Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter on Sunday donated relief food to hunger-stricken residents of Tiaty, Baringo County.
Keter arrived with lorries loaded with food stuffs at Chebilat village in Tiaty, Baringo County bringing hope to hungry victims of drought. He took it upon himself to supply food to the residents following the ravaging hunger that has hit the region.
Locals could not hide their joy after getting food stuffs including maize and wheat flour, milk, cooking oil, rice and other food stuffs that could sustain them for weeks.
Accompanied by Moiben MP Silas Tiren, a section of MCAs from Baringo county and other leaders Keter dispersed food to all families and every person on site.
Speaking while distributing the food stuffs, Keter said he was touched by the suffering of hunger-stricken victims in the country and decided to give out his personal donations to the most affected.
He called on the Ministry of Devolution and Planning led by Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to provide logistical support to ensure food brought to the region is effectively distributed to reach all in need.
Keter decried the plight of the people of Tiaty and castigated a section of leaders led by the Deputy President Dr William Ruto for claims that no one had died from drought in the country.
“We have been shown the graves, we have visited women who live on their own without food, I want to ask those who are claiming that there are no people affected by drought, and that no one has died, to awaken from their dreams. The truth here is people are suffering a lot,” Keter said.
Keter accused the leaders he said were in Nairobi of “playing politics with people’s lives.” He said those claiming that no one had died from the effects of drought were denying others in need the opportunity to receive help from the Government and/or well wishers.
“Leaders in Nairobi should stop making noises playing politics claiming that people have not died, if you have not reached the ground you cannot understand, we have seen it,” he said.
He called on grassroot leaders to come out and speak without fear to tell the truth to reveal the dire situation on the ground and bring to the attention of Government and well wishers to help.
“We want to tell chiefs, if there are situations like this, they should not be intimidated, let them tell Kenyans that they are suffering so that well wishers can come in and help. The reason some are denying is because they do not want help to come to the people,” he said.
Keter noted that it was important for all leaders and Kenyans to work together to support the development agenda of President Uhuru Kenyatta to facilitate growth and provide solutions to problems such as hunger.
“Let us work together to support the president to ensure the success of the ‘Big Four’ agenda including food security. Let us ensure that our farmers get subsidized fertilizer and seeds in time for the planting season to guarantee a good harvest,” He said.
The firebrand legislator alluded to the fact that the runaway corruption in the country was the reason behind the suffering of Kenyans. He said those responsible should be held to account.
“Those who are claiming that the fight against corruption is a fight against a community, no community is being targeted when thieves are hunted. This man [hunger-stricken victim] belongs to our community, he is not a thief, he is suffering, he has no food, nothing,” he said.
“We have to say the truth and support the president in the fight against corruption.” he added.
“Those who said that the fight against corruption will destroy parties, we would rather parties be destroyed and have one Kenya where all who have the problem of hunger get food, those suffering from diseases, get medicine, children acquire education, graduates get jobs. We do not need to have a party when people are suffering,” he said.
Keter affirmed his commitment to continue to stand firm in the fight against corruption to ensure success and guarantee progress in the country.
He said he would visit other areas affected by drought including Turkana, Marsabit, Isiolo, to make sure that all suffering from hunger get relief.
“Let us all join hands, Governmental Organizations, NGOs, County Governments, to ensure every Kenyan citizen gets food,” he said.