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Oh, how life has changed! Governor Wanga withdraws snacks from cabinet meetings after KOT blast

Homa Bay Governor Gladys Wanga on Thursday afternoon chaired a cabinet meeting in her county with her ministers and the only refreshment available was bottled water.

This is a far cry from previous meetings where a month ago where the ministers attended a candidate meeting and tea and snacks were served, in plenty.

Pictures of the first meetings were shared online by the governor on her Facebook page with the caption

“We have had a chance to discuss the roadmap, action plans and key deliverables as we endeavour to fulfil the pledges in our manifesto and to serve the great people of Homabay,”

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But the response she got in the comment section was not what she was expecting.

She was castigated for displaying food when some people have nothing to eat.

A month later, the setup of the county’s cabinet meeting looked different with a few items put on the table.

In the previous meeting, each minister had biscuits put in front of him or her and a choice of either water, soft drink or tea to chase the sugary snack down the throat.

That was not all, for those who had a bias for a healthier snack, there were fruits available.

Social media users criticized Ms Wanga for chairing a meeting while eating.

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Among those who highlighted the issue is Kileleshwa MCA and blogger Robert Alai.

He questioned the availability of “too much food” at the meeting.

“Huko Homa Bay, you guys must fill the room with lots of expensive junk food like that just because you are having a cabinet meeting? You can’t have a glass of water and/or tea/uji? You must have scones, biscuits, sweets, 4 types of soda, bananas etc in front of each of you?” Mr Alai wrote on Twitter.

Other social media users said the pictures did not send a good message about the county government as other people in the country are going hungry.

After the governor was blasted on social media for holding a cabinet meeting while county officials were “feasting” she decided that Thursday’s meeting be held differently.

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On her Facebook page, she wrote “Chairing my Administration’s second cabinet meeting as we review and digest the various task force reports while also taking stock of departmental markers and priorities.”

On the table were notebooks and bottled water.

One social media user however was quick to notice that the meeting was different from the first one.

“Wapi biscuits na (and) soda?” Dorothy Ogwang asked.

It is also not clear whether the food was kept in a separate room away from the cameras.

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