choice
between death from Coronavirus or death from hunger," Irungu stated.
Adding: "I am of the view that cash
transfer programmes are better than the distribution of food to
the poor during a lockdown.”
He opined that cash distribution would be better since there
will be less interaction among people as opposed to food distribution where
there will be queues and long intercounty drives.
"I am proposing Sh10,000 per family that is enough to
meet basic needs for a person within the poverty line set by the United Nations.
"A person is living in poverty if they are living
under Sh100 a day. So for a family of four, they'll be spending Sh400
shillings a day.
“This multiplied by thirty days would be Ksh 12,000 then you remove Ksh 2000 because no one is travelling and get to Ksh 10,000," explained Irungu.
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