Activist Boniface Mwangi has called for the rich to rise and assist the majority suffering Kenyans as Covid-19 hits hard on the economy. The coronavirus cases as of Monday totals to 42 with 2,050 people quarantined in about 14 government facilities across the country according to Health Cs Mutahi Kagwe.
“This is the time for Kenyan billionaires to show that they care. To give back, Kenya has 42 billionaires, according to the 2020 Knight Frank Wealth Report. We have 2,900 dollar millionaires. It’s time the super wealthy stepped up and helped. They might think they’re safe because of their money, but they forget their support staff are among Kenya’s poor, “posted Mwangi on his Facebook page.
Quoting top politicians like President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, He urged them to assist those suffering since most Kenyans who rely on small business have been shut down leaving them with no income.
“If people go hungry and chaos ensues, thieves won’t have to break into rich people’s homes; the poorly paid, mistreated guards will open the gate and walk away. Why risk your life for a rich man who can’t even donate to help the starving poor?” he stated.
Mwangi called all Kenya billionaires to donate anything towards the fight against Covid-19 epidemic. The country is under curfew from 7 P.M – 5 A.M with most business closed that includes bars, restaurants and other organizations reducing almost half of their workforce in order to cope with the deteriorating economy.
According to reports in 2019 there are about 356 billionaires in Kenya. Kenya is fourth in the list of African countries with the highest number of billionaires with 2169 billionaires. South Africa leads the billionaire club followed by Egypt with 932 billionaires and Nigeria with 531.