The government has donated 1000 bags of rice and 300 bags of beans to residents of Ijara sub county, Garissa County.
Ijara Deputy County Commissioner Willy Cheboi said the food items will cushion residents from the current hard economic times, occasioned by the ravaging drought facing the region.
Speaking in Terra bora distribution centre where he donated the food stuff to the needy, Cheboi called on chiefs and their assistants as well as members of the local relief food committee to ensure that the donation goes to the intended beneficiaries.
At the same time, the deputy county commissioner warned that any unscrupulous business persons found selling relief food in the area will be swiftly arrested and arraigned in court to explain where they brought it from and under what circumstances.
On politics, Cheboi castigated local politicians who are reportedly giving handouts of Sh1000 and then withholding identification cards for the recipients till the Election Day as a way of securing their votes.
The Deputy County Commissioner urged residents not to give out IDs to gullible politicians as this was undermining their democratic right as enshrined in the constitution.
He called on the various political aspirants currently traversing the area to desist from giving out handouts to residents, yet it’s about 10 months to the next General Elections.
The Ijara parliamentary seat has so far attracted a host of contenders including the incumbent Sophia Abdi Noor, Garissa County Assembly Speaker Ahmed Ibrahim Abass, an Immigration official Bashir Beynah Maktal, businessman Mohamed Sheikhow and Hulugho Sub County Administrator Abdullahi Yarrow among others.
By Mohammed Dahir