• IEBC reiterated it's commitment to supporting the nation in fighting the pandemic.
• The fund will be used to mobilise resources for an emergency response towards containing the spread, effect and impact of the disease.
The Independent Electoral and Boundary Commission (IEBC) has announced it has contributed Sh1.27 million towards the fight against Covid-19 in the country.
Through a letter addressed to the Chairperson of the Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund Board, Jane Karuku, the commission reiterated it's commitment to supporting the nation in fighting the pandemic.
"The commission is pleased to report that it has managed to collect a total of Sh1,272,359 and the said money banked in the Covid-19 Emergency Response fund CBK account," the commission's CEO Marjan Hussein Marjan said in the letter dated April 9.
The final amount was a sum-up of individual contributions from the Commission's Chairperson Wafula Chebukati, Commissioners Abdi Guliye, Boya Molu and other staff members.
Last month, the National Treasury established the Public Finance Management Regulations for the year 2020 which set up the emergency fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Treasury CS Ukur Yatani said the fund will be used to mobilise resources for an emergency response towards containing the spread, effect and impact of the disease.
The fund will also be used to purchase the essential supply for public hospitals and other related institutions, health professionals and front-line workers.
It will also be used to support and stimulate micro, small and medium enterprises which have been rendered vulnerable by the disease.
President Uhuru Kenyatta constituted a 10-member board to oversee the fund.
The board will play a key role in fostering the national response to the pandemic.
The board will be chaired by Jane Karuku and its members include acting Safaricom CEO Micheal Joseph, Equity Group chief executive James Mwangi, Dr Narenda Raval, KCB CEO Joshua Oigara and Absa Bank Kenya PLC managing director Jeremy Awori.
Others are Royal Media Services MD Wachira Waruru, Mohammed Hersi and Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO Phyllis Wakiaga.
While Kennedy Kihara will be the secretary to the board, Uhuru has designated Interior CS Fred Matiangi and the Chairperson Council of Governors Wycliffe Oparanya as joint representatives of the government.
The fund will also be used to restore facilities for compulsory quarantine for safe use by the hosting institutions.