Kilifi County Government plans to spend Ksh 220 million for the humanitarian intervention of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Governor Amason Kingi has said.
Kingi said they will use the funds which have since been approved by county assembly in a supplementary budget to buy drugs, provision of health services and give out money directly to vulnerable families in the county.
Speaking in Kilifi, Kingi said they have also launched an appeal for donations from donors and already they have started receiving foodstuff at the Kenya Cereals Board Stores in Kilifi.
The move is aimed at helping support all those affected by the pandemic and cannot sustain their livelihoods.
He said there are those highly affected who will either be given food or money through Mpesa.
Governor Kingi announced tax waiver for traders, public service vehicles and businesses until the end of the financial year.
This move comes as security personnel in Kilifi County are set to begin implementing the partial lockdown that will prevent movement in and out of the county.
Already the security officers have mounted roadblocks in strategic areas and deployed security personnel to beaches and other potential areas that can be used as Panya routes by rogue Kenyans.
Malindi OCPD Vitalis Otieno Malindi Sub County Police Commander said officers will be inspecting anybody passing through the roadblock and if not allowed to enter shall be turned to where they are supposed to go.
The Police commander said no one will be allowed to enter in or outside Kilifi County.
He said they have deployed several officers in the beaches to be on surveillance on a 24 hours basis.
”No ship, boat, or any other water vessel that will be allowed to pass through the waters or to ferry people on the beaches,” he said.
Otieno said they will ensure all the fishermen operating are those who are known as hey have their list.
He said security personnel will be patrolling with public health officers to educate people on the importance of social distancing of one meter.
The OCPD said they will also be sensitizing people to avoid overcrowding adding that the majority have complied.
Otieno said they have managed to arrest several bodabodas and tuk-tuks who defied the directives and will take them to court when times come.
He said vehicles from Malindi to Kilifi will be allowed but vehicles going outside Kilifi will not be allowed to go unless the vehicles carrying cargo and other specified vehicles.
”Those who will be allowed into Kilifi county are doctors, those carrying foodstuffs, journalists but all the others who are not in the directive shall not be allowed,” he said.