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Kenyans Make Hefty Donations On Jeff Koinange's Show After Heartbreaking Story

Ron KE

May. 21, 2020

A section of Kenyans touched by a heartbreaking report on Citizen TV started offering their donations as the bulletin progressed.
The story which aired on Wednesday, May 20, indicated that Ruth Shiundu, a mother of four, was living through tough times after her landlord broke her door and removed the roof of her house in Kawangware.
A few minutes after watching the report, businessman Philip Arunga vowed to pay rent for the troubled mother for a period of one year.
One of Jeff Koinange’s friends attached to Kasuku Center was also moved by the report and offered to offset rent for a period of one month.
“I was touched by the lady who could not pay her rent as shown tonight on the news. We are willing to pay one month’s rent,” stated the viewer.
In the report, Shiundu narrated that she had moved into the house in December 2019 and had diligently settled her bills supported by her bed-sheets sales business, but since the economy hit a snag, she could no longer pay rent on time.
She went on to discuss with her landlord about the effects of Covid-19 virus on her source of income but she (the landlord) did not sympathise. 
Kawangware resident Ruth Shiundu narrates her story to Citizen TV journalists on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.
“I sell beddings which is problematic now because people are sceptical of the country I import from. I just stay home for now but the landlord asked for rent.
“When I went to her house to lament, she told me that I was not her sister neither was I her child and if I was unable to pay rent, I should take my stuff to my relatives’ houses,” she said.
“I, however, do not have anything and I have been a widow for nine years,” she added amidst sobs.
The sad story also gripped Narok Senator Ledama Olekina who offered to send Ksh 20,000 to the woman to cater for foodstuff.
Cases of ruthlessness by landlords meted towards their tenants have been on the rise since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in March because many Kenyans depend on daily wages to settle their bills.
A survey conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on households and individuals shows a minute group of people’s rent burden was lifted in the month of April.
“Only 8.7 percent of households who took part in the survey received a rent waiver last month,”
A survey conducted by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics on the impact of COVID-19 on households and individuals shows that Kenyans have continued to feel the pinch of the virus which has led reduced loss of job, delayed income earnings causing late payment of rental charges.  
“The main reason for the households’ inability to pay rent for the month of April was the reduced income earnings,” reads the report.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics surveyed 15,840 respondents who took part in the Computer Assisted Telephone Interviews conducted between May 2 and May 9.
The bureau said that the randomly selected several individuals from all the 47 counties in the survey.
However, out of the 15,840 interviewees, 60 percent of them said that they paid their rent comfortably on the agreed date.
The report comes a month later after Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe had urged landlords to consider their tenants who are facing the virus effects.
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