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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

State Fails to Account for Foreign Food Donations

The National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has accused the government of failing to account for food donations from international partners to support efforts to fight hunger. Mr Odinga said the Jubilee administration has refused to declare how much support it has received and how it has used it as requested by the Heads of Missions and the Development Partner Group. "Without this information, donor partners and agencies cannot channel more support to our people. "The President is in business as usual looking for votes and wishing the famine away while mourning just like all other Kenyans," the former Prime Minister said at a press conference in Nairobi.Early this year, President Uhuru Kenyatta declared drought a national disaster and asked for assistance from external donors in containing the crisis. Mr Odinga said donors responded to the President's appeal but that the government has failed to account for it.He said a consignment of 20,100 metric tonnes of rice donated by China is yet to be cleared at the port of Mombasa, raising queries about the Government's commitment to fight hunger. "Jubilee officials do not want to distort the market with donated rice because spouses of senior officials in the administration are key importers of rice from Pakistan," he said.Mr Odinga claimed the Jubilee administration wanted to starve Kenyans into desperation, submission and surrender; claiming it was withholding its services with a view to procuring and supplying food in the final weeks to elections so that relief food could be used as a tool to buy support as was the case during the Kanu days. "It is a cruel and heartless way to seek to retain power. President Kenyatta must be human and come to the aid of Kenyans, whether it will grant him re-election or not. "The President must end this famine," he charged and accused the President of making no efforts to enter into Government-to-Government negotiations with any country to secure maize for the public.

Source: Allafrica