May 17, 2022

Two million Kenyans face starvation-Devolution CS Wamalwa

Devolution CS Eugine Wamalwa

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About two million Kenyans are facing starvation following the current drought in the country, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa has said.

The CS said that so far no one has died following the drought.

“Drought is systematic and progressive. As we speak, we are at the alert stage. We have not reached the alarm stage.

There is no course for alarm,” Wamalwa said. He was addressing journalists in a Garissa hotel today.“We are working round the clock to cushion affected Kenyans.”

He added that the government will ensure residents access water in the affected areas.

“The region is expecting the short rains in October. However, experts say it might be below average, something that will make an already bad situation worse,” he added.

The CS said the government was fully aware of the minimal rainfall expected but said they will provide interventions such as feeds to pastoralists across the affected areas will soon commence.

“We are here to assure the country at large that the National government has several interventions in place to address the drought situation in our country. We are not only looking at saving lives but also those of the livestock which are the main source of livelihood for the residents,” he said.

Wamalwa disclosed that the national government has so far released Sh 1.117 billion to cushion drought victims in Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Isiolo counties noting that in the next two weeks the state will be releasing an additional Sh 558 million.

“The national government will be extending a helping hand of Sh 500 million to these counties with the support from European Union,” Wamalwa said.

He commended efforts by the county governments in terms of drought intervention including water trucking.

Dadaab MP Mohamed Dahiye and his Fafi counterpart Abdikarim Osman who were present urged the national government to scale up drought intervention measures and not wait to act when the situation is out of hand.

Led by treasury CS Ukur Yatani the leaders said that although the ongoing drought has affected many parts of the country, Northern Kenya is the worst hit and require urgent attention.

In 2017 the country experienced one of its worst droughts ever, forcing President Kenyatta to declare it a national disaster.

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