Kenya: MP Claims Relief Food Stolen in Alego Usonga

At least 400 bags of rice supplied by the national government to support flood victims in Alego Usonga have been stolen, an MP claims.

Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi told the Nation that the rice, which was stored at the sub-county headquarters awaiting distribution, cannot be traced.

"I have established with the store keeper that only 100 bags are still there and the other 400 has not yet been distributed to flood victims," he said.

Mr Atandi claimed the rice was removed from the store on instruction of immediate deputy commissioner Joseph Sawe. Mr Sawe has since been transferred to Meru.

Mr Sawe dismissed the MP's claims saying he was out to fix him.

He said part of the food that his office received was distributed and what remained was stored. He claimed records exist to prove that.

"I have asked the officers to cross-check the quantity that is still remaining," he said.

Mr Sawe said the food was distributed through a committee which helped to identify the needy families. He claimed that the MP wanted to use the relief food for political gain.

The Mr Atandi said he has since lodged a complaint over the missing rice at the office of Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matian'gi.

Siaya police boss Francis Kooli and County Commissioner Michael Ole Tialal said they are not aware of the matter.

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