Kilifi, KENYA: Leaders in Kilifi County have slammed Jubilee government for using the hunger situation in the county as a campaign tool.
Led by Kilifi governor Amason Kingi, they claim that cabinet secretaries visiting the county to distribute relief food have been insisting on support for Jubilee and calling on residents to join the government; should they want to get development projects.
Addressing the public in Tsangatsini trading centre on Saturday during a food distribution exercise, Kingi said the move to distribute relief food to the county by the national government is not a kind gesture, but a way of luring residents to join the jubilee party.
They criticized the recent visit by water CS Eugene Wamalwa and his devolution counterpart Mwangi Kiunjuri for hiring two helicopters to come and distribute water and relief food.
On Friday, the duo visited Tana river and Jaribuni to launch the drought mitigation program where they distributed 1200 bags of maize and six trucks of water.
“It is shameful for cabinet secretaries to purport to be distributing relief food and then turn it into a campaign rally,” said Kingi.
“The government has a responsibility to feed its people without giving any conditions. When they visit Kilifi they blame the drought on Kingi as if I am the one responsible for bringing rain,” he said.
Gunga lashed at the two cabinet secretaries for hiring two choppers to come to the function; which could have been conducted by the deputy county commissioners.
“Instead of hiring the choppers they could have used the money to buy more food and ask county commissioners to distribute the food. This is an exercise that has been conducted by even village elders why should the CS’s use public resources to come to such a function?” asked Gunga.
According to Wamalwa, the president had agreed that the first harvest of the Galana-Kulalu irrigation project be distributed to Tana River and Kilifi counties.
He said all the 62, 000 bags of maize from the irrigation project will benefit the two counties where the project is.
“The government will not let anyone die of hunger and that’s why we are here today to flag off this relief food. You need to join this government as it is the only one that will guarantee you development. There is no development you will get when you remain outside the government,” said Wamalwa.
He said the government will be sending 2000 bags of maize, 1000 bags of beans and 1000 bags of rice every month to the hunger prone areas.
He was accompanied by Kilifi senator Stewart Madzayo, Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga and his Rabai counterpart William Kamoti.