NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 20 – 183 metric tonnes of assorted foodstuff worth more than Sh10 million have been donated to the Kenyan government by Egypt.
President Mwai Kibaki on Monday said that the donation would be used to supplement food for the needy in regions hard hit by the current drought.
“This donation will go a long way in supplementing my government’s efforts to provide food to the needy people ion the regions hardest hit by the drought,” the President stated.
The Head of State further said that the government was doing everything it can to provide food for all Kenyans.
“We are also putting in place mechanisms to enhance the production of food to feed the citizens and create surplus for the market,” he outlined.
President Kibaki made the remarks when he received and flagged off relief food donated by the Egyptian Government.
The Head of State appealed to development partners and well-wishers to continue working with the Government to address the food situation in the country.
“I wish to appeal to our development partners and well-wishers to continue assisting us to address this situation,” he said.
The President noted with satisfaction that Kenya and Egypt had enjoyed cordial relations over the years and that the Cairo administration had been responsive to the needs of Kenyans during difficult times.
He observed that this went back as far as the pre-independence period, when Egypt provided a lot of assistance to Kenya’s freedom fighters.
President Kibaki said his Government looked forward to strengthening relations between Kenya and Egypt for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.
On his part, the Egyptian Ambassador to Kenya, Saher Hamsa gave reassurances that his Government would not spare any effort in promoting the existing cordial relations between his country and Kenya.
He expressed confidence that the donation will help those affected by famine and drought in Kenya.
Meanwhile, Special Programmes Minister Dr Naomi Shabaan said the food donation from Egypt will be sent to Kyuso, Kieni, Malindi and Kinangop.