Members of Parliament have raised questions on the Ministry of Education School Feeding program bankrolled by CS Ezekiel Machogu last month.
Appearing before the Members of the Senate Committee on Education on Tuesday, November 22, CS Machongu was put to task by the lawmakers to break down how he used the Sh. 800 Million set aside for the program some members said was non-existent.
”Your list does not show if the schools got the food. This is a list showing the requirements for a school to get the funds. Can you tell us where the taxpayer’s money has gone? All the Senators have said that this program is not in their counties, you are insisting it is happening, but we are not seeing it on the ground. Where is it?” Senator Margaret Kamar, a member of the committee asked the Education CS.
According to the CS, the money was disbursed to the sub-county education directors, who together with county commissioners were tasked to oversee the execution of the government’s school feeding initiative.
Some of the food commodities CS Machongu says his ministry used the money to buy are rice (457M), beans (115M), vegetable oil (43M), and salt (2M).