Kwale County Governor Salim Mvurya on Tuesday announced measures to cushion Kwale residents from imminent poverty in the wake of the covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking after chairing the County Emergency Response Team in Kwale, Mvurya said the measures are aimed at making sure Kwale residents do not suffer economically even as the government fights to contain the spread of coronavirus in Kenya.
“We have come up with measures at county level which are more specific and aimed at helping our people to be able to manage their livelihoods as the country fights the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
The county government has waived all penalties on land rates and interests on single business permits.
The county has also waived all outpatient charges in all county public hospitals.
Market entry charges and market stall fees have also been suspended. The county government also suspended parking fees for private motor vehicles, Public serice vehicles, tuktuks and bodabodas.
“All these measures will apply in the next 60 days beginning April 1, 2020. In our view we consider these as key areas that support the small businesses in the county,” he stated.
Apart from these measures the county government of Kwale has also acquired 100 tons of maize seeds that have been distributed to over 15,000 farmers across the county to support the people of Kwale.
The county government of Kwale has also acquired two more tractors bringing the total number of county tractors to 44.
“I have directed that all these tractor should plough for our farmers free of charge,” he added.