Here is RAILA ODINGA’s memo to UHURU over unga shortage! You are failing Kenyans terribly

..agencies cannot channel more support to our people. The urge to end the famine does not exist in government.

THIRD, as we speak, a consignment of  20,100 metric tonnes of rice donated by the People’s Republic of China is yet to be cleared at the port of Mombasa.

It would appear Jubilee officials do not want to distort the market with donated rice because spouses of senior officials in the administration are key importers of rice from Pakistan. This is further confirmation that the government is the author of this famine and Uhuru and Ruto are shedding crocodile tears.

FOURTH, large maize millers, who control only 40 per cent of the UNGA market, were allocated 90 per cent of the maize in the strategic reserves. The small scale, local millers and posho mills who command over 60 per cent of the UNGA market have been given no allocation at all to date. Yet the President has the courage to ask why there is no UNGA in the counties. It is all crocodile tears.

FIFTH, the President has made no effort whatsoever to enter into Government to Government negotiations with any country to secure maize for our citizens.

All the little maize that has fed our people has been imported by private companies that are also having difficulties with clearance and payment. Even the little maize that has come from Ethiopia has been brought here by a private Ethiopian businessman.

The government has not imported a grain of maize despite the famine. Even that Ethiopian businessman is not being paid and has now stopped bringing in any maize. Yet the government is telling us “tumetenga” six billion shillings to deal with the shortage. This famine is manufactured.

SIXTH, the entire Eastern Africa, including Ethiopia, has now run out of maize. That means the private businesses will find it even harder to bring in stocks. The best assurance of imported maize would be for the government to do a G2G and issue orders to local importers.

No businessman is going to invest billions to import maize unless they are assured that the same will be bought from them. The Kenya government is doing none of these. It is caught in deep slumber, and paralyzed by corruption, incompetence and conflicts of interest.

The Jubilee administration wants to starve Kenyans into desperation, submission and surrender.

The administration is withholding its services with a view to procuring and supplying food in the final weeks to elections so that relief food can be used as a tool to buy support as used to be done in KANU days.

It is a cruel and heartless way to seek to retain power. But it has come to that for President Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Uhuru Kenyatta MUST be human and come to the aid of Kenyans whether it will grant him re-election or not. The President must end this famine.


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  1. Charles Konyango

    Well said Raila. It could never have been said better. Let those who have ears hear including Uhuru Kenyatta. Shame on you Jubilee.

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