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Sunday, 29 March 2015

Food politics enters Kambaland

Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki and Murang’a businessman Gilbert Maina Baba have called on the Jubilee government to provide relief food to starving residents of  Ukambani region following a long spell of drought that has hit the region.
Speaking at Nguuni village in Kasikeu of Kilome sub county in Makueni county where they joined hundreds of mourners during the burial of the late Teresia Muthembwa Ngui, the mother of veteran Thika- based Nation Media Group reporter, Oliver Musembi, the MP and the businessman said residents of the area were faced with a serious famine and required prompt intervention.
Ndambuki said  farms in her subcounty and Ukambani in general were bare since it had not rained for a long time.
“We have seen the situation is so bad and needs government, development partners, humanitarian organisations and general Kenyans interventions to save lives,” said Baba. An irate retired teacher Joseph Landu decried famine in the area saying unless they  get relief food quickly they might start feeding on dogs. Rains started pounding the region last week ending the dry spell much to the relief of residents.
He accused Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka of misleading Kamba community for long to satisfy his selfish political interests. “Kalonzo is a true melon with nothing to show of his long political career in Kitui and Ukambani in general,” said Landu.
The teacher said it was unfortunate that governors Alfred Mutua and Kivutha Kibwana were being fought by Wiper leaders for warming up to the government. He said on realising the miscalculation in 2013, Kalonzo ought to have gone back to the government  for the benefit of the region.
Maina urged the Kamba community to join Jap in 2017 general elections saying this time the outcome is obvious. He said the Jubilee government under Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto embraces an open door policy.
Ndambuki kept clear of Wiper-Jubilee politics. Thika and Gatundu journalists led by James Wakahiu attended the burial. Among those who sent condolences were Kiambu county governor William Kabogo, MPs and MCAs from Murang’a and Kiambu counties.