Kisumu Governor, Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o today morning officiated the official launch of the County’s Covid 19 response fund to mobilize funds in a bid to mitigate the anticipated spread of the pandemic and to cushion the vulnerable members of the County from socio- economic effects of the virus.
It was during this event that the Governor stated that his Deputy and him will take home a pay cut of 30% for the next three months beginning this April, the County Executive Members to take a pay cut of 20%, Chief Officers 15% and Directors 10% in that order.
This will see an injection of about 3.7 million to the funds, in addition to 200million drawn from the budget expenditure.
The Governor also applauded the members of Kisumu County Social and Economic Council (KECSOC) for their good gesture of donation of One Million Kenya Shillings from MrKee Li Kwong Wing a member and a personal contribution of Ksh. 100, 000 into the funds kitty.
The resource mobilzation exercise targets to raise a total of 800Million Kenya Shillings to cushion the vulnerable and the marginalized during this hard economic times.
The donated funds are to be directed to Account named Covid 19 Response Kisumu County, Number 0152381376001, SBM Bank (K) ltd, Swift Code SBMKENA, Code 15 , Branch Code 015, Kisumu Branch.
The County will come up with a pay bill number, later this afternoon to assist those who want to make contributions and cannot access the bank easily.
He also received donations of hand sanitizers of 70 cartons each containing 24 bottles from a corporation of Kisumu bottlers, Nairobi bottlers, Coastal bottlers and Almasi. This being the first batch they have pledged to bring more hand sanitizers and food items in a few days to come.
Currently, the County has about 3000 evacuees due to floods realised at Nyando, Nyakach and Muhoroni, he therefore appealed to well wishers, donors and the members of the business community to continue giving food items and clothing that can be given to the affected persons. He promised to set a collection point at the Jomo Kenyatta Sports ground.
The Governor also implored on the media to enhance sensitization to the people especially on the basic hygiene measures like putting on masks, washing hands and maintaining a social distance of one and half meter until the message reaches everyone within the County.
He also thanked the management of Kibos sugar for having donated thousands of litters of hand sanitizers that have continued ti be used both in health facilities and public places.
Also present during the event were members of KEKOSOC, Director Special Programs Madam Ruth Odinga, among other top county officials