The Star (Nairobi)

7 June 2014

Kenya: Hunger More Deadly Than Crime, Says Senator Kiraitu

The Senate has accused the government of putting a lot of energy and funding into security issues yet Kenyans are dying of hunger. The Senate Committee on Agriculture said hunger is the leading cause of death in the Kenya, and not terrorism.

Committee chair Kiraitu Murungi said the government should double the budget allocation to the Ministry of Agriculture to address food security. "Many Kenyans are dying of hunger every day than of terrorism. We should check on our priorities," he said.

Kiraitu was speaking to the press in Naivasha town on Friday during the Senate meeting with Agriculture ministry officials. He praised the ministry's efforts in food security. The Meru senator said the ministry is doing a lot with the little resources available.

Agriculture Secretary Felix Koskei said they are bringing county governments on board to ensure sustainability in food provisions to hunger stricken regions.

Koskei said he has spoken to 23 governors whose residents are facing starvation and told them to buy subsidised maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board.

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