Kwale assem­bly passes Emer­gency Fund Bill to pro­vide re­lief food

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Coast -

The Kwale assem­bly has passed the Emer­gency Fund Bill to en­able the county gov­ern­ment spend two per cent of its bud­get in help­ing starv­ing res­i­dents. Speaker Sammy Ruwa said any­one who mis­uses the funds will be fined or jailed. Kase­meni MCA An­thony Yama said Ki­nango sub­county is the most af­fected and res­i­dents are sell­ing their an­i­mals at throw­away prices or mi­grat­ing to other ar­eas to look for pas­ture. “The other day I bought a very big goat at Sh1,200. I did not want to buy it but the owner forced me to get a meal to feed his hun­gry fam­ily,” he said. MCAs blamed the county ex­ec­u­tive for fail­ing to ad­dress peren­nial drought. “In­stead of dig­ging dams for lo­cals the county bought trac­tors and ploughed free of charge, but that is not help­ing,” Mweruphe Ndoro said. MCAs said they will not al­low the ex­ec­u­tive to use the emer­gency fund as a po­lit­i­cal tool against them. The bill has to be signed into law by Gover­nor Salim Mvurya. Mean­while, the na­tional gov­ern­ment has started dis­tribut­ing re­lief food in Ki­nango and Lunga Lunga. Civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and Base Ti­ta­nium on Sun­day also dis­trib­uted food to starv­ing res­i­dents.

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