• Those engaged in the projects will be paid every Saturday.
• The lawmaker said Sh30 million will be availed to start with, to circulate in the local economy.
Mathira NG-CDF will roll out 55 projects worth Sh100 million to provide jobs and cushion residents from the effects of Covid-19.
“I have directed the Mathira NG-CDF to roll out 55 projects to be implemented through labour-based contracts,” MP Rigathi Gachagua said on Monday.
“As we continue coming up with measures to combat the spread of Covid-19, it has become evident that the spelt out measures and protocols have badly hit our people, most of whom can now hardly put food on the table.”
The aim, the MP said, is to give jobs to skilled and unskilled people. Those engaged in the projects will be paid every Saturday.
The lawmaker said Sh30 million will be availed to start with, to circulate in the local economy.
“The Sh30 million injection and the Sh70 million to be paid to those who will supply building materials will stimulate money circulation in the constituency,” Gachagua said.
The legislator said he will post the list of projects in the next few days. They will mostly be carried out in schools, chiefs and assistant chiefs' offices as well as police posts.
The MP advertised for two clerks, whose duty will be to ensure urgent and efficient implementation of the projects.
Earlier, the office had advertised for tailors to produce reusable face masks that will be distributed to wananchi for free.
According to government directives, anyone found not wearing a mask will be fined Sh20,000 or be imprisoned for six months.
“Many of my constituents are unable to acquire masks of the recommended standard given that they are struggling to feed their families. To mitigate this gap, I have asked NG-CDF Mathira to partner with Mathira Technical and Training Institute to have mass production of masks to be distributed door-to-door for all our people,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
The constituency, Gachagua added, will use the emergency kitty to buy industrial sewing machines and accessories.
The tailors will work in shifts. “After the pandemic, the machines will remain at the institution for training students in [the] Tailoring and Design Department as well as making uniforms to be sold to parents from Mathira at discounted rates,” he said.
Edited by Josephine M. Mayuya