Kitui County residents have appealed to Governor Charity Ngilu to ensure that they also benefit from the relief food that is being distributed by the national government to mitigate the coronavirus disease consequences.
The people of the Kitungati area in Kitui Rural Sub-County said the government should bail them out as they have been seriously affected by the pandemic.
They said they had been forced to sell their harvests cheaply to cater for their daily needs and be able to feed their children, who are now at home due to the closure of schools, as they were running out of food.
“The governor should stop saying that we harvested a lot of produce. It is all finished now, as we have been at home with our children for the longest holiday ever. We do not have any food left now. Please bring us some,” Beatrice Muema appealed,
The residents said their sources of livelihood, including small-scale businesses and other ventures had been shattered by the pandemic.
Kitungati area chief Joseph Mumo said the national government should consider urgently providing relief food to the people of Kitui,
This, he added, could be easily done through the ward and village administrators, as the grassroots leaders, who are closer to the people.