Society / Environment
Tuesday, 14 Feb 2017 16:02 EATjmwangangi@kenyafreepress.com
The government was on the receiving end yesterday when Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu denied any deaths caused by the current drought, but an MP from Marsabit County contradicted the government stand saying three elderly people have died of starvation. Mr Esipisu who addressed a press conference at Parliament Buildings appeared out of touch with reality on the ground given that, last month, a 5-year-old child died of hunger in Samburu County.
North Horr MP Chachu Ganya and area Member of County Assembly Sora Guyo said three elderly people died of famine last month. "I want to state here categorically as a national leader that three people have died in my constituency," the MP said during a meeting attended by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri in Marsabit.
However the claims were dismissed by Kiunjuri who said no death has been caused by hunger. Later, local chief from that area, Tuye Katelo said that he had received the report of one death. He put it clear that people dominating that region do not report death cases of their beloved ones because it is a taboo to do so. "Our people don't report that their loved ones have died of hunger. It's a taboo in Gabra culture," said Chief Tuye Katelo.
This is a clear implication that there is a game of hide and seek going on concerning the issue of hunger in Kenya because Chief Tuye Katelo and the local member of parliament Sora Guyo are reporting deaths but the government spokesman Manoah Espisu together with CS Mwangi Kiunjuri dismissing the claims. The rhetorical question is about who among those individuals is closer to the ordinary citizen to monitor what has been going on.
Words of government spokesman rises repeated questions to the people as it is known that during the past rain season different parts of Kenya received little rains or else others did not even get any. In real senses there is anger in Kenya and something should be done to rescue the affected areas and stop this kind of hi and seek game. National matters should not be based on political ideologies nor personal wills.