Mutua underlined that he had strategically developed and steered the county away from dependence on relief food during his ten-years tenure.
His sentiments were perceived to be aiming on his successor, Wavinya Ndeti, who received and flagged relief food donations.
"I want to thank our committee, the national and county government to ensure we get food for the people of Machakos County. As you know we had been removed from the list of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) areas and it was by a mistake," Wavinya chided his predecessor.
In response, the CS recalled past subsidised programs in the agriculture sector, which saw his government buy tractors for the county wards and provide seeds and fertilizer for farmers.
"There is nothing as bad as starving in a country that has so much in abundance. When I became the governor of Machakos in 2013, the residents were starving. We were receiving food relief.
"We deliberately set out to ensure the people of Machakos do not starve again. We had free chicken, we dug over 672 boreholes and over 690 dams for irrigation to ensure our people received food whether it rained or not," Mutua listed some of his achievements.
As of October 2022, nearly 10,000 households in Machakos were reportedly affected by hunger and required urgent humanitarian intervention.
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