By GPS and DC/PR
Her Excellency Deputy Cecilia Mbuthia today received a donation of 550 bales of Soko maize meal Capwell Industries, bolstering His Excellency Governor Francis Kimemia’s ongoing interventions against the Coronavirus pandemic in Nyandarua.
The Thika-based company produces a variety of foodstuffs, including those received by Nyandarua, which are part of a KShs. 20 million donation to the National Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund (NCERF).
Thanking the firm for its generosity during a brief ceremony at offices of the Department of Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services in Ol’Kalou, the deputy County head also hailed the NCERF for identifying Nyandarua as one of its beneficiaries.
Under the leadership of both Governor Kimemia and County Commissioner Mr. Boaz Cherutich, the County Emergency Response Committee (CERC) has already mapped out 30,000 vulnerable households across Nyandarua which require emergency food assistance during this period, including residents of existing urban slums, 38 colonial villages and camps for integrated Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).
Among the most vulnerable are the elderly and ailing, people with disabilities, the terminally ill, furloughed workers on flower farms, matatu operators, hotel workers, orphans and vulnerable children.
The Deputy Governor noted that residents of semi-arid Ndaragwa Sub-County are among the hardest hit, following recent locust invasions.
“They destroyed crops and left farmers with nothing to look forward to, not even seeds for next season,” she said.
So far, over 9,000 households have been reached through CERC channels, in accordance with Government health and safety guidelines.
Citing a recent survey by the Kenya Bureau of Statistics which ranked Nyandarua as a premier investment destination, the Deputy Governor invited Capwell Industries to identify other possible areas of collaboration with Governor Kimemia beyond COVID-19, including relocating and sourcing for cereals from Nyandarua.
“We are currently upgrading roads across the County through our flagship construction equipment program to ease movement of goods and services,” she said.
The firm’s Corporate Affairs Manager Mr. Obadiah Gitive hailed Governor Kimemia for outstanding efforts to cushion residents from hunger in these times and for enabling commerce.
Accompanying her were County Executive Committee Member for Education, Gender Affairs, Culture and Social Services Hon. Stephen Njoroge, the department’s Chief Officer Ms. Sarah Waithera, County Attorney Hon. Anne Githinji and Chief of Staff Mr. Charles Wachira, among other senior County Government officials.