Reps may in­crease Kil­ifi dis­as­ter re­lief bud­get to Sh150m

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

Kil­ifi Gover­nor Ama­son Kingi (pic­tured) has called MCAs for a spe­cial sit­ting to­mor­row to dis­cuss the famine that has af­fected 300,000 res­i­dents.

Top on the agenda is in­creas­ing the bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for dis­as­ter re­lief from Sh80 mil­lion to Sh150 mil­lion. The Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment has an­nounced that the six-month drought will con­tinue for some­time.

“We need an im­me­di­ate re­sponse to in­crease the al­lo­ca­tion for re­lief so that no one in Kil­ifi dies of hunger,” Kingi said.

He said his gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to find­ing a long-last­ing so­lu­tion by giv­ing farm­ers in­put and ir­ri­ga­tion ma­chines. Kingi said this will help them to stop re­ly­ing on re­lief food, which is never enough.

Last week, it was an­nounced that 1.3 mil­lion Kenyans coun­try­wide face star­va­tion. North­east­ern and Coast are the worst hit.

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