Cs Machogu Grillled Over Ksh 800 Million School Feeding Program Funds
Members of the Senate Committee on Education grilled Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu on Tuesday, November 22, seeking details about a Ksh800 million school feeding program funded by his ministry.
In his defense, Machogu stated that the entire amount was used to supply food to schools throughout the country.
He went on to say that Ksh457 million was spent on rice, Ksh115 million on rice, and Ksh43 million on rice. Other expenses listed by the CS include Ksh2 million spent on salt.
It compromises of rice worth Ksh457 million, beans worth Ksh115 million, vegetable oil worth Ksh43 million and salt worth Ksh2 million for the last one month in the ten counties,” he told the committee.
According to Machogu, the funds were distributed to the sub-county education directors, who were tasked with overseeing the program’s implementation in collaboration with county commissioners.
However, MPs raised concerns about the accuracy of the CS’s report, despite claims by some lawmakers that the program did not exist in their districts.
Nominated MP Peris Tobiko stated that she had yet to see evidence of the program’s implementation in her county, as mentioned by the CS.
Her sentiments were echoed by fellow nominated Senator Margret Kamar, who demanded more clarity on the plan’s effectiveness.
She also pointed out that counties identified as the hardest hit by the ongoing drought were left off the list of beneficiaries.
“I am also very sceptical because your list does not show if the schools got the food, this is a list showing the requirements of the school, can you tell us where the taxpayers’ money has gone,” she stated.
“All the Senators have said that this program is not in their counties, you are insisting it is happening, but we are not seeing it on the ground, where is it?”
The school feeding program was implemented by the CS as part of a slew of measures to combat the country’s raging drought. While launching the program, CS Machogu stated that it was the result of a collaboration between various stakeholders in the country.