Vulnerable families in Mombasa set to receive sh144M from the UK
By Allan Kai
Families living in informal settlements in Mombasa County are set to get Sh144 million from the UK government, to help mitigate the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking on Tuesday in Mombasa,the British High Commissioner to Kenya, Jane Marriot said the UK shall offer direct financial assistance to the poor within Mombasa, targeting about 10,000 people living below the poverty line.
The funds are set to be distributed through direct mobile money transfers to families and individuals so as to help them cater for the most basic of needs, such as rent and purchasing of food.
“I am pleased to be able to announce we will further help vulnerable communities in Mombasa access food and other basic supplies… We have a fantastic and longstanding relationship with Mombasa, which I was delighted to reaffirm with Governor Joho,” said Ms. Marriott.
Ms. Marriott spoke during a courtesy call on Mombasa County Governor, Hassan Joho at the County officess.She also toured the Moroto slum in Tudor ward where she interacted with potential beneficiaries of the cash transfer program.
Speaking at the same event, Governor Joho lauded the gesture by the British government.
“It’s not just about philanthropy but more to do with humanity. This means a lot to the people of Mombasa and the country at large.” Said Joho.
This gesture is among many initiatives that the UK government has undertaken in Kenya in the past to assist vulnerable communities receive financial, educational and developmental assistance through platforms such as Shujaaz and in collaboration with entities like UNICEF.
The support comes at a time where the country is faced with a looming “Covid-19 Millionaires” sacandal where it is alleged that there has been misappropriation of donor funds and medical aid seems to have been mishandled by government officials at the Ministry Of Health.
With this backdrop of alleged financial impropriety in the country, the high Commissioner was confident in the County Government’s ability to deliver, even reassuring continued support to the county in the future