Nominated Kajiado Senator Mary Seneta has urged the county government to directly indulge in food production for free distribution to vulnerable groups in the region.
Seneta told the Star in Kitengela town on Monday she believes the development of food production by the county government can produce enough food for onward distribution to the vulnerable groups for free.
The county has arable land in Kajiado South Sub-County around Kimana, Loitokitok, Illasit and Rombo, and in some parts of Kajiado West Sub-County.
While most of the land in the region is a water-scarce, all its arable land has water throughout the year.
The senator appealed as more than 60 families in Namanga border town and its environs made a passionate appeal to the government for relief food on Monday.
Among the head of families affected by hunger are 18 teachers from different private primary and secondary schools in and around the town.
According to Uhuru Sirote, a Nyumba Kumi Ambassador, most of those affected are the elderly and small business people, who depended on selling bead products to tourists at the Namanga border.
35- Number of Affected Teachers
“About 35 teachers from 16 private primary schools are suffering. They have gone for two months without a salary after the owners of the schools closed shop,” said Sirote.
Teacher Wafula Wanjala from Namanga Junior Academy said he received his last salary at the end of February and since then he has been “just surviving”.
“There 12 of us from Namanga Junior Academy, who are from other counties. We cannot move out of Namanga because they cannot access Nairobi or Machakos. Some of us have families that are facing starvation,” said Wanjala.
Wanjala said he is now depending on well-wishers, who supply him with dry maize which he boils for the family members.
“The situation is unbearable. We are no longer worried about Coronavirus but starvation. We have no money for grinding the maize we get from well-wishers to feed our children with porridge,” said Wanjala.
Elizabeth Kyalo said she comes from Machakos County and was ‘locked’ in Namanga after the government closed out Machakos and Nairobi.
“We are suffering and becoming a nuisance to our families back home at this time of the pandemic. They used to depend on us but things are now changing because if they do not send us money, we will sleep hungry,” Kyalo.
Kajiado County Commissioner, Joshua Nkanatha said he has not been briefed about the fate of teachers and other residents of Namanga in need of famine relief food.
“As at now, I am not aware of that information, but we will check out,” said Nkanatha.
On Friday, last week, while speaking at the Council of Governors’ briefing in Machakos, Governor Joseph Lenku said there is a need for the national government to come up with a food distribution program for the affected people across the counties at this time of the pandemic.