Street urchins in the lakeside city of Kisumu are calling for help from the county government to cushion them from the effects of COVID-19 pandemic that has left them without food.
Through their chairman, Moses Oyieyo, the street kids have asked Governor Anyang Nyong’o to offer them relief food as the country battles the pandemic.
Oyieyo says they fall under the vulnerable group and there is no help they have received from the county or the national government that is also giving stipend to families.
Speaking to the press in Kisumu, Oyieyo says they are struggling to make ends meets since the start of the virus that has wrecked the economy.
Vincent Ochieng, a member of the street family says they have undergone a lot of frustrations from the county government of Kisumu.
Ochieng says even before the pandemic, they had lost most of the livelihoods after demolitions by the county government.
They are requesting the national government to intervene and have them absorbed in the kazi mtaani, a program that was initiated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to cushion Kenyans from effects of the pandemic.
The street children are also protesting against the brutality meted on them by the police as they enforce dusk to dawn curfew.