De­clare famine state disas­ter, says Kega

MP says this will en­able in­ter­na­tional aid or­gan­i­sa­tions to step in to end cri­sis

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - WAMBUGU KANYI @TheS­tarKenya

The na­tional government has been urged to de­clare famine a na­tional disas­ter.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said on Mon­day this will al­low in­ter­na­tional and hu­man­i­tar­ian aid or­gan­i­sa­tions step in to end the cri­sis.

He spoke at Karichen Pri­mary School in Kieni town where he launched the school feed­ing pro­gram­mme. Kega said his con­stituency is one of the hard­est hit be­cause it is semi-arid.

He said many public schools are en­rolling few stu­dents be­cause “chil­dren are too hun­gry to at­tend.” Kega said schools risk clo­sure.

Kega said maize, which has long been the sta­ple food dur­ing famine, should be sup­ple­mented with other foods, in­clud­ing rice and veg­eta­bles.

He said this will en­sure chil­dren have a bal­anced diet.

Karichen Pri­mary School head teacher Grace Wam­bui said famine has hurt stu­dents’ per­for­mance in na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions.

“The school feed­ing pro­gramme is a good ges­ture and will go a long way in en­sur­ing pupils stay in school and are able to con­cen­trate on their stud­ies,” she said.

Wam­bui said en­roll­ment has de­clined from 152 last year to 126 this year.

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