“I have bought these maize, It will be milled into Unga at Kimilili maize milling plant which will then be packaged into five Kg sacks awaiting to be distributed after a survey has been done on the deserving families,” he said.

Vulnerable families in Kimilili constituency will benefit from 5kg of milled maize (Unga) each in case the government enforces a lockdown to fight coronavirus.

Area Mp Didmus Barasa has bought 400 bags of maize which have already been delivered in a store.

Addressing the press after receiving the initial 200 bags of maize at KIE grounds in Kimilili town on Thursday April 2, the law maker observed that the milled maize will help cushion area residents against hunger pangs during the lockdown.

“I have bought these maize, It will be milled into Unga at Kimilili maize milling plant which will then be packaged into five Kg sacks awaiting to be distributed after a survey has been done on the deserving families,” he said.

The legislator stated that the government is likely to lock down the country in order to combat spread of COVID-19 pandemic and thus he is prepared to supply food to his voters including cooking fat.

He pointed out that he had used Sh1.3 million personal money to cushion area residents against hunger in anticipation of the lockdown to fight Coronavirus.

Barasa further called on the county government and other elected leadership to follow suit and set aside money to buy enough food which will be distributed to their voters.

“It is always good to plan in advance and that is why am asking my colleagues to be on the forefront to stand with their voters, this is the only way they can survive from hunger pangs incase of the possible lockdown,” he said

The law maker pointed out that he was working with the national government officers including the deputy county commissioner down-word in identifying needy cases that will benefit from Unga.  

 Kimilili division Assistant County Commissioner Philip Mutai asked area residents to follow the government directive in fighting the global pandemic COVID-19.

“Coronavirus is a serious disease, we should maintain cleanliness through washing hands and keeping the social distance, this is the only way we can survive,” he said.

He stated that this is the third almost fourth week and the number of those contracting the disease is rising daily and Kenyans need to seriously follow the government directive.

He ordered boda boda riders to be carrying one pillion passengers only to helping in combating coronavirus which is sweeping across the globe.

“Identification of food stores in location and sub location levels are going on so that the government can distributes food to Kenyans, we will help in identifying the vulnerable families so that they succeed in getting food distribution from the area Mp,” said Mutai

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