In a bid to cushion Kenyans against the current spate of famine, President Uhuru Kenyatta issued a stern directive against business people who are allegedly buying maize at low prices and hoarding it in an effort to coerce the government into buying the same commodity at exorbitant prices.
Speaking in Isiolo town during a tour to mobilise members of public to turn out in large numbers and enroll themselves as voters in order to take part in the upcoming general elections, the head of state further directed that no person will be allowed to export maize until the hunger situation is effectively addressed.
The president held that the national government has put plans in place to ensure that no lives are lost and assured the pastoralists that the government will also try to avail water for livestock.
He also urged Kenyans to move with speed and register as voters, adding that there was no point of failing to vote and then complaining that bad leaders were elected.
He called upon the officials from the office of registrar of persons to speed up the process of ID issuance in order to enable more Kenyans to take part in the Mass Voter Registration exercise.
He asked members of the public to report officials who attempt to derail the ID issuance process through any channel including the media, assuring them that his office will follow up the matter and punish those involved.