By Obegi Malack
Kajiado County is among Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) counties facing starvation in Kenya as drought continues to bite.
Governor Joseph ole Lenku called on the National Government to allocate funds to rescue people from the effects of drought that has been facing the county.
The county recorded below-average long rains season between March and May 2021 and food security in the ASAL areas is deteriorating.
The Governor said the county is facing starvation because of drought and residents need require relief food and water provision.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently declared drought a national emergency saying the government will support those affected.
The Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Interior and Co-ordination of National Government Fred Matiang’i said the government has set aside Sh 2 billion to mitigate famine in the country, adding that the government will provide relief food among other commodities to the affected families.
“The government had established a Sh2 billion fund to help the National Drought Management Authority respond to emergencies arising from the prolonged drought,” Matiang’i said.
The CS challenged the Maa community to reduce the number of livestock during drought periods, adding that that the government is also coming up with mechanisms to reduce the cost of fuel and electricity,
The below-average rain season has been recorded comes at challenging time when farmers and pastoralists are still recovering from the damage caused by the desert locust invasions. They are also still facing the Covid-19 pandemic, disruption that included loss of income and livelihoods due to measures put in place to control the spread of the virus.
Matiang’i spoke a fundsdrive in aid of the for newly created South Nairobi Kajiado Field of the SDA in Birika, Kiserian.
The occasion was also graced by other CSs Eugene Wamalwa (Defence) Joe Mucheru (ICT), CAS Zack Kinuthia, David Osiany and other leaders.
Recently Principal Secretary State Department For Social Protection Nelson Marwa launched distribution of relief food and water interventions in the drought stricken areas in partnership with Kenya RedCross and Kajiado county government.