October 20th 2017

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Our votes won't be swayed by relief food, says Machakos MP

"The Kamba people need a sustainable plan of how to fight drought rather than being given relief food which will not be a permanent solution. We cannot be wooed by cheap things like relief food, we need sustainable plans like dams and boreholes which our people can rely on in dry times,” said the MP

By Rose Mukonyorosemukonyo@yahoo.comThursday, 09 Feb 2017 08:50 EAT

Matungulu MP Stephen Mule addressing mourners at the burial of late Timothy Kathuma at Matulungu on October last year. (Photo: Oscar Ndunda/Kenya Free Press).

Barely hours after Deputy President William Ruto offered to give Makueni residents 10,000 bags of relief food every month until the end of the prevailing drought, Matungulu MP Stephen Mule has asked the Kamba community not to be blinded by such offers terming food relief "unsustainable".

The legislator said that what the Kamba people need is a sustainable plan of how to fight drought rather than being given relief food which will not be a permanent solution. “We cannot be wooed by cheap things like relief food, we need sustainable plans like dams and boreholes which our people can rely on in dry times,” said the MP.

Mr Mule dismissed the move as "cheap and desperate" attempt to woo the Kamba vote bloc ahead of the August 8 general elections. He called on the Kamba community to reject any attempt by the Jubilee administration to hoodwink them politically, and urged locals to rally behind Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, who is fighting to be the opposition’s presidential flag-bearer.

The DP toured several parts of Ukambani on Wednesday making stop-overs at Kambu, Kibwezi, Makindu, Emali, Sultan Hamud, Salama and finally Kyumvi in Machakos in a voter registration mobilization exercise. He was accompanied by Nairobi Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko where they drummed up support for President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election.

Rose is a contributing writer for the Kenya Free Press, based in Machakos County.





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