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Monday June 8, 2020 – Kajiado Governor, Joseph ole Lenku, slammed President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Government over the unfair distribution of Ksh 5 billion Covid19 funds to counties.
Speaking yesterday, Lenku noted that his County had one of the highest cases in the country yet it received less money than what some of the Counties with fewer cases had been allocated.
“We have been allocated Sh 52 Million, yet we now have 92 confirmed cases.”
“Counties that are yet to record a single case have been allocated more than Sh 200 Million.”
“The allocation of Ksh 5 billion to counties to support efforts to fight COVID-19 needs an urgent review,” decried ole Lenku.
The former Interior Cabinet Secretary added that there are indications that Kajiado County will suffer more from the pandemic, and as such, the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) is misrepresenting the correlation between the allocation of resources and the needs of the people.
According to Lenku, Kajiado is at risk of high Covid19 infections due to closeness to the Namanga border.
“In fact, 70 per cent of our cases are related to the Namanga and Oloitokotik borders where the majority are truck drivers,” he stated.
According to data from the Ministry of Health, Kajiado currently is the third most affected with a total of 92 confirmed cases of Covid19 after Nairobi and Mombasa.
Nairobi, which is the epicentre of the disease in the country, was allocated Ksh 294 Million while Mombasa was allocated Ksh100 Million.
The schedule further reveals that a County like Kakamega which is yet to report any positive Covid19 case was allocated Ksh 262 Million.
Kisii County was allocated Ksh 156 million while Uasin Gishu, with less than 50 cases, was allocated Ksh 125 Million.
The Kenyan DAILY POST