Don’t divert drought mitigation funds to campaigns – MP warns Jubilee


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ODM's Sumra Irshad. Photo/Courtesy

The government has been warned against using funds earmarked for mitigating drought in the country to finance its campaign.

Embakasi South Member of Parliament Sumra Irshad has proposed the formation of a committee to oversee the use of the Ksh11 billion funds meant for assisting persons affected by drought.

“Two weeks ago the president declared drought a national disaster and the Cabinet Secretary in charge of Treasury announced that Ksh11 billion has been set aside to cater for the affected families. Up to now, we have not seen the government bringing any food to this area. Where is the money being taken, or is it used to finance Jubilee campaigns?” posed Sumra.

Sumra was speaking in Kajiado Central Constituency while accompanying area MP Elijah Memusi and Lions Club officials in distributing relief food to schools in Ildamat and Kangera area.

Memusi urged the government to develop the comprehensive plan to counter frequent drought occurrence in the country, adding that the government should at this moment establish collaboration with well-wishers and charitable organisations to save starving Kenyans.

“Time for politics has come but when our people are suffering, let us put politics aside and help them,” said Memusi.

Lions Club International Director Manoj Shah said his team has set camp in Kajiado to identify and supply food to schools in the worst-hit areas to ensure that no pupil misses school due to hunger.

Shah disclosed that his organisation is set to extend their services to Machakos and Isiolo Counties.

 

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