MPs told to keep off County matters
05 December 2013, 14:13
Nyeri - Nyeri County government has urged two members of parliament - Simon Mathenge (Kieni) and Peter Weru (Mathira) - to keep off some of the County matters.
Speaking on Wednesday in Nyeri, the County executive in charge of Health, Charles Githinji said the MPs have no business in interfering with the County Government’s work while leaving the constituents' health at stake.
Githinji was responding to sentiments by the two MPs last weekend where they incited hawkers in the County to defy new food hygiene measures.
The MPs, while speaking at Narumoru and Karatina markets, told hawkers to ignore the ban on hawking of cooked food and resist forced eviction from the major towns.
However, while addressing journalists at his office in Nyeri town after chairing a meeting with food hawkers’ leaders, the executive said the two politicians are not health professionals and should stop politicising sensitive matters.
“This is a very sensitive matter because there have been reports of diarrhea which have been reported in the County as a result of poor hygiene,” said Githinji.
He recounted that three months ago, two people died in Narumoru area while several others were admitted to hospital after consuming ‘mutura’.
He said the government has no intention to ban food hawking business in general, but that hygiene and cleanliness must be observed.
Githinji maintained that the law prohibits food hawking adding that the hawkers must have a license and a medical certificate before they are allowed to operate food business.
The County government will also train hawkers on how to handle food, according to Githinji.
Githinji said the training will target those who roast potatoes, arrow roots, yams, bananas and maize, as well as those who sell samosas, eggs, sausages as well as those who sell food at construction sites.
He added that the County government will also release details on where such cooked food could be sold to eliminate risk of contaminating diseases.
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