On Sunday, Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja and Embakasi East MP Babu Owino exchanged public words, with the latter moving his attention to the Nairobi County school food program.
According to Babu, Sakaja's August feeding program branded 'Dishi na County' has not been useful to Nairobi youngsters.
"Sakajas 10 kitchens cannot feed hundreds of thousands of learners in Nairobi, the ratio of kitchens to kids is ridiculous," the MP tweeted.
The MP said that the initiative, which was supposed to give daily meals to public primary school and Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) students for a price of Ksh.5 per day, should have been controlled by schools rather than the county.
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He further stated that the initiative is disrupting school schedules owing to food supply delays caused by transportation concerns, calling it nothing short of a scandal.
He questioned how the money gathered is spent, considering that the program has a budget.
“Ksh.5 per day from each parent by 1000 parents in every school amounts to 5000/- per day by 22 active school days in a month=110000/- per month. There are 208 public primary schools in Nairobi so you get 110000 multiplied by 208=22,880,000/-. In one year this amount=12 times 22,880,000=274,560,000/-,” Babu stated.
Governor Sakaja launched the 'Dishi na County' program intending to give daily meals to about 250,000 Nairobi youngsters.
Following medical practitioner examinations at the school or ECD center level, special nutritional considerations for children with health concerns were also included in the program.