By Andrew Ombuni
- Bishop Khamala spends Sh2million on relief food
- The MP is targeting widows and vulnerable families in the program
- Khamala targets to reach over 4000 families in the program
- Wants government officials to prudently use resources available in fighting Covid-19
- The MP wants pastors and church elders allowed to their places of worship
- Bishop says Covid-19 is a demon and can only be fought with prayers
Lurambi MP Bishop Titus Khamala has launched the distribution of relief food to his constituents to cushion them from hunger and starvation in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bishop Khamala said he will spent Sh2million from his personal savings on the program targeting at least 4,000 poor and vulnerable families across the six wards of Lurambi constituency.
The legislator said the beneficiaries are widows, boda boda riders, Vegetable vendors (Mama Mboga),
“I have decided to go to individual homes of the families we have mapped out so that we avoid overcrowding and ensure we adhere to the social distance rule. I will be distributing the foodstuffs by myself so as to ensure targeted families are reached,” said Khamala.
Of the 4000 people, they will each be receiving 2kilos of maize flour, 2 kilos of wheat flour, 2kilos of sugar, 2 kilos of rice and 2litres of cooking oil as well as soap and clean water. Boda Boda riders will also get facemasks, 100 litre buckets and sanitisers.
Already he has distributed the foodstuffs at Scheme, Maraba, Makaburini and Shikhambi estates.
“I am not campaigning but just helping my people who made me their MP and the exercise should not be politicised that I have left out other people. Covid-19 is worldwide pandemic and as leaders, we must cushion our people from suffering,” said Bishop Khamala.
He said he was thinking of forfeiting his April salary so that he can use the money in reaching to more families in the constituency.
The lawmaker also warned the national government against squandering the Covid-19 funds and that it should be used for the intended purpose only.
He said many Kenyans have given up their resources to the National Covid-19 kitty to help in the fight towards the containment of the virus but some uncouth government officials were likely to steal the money.
“We have some government officers who thrive when there’s a disaster for personal gains. We will not allow that and anyone found culpable should be prosecuted,” said Khamala.
Bishop Khamala also wants the government to allow the churches to continue with their services and pray to God to avert the crisis, saying pastors and church elders should be allowed to access their church premises for the purposes of prayer.
He said Covid-19 is a demon and can only be fought with prayers and not soap and water.