Senate yield a sum of KSh.200 million to aid in containing COVID-19 pandemic in Kenya

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The senate on Tuesday contacted a special sitting to deliberate on a number of measures to help the country fight coronavirus pandemic.

Senate speaker Ken Lusaka said that a sum of Kshs.200 million will be yielded from its budget to aid the government curb the spread of the virus.

“As you are aware, a number of measures have been taken by various levels of government and state officers in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic, therefore, as senate we will be joining hands to curb the virus spread,” said Speaker Lusaka.

The move was reached at the meeting of the Senate Business Committee held on Monday.

“The Committee resolved that the senate shall yield a sum of Kshs.200 million from our budget allocation in the current Financial Year 2019/2020 to aid the government in combating the pandemic,” said Lusaka.

During the special sitting, senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen commended the government and health officers for their efforts in curbing the spread of the virus, since it was first reported in the country.

He said the senate will formulate a raft of measures to aid the against COVID-19, including the formation of an ad hoc committee to aid in implementation of possible measures.

The majority leader said the senate will implement directives by the government that will see into the continuous supply of food and basic needs to vulnerable groups during this epidemic.

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