WANT HUNGER ELIMINATED

Forget about Big Four and focus on food security, MPs tell Uhuru

Lawmakers blame corruption, say agenda cannot be realised if vice remains

In Summary

• MPs say it's high time the government addressed issues of drought and famine.

• The lawmakers asked Uhuru to stop "making a lot of noise" on corrupt leaders and instead crack the whip.

Members of the Catholic Parliamentary Group during a fundraiser at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Syokimau, Machakos county on Sunday.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: Members of the Catholic Parliamentary Group during a fundraiser at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Syokimau, Machakos county on Sunday.
Image: GEORGE OWITI

Nine MPs have told President Uhuru Kenyatta to forget about the Big Four agenda and focus food security to end perennial starvation.

The legislators, who are members of the Catholic Parliamentary Group, Sunday said it was high time the government addressed issues of drought and famine once and for all.

They said the other three pillars of the Big Four, including manufacturing, housing and health, should be put aside.

The MPs included Machakos Woman representative Joyce Kamene, Joshua Mwalio (Masinga), Paul Katana (Kaloleni), Charles Nguna (Mwingi West), Jacqueline Oduol (nominated), Innocent Momanyi (Bobasi), Francis Masara (Suna West), Joshua Kimilu (Kaiti) and Paul Abuor (Rongo).

“As leaders, we cannot keep crying of hunger all the time. Let the President forget about the other areas in the Big Four agenda and deal with food security first,” Kimilu said.

The lawmakers asked Uhuru to stop "making a lot of noise" on corrupt leaders and instead crack the whip.

“The church should not leave the nation to politicians, we need prayers. Billions of money which ought to have been used to eliminate hunger is looted by individuals. We hear of corruption incidences day in, day out. We are tired of people in government being mentioned, we want them sacked and arrested,” Kimilu said.

Kamene said government agencies mandated to fight corruption should step up the war. “We are tired of corruption, we want to see people being arrested and arraigned. We want to see heads rolling, those found guilty to corruption charges should be jailed,” Kamene said.

They spoke during a funds drive at St. Veronica Catholic Church in Syokimau, Machakos county.

 

Kamene said both national and county governments should work on strategies to ensure hunger is eliminated.

Oduol said it was because of corruption that the government had failed to realise its Big Four agenda. “We shall know the truth and it will set us free,” Oduol said.

She said leaders should stop politicising corruption.

Mwalio asked the Ministry of Agriculture to include Machakos county among the 10 regions worst hit by hunger. "Machakos has been left out yet there is lot of hunger,” he said.

He said corrupt leaders should be eliminated during the 2022 General Election.

“We want to see a transition in 2022 so that after eliminating corruption, we get rid of corrupt leaders from the government. Let us wipe out corruption once and for all,” he said.