State sets new rules on Covid-19 donations

The Government has directed that all philanthropic efforts to communities impacted by the coronavirus be coordinated by the Kenya Covid-19 Emergency Fund, governors and county commissioners. Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said the government has banned direct distribution of food and non-food donations to affected communities since they were retrogression to the measures to control spread of the respiratory virus.The coronavirus pandemic has seen a number of philanthropic groups and corporates, who want to donate to those disadvantaged by the disease, but the State says unstructured distribution was exposing more people to the virus. “Whereas we applaud these noble, charitable and philanthropic efforts, they have inadvertently led to breach of the social distancing guidelines as set out by the Ministry of Health, besides creating disorder,” Matiang’i said. The new measures come a day after food distribution at Deputy County Commisioner’s office in Kibera turned into a shoving contest as residents jostled to benefit from donations by Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

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