Kingi questions use of Sh15billion in Galana-Kulalu project


Kilifi Governor, Amason Kingi has asked the government to explain to the people of Kilifi how Sh 15 billion towards the Galana Kulalu food security project has been utilized.

The governor said despite the colossal amount having been invested towards the food security project, people of Kilifi and Kenya at large were still facing starvation.

The governor said despite the colossal amount having been invested towards the food security project, people of Kilifi and Kenya at large were still facing starvation.

The multi-billion food security project which is located in upper Kilifi and Tana River Counties was aimed at eradicating hunger in the country through embracing alternative agricultural measures for the country to attain food security.

However, Kingi says the national government has failed to actualize and efficiently manage the multi-billion irrigation project and sustain food prices such as maize flour which has ballooned.

“Three years ago Governor Hussein Dhado and I were invited by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Galana and asked to cede one million acres towards the irrigation project,” said Kingi.

“Three years ago Governor Hussein Dhado and I were invited by President Uhuru Kenyatta in Galana and asked to cede one million acres towards the irrigation project,” said Kingi.

“The president told us that he wanted to implement one of the largest agricultural project in the country that will end the hunger, “he said.

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Yesterday while addressing local opinion leaders in Bamba and Sokoke wards in Ganze sub-county, Kingi said that the president had assured the two governors at the time, that once the national government undertook the project, no person in Kenya would go hungry as the project was capable of feeding the whole country.

Yesterday while addressing local opinion leaders in Bamba and Sokoke wards in Ganze sub-county, Kingi said that the president had assured the two governors at the time, that once the national government undertook the project, no person in Kenya would go hungry as the project was capable of feeding the whole country.

He said at first the two governors were reluctant to cede land for the project due to the fact that Agriculture is a devolved function and was under the control of the county government.

He said at first the two governors were reluctant to cede land for the project due to the fact that Agriculture is a devolved function and was under the control of the county government.

“If you give me the project no person in Kilifi will sleep hungry or face the pain of hunger…I can’t bear to watch my people suffer,” he said. We pleaded but were told that as new government (Counties) we were still green to hold such a huge responsibility and didn’t have the capacity to run the project,” said Kingi.

“If you give me the project no person in Kilifi will sleep hungry or face the pain of hunger…I can’t bear to watch my people suffer,” he said. We pleaded but were told that as new government (Counties) we were still green to hold such a huge responsibility and didn’t have the capacity to run the project,” said Kingi.

He said four years after the two county governments gave up the one million acres, they were yet to receive a single grain despite more than 300,000 people in Kilifi facing hunger.

The governor also faulted the Deputy President after he claimed on National TV that Galana Kulalu project had been producing 300,000 bags of Maize.

The governor also faulted the Deputy President after he claimed on National TV that Galana Kulalu project had been producing 300,000 bags of Maize.

The governor also noted that since agriculture was a devolved function under the new constitution, he was fighting for what is rightly his function.

The governor also noted that since agriculture was a devolved function under the new constitution, he was fighting for what is rightly his function.

“If you look at the constitution, Agriculture is one of the functions that has been devolved but what seems to amaze me is that the national government is still holding a large chunk of the money in the ministries yet the money is supposed to trickle to the counties,” said Kingi.

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Kingi question national government for billion in Galana-Kulalu

 Kingi question use of sh15billion of national government for Galana-Kulalu

 By Maureen Ongala

 Kilifi Governor, Amason Kingi has asked the government to explain to the people of Kilifi how Sh 15 billion towards the Galana Kulalu food security project has been utilized.

The multi-billion food security project which is located in upper Kilifi and Tana River County was aimed at eradicating hunger in the country through embracing alternative agricultural measures for the country to attain food security.

However, Kingi says the national government has failed to actualize and efficiently manage the multi-billion irrigation project and sustain food prices such as maize flour which has ballooned.

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“The president told us that he wanted to implement one of the largest agricultural project in the country that will end the hunger,”he said.

He said four years after the two county governments gave up the one million acres, they were yet to receive a single grain despite more that 300,000 people in Kilifi facing hunger.

“The Deputy president also need to come out clear and tell us where the bags of maize go if the people of Sokoke and Bamba are still depending on relief food,” said Kingi.

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He said as much as they had been assured that the 1 million acres will be under irrigation only 10,000 acres were being utilized.

“If you look at the constitution, Agriculture is one of the functions that has been devolved but what seems to amaze me is that the national government is still holding a large chunk of the money in the ministries yet the money is supposed to trickle to the counties,” said Kingi.

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