Stop BBI drive to use funds to curb Covid 19- Migori Inter-faith

Migori Interfaith Network addressing the Press in Migori town

By MN Reporter

The Migori interfaith network hascalled upon the government to dissolve and abandon the building bridges initiative.

They said billions allocated for the drive and that to be used in referendum should be channeled to curb c

oronavirus spread.

In statement to the government on what it should priorite, the network through bishop Charles Otigo said billions set aside for BBI should be used to feed vulnerable and poor kenyans whose livelihood were hijacked by covid-19.

“The church is concerned with the rapid increase in covid-19 infections and deaths in the country we have been recording a high number of new infections daily,” Otigo said.

He said while they appreciated that the handshake between president Uhuru Kenyatta and right honourable Raila Odinga not only facilitated calmness in the country, they “were however concerned about the effects of covid-19 on the economy and as a result its effects on livelihood.”

Otigo said traders and households have lost income due to a reduction in the volume of economic activities .

“Government should use the available funds to eradicate the increase of petty theft and increase in domestic violence,” he said.

while appreciating the efforts by the government including the ministry of health’s daily updates on covid-19 and measures such as the dusk to dawn curfew, protocols enabling social distancing in restaurants and public transport among other public places, they noted that more investment should be directed in creating public awareness on the pandemic.