Sifuna Questions Inner Workings of Organisation Behind ‘Dishi na County Program’

Nairobi County Senator Edwin Sifuna has questioned the supervision and functionality of the Food for Education, the organization contracted to oversee the ‘Dishi na County’ program.

Sifuna noted that the organisation’s staff was overbearing and intimidated the county staff working in the kitchens. 

“What stuck out from my visits today is the caginess in sharing information. The irony is they claim “sharing openly” is one of their values,” he noted. 

The senator also highlighted mannerisms in the supervision methods employed by the organisation, adding that such behaviour would affect the employees’ morale and productivity. 

President William Ruto, Nairobi Governor Sakaja and Women Representative Esther Passaris during the launch of the ‘Dishi na County’ Program.

Photo Johnson Sakaja

This was following his inspection visit to some of the ongoing projects in Nairobi County, to report on the progress and functionality of proposed schemes. 

“We started with the over 1.4B shillings school feeding program visiting the Giga Kitchen at the Industrial area, the kitchens at Kwa Njenga Primary and Bidii Primary,” 

“We are speaking to the teachers, Parents, contractors and even the students themselves on the project implementation so far,” Sifuna stated. 

The ‘Dishi na County’ program was launched by Governor Sakaja and is a partnership between the Nairobi City County and the Ministry of Education, implemented by the Food for Education Foundation. 

Governor Sakaja noted that the program would provide nutritious food to over 250,000 children in public primary schools around Nairobi county at a subsidized cost of Ksh5. 

Ten central kitchens were constructed in Dagoretti North, Kasarani, Kibra, Makadara, Starehe, Roysambu, Westlands, Embakasi East and Embakasi West to serve the schools. 

“Already, 80,000 children are enjoying meals at 5 shillings during the phased implementation. All headteachers will continue with the arrangements until the county signals the next phase,” Sakaja stated confirming the success of the program. 

Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja with school Children during the roll of Dishi na County on August 28, 2023.

Photo Johnson Sakaja

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