MPs want food crisis declared a disaster
Stinging criticismDuring the debate in Parliament, county governments came under stinging criticism for turning a blind eye as effects of the drought continue to bite. Caleb Amisi (Saboti) termed it shameful that there is food in some agriculturally endowed counties, while the rest of the country is starving. “It is so shameful that 40 years down the line, we still are grappling with the same challenges we had at independence," said Mr Amisi. "The images of emaciated people in Baringo, Turkana and other counties in a nation that is well endowed with natural resources is something that this nation needs to worry about.” Minority leader, John Mbadi (Suba South) asked the country’s leadership to take responsibility for failure to deal with the situation in good time. At the Senate, while contributing to an adjournment motion sponsored by Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, Senators called for speedy action by the State. Mr Wetangula said the crisis is happening as farmers in the bread basket areas are stuck with their abundant produce that they cant sell. Senate majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen blamed the situation on failure to distribute food across the country properly. Senator Sam Ongeri (Kisii) dismissed the Government's rapid response as a cosmetic move, while minority leader James Orengo reproached the Government for trying to downplay the impact of the drought. “It is a matter of fact people are dying of famine and hunger in Turkana,” said Mr Orengo.