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How village elders ruined relief food program

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[Youth volunteer Hassan Omar Abdallah during relief food distribution exercise in Changamwe, Mombasa. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

The ongoing Mombasa relief food program to mitigate the economic challenges facing families has positively impacted many families in the county.

The program is being spearheaded by Mombasa county governor Ali Hassan Joho with the private sector joining hands.

Human rights organisation and other humanitarian bodies have also joined the efforts in ensuring the needy families benefit from the program.

Village elders

However, the program has attracted criticism from dwellers, many blaming village elders for diverting the program to benefit their own families.

‘Mombasa moja initiative’ Chairperson Joshua Kiminza said many needy families in Changamwe for example have missed the most needed help.

Kiminza said the program has been dented by village elders who replaced names of the needy with their family members.

Religious discrimination

“This program despite being noble, it has been ruined with non-Muslims struck out of the beneficiary list,” noted Mr. Kiminza.

He appealed for a change of those in charge of the program so that it benefits the targeted groups.

Meanwhile some locals have reported that some of the village elders in Changamwe have been demanding at least 100 registration fee.

A woman in Magongo village, Changamwe claimed she was asked to part with sh.100 so that she is included in the relief food program.

“We camped outside for a whole night until morning but we were told our names were missing in the list,” she said.