Governor Alfred Mutua has challenged political leaders and policy makers at both national and county levels to put in place sustainable measures to end the shame of hunger and starvation among Kenyans.
The governor said it is a disgrace for any Kenyan to die of hunger, more than fifty years after the country got independence.
“Nothing is as painful as starving to death. It is wrong for a country fifty years after independence for any Kenyan to sleep hungry or die of hunger in a country that has so many rich people. It is a shame,” governor Mutua said.
Speaking yesterday in Mumbuni North Ward in Machakos Sub County after launching mass distribution of seeds and fertilizer for residents, the governor said it was critical for all relevant Government agencies to up their game in developing and implementing policies towards guaranteeing food security for all Kenyans.
He said the county government’s free ploughing program and free seeds distribution which he begun in the county after being elected governor during his first term had yielded fruits as the county was no longer condemned to perennial food shortage.
“Fighting hunger is not just a kneejerk reaction. We need to be organized. That is why in Machakos we are proud we have constituted a system to eliminate hunger and food relief. Our tractor system of subsidy program of expanding our agricultural land especially for the very poor and a combination of well thought out programs have made Machakos to be excluded from the list of the people being given food relief,” said Mutua.
The program, which targets at least 500 farmers in each of the county’s forty wards saw the distribution of maize, beans and green gram seeds as well as activation of agricultural extension officers to offer technical advice to the farmers.