Outrage in Kenya after govt spent £67,000 of coronavirus funds on tea, snacks in few months
London, April 30, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Kenyans online are outraged after the ministry of health spent huge sums, £67,000 on tea, snacks and for its staff in the battle against coronavirus pandemic.
Some 4m Kenyan shillings ($37,000; £30,000) has been spent on tea and snacks, while 2m Kenyan shillings has been used on airtime for staff, according to the ministry’s budget that has been made public.
I am surprised not about the figures in the table but how the government of Kenya managed to convince world bank to give them kshs. 1 billion. Like how can you approve over kshs. 20 millions to go on useless stuffs like tea, snacks, printing of forms and airtime? #thieves pic.twitter.com/P9V4Vp071u— kimalewa finest (@peterwekesa19) April 29, 2020
This is part of a budget of 10m Kenyan shillings for tea and snacks for an unspecified period and 6m Kenyan shillings for airtime for three months.
#MoneyHeist I don't believe in passing out judgement blindly but government should really try and explain this figures as a moral responsibility especially now when so many are suffering pic.twitter.com/CLDrHyhU7G— F (@Feloflox) April 30, 2020
Other items in the budget include leasing of ambulances, stationary and fuel.
The money was part of the $9.3m donated by the World Bank to Kenya for emergency response during the pandemic.
Kenyan newspapers on Thursday headlined with a rebuke of the expenditure.
Surely all that money being stolen…the government is not even giving it’s citizens masks …not paying for treatment #MoneyHeist— Dj Mr.T Kenya (@tmistah) April 30, 2020
On social media citizens pointed out how poor Kenyans had nothing to eat and doctors do not have adequate protective equipment:
“You are charging Kenyans for mandatory quarantine and subsequent treatment in time of a global pandemic while shamelessly telling us you spent tens of millions of ksh on printing and tea!” Njau Muchira tweeted.
“How you spend millions on tea and snacks while people don’t even have face masks is obnoxious and cantankerous,” Walter Nyauma tweeted.
“A certain ministry allocates itself 4 millions just on tea and snacks in 1 month while a woman in Mombasa resorts to boiling stones just to convince her children that there is food cooking,” Denzin tweeted.
The anger by Kenyans come shortly after a story of a widow in Mombasa boiled stones for her children, as she has no food, was aired on one of the local television stations.
According to her, she has been boiling stones for the last few days, in the name of cooking to make her hungry children think a meal is being prepared as she has nothing to feed them on.
Her tribulations come despite an announcement by the Governor of that county, Hassan Joho, that people like her would benefit from free food.
Currently, the ministry is awaiting release of additional Sh2.3 billion from the World Bank to support the response for the remainder of this financial year.