I will ban re­lief food if I win top post – Ki­raitu

‘If our peo­ple work hard, there will be enough food for ev­ery­one’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - KIRIMI MURITHI @Mu­rithik

Meru Se­na­tor Ki­raitu Mu­rungi has said he will ban re­lief food if elected gover­nor.

Ki­raitu spoke at Mu­jwa Catholic Church yes­ter­day. “It is shame­ful that Meru, which is sup­posed to pro­duce enough food for the en­tire na­tion, is starv­ing,” he said.

Ki­raitu said agri­cul­ture is a de­volved func­tion and re­sources should be in­vested to end cy­cles of poverty.

“If I be­come the gover­nor, we are not go­ing to en­ter­tain re­lief food be­cause I know if our peo­ple work hard, there will be enough food for all. If we set our pri­or­i­ties right in agri­cul­ture and in­vest enough re­sources, then no­body will die for lack of food,” he said.

Ki­raitu banned re­lief food when he was MP for South Imenti con­stituency in 2002.

He, how­ever, said for now, he will talk to De­vo­lu­tion CS Mwangi Ki­un­juri to send re­lief food to “res­cue the starv­ing”. Ki­raitu urged res­i­dents to vote out Gover­nor Peter Munya, al­leg­ing his regime has been wast­ing pub­lic re­sources with­out pro­mot­ing de­vel­op­ment.

He lashed out at the county for al­legedly spend­ing Sh100 mil­lion on hos­pi­tal­ity, in­clud­ing buying tea and flow­ers. “I am con­cerned about the mas­sive waste of re­sources,” Ki­raitu said.

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Meru Se­na­tor Ki­raitu Mu­rungi and Igembe South MP Mithika Lin­turi at Par­lia­ment Build­ings on Septem­ber 13

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