"We cannot put politics at the expense of...life," Kuria West MP Mathias Robi calls upon the Gov't

Migori Interfaith Network and Kuria West MP Mathias Robi have called upon the government to dissolve and abandon the Building Bridges Initiative and use the money allocated to it to curb coronavirus spread. In their statement to the government on what it should prioritise, Migori Interfaith Network through Bishop Charles Otigo said Sh10 billion set aside for BBI should be used to feed vulnerable and poor Kenyans whose livelihood were hijacked by Covid-19. They said that the church is concerned with the rapid increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths in the country adding that over the past month, the country has been recording a high number of new infections daily. As religious leaders, they appreciated that the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga not only facilitated calmness in the country, but also produced strong content for the national dialogue process. They were however concerned about the effects of COVID-19 on the economy and as a result its effects on livelihood. Otigo said traders and households have lost income due to a reduction in the volume of economic activities thus the government should use the available funds to eradicate the increase of petty theft and increase in domestic violence. The faith community were also concerned about the increase of cases of suicide, immorality, drugs, and alcohol abuse. While appreciating the efforts by the government including the Ministry of Health’s daily updates on COVID-19 and measures such as the dusk to dawn curfew, protocols enabling social distancing in restaurants and public transport among other public places, they noted that more investment should be directed in creating public awareness on the pandemic. Elsewhere, Hon Robi said the postponement is a clear sign that BBI reggae can be stopped since it will not help common mwananchi who are suffering from Covid 19 and poor economy.

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