Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho has unveiled a multimillion-shilling programme that will see vulnerable households get free food deliveries in case the government imposes a lockdown over coronavirus.

The governor acknowledged that a majority of Mombasa residents depend on manual jobs to feed their families on a daily basis.

To minimise the impact of a lockdown that some have been anticipating, Joho has made arrangements that will help his people move through the tough period.

The county has set aside Ksh700 million for the Emergency Household Relief and Nutrition Support Project.

“We have an ambitious Ksh700 million effort led by the county government to provide nutrition support for 227,404 vulnerable households during this period,” Joho said.

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The county will set up distribution centres in all the sub-counties.

“We intend to deliver this package to all households in designated areas in the event of a lockdown,” he said.

The county boss was confident that the programme would be transparent with the national government through the Office of the County Commissioner playing a huge role in its implementation.

Joho also appealed to well-wishers from the private sector to help make the programme a success.

“We are willing to receive any support in-cash or in-kind. For in-kind donations of food, we have set up a collection centre in Tom Mboya Primary School, in Mvita, that is effective immediately,” he said.

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The governor has, however, warned traders and suppliers against increasing the prices of food commodities.

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