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Leaders ask govt to curb recurrent famine

05 February 2014, 18:57 Dareel Eric

Vihiga - Leaders in Vihiga County have called on the government to deploy stringent measures in making sure that the country deals with the recurrent famine once and for all.

African Divine Church Archbishop, John Chabuga and Central Maragoli Ward Administrator, Abubakar Wandala said that it was wrong for some Kenyans to continually suffer hunger each year when the country has the capacity to produce enough food for everyone.

“We want the government to come up with rigorous measures to curb the recurrent famines in the country so that we will not be singing the song of helping those starving every other year. It is sad to always get the bad news that some people are starving in the country,” Archbishop Chabuga said.

Chabuga spoke at the Church’s headquarters in Boyani when he led the church's leaders in a conference, where he asked the faithful to extend their open hand to those starving in various parts of the country.

“It is a humble appeal to all Christians in the country to show their love to those affected by the famine in the country and help them with anything that will make their lives comfortable,” he said.

The Archbishop asked the government to support the County governments fully so that they can have enough resources to deal with such natural catastrophes.

“This is where devolution must help our people fully. And it can only do so if it is supported by the national government,” he said.

Wandala said that those affected by the famine in the country need to be shielded from such acts in the near future by having the county governments empower them completely.

He spoke after gracing an event in his Ward where he was recently installed by the governor Moses Akaranga.

“Our County government is working on the measures to deal with such things in the future so that our people are not subjected to unnecessary punishment of starving. The constitution allows for every Kenyan to have something to eat,” he said.

It is estimated that over 1.7 million Kenyans are currently facing starvation in the country.

At the same time, the Archbishop noted that the MCAs should support governors in the counties and try to solve their differences at the grassroots level without making unnecessary noises.

He said that the impeachment songs that are now on the lips of the MCAs will not auger well with the kick off to devolution that is expected soon.

“Being a new system of governance, we expected challenges to come so that we can know how to deal with them appropriately. Governors should be given the support and patience required so that they can deliver in their new positions,” he said.

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