An opposition politician in Narok County wants the government to waive the Sh. 750 Million debt that farmers owe Agricultural Finance Corporation (AFC).
Narok North legislator Moitalel Ole Kenta who recently joined ODM from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s former party TNA wondered why the president was so quick to write off debts of coffee farmers and reward Miraa farmers yet was silent on wheat and livestock farmers in the county.
We went to State House as Maasai Jubilee leaders some time back and expressed our issues, among them poor roads, AFC loan but nothing happened, said Ole Kenta.
He was speaking at a campaign rally at Rotian in Narok North Constituency where he claimed farmers in Narok County had incurred losses following prolonged dry spells that had affected their animals and farms.
Ole Kenta alleged the Jubilee administration was pressing farmers in the area by importing cheap grains like wheat and maize that dilute the market for the local farmers.
We are blessed with good soils and our farmers invest a lot to plant wheat, barley and maize but its ironical that anytime our farmers are harvesting, cheap grains are imported, spoiling the market, he alleged.
The legislator requested residents to vote out Jubilee government in the August poll saying they had no vision for the Narok residents.
On land issue, the legislator urged residents not to sell their huge pieces of land at a throw away price as their livestock will not have fields to graze.
When NASA flag bearer Raila Odinga urged the Maasai community not to sell their land cheaply since by so doing they will be reduced to paupers, he was right to enlighten the Maasai community, he explained.
He said Odinga was a champion of the Maasai land rights adding that the community will unanimously vote him for President.
Ole Kenta said Maasai community has lagged behind for decades in terms of development despite voting Jubilee in 2013.
Narok has 341, 000 registered voters that are distributed among the three major communities that dominate the county; they include Kipsigis (91, 000), Kikuyu (30, 000) and Maasai (200, 000).
Last week Wetang’ula camped in Narok for two days where they urged residents to support their presidential bid , National Super Alliance (NASA) five principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Isaac Ruto, Wycliffe Mudavadi and Mosesin the August poll.
Source: Kenya News Agency