Utility service providers should spare Kenyans bills until COVID-19 pandemic is contained, urge Heath CS Mutahi Kagwe

CS Mutahi Kagwe. Image|Courtesy

Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe has said that utility service providers should spare Kenyans the burden of paying bills, during this tough economic times.

Addressing the public at Afia House Nairobi, CS Kagwe urged Kenya power and water companies to extend the services, should they see delays in payment this month.

“If the public does not pay electricity or water bills this months, do not disconnect them. Understand that this are difficult times and we need these services to aid us in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kagwe.

The CS echoes part of UNCTAD Secretary General Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi’s advice to the government on utility bills.

Speaking to a local television on Tuesday night, Dr. Kituyi urged the government to caution Kenyans against these utility bills, to protect them from the risk of contracting the contagious disease.

Mr. Kagwe added that the government is in talks with the service providers, especially water companies, through the respective ministries, to ensure steady supply.

He warned Kenyans to be prepared for stiffer measures to be undertaken by the government in the fight against the virus.

“Prepare for stiffer measures in the coming days. A lock down is not the right measure to undertake –because if you lock about 10 people in one place, yet one of them is infected what will we be doing… –but if we don’t follow the measures put in place, it will be the only option,” added the CS.

The number of Coronavirus cases in the country have grown to 81, after 22 tested positive out of the 300 people tested in the last 24 hours.

“This number should put us on high alert, if 81 are affected possibilities are high that the person next to you is infected, keep distance and stay safe,” warned CS Kagwe.

See also: COVID-19 cases in Kenya continue to surge as China recovers

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