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Sifuna kicks off mission to audit Governor Sakaja schools feeding projects

Tuesday, February 6th, 2024 01:30 | By
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ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna. PHOTO/Facebook/EdwinWSifuna

Nairobi Senator Edwin Sifuna has taken a proactive approach to scrutinising local projects in the capital, shifting his focus from national to regional matters.

Sifuna conducted a series of site visits to assess the impact of the projects.

He started with the evaluation of the Sh1.7 billion Dishi na County school feeding programme.

“Visiting some of the ongoing projects in Nairobi today as part of the oversight function in my office,” Sifuna said.

Comprehensive report

 The senator was at the Giga Kitchen in the Industrial Area, and visited the kitchens at Kwa Njenga and Bidii primary schools.

He said a comprehensive report will be released once he is done with his fact-finding mission.

“We are speaking to the teachers, parents, contractors and even the students themselves on the project implementation,” Sifuna said.

Dishi na County school feeding programme is an initiative by Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja that seeks to provide lunch for public primary school children at a subsidised cost of Sh5 per meal.

In his first budget for 2023-24, Sakaja allocated Sh1.2 billion towards the feeding programme.

Some Sh500 million was allocated to building seven more kitchens and the rest to subsidise the cost of a plate for each child.

Sakaja last year signed an intergovernmental partnership agreement with the national government on the implementation of a school meal plan in Nairobi.

 The Sh1.7 billion agreement sets forth the terms of understanding between the parties in the implementation of the school meals programme in public primary schools in Nairobi.

 Ten central kitchens for the programme have been constructed since June last year.

 They are located in Dagoretti North, Embakasi Central, Embakasi South, Kasarani, Kibra, Makadara, Starehe, Roysambu, Ruaraka, and Westlands sub-counties.

At least 60 schools in Nairobi are set to benefit from the Dishi na County school feeding programme as it entered its second phase last month

 Last week, Sifuna visited Mbagathi and Mutuini hospitals to assess their status.

Sifuna said that Mutuini hospital had an X-ray machine that was not in use despite being installed.

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