NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – Nairobi City County First Lady Primrose Mbuvi Sonko has come to the aid of a man whose deplorable living conditions were highlighted by the media.
Ishmael Khamisi, who stays in Makina, Kibra Constituency, has been living inside an abandoned vehicle for two years with his two kids aged 10 and 13 years.
Khamisi’s fortunes will now change for the better after Mrs Sonko promised to support him and ensure his children are back to school.
Speaking on Tuesday when she visited the makeshift home of the family in Makina, the First Lady said she will relocate the family from the location and provided shelter for them.
Mrs Sonko also assured Khamisi that his two children will immediately be enrolled in school.
“I will provide a fully furnished house to Mr Khamisi, pay his rent for the next six months and also ensure his kids are back in schools,” she said.
The First Lady also promised Mr Khamisi that the Nairobi City County Government will provide him with an employment opportunity when a vacancy arises in the county.
“I will talk to Governor Mike Sonko to ensure you are hired by the county when they advertise for vacancies,” promised Mrs Sonko.
Khamisi’s two children have been attending Undugu Basic Education Unit in Kibra, where pupils are offered non-formal education for free, but Mrs Sonko has now assured that the two children will be enrolled in a public institution.
Mrs Sonko has further promised to look for the mother of the two kids who separated with Khamisi 10 years ago.
The man’s wife abandoned him a decade ago when their last born was just six months old, immediately when Khamisi lost his casual job which was his only source of income.
‘’I will try my best to re-unite the family since Khamisi will have a stable income in the next few months. But I’m appealing to mothers not to abandon their families during difficult moments in life,” added Mrs Sonko.
Amina Hassan, a neighbour to Khamisi, thanked Nairobi County First Lady for rescuing the family from their troubles.
“I want to thank Mrs Sonko for showing her generosity by saving the man and his two kids. The family has been suffering by living inside the abandoned vehicle. The children have been getting sick due to lack of shelter. I have been providing the family with food, but I’m now relieved since Mrs Sonko will now cater for their needs,” she said.