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Matiangi reveals chief who claimed deaths due to drought was sacked

He does not work for the government

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang'i

Interior CS Fred Matiang’i on Wednesday revealed that Kositei sub-location Chief Jack Ranoei had been sacked from his job and had no authority to divulge information on any official matter.

Matiang’i who spoke during an interview on Kameme FM, stated that Ranoei had been fired a long time ago due to drunkness.

“Huyo ambaye anajifanya ni chief na aliongea na waandishi wa habari, huyo sio chief, huyo mtu alisimamisshwa kazi ya kuwa chief long time ago kwa sababu ya ulevi. Mimi nawashauri wakenya tafadhali wakati mwengine ni vizuri tuelewe yale tunayo yazungumzia. Nchi yetu iko na chakula cha kutosha (This one claiming to be a chief and had spoken with journalists, is not a chief. He was sacked from his job as a chief a long time ago due to being a drunkard. I advise Kenyans that at times it is good to understand what is being discussed. Our country has enough food.)” remarked Matiang’i.


The CS had further reiterated that no Kenyan had lost their life due to the drought situation.

Reports had surfaced that several people had died a week ago due to hunger in Tiaty, Baringo County.

Ranoei had indicated that four people had died in Kamusuk, Kositei and Seretion due to the crisis facing the country.

The tough talking Matiang’i went to assure Kenyans that Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa had the situation in control as it was being assessed across the country and necessary measures would be put in place.

DP Ruto denies claims of deaths due to drought


Netizens on Tuesday expressed their frustrations in regards to how the government had decided to handle the matter.

Deputy President William Ruto and concerned state officials had on Monday disregarded the death claims.

The DP’s sentiments were also echoed by James Oduor, CEO of the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), who denied the claims that 11 people had lost their lives due to hunger and stated that the deaths could have been caused by other problems.


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