, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 26 – Safaricom was on Thursday evening due to disable the 848484 M-PESA number through which well-wishers have been donating for victims of the Westgate terror attack.
The funds collected are to be handed over to Kenya Red Cross on Friday.
The funds which amounted to Sh91,577, 297 at midday on Thursday, including a Sh20 million donation from Safaricom, fell just Sh8,422,703 million short of the Sh100 million target set.
The Kenya Red Cross, in turn, has pledged to explain how the funds will be utilized.
“We are just working out the finer details but we should be able to explain in exhaustive detail exactly where the money will go once we receive it tomorrow,” Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet told Capital FM News.
Capital FM separately established that about Sh50 million of the funds raised will be used to clear hospital bills and morgue charges the victims of Saturday’s terror attack incurred.
“We are aware that the MP Shah hospital waived their charges but not everyone was admitted there and we also have to consider the rehabilitation costs,” a source from within Safaricom told Capital FM News.
Another Sh15 million, the source revealed, is to be set aside for the emotional rehabilitation of the victims through specialised counselling, “Kids for example require a different approach and we have already began to contact various service providers.”
Those who witnessed firsthand the horror of the attacks, especially the security agents and first responders who helped to rescue victims, have also been factored into the psychological support allocation.
A proposed Sh5 million is also expected to be used in the upgrade of the blood bank at the Kenyatta National Hospital. “We want to be proactive and looking forward we want the blood there when it’s most needed.”
The source went on to explain that part of the donations had already been used to purchase the materials needed for the blood collection exercise at Uhuru Park.
“Coca-Cola donated the water and other replenishments for the donors but don’t forget the bags and tubes required to collect the blood,” said the well-placed source who requested anonymity.
The ambulances that helped ferry the victims to hospital and the deceased to the morgues are also expected to benefit through the replenishment of their reserves.
Accountability for the funds lies with the Kenya Red Cross who are expected to ensure that the donations actually benefit the victims of the terror attack.