2 August 2011

Kenya: Wavinya Cautions Leaders Against Politicising Relief Food Distribution

Assistant minister for Youth Affairs Wavinya Ndeti has cautioned politicians against politicising the relief food distributed to hunger stricken victims.

Wavinya, who is also Kathiani MP, said some politicians were interfering with the relief effort in a bid to get mileage ahead the next year's elections.

"Some politicians are using the relief food as a weapon and are trying to arm-twist the Special Programs Ministry to favour their areas when it comes to distribution," Ndeti said. She added that lower Eastern province was also drought and famine stricken.

Speaking during a funds drive at ABC Kithima in Machakos constituency over the weekend, Wavinya said it was shameful for some leaders to claim that no Kenyan has died as a result of the ongoing drought.

"It is so shameful to hear somebody say that no Kenyan has died yet the situation is terrible. The church can help spread the gospel of irrigation to urge Kenyans to embrace irrigation to help curb food insecurity in the future." she said

The Kathiani MP said that Ukambani, which has also been affected by the drought, has a lot of potential of feeding the nation if stakeholders plan and implement irrigation programmes in the area.

"We have to emphasise on irrigation. In Ukambani, we have plenty of land for farming but we only lack water to do that. We cannot depend on rain-fed agriculture," said Wavinya.

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