30 May 2012

Kenya: Saitoti Pledges Dams for Crops

Internal Security minister George Saitoti yesterday took his presidential campaign to Ukambani where he promised to build dams to boost food production if elected to the top seat. Saitoti said Kenya should emulate India where giant dams were built several years ago and today the country is self-sufficient in food production despite a population of more than 1.4 billion.

He said Kenya, with a population of about 40 million, should not be begging for food as it has permanent rivers that can be dammed crisscrossing arid areas. "India built giant dams and intensified research for the best seeds which has enabled them not only to feed themselves but also have excess for export," Saitoti said. The minister said as president he will prioritise battling unemployment, saying it had reached alarming levels and was a major contributor to insecurity in the country.

Saitoti was speaking in Machakos town after he opened PNU offices accompanied by the party's director for elections Billy Konchellah and the Machakos county chairman Alfonce Musyoki. The minister said it was good that border skirmishes between Kambas and Maasais over grazing land had ended and hailed the two communities for co-existing peacefully.

He warned those intent on causing chaos ahead of the general election, saying the law will deal with them. "Even those terrorists planting bombs in our country also have their days numbered as we know their identities and we are closing in on them." Musyoki said the party had registered more than 10,000 members in the county and had made inroads in Ukambani contrary to popular belief. He added that Saitoti was a well known figure in Ukambani as a result of his service to the public over two decades and encouraged him to campaign aggressively there despite the region having a presidential candidate.

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