The Government has sent an order to twelve agencies to implement its move to make alcohol-based sanitizers to be issued to Kenyans for free.
Through a letter from the Head of Public service Joseph Kinyua addressed to the senior managers of the twelve agencies, the government has placed the mandate squarely on Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC).
“The Government is desirous of distributing affordable sanitizers to the general public. To this end, corporations in the oil industry have volunteered to produce alcohol based sanitizers for distribution for free to the general public”, the letter stated in part.
The measures are urgent and the govt further ordered that all ethanol held should be idientified and released for the purposes.
The communication further stated:
The purpose of this communication is to instruct the Members of the Multi Agency Team (MAT) to urgently:-
i. Identify all ethanol held under any offences at the various ports of entry and Customs areas in the Republic of Kenya.
ii. Release the said ethanol to Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) under the MAT Framework.
KPC will liaise with the oil industry players, who have expressed willingness to produce the sanitizers, for the expedited manufacture and distribution. Further, KPC will implement an accountability framework to ensure that the ethanol is utilized for the manufacture and distribution of the sanitizers.
The eight agencies ordered to facilitate the availability of ethanol for manufature of hand sanitizers are: Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Nattional Environmental Management Agency (NEMA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS), Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), The Director of Public Health, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC), the letter was copied to CS Ministry of Health, CS Ministry of Interior and Government Coordination, CS National Treasury and The Director of Public Prosecutions.
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