Adopt door-to-door policy to distribute relief food, state told

Ahadi Trust Executive Director Stanley Kamau distributes food to families affected by the Covid-19 pandemic on April 25, 2020. [File: Boniface Gikandi, Standard]

Distribution of relief food to needy families should be done through door-to-door campaigns or churches to reach deserving cases, Ahadi Trust Executive Director Stanley Kamau has said.

He said this is because majority of starving residents remain in their homes as they have no radios and televisions to inform them about food distribution.

Dr Kamau spoke at St Peter ACK Cathedral in Kenol, Murang'a County, when he donated food to more than 100 families.

"The vulnerable persons among them orphans, and the elderly have been starving despite the relief food being distributed within their areas," said Kamau, accompanied by Jeff Maathai, a Narok-based politician.

The chiefs, he said, should be extra cautious and ensure no bags of maize, beans and rice end up in retail shops.

"Once caught, the culprits should be arrested and charged in court," said Kamau.

He called on parents to be role models to their children saying some have introduced them to alcoholism.

"We are in a festive season and are appealing to parents to check the movement of their children and prevent them from being lured into crime," said Kamau.

Mr Maathai asked the governments of Kenya and Tanzania to consider construction of dams to harvest storm waters causing the destruction of infrastructure along the borderline.

He said the county governments of Narok and Nakuru should join hands in harvesting water for future use.

"Construction of dams promised by President William Ruto is an idea that leadership in all the 47 counties should emulate to harvest water," said Maathai.

On education, Kamau asked the government to order release of all certificates to candidates since lack of bursary kitty from NG-CDF will be a major challenge next year.

"Absence of bursary will be a major issue next year thus need for the government to give instruction to schools to have the certificates released to all," said Kamau.

Reverend Solomon Maina delivered the sermon as he lauded efforts to uplift the poor.

"Jigger menace has been a threat in many parts of the country but Kamau brought together friends and reduced the level of the infestation," said Maina.

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