Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has dismissed claims that there has been hunger related deaths in Baringo and Turkana counties.
During an interview on Citizen TV,Wamalwa said “There is no need to panic,we have enough food. From Turkana to Kitale is only few kilometers and food is already moving. I was there,I went to Turkana north,south,east and west and already food is in the ground. Nakuru as we speak,food is moving to Baringo and will be going to northern Kenya. Therefore,no cause for alarm. There is plenty of food within our borders.”
CS Wamalwa’s remarks come days after reports that over 9 people have died of hunger in Baringo and Turkana counties.
Speaking during relief food distribution in Nginyang’, Tiaty, Baringo County, on Tuesday, Silale Ward Representative Nelson Lotela claimed to have the names of more than 17 people who have died of hunger in the area.
He said the latest victim was a 60-year-old man who died on Monday evening in Loruk, on the border of Tiaty and Baringo North sub-counties.
“We wonder why the government is disputing reports that people have died of hunger in Baringo … We have all the records,” he said.
“I can take the provincial administration to the homesteads of all the people who have succumbed to hunger. Why are they disputing our reports yet we are right? They have even gone to the extent of intimidating us and the local chiefs for giving the reports to the media,” Mr Lotela said.