COVID-19 WOES

Number of needy, hungry people rising, says Kiambu official

People told not to assume their neighbours are okay

In Summary

• Wamitugo said most people do not have an income after their businesses and places of work were closed, others are getting half pay, while others are on unpaid leave.

• Wamitugo said more than 3,000 people in the area are in need of food.

Kiambu county government economic adviser Njoki Wamitugo in Lari deputy county commissioner Aaron Koros office
DON'T ASSUME: Kiambu county government economic adviser Njoki Wamitugo in Lari deputy county commissioner Aaron Koros office
Image: /GEORGE MUGO

The number of needy people in the country has increased as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Kiambu economic adviser Njoki Wamitugo has said.

She has urged residents to help needy neighbours, saying they should not assume people are not sleeping hungry, since they are employed or are in business.

Wamitugo said most people do not have an income after their businesses and places of work were closed, others are getting half pay, while others are on unpaid leave.

“Please do not disregard information that people who never slept hungry are now sleeping hungry,” she said.

Wamitugo, the treasurer of Lari for Larians Initiative (LLI), spoke on Tuesday in Kireita, Lari subcounty, when she helped the group present food worth Sh250,000 to Lari deputy county commissioner Aaron Koros. The food will be distributed to needy Lari residents.

Wamitugo said more than 3,000 people in the area are in need of food.

“We cannot feed all these people and the county government cannot. What is important is to develop a sense of sharing and knowing what our neighbours are doing. Let us care for each other, our best neighbours who are our best friends could be suffering,” she said.

LLI chairman Paul Ngunyi said the group had brought together professionals from the area and other well-wishers from the subcounty to discuss different topics such as education, agriculture and food security in the region.

He said the food to help needy Lari residents was raised through their WhatsApp group within one week.

Other members of the group include MP Jonah Mburu, county public service director Peter Gichuki, musician Charles Manji, Destiny Gitau, John Karumba human rights crusader Kamau Mariga, among others.

 

Edited by A.N

Lari for Larians Initiative chairman Paul Ngunyi in Kireita last week on Wednesday
FEEDING THE HUNGRY: Lari for Larians Initiative chairman Paul Ngunyi in Kireita last week on Wednesday
Image: /GEORGE MUGO