Kakamega July 18, 2012
By Leopold Obi
Minister of State for Special Programmes Esther Murugi has asked Kenyans to shun politicians whose activities may plunge the country into another wave of violence.
In her speech at an international conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Conflict Resolution held at Masinde Muliro University , the minister pointed out that a humanitarian crisis resulting from the displacement of over 500,000 people in the aftermath of the 2007 elections was due to bad politics in the country.
Ms Murugi also said that the government is committed to build a peaceful and cohesive nation through national peace forums spearheaded by President Mwai Kibaki who has been using his official tours around the nation to blow the trumpet of peace and harmony.
She added that adverse climatic change has destabilized the national food security resulting to recurrent food shortages in various parts of the country.
The minister said the government has put in place measures to beef up security in North Eastern Province along Kenya –Somalia border in order to contain threats from Al-shabaab militia. “Security forces have also been deployed to areas prone to banditry and cattle rustling such as Turkana, Samburu, west pokot, Baringo and Moyale to stop the menace,” she said.
She also pointed out that adverse climatic change has destabilized the national food security resulting to recurrent food shortages in various parts of the country.
The minister said this in a speech read on her behalf by Kakamega county commissioner Kamau Kobia.
To enhance food security in the country, the Director of Kenya Agricultural Research Institute Dr. Ephraim Mukirisa said farmers should adopt new technologies to increase agricultural productivity to cater for the growing population.
He encouraged farmers to practice greenhouse farming rather than relying on rain- fed agriculture, use of hatcheries to breed chicks instead of the traditional hen-based breeding.
He appealed to the government to formulate policies to mitigate disasters like pest, diseases, flash-floods and drought to cushion farmers against losses.
The conference was attended by among others students from tertiary institutions and universities across the country, some university administrators,government officials and representatives of various interest groups.