Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja was this evening at pains to explain why many schools did not receive meals on the maiden day of his much hyped feeding programme.
The county boss was on the spot after his much hyped Dishi na County programme failed to kick-off as planned. Several schools were forced to fix lunch for pupils after the county government allegedly failed to deliver food.
In other schools, kids reportedly went hungry after failing to carry packed lunch with the hope of receiving the county’s free meal. This led to demands for an explanation from Governor Sakaja given that they parents had paid Ksh5 per pupil to sustain the county feeding programme.
In his explanation, Sakaja has accused his detractors of sponsoring a smear campaign on the feeding programme. The county boss further accused his political rivals of politicizing the project for their own political expediencies.
“A few people are against our feeding program for nefarious reasons. Resorting to propaganda won’t work. Using children for politics won’t work,” he said.
Sakaja in his defence, claims that the programme has been structured in phases and is yet to kick off in all schools in the capital. He maintained that over 80,000 children have already benefitted from the free meals delivered to their schools by the county.
“The first phase of schools onboarded have been getting their hot meals daily and on time. All head teachers have communication to continue with their arrangements until the county communicates once the next phase begins.
Already 80,000 children are enjoying meals at 5bob on the phased implementation. Someone posted a video from Tumaini Primary, no child or teacher in the video just classrooms behind them.
Sadly, opportunistic premature 2027 aspirants, are so hellbent that this shouldn’t work that they are even considering harming our children,” his tweet read.