Imams demand an end to the cold war between President and his Deputy

A Mandera county-based climate change lobby for pastoral communities issued a statement citing “sideshows” in Nairobi while people stare at starvation in the north

By The Weekly Vision Online

Kenyan Imams have taken issue with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s continued “pointless” war of words with his deputy William Ruto that has intensified over the last one week. Instead, the Imams are demanding the government moves with speed to rescue two million Kenyans facing famine as a result of a prolonged drought that has also hit their livestock which can’t find pasture or water to drink.

In a statement signed by the national coordinator Mr Yusuf Hassan, Imams challenged President Uhuru’s Jubilee government to fulfil its pre-election manifesto that had pledged to set up meat processing plants to alleviate chronic cycles of famine.

Hassan said the national government and county governments of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo had completely failed to come up with a solution to address climate change that has adversely affected pastoral communities in the country. A Daily “worthless” war of words that do not add even a “drop of water” to half-starved communities helps No one.

“We are tired of these continued empty promises when the government can’t even provide basics like water and pasture for our animals”, Rashid said

A Mandera county-based climate change lobby for pastoral communities also issued a statement citing “sideshows” in Nairobi while people stare at starvation in the north rift. Rashid Mohamed founding project co-coordinator said the ruling Jubilee party had abandoned all pre-election pledges and was using the Covid 19 pandemic to do nothing for people who were promised ” water and pasture” during the campaigns.

Rashid said it was tragic and sad that the “political elite” in Nairobi is engaging in early 2022 campaigns and BBI making ‘fresh” promises after failing to fulfil what they promised in 2017. “Don’t tell us what you will do tell us, tell us what you have done”, Rashid challenged the government.

“We are tired of these continued empty promises when the government can’t even provide basics like water and pasture for our animals”, Rashid said accusing the county government of misusing public funds on luxury trips abroad. He said the pastoral communities had a good reason for voting overwhelmingly for the Uhuruto in 2013-2017 saying the two are “conjoined” and one can’t do without the other.

The Muslims for Human Rights and NAMLEF co-coordinator Abdi Mohamed have also taken issue with the war of words pitting the top two saying Uhuru was serving his second and final term that is less than a year wondering why “they are at each other’s necks”!

They warned against Balkanizing the country and demanded that the huge amount of taxpayers’ money spent on BBI ‘be refunded” by the principal architects and directed to emergency food and water supplies to drought-stricken communities in the country.

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