Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja has defended the school feeding program, claiming that stakeholders and the people living in Nairobi County were extensively consulted regarding the collaboration between the National and County governments, and that public participation was carried out appropriately.

In response to a lawsuit filed by John Muthoni Ouko and the Tunza Mtoto Coalition, Sakaja claims the petitioners have not acknowledged the vital role the county has been playing in the primary schools.

"She was one of the brains behind the National City Child Protection and Safeguarding policy as the same was introduced during her tenure and it is only its implementation that took place after she resigned," claims Sakaja

In addition, the county administrator states that they have worked with the county government to make sure the program is not discriminatory.

Sakaja has requested that the court dismiss the former Education County Boss's case, arguing through attorney Duncan Okatch that the program does not amount to any violations.

The petitioners contend that it was a mistake for the governor to start the school feeding program.

"That is not a mandate of the counties rather it is the national government’s role."