Bottomline: As the two levels of governance traded blame corporates, celebrities and ‘philanthropic’ politicians salvaged the situation by sending food donations to Turkana in a bid to raise their Public Relations ratings with their publicity stunts all of a sudden trucks full of goodies were heading to Lodwar,Lokichar, Kanamkemer et al
She Lies on the ground with fingers clutching her protruded belly, on her back she nurses a baby with tears flowing down her pale and dehydrated cheeks. She is approximately thirty pounds, underweight considering her height and age leave alone the complicated BMI (Body Mass Ratio).
This image pops on my phone, making me to stretch my credulity to the limit, Cue that in some part of the country hunger is killing Kenyans. A reality contradicting the second in command’s statement, “Kenya’s drought situation this year is better than last year.” Accepting liability by any government official is an indication of failure, putting a brave face even when the local leadership has names and graves of citizens who have lost their lives to hunger related complications. The area chief who brought to light these revelations was sacked unceremoniously for being ‘drunk and disorderly’ lying about the deaths exposing the government in bad light.
The political leadership led by the area Governor Josephat Nanok are blaming the local government for not putting in place measures to mitigate the blame decrying inadequate funds to mitigate the situation. The national government on the other hand blamed the county leadership for not putting in place appropriate measures as agriculture is a devolved function. Turkana county government spends Ksh 20 million annually for some cultural festival somehow??
As the two levels of governance traded blame corporates, celebrities and ‘philanthropic’ politicians salvaged the situation by sending food donations to Turkana in a bid to raise their Public Relations ratings with various publicity stunts all of a sudden trucks full of goodies were heading to Lodwar,Lokichar, Kanamkemer et al.
Paybill numbers were all over in a bid to crowd fund for the drought striken Kenyans in Turkana campaign with Kenyans giving the Kenya Red Cross a wide berth not buying their request to fund raise Ksh 800 million to enable the organization mitigate the prevailing drought. Kenyans opted to trust Esther Akoth aka Akothee with the initiative to distribute food to residents in Turkana not the Red Cross after the 2011 Kenyans For Kenyans campaign that still has many unanswered questions on how their donations were handled.
The media never gave Akothee the publicity they give to ‘philanthropic’ politicians who flag lorries during such crisis, if she were to ‘spread’ her legs she would be invited to all media stations to clarify her actions. Only the BBC gave her an exclusive interview https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p074vcd9
As far as Akothee (Madam Boss) is concerned she can now walk ‘naked’ along the streets of Nairobi she is not paid to be anyone’s role model.Our role models are politicians and bureaucrats who import towels to construct dams, budget on how our taxes will be stolen through mega projects such as SGR, Galana Kulalu irrigation scheme, Huduma number etc
Evidently, there is drought in Northern Kenya exposing millions to starvation surviving on wild fruits and roots to survive. In one of his big four agenda, President Uhuru Kenyatta assured Kenyans of food security. Ironically, some Kenyans in Turkana have died of hunger according to credible reports.
Uhuru Kenyatta needs to stop his theatrics on corruption at the expense of the the citizens and act on leaders who enrich themselves with taxpayers’ money while the poor languish in abject poverty.
Deputy President William Ruto outlined that the government is facing some difficulties in transporting relief food to the affected areas. If ballot boxes can reach all corners of the country during electioneering period on time with the police manning national exams in all schools, oil tankers transport oil in out of Turkana daily, then what us the hurdle of supplying relief food and water to Turkana?
As much the economy isn’t that stable, the government is stable enough to supply food , water and services to areas affected with drought.Just the other day farmers from Uasin Gishu,Trans Nzoia, Nakuru and Bungoma were lining up in all National Cereals and Produce Board stranded with tonnes of maize with nowhere to take as the silos were full yet Kenyans a stone through away in neighboring counties Baringo,Samburu and Turkana were surviving on wild fruits and roots?
It is high time for the government to take responsibility instead of using online propagandists to cover their irresponsibility towards Kenyans in Turkana,Baringo, Samburu and the Northern Frontier region. Threats directed to chiefs for revealing the situation on the ground in order to get aid is very low from the government. Even being cheap has standards. This is a shame.
Those alive are entangled in complete oblivion of what the future holds. But to hell, No! Kenyans shouldn’t die of hunger. Its time to learn from previous mistakes and have a lasting solution to this menace. Lets not here those stories of how the pictures of drought stricken Kenyans were taken way back in 1963 before we gained independence. Food is big business in this country, just wait until we import ‘subsidized’ maize from Mexico, rice from Bangladesh, beef from Thailand and eggs from Uganda……..