Don’t divert and sell relief food – Duale
In the past, chiefs have been accused of selling relief food or locking it in storage
Chiefs should not allow relief food meant for residents to be diverted and sold, National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has said.
They will be held responsible for any missing food, he said.
Duale spoke on Sunday in Nuno, where the national government will distribute water and relief food from this week.
“The government is trying its best to make sure that its citizens who have been affected by drought get assistance in time and that no one becomes a casualty of the drought. But even as we do this we will not allow rogue government officials to divert the foods for their own selfish gain,” he said.
In the past, administrators have been accused of diverting relief food and selling it, or locking it in storage.
Garissa county commissioner James Kianda said the government will not let anyone die of hunger. Any administrator found selling relief food will be sacked and prosecuted, he said.
Kianda said the seven subcounties require at least 421 tonnes of relief food for the next one month. He said Hulugho, Fafi and Ijara are the most affected.
According to the National Drought Management Authority, more than 60 per cent of Garissa county residents are in dire need of relief food, even as the drought is expected to worsen.
Countrywide, about 1.3 million people face starvation, mainly in Northeastern and at the Coast.
Addressing the press in Garissa town last week, NDMA board chairperson Agnes Ndetei said the national government and county administration will ensure the toll on human suffering is minimised.
She said her team had been carrying out a need assessment. All indications are that the drought is worsening and urgent intervention measures are required to address it, Ndetei said.
“The national government is committed to ending the drought emergencies by 2022, but now that the current drought is with us, we have to rapidly move in,” she said.
National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale in Nuno, Balambala, on Sunday