- In 2020, landlord Michael Munene was praised nationally for waiving rent for his tenants in Kinangop to cushion them against the effects of COVID-19
- Munene is in the news again, and for yet another good course as he now offers counselling in one of the houses he owns
- In essence, the landlord has let go of the rent he would have collected from the house and turned into a centre of hope for those struggling psychologically
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At a time the world's economy was going through a rough patch due to the ravages of COVID-19, Dr Michael Munene became a national hero.
This is after the kind landlord from Kinangop in Nyandarua county allowed his tenants to go for four months without paying rent.
Apart from waiving the rent, Munene started a food store through which he donated basics to help feed those who could not afford meals.
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According to him, that was his personal contribution to cushioning them against the struggling economy.
"When this pandemic came to Kenya, life became unbearable and some of them could not afford to raise the rent early enough resorting to borrowing, that's why I have decided not to charge them," he said.
Munene, who works as a dentist with North Kinangop Catholic Hospital was praised for having a heart of gold that went past material gain and into service to humanity.
Heart of gold
It is now emerging that Munene is not yet done with his heartwarming deeds as he recently set aside one of his houses to serve as a counselling centre for tenants who may be struggling emotionally.
Most of those interviewed by NTV revealed that when the pandemic struck, their sources of income were dealt a blow which made it difficult to cope.
Even as vaccination exercises continue worldwide, not everyone has managed to get back on track financially, the reason Munene decided to offer counselling services.
"Things are still not okay financially. As a matter of fact, the aftereffects are even worse at this point in time," he told the media.
By so doing, the good landlord not only foregoes the rent he would have collected from the premises but also gives hope to many who would have given up on life.