Former Transport Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Wavinya Ndeti has appealed to Machakos county residents to contend with the increasing food prices, even as the government devises suitable methods to address the problem.
Speaking at Gospel Confirmation Centre in Machakos, Wavinya said that the government has come up with food relief programs that have benefited many underprivileged families in Machakos county, afflicted by the high cost of living.
“I plead for patience until the government comes up with a workable solution to contain the soaring food prices. Besides, the government has devised food aid programs that have been very beneficial to the disadvantaged families who struggle to get food and other essentials,” said Wavinya.
The former CAS said that some Machakos county residents have been exposed to worse living circumstances as a result of Covid-19 and the subsequent rising food prices and they now need assistance in order to survive.
“There are certain living conditions that force individuals into the worst-case scenarios in which they need assistance to live. Many individuals lost their employment during the pandemic and are currently struggling to support their families, necessitating assistance from the government and other charitable organizations,” she noted.
At the same time, Wavinya urged Machakos residents to utilize the upcoming rains by maximizing cultivation in order to increase food production.
However, she warned the people that the much anticipated rains may turn out to be unpredictable, hence the need to embrace maturing crops.
She said that last season, low rainfall hit numerous regions of the county including Mwala, Kangundo, and Kathiani, resulting in a dismal agricultural yield.
“I urge the people of Machakos to improve on their agricultural productivity in order to lower the high cost of acquiring food from different food outlets,” remarked Wavinya.
On peace, the Machakos county gubernatorial asked Kenyans to remain peaceful in order to prevent conflicts and assist authorities in identifying persons who may want to cause chaos and propagate hate speech against others in the society.
Wavinya said that the prevailing Ukraine conflict is impacting negatively on the Kenyan economy, despite the fact that it is taking place outside of our nation, the more reason why Kenyans should prefer peace over war.
She asked people to follow in the footsteps of those who strive for peaceful coexistence amongst diverse communities.
“Let us work together to make our communities more peaceful. I implore you to collaborate with the police in identifying those who propagate hate speech, particularly during this electioneering season,” Wavinya said.
The former CAS urged the electorate to vote for peace-loving leaders so as to enhance peace before, during and after the august 9 general elections.