35 tenants in Embakasi West constituency in Nairobi will live rent-free for a whole month.
This is after their landlord, area MP George Theuri, reached a decision to forego collection for the month of April to help caution them against the economic side effects of the coronavirus.
Tenants woke up early Wednesday morning to find the surprise posters mounted on their doors which indicated the move.
Speaking on behalf of the tenants, KCC community leader Monica Kabogo lauded the MP for the noble step.
“We really appreciate our bighearted man Hon. George Theuri. He is indeed a leader, a person to be emulated by many. Our very own mhesh has exempted rent due to the ongoing pandemic. I believe these are the kind of leaders we want,” she said.
Paul Kuria was more philosophical in his testimony: It takes a noble man to plant a seed for a tree that will someday give shade to people he may never meet…congratulations Hon. Theuri.”
Theuri has been spearheading vigorous campaigns in the constituency to sensitive the public about the disease.
Soon after the government went public with the first case detected in Kenya, the MP took to his social media platforms urging his constituents to observe safety measures.
“My people I humbly request you during this difficult time to try and keep safe and protect our loved ones……Social Distance and Self quarantine is the way out,” he said.
Theuri discouraged the youth from gathering in public at their usual meeting points, pointing out that as of now no one really knew the status of the other concerning the disease.
“Hii story ya kukaa baze,direct body contact eg kugota, kujazana baze za jaba, bar, na ku gather for now let’s try and avoid u never know the status of your friends, neighbours etc.”
The MP also urged parents to ensure that their children were placed under key and lock at home to safeguard them from catching and spreading the virus.
“Also for parents out there, let’s protect our children. It’s not a must they play outside. As for now, let’s keep them indoors. Let them outside only when it’s necessary.”
He appealed to residents of Embakasi West to join hands with the rest of the world in fighting the virus by following guidelines issued by the government on safety procedures.
“Keep safe; Covid 19 is real. Let’s save our nation and our loved ones by adhering to the set out rules, together we can kick out Covid 19 by observing the set rules and guidelines……”
The world has gone to a panic mode as the covid-19 virus continues spreading and ravaging nations, claiming thousands of lives in its wake.
On Wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration announced a raft of measures aimed at cautioning members of the public against the effects of the pandemic, including 100% tax waiver for workers earning below Sh25,000 and temporarily suspending the activities of the Credit Reference Bureau (CRB).
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has on numerous occasions sent a passionate plea to landlords to put on a humane face as Kenya grapples with the crisis.
To-date, 27 people have been confirmed to be covid-19 positive from tests done at various government-established check-up installations around the country, with 11 new cases being detected within 48 hours.
President Kenyatta on Wednesday imposed a partial dusk to dawn lockdown in the country beginning Friday 27, March 2020 in an effort to tame the spread of the virus.