MP faults government for deserting flood victims

Endebess MP Dr. Robert Pukose

Endebess MP Dr. Robert Pukose has taken issue with the national government for giving less attention to the challenges faced by Kenyans who have been displaced by floods.

Dr. Pukose noted that the government is using the fight against the Corona Virus pandemic as a scapegoat to turn a blind ear to the agonies being faced by affected families across the country.

“The government should perform its duties in other sectors as mandated constitutionally since funds have been allocated for those functions,” observed the legislator.

Dr. Pukose said the escalation of the floods is a blow to observation of guidelines in the fight against the spread of the virus since victims can’t effectively achieve social distance and hygiene.

He further accused the government of knee-jerk reactions to calamities instead of implementing policies put in place to mitigate the effects of disasters especially perennial ones.

“There is a need for rolling out of a proper plan to cushion Kenyans from calamities like flooding. Some of these challenges require lasting solutions since they occur annually,” he said.

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The legislator has in the meantime called for accountability by the ministry of health with regard to the spending of funds set aside to handle the spread of the Corona Virus pandemic.

“Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe must come out clean on how the funds have been utilized and disclose the identity of firms which have been contracted to offer services,” he noted.

He said the president’s move to send a bouquet of flowers to health personnel in the United Kingdom is a shameful act since he has not shown a similar gesture to medics in the country.

“Funds that were used to send the flowers could have been put to a better use instead. The president must remember that he also has a dedicated health team which should be commended,” said Dr. Pukose.