Avert loom­ing drought, urges MP Shidiye

Drought Man­age­ment Author­ity warns of wors­en­ing sit­u­a­tion if it doesn’t rain soon

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

Lead­ers from Garissa county have called for drought in­ter­ven­tion. Lagdera MP Mo­hamed Shidiye urged the na­tional and county govern­ments to work to­gether to en­sure pas­toral­ists do not lose their an­i­mals dur­ing droughts. He was ad­dress­ing the press in Garissa town on Sun­day.

“We are at a crit­i­cal time in both Garissa and Isi­olo. We have a loom­ing drought that might lead to famine. Some­thing needs to be done ur­gently other­wise hun­dreds of live­stock could be lost,” Shidiye said.

The two coun­ties have not re­ceived rain for three months. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Drought Man­age­ment Author­ity, the sit­u­a­tion will worsen if it does not rain in the next few weeks.

Shidiye said the fresh clashes at the Garissa-Isi­olo border be­tween the Bo­rana and So­mali are caused by the scram­ble for pas­ture and wa­ter. “When you have a drought ex­ac­er­bated by con­flicts be­tween two com­mu­ni­ties, nat­u­rally the sit­u­a­tion will be ag­gra- vated. Thus, the need to pre­vent the sit­u­a­tion from get­ting out of hand,” he said.

Speak­ing sep­a­rately, Masalani MCA Abubakar Shide and his Ijara coun­ter­part Mo­hamed Ab­dul­lahi urged the county govern­ment to in­crease the num­ber of wa­ter booz­ers to reach all the cor­ners of the county. Shidiye said, “It is im­por­tant that the county govern­ment re­sponds to the needs of its peo­ple. They should be pro-ac­tive and not re­ac­tive,” Shide said.

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