Nairobi, 01 March, 2022 / 9:19 pm (ACI Africa).
With the heated political campaigns ahead of Kenya’s August 9 elections, aspiring leaders have started distributing food parcels to residents of Turkana County who have been enduring hunger for years, a Catholic Priest in the East African country has said.
Fr. Joseph Githinji, the assistant Parish Priest of St. Joachim and Anne Kibish Parish of Lodwar Diocese that serves residents of Turkana told ACI Africa in an interview that no words can describe the hunger situation in the County. He found it regrettable that political aspirants are taking advantage of the vulnerability of the locals to gain mileage in Kenya’s forthcoming elections.
“Elections are here and they (political aspirants) are back. They are here deceiving people with food parcels. They know that the people are very hungry and they would do anything to get a day’s meal,” Fr. Githinji said in the Tuesday, March 1 interview.
He added, “Truly I don't have words to describe the current situation but what I am sharing with you (ACI Africa) is from my personal daily experiences and from my heart.”
“It breaks my heart every time I leave Holy Mass and find people waiting for me outside the church to tell me that they are starving. They never ask for food in any violent way,” he said.