ODM launches relief service
21 May 2015, 18:14
Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has launched a relief service for Kenyans in distress.
The party says that the service will be to help raise money for Kenyans suffering from various problems such as displacement, floods and other issues.
The party launched the service Thursday at Orange House in Nairobi.
Deputy Party leader Ali Hassan Joho, who is also the Mombasa Governor stated that the move will help Kenyans who are in distress and lack direct help from the government get some relief.
"We intend to stand in solidarity with Kenyans in distress wherever they are and whenever we can within our limited means," he said.
" We will always bear in mind the words of the party leader that in times
of tragedy, there is no opposition and there is no government. We will
stand as members of one Kenyan family," he added.
The relief service will use the Mpesa pay-bill number 673673 to take donations.
Below is the full statement from Joho.
There can be no denying that the country is struggling with
unprecedented cases of instability and destabilization across the
Terrorism and the war on terror, conflicts between
communities over resources like water and pastures and cattle rustling
have left many people struggling to get along day by day. Add to
these the high and ever rising cost of commodities and services like
school fees, unga, rent, milk, among other things and we have a clear
picture why Kenyans are clearly feeling pushed to the wall and left on
their own. The problem of displacement through insecurity began
immediately after elections the elections in 2013. Fighting erupted
almost everywhere; in Bungoma, Teso, parts of the Coast, Tana River,
Turkana, Marsabit and many other places, destroying life and property
and pushing more people into poverty. Last week, the Party Leader
Hon Raila Odinga visited Baringo, which is one of the flash points when
it comes to cattle rustling and inter-communal conflict over resources.
The Party Leader came back from Baringo with heart breaking tales of
suffering, neglect and feeling of betrayal by fellow Kenyans in the
area.Teachers in the few working schools have been forced to also host displaced children in their own homes at their own expense. The few operational schools have become homes to the displaced
communities and the few livestock they have salvaged from endless raids. There is sickness as a result of people eating poisoned seeds.
Many abandoned homes in Baringo have been vandalized and many families
will have to start from scratch if and when peace returns to the region.
Many families have lost all their livestock which are usually the only property the people in Baringo own.The tales from Baringo are easily replicated in many other parts of the
country where fighting is off and on; from Kapedo to Narok, Baragoi to
Marsabit, Garissa to Tana River to Mombasa. The list is endless.
some time, we in ODM, the largest party in the country, have been
asking ourselves what we can do on our own, to help alleviate the pain
Kenyans are going through. We have been thinking of how we can go beyond
just saying pole and help alleviate the suffering in more practical
ways. Baringo seems to be the stroke that broke the camel’s back.
The Party Leader called me from the ground and challenged me to find out
what we can do.
Luckily, a prayer group that has also been meeting
here in Orange House to pray, that is the Peace and Reconciliation
Movement, has also been asking itself the same question. We agreed to
work together and launch a relief service, hence this event today. We are not in competition with the government. We are in partnership.
While we intend to make Baringo our first stop, it will not be our last
stop. We intend to stand in solidarity with Kenyans in distress wherever
they are and whenever we can within our limited means.
always bear in mind the words of the party leader that in times of
tragedy, there is no opposition and there is no government. We will
stand as members of one Kenyan family. We need items like exercise
books, text books, foodstuff, building materials like iron sheets and
poles, mosquito nets, drugs, etc. And we need money. We will retain
Orange House as the collection point for materials. But we have also
launched a number through which people can send money directly into the
relief kitty. THE NUMBER IS 673673. It is ready to receive your donation
Let us stand up for fellow Kenyans. Standing up for each other in times of distress is our tradition. And I want all of you to know that we are dealing with a very urgent situation and ever changing situation.
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