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Kenya Coronavirus fund raises over Ksh 1.2b

The Kenya Cooronavirus fund has raised over Kshs 1.2 Billion for Emergency Response.

The COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund Chairperson Jane Karuku, says so far in terms of cash they have been able to raise Kshs 917,768,950.00.

In terms of material resources, that is, food and non-food items the fund has raised Kshs 370,300,000.00, bringing the total contribution to Kshs 1,288,068,950.00

She said the funds and other donations continue to be received and will be updated in due course with a detailed list of all contributions available on the fund’s website

She reaffirmed that the donations will be utilised to support the government’s efforts in the supply of medical facilities and equipment and support for vulnerable communities.

“The Board would like to express its deepest gratitude for the support and goodwill that the fund continues to receive from Kenyans from all walks of life. We would like to encourage more Kenyans to donate to the fund as we all work together to overcome this challenge.” She said.

On 1st April 2020, His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta established the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The principal objective of the Fund is to mobilise resources for an emergency response towards containing the spread, effects and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The resources seek to support the government’s efforts in the supply of medical facilities and equipment and support for vulnerable communities with their immediate needs, including food.

“The Board embarked on its mandate and I am happy to report that the support and goodwill towards this initiative have been very encouraging. Corporates, foundations, religious institutions and individuals have enthusiastically stepped forward to donate to the fund.” She added.

The Board is chaired by KBL Managing Director Jane Karuku.

Other Fund Board Members include Secretary Kennedy Kihara, Safaricom Board member Mr Michael Joseph, Equity Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr James Mwangi and his KCB Group Counterpart Joshua Oigara.

Other Board members include DEVKI Steel Mills Chairman Dr Narenda Raval, ABSA Bank Kenya CEO Mr Jeremy Awori, Royal Media Services Managing Director Mr Wachira Waruru, Kenya Tourism Federation chairman Mr Mohammed Hersi and Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO, Ms Phyllis Wakiaga. Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Security Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i and Council of Governors Chairperson Wycliffe Oparanya are also sitting on the Fund’s committee as the Government’s joint representatives.

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Chief Justice David Maraga

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Source – KBC

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