Makueni woman representative Rose Museo on Saturday distributed food to victims of Kiboko oil spill in Kasuvi village and its surrounding, Kibwezi west constituency in Makueni County.
According to Kiboko Water Resources Users Association, about 15,000 people who have been depending on Kiboko River for irrigation farming, horticultural farming, fish farming, and domestic use are at the verge of getting stricken by hunger since their livelihood has been cut by the oil spill.
Water Resources Authority a week ago declared the water unfit for human and animal consumption.
And on Saturday locals, young and aged trooped at Kasuvi grounds hoping to secure some kilos of balanced diet flour among other foodstuffs for their families back home.
The County MP who had sourced for the relief food from a non-governmental organization-Spread Truth-Africa-a faith-based organization from the Baptism church appreciated the County government for immediate intervention through trucking of water.
“I appreciate the County government’s intervention through ensuring the locals have an alternative water source,” she said.
Museo said that most of the residents in the area rely solidly on agriculture along the river bank and the contamination might cut their source of income.
“Most of the people here depend on agriculture to earn a living. Kenya Pipeline Company should take full responsibility,” Museo said
She noted that it was ridiculous for KPC which is mandated with oil transportation not to have oil detection systems and just wait for locals to be raising concerns when they see oil spill.
She decried that education in the surrounding schools was near to a halt calling on KPC to step in and also conduct immediate health examinations on the locals.
“We need a free medical examination to check on the peoples’ health. We don’t want a repeat of Thange where some people have to date their health is bad,” she said.
She requested on well-wishers to visit the villagers in Kiboko and donate food.