Mbeere North MP, Charles Njagagua, on Monday, irked a section of his area residents after urging those facing starvation to eat wild fruits.
The legislator noted that the fruits were healthy, nutritious and would help keep hunger pangs at bay.
"Where I come from, there are fruits like tamarind and others called Ngawa and Mburu. They grow in the bush but they are nutritious. When we find them we will devour them," Njagagua stated.
He was speaking at Ituri day secondary school where he was overseeing the distribution of relief food.
Njagagua also urged both the county and the national government to distribute more relief food.
Speaking to the press after distributing relief food, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki revealed that over 22, 000 Mbeere residents were starving.
The Star reported that the drought was worsening by the day, Kiambere in Mbeere South and Muminji in Mbeere North being the most affected.
The report further revealed that the residents had already resorted to the fruits even before the MP’s Suggestion.
Caroline Wawira of Itira village in Muminji ward claimed that women were spending most of their days harvesting wild fruits in nearby bushes.
Wawira expressed worries that elderly women and children might succumb to hunger, “Some of our old family members are left at home without food or water."
Gangara MCA Newton Kariuki called on residents to share available water resources amicably.
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