Kenyan Government have more than once blamed for ignoring warnings which eventually turn out to be a disaster.
Apart from terror attacks which the government has in many times been accused of turning a deaf ear, the on-going hunger disaster was also passed as a warning which the government assumed.
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula said the situation is an indictment of the government as the National Disaster Management Authority had issued an early warning in November last year of impending famine, but no action was taken.
“As this is happening, farmers in the breadbasket areas cannot sell their produce. If you go to parts of Western Kenya, women sit by the roadside with produce the whole day without selling,” Wetang’ula said. In other parts of the country, Kenyans are dying of hunger, he said.
The senator said Turkana county gets the second highest allocation from the government and even without the help of the national government, it can afford food subsidies for residents.
“We don’t want this cycle of embarrassment of people dying of hunger to be part of our history. The Turkana government should freeze development programmes and save lives.”
Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen blamed the situation on failure to distribute food countrywide.
“The problem is not that there is no enough food. It is silly that people should die because we cannot move food from Kitale to Turkana,” Murkomen said.
Minority leader James Orengo criticised the government for downplayinf the impact of the drought.
“It is a matter of fact people are dying of famine and hunger in Turkana. In the immediate term, we hope people will see some intervention to help alleviate the situation. It is terrible that just next to Turkana, there is a granary of Kenya,” the Siaya senator said.
On Monday, National Disaster Management Authority CEO James Oduor accused the media of amplifying the reports and sending the wrong information to the public.