Lamu to pay Sh34 mil­lion for tea and man­dazi, while thou­sands go hun­gry

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

More than 30,000 res­i­dents are hun­gry due to prolonged drought, yet the Lamu county gov­ern­ment has set aside Sh34.9 mil­lion for tea and man­dazi. Of that amount, Sh8.9 mil­lion will pay for tea at Gov­er­nor Issa Ti­mamy’s of­fice. Res­i­dents are shocked at the al­lo­ca­tions, say­ing the money should have been put to good use. Some said the money should have been chan­neled to the Health depart­ment. Many dis­pen­saries and hos­pi­tals are in a de­plorable state. Res­i­dent Ali Go­dana said, “We should im­prove dis­pen­saries like those that were van­dalised by ter­ror­ists in Lamu East. Many hos­pi­tals don’t have medicine.” Oth­ers say part of the money could have been spent on dial­y­sis for kid­ney pa­tients, who must­seek med­i­cal services in Mom­basa and Nairobi. Res­i­dent Ali Mu­sad­iffa said, “How ex­pen­sive can tea and man­dazi get?”

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