BY CORRESPONDENT,20TH MARCH 2019-Deputy President William Ruto maintained that nobody has died of hunger in the country as a result of the drought being experienced .The DP has reports of death due to drought effects as fake news.
The DP on Wednesday said “from where I sit and from all professionals that we have,” no one has died from the effects of the ongoing drought situation in the country.
“There is a lot of fake news around what is happening in Kenya. For example, we were told the other day that 11 people had died… that is not true from where I sit and from all professionals that we have,” said Ruto.
Speaking in Mombasa ,the deputy president added that the government has arrested a Chief and several individuals who have been quoted in the media saying that people have died of hunger.
Ruto accused the said individuals of ‘faking deaths’ and playing with human lives.
“In fact the chief and the other fellows who faked death we’ve taken them in for questioning because these are people who are playing with a very serious matter involving human lives,” said Ruto.
Statements by residents of various counties affected by drought indicate that at least 21 people have so far lost their lives.
On his part , Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i also insists that no one has died as a result of the famine ravaging various parts of the country.
According to Matiang’i, the said chief from Turkana County who had confirmed that several people had died of hunger is an impostor as he was “fired a long time ago.”
“It’s true we have not lost any life due to the drought situation. The chief purporting to report on the drought situation was fired a long time ago. The CC Baringo has confirmed that not deaths have occasioned by current drought situation,” said Matiang’i on Wednesday.
On Monday the government released Ksh.2 billion for the supply of food and water to over 1 million Kenyans in the drought-hit areas.
The affected counties include: Baringo, Samburu, Turkana, Garissa, Isiolo, Mandera, Kilifi, Tana River, Makueni, West Pokot, Kajiado, Kwale and Wajir.