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Politicians Busy With Rallies As Relief Food Intended For 2M Kenyans Is Being Stolen

While politicians are busy carrying out mammoth rallies, corrupt officials have stolen relief aid amounting to billions of shillings.

Principal Secretary, State Department for Social Protection Nelson Marwa who took over the docket a week ago says those behind the syndicate have been robbing the hungry by stealing relief food intended for more than 2 million Kenyans in 21 drought-stricken counties.

If not stolen, hundreds of food and non-food items that would have alleviated suffering in the affected population are laying at the National Cereals and Produce Board owing to a standoff between the board and loaders. PS Marwa indicating that the authorities have put in place a coordinated response to ensure that food both to benefit Kenyans battling biting drought and severe hunger reaches them. The PS warning the individuals involved in the syndicate has however vowed to deal with them without fear or intimidation.

Recently, the government distributed over 70 truckloads of food items to the 12 counties categorized as high risk in the face of the ongoing drought. Counties such as Marsabit, Turkana, and Garissa are on the high priority list in the ongoing distribution of food.

Marwa flagged off two truckloads containing construction materials headed to Ol Moran in Laikipia County to help victims of violence to rebuild and resettle after dozens of homes were set ablaze in early September. The National Treasury has provided a 1.2 billion shillings budget to buffer Kenyans from the effects of drought which is expected to persist for another 6 months.

Interestingly, while promising Kenyans wheelbarrows or KES 6,000 social welfare no politician has focused on the one-third of Kenyans who face death from hunger due to drought that has emaciated parts of the country.

 

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Marsabit Marwa Nelson Marwa PS Marwa Turkana

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