BY Etsey Atisu, 6:30pm August 29, 2019,

Why Kenyans are outraged by China’s gift of 30,000 bags of rice for drought victims

Kenya's Cabinet Secretary at the Ministry for Devolution and ASALs, Eugene Wamalwa tweeted the news of the donation of 30,000 bags of rice from China to his country | Twitter (@EugeneLWamawa)

In a latest move to help combat prevailing droughts in some parts of the country, the Kenyan government has received delivery of a donation of some 30,000 bags of rice from China, but citizens are not being pleased with the decision.

Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, Eugene Wamalwa, made the announcement in a tweet on his page, stating, “Just received a donation of 30,000 bags Of rice from The People’s Republic of China to compliment GOK relief food distribution in 23 drought affected Counties.”

While this was supposed to be good news, the public has instead poured onto social media to express their rejection of the gesture, stating reasons such as the need for the country to be independent of China’s support, and the failure of the government to provide for its own people, among others.

Half of Kenya’s 47 counties is currently battling with drought which has led to rising food insecurity and the need for government intervention.

Read some of their reactions:

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: August 30, 2019


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