Stop sending us locust photos -Munya overturns Kiunjuri’s ‘clueless’ orders.

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New Agriculture CS Peter Munya[Photo/Courtesy].

“Please stop sending us photos of locusts anymore, we already have competent people on the ground who are using scientific methods to identify them,” he stated.

Sacked CS Mwangi Kiunjuri.

Newly appointed Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya has rubbished his predecessor’s request for Kenyans to send pictures of locusts.

In his Wednesday’s maiden address after assuming powers at the Agriculture ministry, Munya termed Kiunjuri’s photo request ridiculous and baseless.

His statement contradicted Kiunjuri, who had suggested that for hunting of locusts to be a success, the governments required pictures of the destructive insects first.

“If you see any insect that you suspect could be a locust, take a picture and post on social media so we can confirm for you what insect it really is,” Kiunjuri, who was relieved of his duties on Tuesday, January 14 stated.

But in a statement to newsrooms, Munya announced that the government was using scientific methods to deal with the locust menace.

“Please stop sending us photos of locusts anymore, we already have competent people on the ground who are using scientific methods to identify them,” he stated.

Additionally, he stated that the government had dispatched two planes to spray the locusts in Isiolo of residents.and Meru.

“One aeroplane is at this moment being equipped with tanks headed for Garissa, Marsabit and Mandera counties. We want to contain them at where they are before spreading,” he remarked.

Munya also noted that the government was planning to hire four more planes and release over 20,000 litres of pesticide.

“The ministry has moved in to acquire four additional aircraft for surveillance of the locusts which is necessary as it will help sight them before spraying.

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“We have one aircraft from Kenya Wildlife Service, two from Kenya Pipeline and one from Kenya Forest Services,” added Munya.

The new Agriculture boss also clarified that there were no locusts seen in Turkana as was claimed by a section

 

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