Nairobi Metropolitan Services Director General Major General Mohammed Badi joined Acting Nairobi Governor Benson Mutura on Tuesday when he engaged in his first function as the county boss to donate food to the less privileged in the county.
Mutura and Badi flagged off a consignment of 5,000 bales of wheat flour and 5,000 bales of maize flour donated by Kifaru company, to different parts of the county, from Uhuru Park.
Mutura and Badi said the food will reach the targeted recipients after weeks of identification of the needy through a collaboration with churches and mosques.
Mutura said the county is only responding to requests from Nairobi residents, who have been inundating the county administration with cries for help.
“More so this year, because of the pandemic, we have so many families who are in need of food. We are appealing to well-wishers to come onboard so that we can be able to feed our less privileged,” said Mutura.
Badi said: “Our doors are open. We are waiting for more donors.Nairobi has got a huge population of people who are living in underprivileged and disadvantaged areas.”
The General said the county will require a lot of help from well-wishers in order to ensure this festive season is celebrated by all and sundry.
The acting Governor said this Christmas period is a unique one and there is need to support each other in the Kenyan spirit of togetherness.
Mutura said the pandemic has taught many Kenyans a lesson in sharing with the underprivileged.
“This year has been very challenging and I believe all of us now embrace the issue of family,” said Mutura.
He noted that sharing has and should be the norm to enhance familyvalues and unity among people.
The acting Governor cautioned against overindulging during the festive season, saying the county and country at large will need the man powerso as to work towards the recovery of the economy that has been ravaged by Covid-19.
“I wish all Nairobians a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. But as you celebrate, I urge you to take extra precautions because Covid is real,” said Mutura.
Badi reiterated the need to take extra precautions as a personal responsibility saying authorities will never be everywhere to police people.
“Stay safe. If possible, avoid travelling. Travelling will be manspreading (the virus) for those who are infected,” said Badi.
Badi said they will be working throughout the festive season to ensure service delivery reaches each and every common mwananchi.
“Happy holidays and stay safe,” he said.