MCA puts county to task over food donation meant for private schools teachers

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Dundori MCA Michael Machembu  has hit out at Nakuru County Chief officer for Education Jamleck Maina over move to return food donation meant for Private school teachers  to the county stores despite there being numerous teachers in need.

The Tuesday incident happened at Anestar Boys High school in Lanet where Private Schools teachers from Dundori and Lanet Wards had converged.

However it turned out that a section of the beneficiaries had not turned up prompting the education officer to declare that the food shall be returned to the county stores.

This did not go well with a section of teachers who had turned up but were not on the beneficiaries’s list.

They argued that instead of the food being returned to the county stores, it was supposed to be shared among those present.

The attempt by MCA Machembu to intervene in the matter fell on deaf ears of the county officials who maintained that the food could not be given out without the national identification card.

Addressing media, MCA Machembu faulted the county officials over the move adding that it was wrong for food to be returned to county stores yet the teachers were in need.

He said the teachers who were not present could have been replaced by those present.

“We are really saddened by the move of the CO Jamleck to return the food to the store yet we have teachers who had turned up with hopes to get the food donation” he said.

On his part, Nakuru County Chief Officer for Education Jamleck  Maina maintaining that only those on the beneficiaries’ list would benefit from the food.

He said the list was generated through the Private Schools Association and that no individual was allowed to take the donation on behalf of the others.

“The food is meant for those on the list from KEPSA and we are issuing as per the list. Those who are not here will have to come to the county headquarters to collect their food” he said.

This even as over 600 private schools teachers form all the  wards in Bahati  Sub county are expected to benefit from the county food donations to cushion them from effects of COVID-19.

The event was also attended by Dundori Ward Administrator Lilian Karanja, Bahati Sub county ECDE Coordinator Lily Muchai and her Njoro counterpart Edith Imbayi,Paul Ndirangu from the Governor’s office and MCA Waweru Josephat (Lanet Umoja Ward).