President Uhuru Kenyatta has announced a 53.7billion budget meant to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the country’s economy.
The President outlines eight agendas which include; Education, infrastructure, tourism and the manufacturing sector.
Uhuru said KSh6.5billion will be allocated to the ministry of education to ire 10,000 more teachers and 1,000 ICT interns to support the government’s digital learning program. Additionally, 250,000 desks will be distributed across schools in the country.
A total of Ksh5billion has also been set aside to hire local labor for the rehabilitation of roads and bridges across the country.
Further, the country plans to hire 5,000 healthcare workers with diploma or certificate for a period of one year with Ksh.1.7billion set aside to expand capacity in public hospital.
The President said there is a need to engage young people as the country continues to fight the pandemic.
“I have started to harness the energy of our young people engaging them in the National Hygiene Program- Kazi mtaani initiative. Under this program we will spend a total of 10 billion shillings engaging our youth in restoring public hygiene standards, urban civil works, and other public undertakings.” Uhuru said
The program has so far engaged 26,000 youths and the government aims at increasing the number to200,000.
An additional Ksh1billion has also been set aside to control floods occurring in the country due to the heavy rains and a further Ksh540billion set aside for the Greening Kenya Campaign.
The head of state said Ksh250m will be disbursed to vulnerable families weekly through the cash transfer program adding that the government has opted to use M-pesa to transfer the cash.
The tourism and hotel industry will also receive Ksh2billion which will provide soft loans to hotels to facilitate them restructure their businesses after being hit by the coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time, the president announced 31 new cases of coronavirus raising the tally of infections to 1,192. So far, Kenya has done 57,650 tests.