You fail drought-hit lo­cals, Jama is told

County gets Sh7bn but can’t solve ba­sic prob­lems such as lack of water, says MP

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

The drought in Garissa is not bad enough to re­quire na­tional gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion, Ijara MP Ibrahim Abass has said. He was re­spond­ing to Gover­nor Nathif Jama, who de­clared the drought a disas­ter and called for na­tional in­ter­ven­tion.

Abass said it is the county gov­ern­ment’s duty to mit­i­gate the drought. “The county gets Sh7 bil­lion an­nu­ally but it can­not pay its bills and solve ba­sic prob­lems such as lack of water,” he said.

“It is un­for­tu­nate that the gover­nor came to my con­stituency with no tan­gi­ble so­lu­tions to cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.” Abass spoke in Ijara town on Sun­day.

He said the food do­nated by the gover­nor in Masalani sub­county re­cently was in­ad­e­quate. “Tak­ing pho­tos with the lit­tle re­lief food and pur­port­ing to as­sist drought-af­fected res­i­dents is a pub­lic re­la­tion ex­er­cise taken too far. What the peo­ple of Garissa want is ser­vice de­liv­ery,” he said.

UR­GENT RE­SPONSE

The leg­is­la­tor said area lead­ers have dis­cussed the drought with the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent and they ex­pect a quick re­sponse from the na­tional gov­ern­ment.

He ap­pealled to the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to in­ter­vene be­fore it is too late. “It will be use­less for the gov­ern­ment and NGOs to come into the pic­ture when peo­ple and live­stock are dy­ing,” Abass said.

Dur­ing a tour of Masalani, Ijara con­stituency, on Fri­day, Nathif urged the na­tional gov­ern­ment to ur­gently in­ter­vene and help the res­i­dents to pre­vent loss of lives and prop­erty.

‘IT WILL BE USE­LESS FOR THE GOV­ERN­MENT AND NGOS TO COME WHEN PEO­PLE AND LIVE­STOCK ARE DY­ING’

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